Friday, January 16, 2009

Nuggets From John Calvin

I can already tell you that reading through John Calvin's Institutes this year is going to be one of the most fruitful and edifying exercises that I have ever taken part in. Calvin was not just brilliant, he was thoroughly biblical in his approach to everything. His favorite question could have been, "What does the book say?" Thought I'd share some nuggets from my readings from Mr. Calvin:

"Accordingly, the knowledge of ourselves not only arouses us to seek God, but also, as it were, leads us by the hand to find him" (1.1.1)

"As a consequence, we must infer that man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God's majesty" (1.1.3).

"For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond him-they will never yield him willing service. Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him" (1.2.1).

"This mind restrains itself from sinning, not out of dread of punishment alone; but, because it loves and reveres God as Father, it worships and adores him as Lord. Even if there were no hell, it would still shudder at offending him alone" (1.2.2).