Quotes

John Calvin Quotes

Tuesdays are good days for profound quotes from the faithful Protestant theologian John Calvin, to whom we owe much.

“There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.”

“All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.”

“True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self.”

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”

“Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.”

“…a man will be justified by faith when, excluded from righteousness of works, he by faith lays hold of the righteousness of Christ, and clothed in it, appears in the sight of God not as a sinner, but as righteous…”

“This is why Paul upholds the teaching of the gospel in such a forceful way … Seeing such an example and such a picture of man’s great weakness and fickleness, Paul states that the truth of the gospel must supersede anything that we may devise … he is showing us that we ought to know the substance of the doctrine which is brought to us in the name of God, so that our faith can be fully grounded upon it. Then we will not be tossed about with every wind, nor will we wander about aimlessly, changing our opinions a hundred times a day; we will persist in this doctrine until the end. This, in brief, is what we must remember.”

“Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.”

“Without the fear of God, men do not even observe justice and charity among themselves.”

“In forming an estimate of sins, we are often imposed upon by imagining that the more hidden the less heinous they are.”

“You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.”

John Calvin

Posted February 22, 2011 by The Spillover

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