“You will never go beyond this” by John Calvin

“Almost all men are infected with the disease of desiring useless knowledge. It is of great importance that we should be told what is necessary for us to know, and what the Lord desires us to contemplate, above and below, on the right hand and on the left, before and behind.

The love of Christ is held out to us as the subject which ought to occupy our daily and nightly meditations, and in which we ought to be wholly immersed. He who holds in possession of this alone, has enough.

Beyond it there is nothing solid, nothing useful– nothing, in short, that is right or sound. Go abroad in heaven and earth and sea, you will never go beyond this without overstepping the lawful bounds of wisdom.”

–John Calvin, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, trans. T.H.L. Parker (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965), 169. Calvin is commenting on Ephesians 3: 18-19.

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2 responses to ““You will never go beyond this” by John Calvin

  1. Thanks for a great quote. It makes me wonder just how much of our “knowledge” falls into the category of useless. Probably much more than we think! This is a good reminder to stay focused.

  2. Pingback: He Who Holds in Possession of This Alone, Has Enough « Renewing Thoughts

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