Thine Is My Heart: Devotional Readings from the Writings of John Calvin
by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
Republished from the OPC Website
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? —John 14:22
His design was to exhort his disciples to the earnest study of godliness, that they might make greater progress in faith; and therefore he is satisfied with distinguishing them from the world by this mark, that they keep the doctrine of the gospel. Now this mark comes after the commencement of faith, for it is the effect of their calling.
In other passages Christ had reminded the disciples of their being called by free grace, and he will afterwards bring it to their recollection. At present, he only enjoins them to observe his doctrine, and to maintain godliness. By these words Christ shows in what manner the gospel is properly obeyed. It is when our services and outward actions proceed from the love of Christ; for in vain do the arms and the feet and the whole body toil, if the love of God do not reign in the heart, to govern the outward members.
Now since it is certain that we keep the commandments of Christ only in so far as we love him, it follows that a perfect love of him can nowhere be found in the world, because there is no man who keeps his commandments perfectly; yet God is pleased with the obedience of those who sincerely aim at this end. —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.
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