John Calvin’s Conversion

from Sep 07, 2016 Category: Ligonier Resources

In this excerpt from his teaching series Calvinism and the Christian Life, Ian Hamilton describes what we know of John Calvin’s conversion.

Transcript

It’s uncertain when Calvin was actually converted to the Lord Jesus Christ, probably between the years 1530 and 1533.

Calvin remarkably says almost nothing about the circumstances of his conversion. There is one little passage in the preface to his Latin commentary on the Psalms where he simply tells us, “God subdued my heart to docility, which had become hardened against the truth of the gospel.”

But those few words give us a wonderful insight into the mind and heart of John Calvin. “God subdued my heart to docility.” Deus subegit—“God subdued me.” And that became the hallmark of Calvin’s life and teaching until he died in 1564.