There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
No one endures criticism more indignantly or listens to it more reluctantly than those who cannot defend themselves by rational means.
The only man who should be counted a real theologian is he who can build up men’s consciences in the fear of God.
Christ does not forbid every kind of care, but only what arises from distrust, from unbelief (Matt 6:24-34).
If we look around us, a moment can seem a long time, but when we lift up our hearts heavenwards, a thousand years begin to be like a moment.
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.
God does not bestow his Spirit on his people in order to set aside the use of his Word, but rather to render it fruitful.
Let us so adhere to the Word of God that no novelty may captivate us and lead us astray.
But Spiritual Discernment Is Wholly Lost Until We Are Regenerated
This article, an excerpt from John Calvin's Institutes, reminds us that human beings are spiritually dead until they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
The Salvation of All Men
John Calvin explains what is meant when God says he wants to have all men saved (1 Timothy 2:3-5). In the process, Calvin also seeks to show that this text should not be used to invalidate God's election of his people. Rather, it must still be understood in view of God's sovereignty even in the matter of salvation. The impact of this view on world evangelism is also debated.
Brief Confession of Faith
This is a brief confession of faith by John Calvin. Some elements include confession of God as the creator of all things, his providence and sovereignty, the sinfulness of man, and total depravity.
The Title: The Church
In a polemic seemingly against the Roman Catholic Church's understanding of the church as an institution, Calvin rejects the notions of Rome that place authority in the church in the hands of mere man rather than in the truth of Scripture.
The Sum of the Christian Life: The Denial of Ourselves
This article is an excerpt from John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, dealing with the Christian philosophy of self-denial.
Difficulties in Scripture
In this article, John Calvin expresses his view of those who object to the truths revealed in Scripture, and hence to the integrity of Scripture. He also talks about difficult texts in the Bible.
Thy Word Is Still Truth – Sola Scriptura: The Reformers' Rediscovery of the Written Word of God
This volume is an anthology of writings representing a high view of Scripture and reflecting the historic Reformed theological and confessional tradition. It offers a selection of texts on the doctrine of Scripture.
The Law of God
Faith needs the Word as much as fruit needs the living root of a tree.
Secretly to hold on to our sins, is to perish in them.
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life.
We do not condemn a proper taking of care, but we desire a moderation that is closer to abstinence than to luxury.
We are not cleansed by Christ so that we can immerse ourselves continually in fresh dirt, but in order that our purity may serve the glory of God.
The pulpit is God's seat, from which He will govern our souls.
Faith cannot be without a settled peace of mind, from which proceeds the bold confidence of rejoicing.
Holiness is not a merit by which we can attain communion with God, but a gift of Christ, which enables us to cling to him and to follow him
One of the chief things which belong to faith – not to move a step except when God’s Word shows us the way
May the abyss of my sin drown in the abyss of Your mercy
Faith is the sovereign antidote to covetousness
If we remember that by death we are called back from exile to home, to our heavenly fatherland, shall we then not be filled with comfort?
No one has any communion with Christ but he who has received the true knowledge of him from the word of the gospel
Everyone flatters himself and carries a kingdom in his breast
Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God
No one can look upon himself without immediately turning his thoughts to the contemplation of God, in whom “he lives and moves”
The Catechism of the Church of Geneva
This is a Catechism written by John Calvin in 1545 for use in the Genevan church.