Miscellaneous Quotes (109)

“..we make the Holy Scriptures the canon and the rule of every dogma; we of necessity look upon that, and receive alone that which may be made conformable to the intention of those writings.” (On the Soul and Resurrection).” – Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 – c. 395)

“God has never looked into the future and learned anything.” –
Steve Lawson

“Either sin is lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God – and if it is resting on Christ, you are free.” – Martin Luther

“We shall never be clothed in the righteousness of Christ except we first know assuredly that we have no righteousness of our own.” – John Calvin

“We cannot be unjustified any more than Christ can be uncrucified.” – Burk Parsons

“Regeneration and conversion are two sides of the same coin. Regeneration is God’s sovereign activity by the Holy Spirit in the soul of one who is spiritually dead in sin. Regeneration is the implantation of new life in the soul. Regeneration gives the gifts of repentance and faith. On the other side of the coin, conversion is the response of the one who is regenerated. Regeneration is the cause, and conversion is the effect.” – Steve Lawson

“Christ reigns whenever he subdues the world to Himself by the preaching of His word.” – John Calvin

H. Richard Niebuhr famously described the liberal theology of the 1930s with this statement: “A God without wrath brought man without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”

“Doctrine matters. What you believe about God, the gospel, the nature of man, and every major truth addressed in Scripture filters down to every area of your life. You and I will never rise above our view of God and our understanding of His Word.” – John MacArthur

“True repentance is displeasure at sin, arising out of fear and reverence for God, and producing, at the same time, a love and desire of righteousness.” – John Calvin

“You will never turn from a sin you don’t hate.” – Jen Wilkin

“Even if we were carefully to examine just one minute of our lives, we would find ourselves worthy of eternal death. Indeed, each one of us would discover ourselves to be sinners, not in just one area but a hundred thousand; not due to some one fault but to countless millions. Now if even we ourselves acknowledge that we are full of so many blemishes, surely God is aware of many more than we could ever perceive, because he sees more deeply than we can, as John writes in his epistle (l John 3:20). Thus, the case is settled. The verdict is that no one can be justified by the law; justification is through faith alone.” – John Calvin

“Jesus was guilty of nothing. Yet on the cross, the Father treated Him as if He had committed personally every sin ever committed by every individual who would ever believe. Though He was blameless, He faced the full fury of God’s wrath, enduring the penalty of sin on behalf of those He came to save. In this way, the sinless Son of God became the perfect substitute for the sinful sons of men. As a result of Christ’s sacrifice, the elect become the righteousness of God in Him. In the same way that the Father treated the Son as a sinner, even though the Son was sinless, the Father now treats believers as righteous, even though they were unrighteous. Jesus exchanged His life for sinners in order to fulfill the elective plan of God. And He did it so that, in the end, He might give back to the Father the love gift that the Father gave to Him.” – John MacArthur

“God has created the entire world that it should be the theater of His glory by the spread of His gospel.” – John Calvin

“Election is ascribed to God the Father, sanctification to the Spirit and reconciliation to Jesus Christ. This is the chain of salvation and never a link of this chain must be broken. The Son cannot die for them the Father never elected, and the Spirit will never sanctify them whom the Father has not elected nor the Son redeemed.” – Thomas Manton

“The sin of Adam did not make the condemnation of all men merely possible; It was the ground of their actual condemnation. So the righteousness of Christ did not make the salvation of men merely possible, it secured the actual salvation for those whom He wrought.” – Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Volume 2

“The question that needs a precise answer is this: Did He or didn’t He? Did Christ actually make a substitutionary sacrifice for sins or didn’t He? If He did, then it was not for all the world, for then all the world would be saved.” – Edwin H. Palmer, The Five Points of Calvinism, p. 47.

“The blood of Christ can cleanse away all sin. But we must plead guilty before God can declare us innocent.” – J.C. Ryle

“The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people is in hoping to discover in themselves, that which is found in Christ alone.” – A. W. Pink

“Grace … eliminates boasting; it suffocates boasting: it silences any and all negotiations about our contribution before they can even begin. By definition we cannot ‘qualify’ for grace in any way, by any means, or through any action.” – Sinclair Ferguson, The Whole Christ, pg. 110

“Preaching is not men teaching from the Bible. Preaching is God teaching the Bible through men.” – Ian Murray

“Go ahead researchers—dig up all the old graves you want. You won’t change a thing. He has risen.” – Charles Colson

“The gospel has not been crafted by any church, drafted by any denomination, nor scripted by any seminary, but has come down from God Himself.” – Steve Lawson