Quotation Explorer - 'John Calvin'

How do you know yourself to be a son of God in fact as well as in name?Answer: Because I am baptized in the name of God the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. - (from his catechism) - John Calvin
We shall never arrive at true meekness by any other way than by humiliating ourselves and by honoring others from the depth of our hearts. - John Calvin
The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. - John Calvin
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. - John Calvin
It is a promise which eminently deserves our observation that all who are united to Christ and acknowledge Him to be Christ and Mediator will remain to the end safe from all danger, for what is said of the body of the Church belongs to each of its members since they are one in Christ. - John Calvin
We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown. - John Calvin
Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols. - John Calvin
Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church? - John Calvin
True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self. - John Calvin
There is no knowing that does not begin with knowing God. - John Calvin
It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility "faith"!(Institutio III.2.3) - John Calvin
True knowledge of God is born out of obedience. - John Calvin
men are undoubtedly more in danger from prosperity than from adversity. for when matters go smoothly, they flatter themselves, and are intoxicated by their success - John Calvin
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. - John Calvin
[They] pervert the course of nature [by saying] the sun does not move and that it is the earth that revolves and that it turns.[ illustrating his opposition to heliocentrism in a sermon due to the Bible's support of geocentrism] - John Calvin
The knowledge of faith consists in assurance rather than in comprehension. . . . We add the words sure and firm in order to express a more solid constancy of persuasion. - John Calvin
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