“All men live in order that they might know God”

You cannot find a man anywhere, however uncivilised or wild, who is without some idea of religion. This is because we have all been created to know the majesty of our Creator and, in knowing it, to think more highly of it than anything else. We are to honour it with all awe, love and reverence.

Unbelievers seek only to wipe out all memory of this sense of God which is planted in their hearts. Leaving them aside, we who claim to have a personal religion must call to mind that this present life will not last and will soon be over. We should spend it thinking about immortality.

Now, eternal and immortal life can be found nowhere except in God. It follows, then, that the main care and concern of our life should be to seek God. We should long for him with all the affection of our hearts, and not find rest and peace anywhere except in him alone.

—John Calvin, Truth For All Time: A Brief Outline Of The Christian Faith

This is how Calvin begins this amazing little book, which is his summary of the Christian Faith for the common person. It’s fairly short, coming in at 140 or so small pages with a large font, but it does an outstanding job of essentially summarizing his Institutes of the Christian Religion, which, in case you’ve just tuned in, is quite long. I highly recommend it!

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    • Saved By Grace
    • April 16th, 2012

    Do you know from where in The Institutes this material has been extracted?

    • I don’t have the book with me at the moment, but from what I remember, I think this is a summary of the first parts of Book I. It is a summary, though, and not a direct quote.

  1. February 3rd, 2011

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