As many of our readers might know, John Calvin began his Institutes by explaining that true and sound wisdom has two parts: knowing God and knowing ourselves. Calvin then noted that without a true knowledge of God, a person cannot truly know himself. As Scripture says, in God we live and move and have our… Continue reading One Cannot Truly Know Self without Truly Knowing God (Calvin)
During the mid- to late-16th century there was much persecution of Protestant Christians in France. For one example, in 1572 between 5,000 and 10,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were killed in Paris and other larger French cities on August 23-24. This mass persecution is called the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day. There are other examples of… Continue reading To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)
Scripture is quite clear that God's people are part of his household (Eph. 2:19). Those who trust in Christ are family. They are an essential part of his body. God has gifted them in various ways to serve one another in love (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12, etc.). They are called to love each other… Continue reading The Christian Life Apart from The Church?
In Galatians 2:19 Paul wrote, "For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God" (NET). Calvin's comments on these phrase are quite helpful. It's a good Tuesday meditation! Here's Calvin: To die to the law, may either mean that we renounce it, and are delivered from its dominion,… Continue reading Rescued From the Shipwreck of the Law (Calvin)
When talking about people who sinfully cause division in the church, this is what Paul told Titus: Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned. (Titus 3:10-11 NIV). This inspired… Continue reading On Avoiding People Who Cause Divisions (Calvin)