Posted by: Michael M. Dewalt | December 27, 2008

Block out the Spirit

“There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence” – John Calvin 



  1. Why is there no reference given for the quotes? I don’t question the quote itself but often appreciate following a line of thought in context.
    Thank you.

  2. See Calvin’s Commentary on Luke 24:45

    • “We ought, therefore, to acknowledge that we come short in every respect, so that the heavenly doctrine proves to be useful and efficacious to us, only so far as the Spirit both forms our minds to understand it, and our hearts to submit to its yoke; and, therefore, that in order to our being properly qualified forbecoming his disciples, we must lay aside all confidence in our own abilities, and seek light from heaven; and, abandoning the foolish opinion of free-will, must give ourselves up to be governed by God. Nor is it without reason that Paul bids men become fools, that they may be wise to God, (1 Corinthians 3:18;) for no darkness is more dangerous for quenching the light of the Spirit than reliance on our own sagacity.” Commentary on the Harmony of the Gospels, Vol. 3 – Luke 24:45

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