John Calvin

Calvin – On the Christian Life

On the Christian life  treats of the Life of the Christian. Its five chapters are arranged as to admit of being classed under two principal heads.

On the Christian life treats of the Life of the Christian. Its five chapters are arranged as to admit of being classed under two principal heads.

On the Christian Life

On the Christian Life

by John Calvin
from Institutes of the Christian Religion, Bk. 3, Ch. VI.
tr. by Henry Beveridge

First, it must be held to be a universally acknowledged point, that no man is a Christian who does not feel some special love for righteousness, chap. i. Second, in regard to the standard by which every man ought to regulate his life, although it seems to be considered in chap. ii. only, yet the three following chapters also refer to it. For it shows that the Christian has two duties to perform. First, the observance being so arduous, he needs the greatest patience. Hence, chap. iii. treats professedly of the utility of the cross, and chap. iv. invites to meditation on the future life. Lastly, chap. v. clearly shows, as in no small degree conducive to this end, how we are to use this life and its comforts without abusing them.

Contents of On The Christian Life

Chapter I. Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to it.
Chapter II. A Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denial.
Chapter III. Of Bearing the Cross: One Branch of Self-Denial.
Chapter IV. Of Meditating on the Future Life.
Chapter V. How to Use the Present Life, and the Comforts of It.


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John Calvin

John Calvin
John Calvin

John Calvin (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) as a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, aspects of which include the doctrines of predestination and of the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation of the human soul from death and eternal damnation, in which doctrines Calvin was influenced by and elaborated upon the Augustinian and other Christian traditions.  Various Congregational, Reformed and Presbyterian churches, which look to Calvin as the chief expositor of their beliefs, have spread throughout the world.

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