1 John 2:18 distinguishes between a singular antichrist that will come in the future and the many antichrists that were then already at work: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” John is aware that his audience had already heard that this antichrist will come, and he does not treat this as a misunderstanding of theirs that he needed to correct. John’s readers heard about the coming of the great Antichrist from the Apostles and prophets (2 Thess. 2:3-10; Dan. 7:8, 20).… Read More Antichrist: One Or Many?
Consensus Tigurinus, or the Consensus of Zürich, was written by John Calvin and Heinrich Bullinger as a response to the renewed opposition that Martin Luther had made to the Reformed understanding of the Sacraments. These 26 articles on Reformed Sacramentology were presented by both of them to Zürich and Geneva as a Reformed consensus, and they were adopted by both churches.… Read More The Consensus of Zürich on the Sacraments
John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy A Sermon on 1 Timothy 2:13-15, concerning the true calling of women, the honourableness of housewifery before God, and the purity of God’s ordinance of marriage; and likewise shewing the blasphemy and horrible sins into which those fall who despise this blessed vocation.… Read More The True Calling of Women | John Calvin
John Calvin Commentary on Psalm 50:14 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.” Psalm 50:14 These verses [Psalm 50:14-15] cast light upon the preceding context. Had it been stated in unqualified… Read More Spiritual Worship in the Old Testament
John Calvin, Sermons on Deuteronomy, Second half of the 34th Sermon, pp. 228-230. 12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. 13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: 14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not… Read More The Lord’s Day is the Christian Sabbath | John Calvin
There is no doubt that Calvin pioneered psalm singing for his generation and that the Reformed churches quickly became known for their psalm singing. It is more difficult to prove that Calvin and the various churches of the evolving Reformed tradition of that time were Exclusive Psalmodist (EP) in the sense we understand it today… Read More Was John Calvin an Exclusive Psalmodist?
“Now, I see here today more people that I am accustomed to having at the sermon. Why is that? It is Christmas day. And who told you this? You poor beasts. That is a fitting euphemism for all of you who have come here today to honor Noel. Did you think you would be honoring… Read More An XMas Day Sermon by John Calvin
by Chris Coldwell Naphtali Press It is that time of year the Genevan reformer is trotted out to justify in some manner the observance of the church calendar, particularly by folks in traditions that have no business observing it, if they were true to their Reformational principles (i.e. Presbyterians). The Scottish Presbyterians managed to remove… Read More John Calvin and Holy Days
Much has been written in the past on the subject of John Calvin and his views on the relationship of the Civil Magistrate and the Church. Many have attempted to present a view of Calvin that would be opposed to the use of the law and the duties of the Christian Magistrate as presented in… Read More John Calvin: Two Kingdoms & Civil Enforcement of Both Tables
Although this excerpt is in relation to 1 Corinthians 11:14 and men having long hair being disgraceful, the argument Calvin makes is more widely applicable to all cultural norms and the importance of them being conformed “to the word of God, the law of nature, and human decency.“ Sermon on 1 Corinthians 11:11-16 Men, Women,… Read More The Importance of Customs Being Conformed to Nature | John Calvin