Calvin on Man’s Denying God His Due

From Institutes, I.V.4

“They have within themselves a workshop graced with God’s unnumbered works…They ought, then, to break forth into praises of him but are actually puffed up and swollen with all the more pride…

They see such exquisite workmanship in their individual members, from mouth and eyes even to their very toenails.  Here also they substitute nature for God…

Shall we think ourselves the inventors of so many arts and useful things that God may be defrauded of his praise even though experience sufficiently teaches that what we have has been unequally distributed among us from another source?

Let us therefore remember, whenever each of us contemplates his own nature, that there is one God who so governs all natures that he would have us look unto him, direct our faith to him, and worship and call upon him.  For nothing is more preposterous than to enjoy the very remarkable gifts that attest the divine nature within us, yet to overlook the Author who gives them to us at our asking.”

 

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