by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; —I Timothy 1:1
No man ought to be heard in the Church of Christ unless he be sent; for our faith must not hang upon mortal man, neither upon creatures. None has sovereignty and rule over our souls, but God only, and as for the doctrine of our salvation, we may receive it of none, but of him only.
Notwithstanding, he does not come down from heaven in visible shape to speak to us, nor does he send his angels unto us; but he wills that we be taught by means of men. And therefore, if we will show our obedience to God, we must receive his word, which is preached unto us by them to whom he has given this charge and office. —Sermons
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.