God’s Blessings Exceed our Expectations

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

Justification by Faith

“…a man will be justified by faith when, excluded from righteousness of works, he by faith lays hold of the righteousness of Christ, and clothed in it, appears in the sight of God not as a sinner, but as righteous…”

Perfect Faith is Nowhere to be Found

“A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers.”

Increasing in the Way of the Lord

“Let us not cease to do the utmost, that we may incessantly go forward in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair of the smallness of our accomplishments.”

The Pastor Ought to have Two Voices

“The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.”

The Gospel is Not a Doctrine of the Tongue

“The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.”

Men Without the Fear of God

“Without the fear of God, men do not even observe justice and charity among themselves.”

Is it Faith to Understand Nothing?

“Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?”

Fictitious Worship

“Those who set up a fictitious worship, merely worship and adore their own delirious fancies; indeed, they would never dare so to trifle with God, had they not previously fashioned him after their own childish conceits.” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion

Hidden Sins are not Less Heinous

“In forming an estimate of sins, we are often imposed upon by imagining that the more hidden the less heinous they are.” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion