When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers.— John Calvin
The most spectacular John Calvin quotes that are little-known but priceless
We shall never be clothed with the righteousness of Christ except we first know assuredly that we have no righteousness of our own.
Whatever a person may be like, we must still love them because we love God.
Prayer doesn't change things - God changes things in answer to prayer.
A dog barks when his master is attacked.
I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.
Humility is the beginning of true intelligence.
If a preacher is not first preaching to himself, better that he falls on the steps of the pulpit and breaks his neck than preaches that sermon.
God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
Whoever is not satisfied with Christ alone, strives after something beyond absolute perfection.
The happiness promised us in Christ does not consist in outward advantages-such as leading a joyous and peaceful life, having rich possessions, being safe from all harm, and abounding with delights such as the flesh commonly longs after. No, our happiness belongs to the heavenly life!
To be Christians under the law of grace does not mean to wander unbridled outside the law, but to be engrafted in Christ, by whose grace we are free from the curse of the law, and by whose Spirit we have the law engraved upon our hearts.
The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep;
and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.
Our prayer must not be self-centered.
It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.
Whenever the Lord holds us in suspense, and delays his aid, he is not therefore asleep, but, on the contrary, regulates all His works in such a manner that he does nothing but at the proper time.
God works in his elect in two ways: inwardly, by his Spirit; outwardly, by his Word.
For what is idolatry if not this: to worship the gifts in place of the Giver himself?
If God does nothing random, there must always be something to learn.
No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.
The blindness of unbelievers in no way detracts from the clarity of the gospel;
the sun is no less bright because blind men do not perceive its light.
We should never insult others on account of their faults, for it is our duty to show charity and respect to everyone.
Our assurance, our glory, and the sole anchor of our salvation are that Christ the Son of God is ours, and we in turn are in him sons of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven, called to the hope of eternal blessedness by God's grace, not by our worth.
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.
Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.
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.
True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self.
God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
Repentance is the true turning of our life to God, a turning that arises from a pure and earnest fear of Him; and it consists in the mortification of the flesh and the renewing of the Spirit.
You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.
We may rest assured that God would never have suffered any infants to be slain except those who were already damned and predestined for eternal death.
How do we know that God has elected us before the creation of the world? By believing in Jesus Christ.
Joy is a quiet gladness of heart as one contemplates the goodness of God's saving grace in Christ Jesus.
Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.
Men will never worship God with a sincere heart, or be roused to fear and obey Him with sufficient zeal, until they properly understand how much they are indebted to His mercy.
We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.
Scripture is like a pair of spectacles which dispels the darkness and gives us a clear view of God.
Free will does not enable any man to perform good works, unless he is assisted by grace; indeed, the special grace which the elect alone receive through regeneration. For I stay not to consider the extravagance of those who say that grace is offered equally and promiscuously to all
To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.
We can experience joy in adverse circumstances by holding God's benefits in such esteem that the recognition of them and meditation upon them shall overcome all sorrow.
Human will does not by liberty obtain grace, but by grace obtains liberty.
Faith does not proceed from ourselves, but is the fruit of spiritual regeneration.
Faith and hope...are the wings by which our souls, rising above the world, are lifted up to God.
If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house, then in a field,.
..it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.
Wherefore all theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though the philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what is short-lived, and even mixed up with wicked and erroneous sentiments.
Satan is an astute theologian.
Those who fall away have never been thoroughly imbued with the knowledge of Christ but only had a slight and passing taste of it.
The Scriptures obtain full authority among believers only when men regard them as having sprung from heaven, as if there the living words of God were heard.
Whenever our sins press hard against us, whenever Satan would drive us to despair, we must hold up this shield, that God does not want us to be overwhelmed in everlasting destruction, for He has ordained His Son to be the salvation of the world.
The Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ efficaciously unites us to himself.
The Lord has given us a table at which to feast, not an altar on which a victim is to be offered; He has not consecrated priests to make sacrifice, but servants to distribute the sacred feast.