No Other God:
A Practical Look
at a Personal God

by Pierre Viret

translated by R. A. Sheats

Kindle book, 147 pages


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Pierre Viret (1511-1571), a Reformer from French Switzerland, was a close friend and associate of William Farel and John Calvin. Entering the ministry at only twenty years of age, Viret assisted William Farel in bringing the reformation to Geneva, after which he pastored churches at Lausanne and Geneva and ministered in various cities in France. Viret was a prolific writer. The majority of his numerous works were penned not for theologians, but rather for the members of his and other congregations. Written in French (instead of the typical Latin), Viretís books offered the common workingman an engaging, easy-to-read instruction in the teaching of the Reformed Faith.

No Other God is an English translation of the first section of Viretís commentary on the Ten Commandments, published originally in Geneva in 1564. Within this volume Viret exposits the first commandment as well as the preface to the Law. In order to render his writing as understandable as possible, Viret wrote his commentary as a conversation between two fictitious characters, Daniel and Timothy.

Throughout the course of their conversation in this volume, Timothy and Daniel discuss Godís presence among His creatures (and particularly among His chosen people), His names and titles, and why He chose to reveal Himself in the way that He did. They also discuss how the Law given to Israel is applicable to Christians today, and the difference between human and divine laws. The question of how Godís Law is to be fulfilled or transgressed is considered, as well as the practical implications of the fact that God looks at a manís heart and affections as well as at his words and external works.

At Timothyís request, Daniel examines the nature of God and how the true God is to be distinguished from false gods. Before the conversation ends, the pair also addresses the honor which God requires of us in His Law, the honor we owe to men, the nature of true faith and trust, the fruits of true faith, and much more.




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