John Calvin

Not after we were reconciled by the blood of his Son he began to love us, but he loved us before the foundation of the world – John Calvin

Never attempt to search after God anywhere but in his sacred word – John Calvin

Such is pure and genuine religion, namely, confidence in God coupled with serious fear – John Calvin

The moment we go beyond the bounds of the Word we are out of the course, in darkness – John Calvin

The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much – John Calvin

Still happen what may, faith ceases not to long after God – John Calvin

A good missionary is a good theologian – John Calvin

God does not bestow the Spirit on his people in order to set aside the use of his Word, but rather to render it fruitful – John Calvin

Human will does not by liberty obtain grace, but by grace obtains liberty – John Calvin

The creation is quite like a spacious and splendid house. Everything in it tells us of God – John Calvin

God cannot be comprehended by us except as far as he accommodates himself to our standard – John Calvin

There is no deep knowledge of God without a deep knowledge of self and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God – John Calvin

He who does not perceive Christ to be God, is blind amidst the brightness of noonday – John Calvin

Whence cometh faith unto men? Only from the free illumination of the Spirit – John Calvin

The only option is to come as poor beggars, that we may be justified by faith – John Calvin

In the cross of Christ, as in a magnificent theater, the inestimable goodness of God is displayed before the whole world – John Calvin

The infinitude of good which resides in God becomes more apparent from our poverty – John Calvin

An overdose of fear comes from ignorance of the grace of Christ – John Calvin

Banish the thought that there should be any other ransom than the blood of Christ! – John Calvin

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

The human heart is a factory of idols – John Calvin

The effect of our knowledge of God rather ought to be, first, to teach us reverence and fear – John Calvin

We are God’s; to him, then, as the only legitimate end, let every part of our life be directed – John Calvin

The testimony of the Spirit is more excellent than all reason – John Calvin

If we wish that Christ should reckon us to be his disciples, we must endeavor to persevere – John Calvin

If God contains the fullness of all good things in himself like an inexhaustible fountain, nothing beyond him is to be sought by us – John Calvin

Life is not found in commandments or declarations of penalties, but in the promise of mercy and only in a freely given promise – John Calvin

It is indeed true that foolish men are blind to the daily works of God – John Calvin

The death of sin is the life of man, and again the life of sin is the death of man – John Calvin

Our true wisdom is to embrace with meek docility, and without reservation, whatever the Holy Scriptures have delivered – John Calvin

The decline of the church is more due to laziness than wickedness – John Calvin

The heart cannot be opened to receive his mercy unless it be utterly empty of all opinion of its own worth – John Calvin

We are not our own; therefore, neither is our own reason or will to rule our acts and counsels – John Calvin

Man falls according as God’s providence ordains, but he falls by his own fault – John Calvin

Distance yourself from the worldly amusements and to keep in check the desires that tempt you to dishonor God – John Calvin

All true knowledge of God is born out of obedience – John Calvin

There is no other way of being truly wise than by fixing all our thoughts on Christ alone – John Calvin

Let this, then be the first step, to abandon ourselves, and devote the whole energy of our minds to the service of God – John Calvin

A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers – John Calvin

All men were created to busy themselves with labor for the common good – John Calvin

We have the heart of God as soon as we place before Him the name of His Son – John Calvin

Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty – John Calvin

Many are so devoted to luxury in all their senses that their mind lies buried – John Calvin

Persecutions are in a manner seals of adoption to the children of God – John Calvin

The most holy service that we can render to God is to be employed in praising His name – John Calvin

The principal enemies of the Gospel are not the pontiff of Rome, nor heretics, nor tyrants, but bad Christians – John Calvin

I do not venture to make any assertion where Scripture is silent – John Calvin

God governs His Church by the external preaching of the word – John Calvin

Although the stars do not speak, even in being silent they cry out – John Calvin

Unless God’s word illumine the way, the whole life of men is wrapped in darkness and mist, so that they cannot but miserably stray – John Calvin

Whatever poison Satan produces, God turns it into medicine for his elect – John Calvin

If you make a constant study of the word of the Lord, you will be quite able to guide your life to the highest excellence – John Calvin

The Scriptures should be read with the aim of finding Christ in them – John Calvin

In times of adversity believers comfort themselves with the solace that they suffer nothing except by God’s ordinance and command – John Calvin

We owe to the Scripture the same reverence which we owe to God, because it has proceeded from Him alone – John Calvin

The pastor ought to have two voices:
One, for gathering the sheep
Another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves – John Calvin

The Word of God is not received by faith if it flits about in the top of the brain but when it takes root in the depth of the heart – John Calvin

There is no calm haven where our minds can rest until we come to God’s free love – John Calvin

Every doctrine of the law, every command, every promise, always points to Christ – John Calvin

There is nothing holier, or better, or safer, than to content ourselves with the authority of Christ alone – John Calvin

The love of Christ is held out to us as the subject which ought to occupy our daily and nightly meditations – John Calvin

There is no benefit of God so small that it ought not to call forth our highest praises – John Calvin

We daily ask from God that his kingdom may come, but scarcely one man in a hundred earnestly desires it – John Calvin

