John Calvin on the Humanity of Christ

As quoted in Dr. Robert Morey’s The Trinity: Evidence and Issues.

“Certainly those who imagine that the Son of God was exempt from human passions do not truly and sincerely acknowledge him to be a man.” 1

“Still the weakness which Christ took upon himself must be distinguished from ours, for there is a great difference.  In us there is no affection unaccompanied by sin, because they all exceed due bounds and proper restraint; but when Christ was distressed by grief and fear, he did not rise against God, but continued to be regulated by the true rule of moderation.  We need not wonder that, since he was innocent, and pure from every stain, the affections which flowed from him were pure and stainless, but that nothing proceeds from the corrupt nature of men which is not impure and filthy.  Let us, therefore, attend to this distinction, that Christ, amidst fear and sadness, was weak without taint of sin; but that all of our affections are sinful, because they rise to an extravagant height.”2


  1. John Calvin, Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965), 3:227.
  2. Ibid., 227-228.
  3. Morey, Robert A. “God the Son.” The Trinity: Evidence and Issues. Las Vegas: Christian Scholar’s, 1996. 294-295. Print.

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