"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" - Mark 16:15

John Calvin Quotes
Quotes by John Calvin

"The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul."

"Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God."

"We must make the invisible kingdom visible in our midst."

Satan cometh with his poison and plagues, that he may destroy all.

"There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God."

"If we wish to know how our life should be regulated, let us examine the contents of the Word of God;"

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

"However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts."

"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."

"For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God."

"Concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, we must also be aware that he is our Advocate, and that without him we cannot approach God."

"Seeing God hath thus set us at liberty, what rashness it is for worms of the earth to make new laws; as though God had not been wise enough."

"If we believe heaven to be our country, it is better for us to transmit our wealth thither, than to retain it here, where we may lose it by a sudden removal."

"In the gospel, God declares that he delights to adopt us as his children, and in doing so, he frees us from Satanís snare and from the tyranny of sin."

"If the life of the body ought to be so precious to us that we would do all in our power to preserve it, of how much more importance is the life of the soul!"

"In the maxims of the law, God is seen as the rewarder of perfect righteousness and the avenger of sin. But in Christ, His face shines out, full of grace and gentleness to poor, unworthy sinners."

"Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other."

"In the gospel, God declares that he delights to adopt us as his children, and in doing so, he frees us from Satanís snare and from the tyranny of sin. But there are very few who will accept this gift when it is presented to them, because of their cursed captivity to sin; they seem to prefer to be subject to their own carnal appetites, rather than to yield in obedience to God and walk in complete liberty."

"Now let us fall before the majesty of our great God, acknowledging our faults, and praying that he will make us ever more conscious of them. May this lead us to a right repentance, and make us grow and increase in faith, as true sacrifices to him. Since our Lord Jesus Christ gave himself for our redemption, let us also seek to dedicate ourselves fully to him. May we be led by him to persevere, so that in life and in death we seek no other contentment or rest than to acquiesce in his good will. May we glory in nothing other than the salvation which he has purchased for us. May this grace not only be granted to us, but to all peoples and nations on earth, etc."

"Freedom is such a desirable thing to every one of us, that without it our lives would be little more than a living death, or at the very least, perpetual misery. Indeed, so far as we are able, we flee subjection and constraint, and covet liberty, which, according to the old proverb, is a priceless treasure. If this is true of our earthly lives, then it applies even more to the eternal salvation of our souls. Yet how many there are who are still in bondage, as if they have a noose tied around their necks! Although they claim to love freedom, they live as though they were bound in slavery. This freedom is particularly evident when people are able to rejoice in the liberty purchased for them by the Lord Jesus Christ, which brings rest to their souls."

Compiled by Thomas George






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