by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? —Acts 2:12
If God should openly and visibly descend from heaven, his majesty could scarcely appear more manifestly than in this miracle. Whoever has any drop of sound understanding in him must be stricken with only hearing of it. How beastly, then, are those men who see it with their eyes, and yet scoff, and go about with their jests to mock the power of God?
But the matter is so. There is nothing so wonderful which those men do not turn to a jest who are touched with no care of God; because they do, even purposely, harden themselves in their ignorance of things most plain. And it is a just punishment of God, which he brings upon such pride, to deliver them to Satan, to be driven headlong into blind fury.
Wherefore there is no cause that we should marvel that there be so many at this day so blind in so great light, if they be so deaf when such manifest doctrine is declared, yea, if they wantonly refuse salvation when it is offered unto them. For if the wonderful and strange works of God, wherein he wonderfully sets forth his power, be subject to the mockery of men, what shall become of doctrine, which they think tastes of nothing but of that which is common? —Commentaries
John Calvin was the premier theologian of the Reformation, but also a pious and godly Christian pastor who endeavored throughout his life to point men and women to Christ. We are grateful to Reformation Heritage Books for permission to use John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart as our daily devotional for 2013 on the OPC Web site. You can currently obtain a printed copy of that book from Reformation Heritage Books.
Dr. Joel Beeke, who is editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, has this to say:
"Calvin shows us the piety of a Reformed theologian who speaks from the heart. Having tasted the goodness and grace of God in Jesus Christ, he pursued piety by seeking to know and do God’s will every day. He communed with Christ, practicing repentance, self-denial, and cross-bearing. Moreover, his theology worked itself out in heart-felt, Christ-honoring piety. The selections of this devotional bear this out, and hopefully will be used by God to direct pious hearts in our own day."
These devotional readings from John Calvin were compiled by John H. Kromminga. Be sure to read his "Introduction" to John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart.