Nuggets of Gold from Calvin about the Word

Scripture is superior to all human wisdom. (Institutes, 1.8.1)


The Power of Scripture is clear from that fact that human writings, however artfully polished, there is none capable of affecting us at all comparably.  Read Demosthenes, Cicero, Plato, Aristotle, and others of that tribe.  They will I admit allure you, delight you, move you, enrapture you in wonderful measure.  But betake yourself from them to this Sacred Reading.  Then, in spite of yourself, so deeply will it affect you, so penetrate your heart, so fix itself in your very marrow, that compared with deep impression, such vigor as the orators and philosophers have will nearly vanish.  Consequently, it is easy to see that the Sacred Scriptures, which so far surpass all gifts and graces of human endeavor, breathe something divine. (Institutes, 1.8.1)


Those for whom prophetic doctrine is tasteless ought to be thought of as lacking taste buds. (Institutes, 1.8.2)

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