Category Archives: Calvin’s Institutes

Necessity of Prayer (Institutes II.I.2)

For what do we accomplish when, relying upon every vain assurance, we consider, plan, try, and undertake what we think is fitting; then – while in our very first efforts we are actually forsaken by and destitute of sane understanding … Continue reading

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Know Thyself (Institutes II.I.1-11)

We live in a world where everyone is desperate to stand out.  We live in a world where everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame.  And it is getting easier to achieve that superstar status with the phenomenon of “going … Continue reading

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What is Worthless speculation (Institutes 1.14.4)

Moses tells us that the earth was finished and that the heavens with all their host were finished [Gen 2:1]. What point, then, is there in anxiously investigating on what day, apart from the stars and planets, the other more … Continue reading

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Evil is a perversion of good (Institutes I.14.16)

“let us remember that this malice, which we attribute to his (Devil) nature, came not from his creation but from his perversion.  For, whatever he has that is to be condemned he has derived from his revolt and fall.” (John … Continue reading

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The Promises made to Christ are also for you! (Institutes I.14.6)

“Universal are the statements that apply first of all to Christ, the Head of the church, then to all believers. “He has commanded his angels to guard you in all your ways.  They shall bear you in their hands, that … Continue reading

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The Word is Living and Active (Institutes I.13.7)

“When God’s word is set before us in Scripture it would be the height of absurdity to imagine a merely fleeting and vanishing utterance, which, cast forth into the air, projects itself outside of God…” (John Calvin) What is the … Continue reading

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Only Worshippers truly know God (Institutes I.12.1)

“…the knowledge of God does not rest in cold speculation, but carries with it the honoring of him.” (John Calvin) How does one really come to know God?  Can we simply look around the world gain a proper appreciation of … Continue reading

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To know thyself, one must know God (Institutes I.1.2)

“To know thyself, one must know God.” I believe John Calvin could have easily said such a statement for his opening words in the Institutes of the Christian Religion echo such sentiments.  Let’s take one such phrase as our jumping … Continue reading

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