50+ Best John Calvin Quotes: Exclusive Selection

John Calvin was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. Profoundly inspirational John Calvin quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous John Calvin Quotes

To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.

Joy is a quiet gladness of heart as one contemplates the goodness of God’s saving grace in Christ Jesus.

Whatever a person may be like, we must still love them because we love God.

I gave up all for Christ, and what have I found? Everything in Christ.

Satan is an astute theologian.

Prayers will never reach God unless they are founded on free mercy.

For, until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by his paternal care, and that he is the author of all their blessings, so that nought is to be looked for away from him, they will never submit to him in voluntary obedience…

Now, in order that true religion may shine upon us, we ought to hold that it must take its beginning from heavenly doctrine.

Let the first rule of right prayer then be, to have our heart and mind framed as becomes those who are entering into converse with God.

We shall never be clothed with the righteousness of Christ except we first know assuredly that we have no righteousness of our own

Faith is like an empty, open hand stretched out towards God, with nothing to offer and everything to receive.

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.

Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.

Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory.

There is no knowing that does not begin with knowing God.

Inspirational John Calvin Quotes

There is no inconsistency when God raises up those who have fallen prostrate.

Nothing is more dangerous than to be blinded by prosperity.

If a preacher is not first preaching to himself, better that he falls on the steps of the pulpit and breaks his neck than preaches that sermon.

It is entirely the work of grace and a benefit conferred by it that our heart is changed from a stony one to one of flesh, that our will is made new, and that we, created anew in heart and mind, at length will what we ought to will.

It is foolish to attempt to prove to infidels that Scripture is the Word of God. This cannot be known except by faith.

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

The ceremony of lifting up our hands in prayer is designed to remind us that we are far removed from God, unless our thoughts rise upward.

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.

The Lord has not redeemed you so you might enjoy pleasures and luxuries, but rather so you should be prepared to endure all sorts of evils.

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.

No one can get even the slightest taste of right and sound doctrine unless he be a pupil of Scripture.

The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves.

The surest source of destruction to men is to obey themselves.

Our true wisdom is to embrace with meek docility, and without reservation, whatever the holy scriptures have delivered.

‘While all men seek after happiness, scarcely one in a hundred looks for it from God.

Men will never worship God with a sincere heart, or be roused to fear and obey Him with sufficient zeal, until they properly understand how much they are indebted to His mercy.

Amazing John Calvin Quotes

The human testimonies which go to confirm it will not be without effect, if they are used in subordination to that chief and highest proof, as secondary helps to our weakness.

That we may be prepared to receive all his benefits with true gratitude and thanksgiving, while our prayers remind us that they proceed from his hand.

Whoever is not satisfied with Christ alone, strives after something beyond absolute perfection.’

We are not thus convinced if we look merely to ourselves and not also to the Lord, who is the sole standard by which this judgment must be measured.

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

It is, therefore, faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.

When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers.

Humility is the beginning of true intelligence.

All things are of God; and, therefore, why should it not be lawful to dedicate to his glory everything that can properly be employed for such a purpose?

When I took the leap, I had faith I would find a net; Instead I learned I could fly.

Unless men establish their complete happiness in God, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him.

We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.

Let our chief goal, O God, be your glory, and to enjoy You forever.

We cannot rely on God’s promises without obeying his commandments.

Hatred grows into insolence when we desire to excel the rest of mankind and imagine we do not belong to the common lot; we even severely and haughtily despise others as our inferiors.

Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own.

All truth is from God; and consequently, if wicked men have said anything that is true and just, we ought not to reject it; for it has come from God.

Free will does not enable any man to perform good works, unless he is assisted by grace…

Scripture is like a pair of spectacles which dispels the darkness and gives us a clear view of God.

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