The Impossibility of Drinking Too Much

A sinner can’t over-drink at God’s oasis—the fountain of life in the cross of his Son. Calvin explains:

[In the Bible] we read not of any having been blamed for drinking too much of the fountain of living water; on the contrary, those are severely reprimanded who ‘have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water’ (Jeremiah 2:13).

Again, what more agreeable to faith

  • than to feel assured that God is a propitious Father when Christ is acknowledged as a brother and propitiator,
  • than confidently to expect all prosperity and gladness from Him, whose ineffable love toward us was such that He ‘spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all’ (Romans 8:32),
  • than to rest in the sure hope of salvation and eternal life whenever Christ, in whom such treasures are hid, is conceived to have been given by the Father?
(From Calvin’s “Prefatory Address” to the Institutes, pp. 6–7 in the Beveridge translation, paragraphing altered)

David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor at desiringGod.org and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. He has edited several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing., Finish the Mission, and Acting the Miracle, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.