Nothing can be more blessed than to live under the reigns of God – John Calvin

Humility is the beginning of true intelligence – John Calvin

Prayer unaccompanied by perseverance leads to no result – John Calvin

Nothing is more dangerous than to be blinded by prosperity – John Calvin

Every blessing He bestows is a new ground of thanksgiving – John Calvin

We cannot rely on His promises, without obeying His commandments – John Calvin

In Christ there is a perfection, to which nothing can be added – John Calvin

Self-denial is not self-centered, as was often the case in medieval monasticism, but God-centered – John Calvin

God would remain far off, concealed from us, were we not irradiated by the brightness of Christ – John Calvin

Every one must be so impressed with a consciousness of his own unhappiness as to arrive at some knowledge of God – John Calvin

We must look to this end: to accustom ourselves to contempt for present life & to be aroused thereby to meditate upon future life – John Calvin

The whole life of man, until he is converted to Christ, is a ruinous labyrinth of wanderings – John Calvin

A very great question is at stake: how God’s glory may be kept safe on earth, how God’s truth may retain its place of honor – John Calvin

Nothing is more absurd than that anything should happen without God’s ordaining it – John Calvin

We are born first of all for God, and not for ourselves – John Calvin

The whole world is a theatre for the display of the divine goodness, wisdom, justice & power, but the Church is the orchestra – John Calvin

If we had quiet and composed minds ready to learn, the final outcome would show that God always has the best reason for his plan – Calvin

My heart I offer to thee, O Lord, promptly and sincerely – John Calvin

Wherever the knowledge of justification by faith alone is taken away, the glory of Christ is extinguished – John Calvin

We must search out God’s will through what he declares in his Word – John Calvin

The Word is the instrument by which the illumination of the Spirit is dispensed – John Calvin

Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols – John Calvin

Assuredly, when the Word of God is despised, all reverence for Him is gone – John Calvin

We enjoy Christ only as we embrace Christ clad in his own promises – John Calvin

The human will does not obtain grace by freedom, but obtains freedom by grace – John Calvin

Unconditional obedience to God’s will is the essence of piety – John Calvin

Let us use great caution that neither our thoughts nor our speech go beyond the limits to which the Word of God itself extends – John Calvin

God wishes us to recognise him by the image which he has stamped on the Scriptures – John Calvin

I admit, indeed, that in believing Christ we at once pass from death into life – John Calvin

No one will voluntarily and willingly devote himself to the service of God unless he has previously tasted his paternal love – John Calvin

Providence means not that by which God idly observes what takes place but that by which as keeper of the keys he governs all events – John Calvin

To believers a persuasion of God’s fatherly love is more delightful than all earthly enjoyment – John Calvin

Zeal without knowledge is like a sword in the hand of a lunatic – John Calvin

Cross-bearing is our medicine and our chastisement – John Calvin

No one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection – John Calvin

Nothing is more abominable in the sight of God than the contempt of divine truth – John Calvin

Through cross-bearing we are roused to hope, trained in patience, instructed in obedience, and chastened in pride – John Calvin

Repentance is not merely the start of the Christian life; it IS the Christian life – John Calvin

Through the Word and the Spirit, the church on earth is given continuous participation in the regnum Christi – John Calvin

True piety consists in a sincere feeling which loves God as Father as much as it fears and reverences Him as Lord – John Calvin

Believers profit by the law because from it they learn more thoroughly each day what the Lord’s will is like – John Calvin

The believer is animated by the secret power of Christ; so that Christ may be said to live and grow in him – John Calvin

Prayer is the principal and perpetual exercise of faith and the chief element of piety – John Calvin

Two important points:
1. Knowledge of how God can properly be worshiped
2. Knowledge of where salvation should be sought – John Calvin

Our greatest enemy is neither the devil nor the world but ourselves – John Calvin

Life takes place in an ominous labyrinth – John Calvin

Our life hangs as if from a silk thread and we are surrounded by a thousand deaths – John Calvin

If heaven is our homeland, what else is the earth but our place of exile? – John Calvin

Take away the Word, and no faith will remain – John Calvin

Strengthened by His grace, we will be victorious over the devil, the world and the flesh – John Calvin

A dog barks when its master is being attacked. I would be a real coward if I saw God’s truth being attacked and remained quiet – John Calvin

Silence in the Church is the banishment and crushing of the truth – John Calvin

Joy is a quiet gladness of heart as one contemplates the goodness of God’s saving grace in Christ Jesus – John Calvin

Only Christ can turn God’s throne of dreadful glory into a throne of grace, to which we can draw near in prayer – John Calvin

It is better to confess our ignorance than to indulge ourselves in frivolous conjectures – John Calvin

No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men – John Calvin

Whosoever doth worship God without any certainty, he worshippeth his own inventions instead of God – John Calvin

I gave up everything for Christ, and what have I found? I have found everything in Christ – John Calvin

Doctrine is not an affair of the tongue but of the life – John Calvin

We are not to seek our own, but the Lord’s will, and act with a view to promote his glory – John Calvin

Faith is a firm and certain knowledge of God’s benevolence toward us, founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ – John Calvin

True and sound wisdom consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves – John Calvin

There is not one little blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make men rejoice – John Calvin

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul – John Calvin