by John Calvin
Reformatted and lightly updated by Monergism Books
"On the Christian Life" by John Calvin is a transformative journey that guides believers in living a truly Christian life. This book centers on two fundamental principles that shape our Christian identity.
First, it emphasizes that genuine faith is characterized by a deep love for righteousness. It is not merely a superficial profession, but a heartfelt devotion to living in accordance with God's will. This love for righteousness permeates every aspect of our lives and serves as the foundation of our Christian identity.
Secondly, the book expounds on the standard by which we should regulate our lives. The Christian life entails two essential duties. Firstly, it requires unwavering patience in the face of challenges and difficulties. In recognizing the arduous nature of the Christian journey, we must cultivate endurance and steadfastness. Chapter three delves into the significance of embracing the cross and its transformative power in our lives. Secondly, the Christian life necessitates a constant meditation on the future life. Chapter four invites us to contemplate the eternal rewards that await us, inspiring hope and perseverance in our earthly pilgrimage.
Finally, the book highlights the proper use of this present life and its comforts without falling into abuse or excess. It teaches us to embrace the blessings of life while remaining vigilant against the allure of worldly indulgence. Chapter five provides valuable guidance on how to navigate the joys and challenges of this life, reminding us that our ultimate goal is to honor God in all we do.
In "On the Christian Life," Calvin's pastoral wisdom and devotionally rich insights inspire believers to embody the essence of Christianity. It encourages us to love righteousness, embrace the cross, set our minds on eternity, and use the blessings of this life for God's glory. Through the transformative power of God's grace, this book guides us on the path of true discipleship and helps us navigate the complexities of the Christian journey with steadfastness, hope, and joy.
Table of Contents
Chapter I: Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to it.
Chapter II: A Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denial.
Chapter III: Of Bearing the Cross: One Branch of Self-Denial.
Chapter IV: Of Meditating on the Future Life.
Chapter V: How to Use the Present Life, and the Comforts of It.