88 John Calvin Quotes

John was a 16th century pastor and apologetic author. Hi writing consisted mostly of great commentaries of almost all the books of the Bible, which started with Romans and ended with Exodus and Deuteronomy 23 years later. John was a big believer in a separation of church and state and some of his writings were the first steps to introducing this belief.

  • "Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God's majesty."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Humility


  • "They who prematurely put themselves forward to root out whatever is displeasing to them overthrow the judgment of God and rashly intrude upon the office of angels."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Hypocrisy


  • "To know God as the Master and Bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of Him, and still not go to Him and ask of Him - this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Providence


  • "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."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Apathy, Animals


  • "The Lord has given us a table at which to feast, not an altar on which a victim is to be offered; He has not consecrated priests to make sacrifice, but servants to distribute the sacred feast."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Blessings, Service


  • "Prosperity inebriates men, so that they take delights in their own merits."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Prosperity


  • "God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Mercy, Prayer, Freedom


  • "When Christ returned to heaven, He withdrew His physical presence from our sight. He didn't stop being with the disciples but by the ascension fulfilled His promise to be with us to the end of the world. As His body was raised to heaven, so His power and reign have spread to the uttermost parts."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Comfort


  • "Since no daily responses are given from heaven, and the Scriptures are the only record in which God has been pleased to consign His truth to perpetual remembrance, the full authority which they ought to possess with the faithful is not recognized unless they are believed to have come from heaven as directly as if God had been heard giving utterance to them."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Scripture


  • "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."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Rebellion


  • "Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Scripture


  • "Whomever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Suffering, Fellowship


  • "Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Brokenness, Humility, The Gospel


  • "Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation is open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering, but our own unbelief."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Salvation, Unbelief


  • "Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men."

    - John Calvin
    Topics: Rebellion, Women



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