John Calvin

Quotes of Author: John-calvin

101.
Whether or not each believer has a single angel assigned to him for his defense, I dare not positively affirm.

Whether or not each believer has a single angel assigned to him for his defense, I dare not positively affirm.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Angels
102.
For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by His fatherly care, that He is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond Him – they will never yield Him willing service. Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in Him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to Him.

For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by His fatherly care, that He is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond Him - they will never yield Him willing service. Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in Him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to Him.


Author: John Calvin
103.
Lawful worship consists in obedience alone.

Lawful worship consists in obedience alone.


104.
For men have no taste for [God’s power] till they are convinced of their need of it and they immediately forget its value unless they are conditionally reminded by awareness of their own weakness.

For men have no taste for [God’s power] till they are convinced of their need of it and they immediately forget its value unless they are conditionally reminded by awareness of their own weakness.

Reference:   Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries, 2 Corinthians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Eerdmans, www.eerdmans.com, 1964, p. 161.


105.
Doubtful prayer is no prayer at all.

Doubtful prayer is no prayer at all.


106.
Whatever we think valuable ought to be acknowledged as received from God. If then all the excellency we have is God’s gift, it is very strange that we do not learn humility when God thus binds us to Himself; but that, on the contrary, we abuse His bounty by making it the occasion of pride. This ingratitude has nevertheless ever prevailed in the world. This then is the reason why [God] reduces to nothing all the boastings of the world.

Whatever we think valuable ought to be acknowledged as received from God. If then all the excellency we have is God’s gift, it is very strange that we do not learn humility when God thus binds us to Himself; but that, on the contrary, we abuse His bounty by making it the occasion of pride. This ingratitude has nevertheless ever prevailed in the world. This then is the reason why [God] reduces to nothing all the boastings of the world.

Reference:   Commentary, Jeremiah 9, Lecture 38.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Boasting
107.
Assuredly there is but one way in which to achieve what is not merely difficult but utterly against human nature: to love those who hate us, to repay their evil deeds with benefits, to return blessings for reproaches. It is that we remember not to consider men’s evil intention but to look upon the image of God in them, which cancels and effaces their transgressions, and with its beauty and dignity allures us to love and embrace them.

Assuredly there is but one way in which to achieve what is not merely difficult but utterly against human nature: to love those who hate us, to repay their evil deeds with benefits, to return blessings for reproaches. It is that we remember not to consider men's evil intention but to look upon the image of God in them, which cancels and effaces their transgressions, and with its beauty and dignity allures us to love and embrace them.


Author: John Calvin
108.
We are nowhere forbidden to laugh.

We are nowhere forbidden to laugh.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Humor
109.
The word hope I take for faith; and indeed hope is nothing else but the constancy of faith.

The word hope I take for faith; and indeed hope is nothing else but the constancy of faith.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Hope
110.
Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.

Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Preaching-Word
111.
The church [is] the gathering of God’s children, where they can be helped and fed like babies and then, guided by her motherly care, grow up to manhood in maturity of faith.

The church [is] the gathering of God’s children, where they can be helped and fed like babies and then, guided by her motherly care, grow up to manhood in maturity of faith.


Author: John Calvin