Calvinist Verses from the Bible

In this post, I just want to share some verses from the Bible that teach Calvinism.

1 Samuel 10:9 – Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.

Ezekiel 36:26 – Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (cf. Ezekiel 11:19).

Jeremiah 24:7 – I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

Deuteronomy 30:6 – “Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.

Jeremiah 31:33 – “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Jeremiah 32:40 – I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.

Exodus 3:21-22 (Exodus 12:35-36) – I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.”

Daniel 1:8-10 – But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the youths who are your own age? Then you would make me forfeit my head to the king.”

John 1:13 – “…nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Romans 9:16, 18 – “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy… So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.” And of course all of Romans chapter 9 contains very powerful teaching on Calvinism.

Daniel 4:16 – “Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let a beast’s mind be given to him, and let seven periods of time pass over him.

Thanks so much for reading, if you would like to learn more about Calvinism, this link takes you to a really helpful series of videos by Dr. John Piper teaching the basics of Calvinism. And if you would like to go more in-depth, this link takes you to Dr. James White’s book, The Potter’s Freedom.

Does God love me even if I don’t feel it?

If you’ve ever had trouble believing God loves you, this will help.

Amanda Kay

For the large majority of my life, I didn’t believe God loved me. My pastor said God loved everyone. My mom said He loved me almost as much as she did. 😉 But because of people, who unknowingly fought against that truth by the way they treated me, I just couldn’t believe Jesus would love a girl like me.

I wanted to believe it so bad. I really did. But No amount of effort to force myself to believe it worked. No matter how many times I heard it through Bible studies, it just wouldn’t stick.

There’s a lot of reasons a person can doubt Gods love. Often times it’s because people treat them in ways that don’t show how valuable they are.

Other time it’s a misunderstanding of scripture.

But for me, and I think for many people in American culture, it was rooted in a desire to feel…

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Have we missed the entire point of what Jesus meant by “abundant life”?

This is deep, worth thinking about for a while.

Amanda Kay

As I was reading today, a quote by Sarah Young stopped me dead in my tracks. It said “Abundant life isnt necessarily health & wealth, but living in continual dependence on Jesus”.

Over the last few years, the thought of missing out on the abundant life Jesus promised me has caused me a ton of grief. As I’ve battled to recover from an anxiety disorder, Ive had to ask “Where is it”?

Where is this abundant life He promised?

It certainly wasn’t in the obsessive, dark thoughts in my mind. It wasn’t in the pain I felt every day. I tried to see it in the fleeting moments of freedom I experienced, but those were so few and far between it felt more like a tease than a glimmer of hope.

To be honest. This made me mad. Mostly at God. If He promised me this great life, where was…

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Unforgiveness keeps you chained to your abuser

This is a great short little piece.

Amanda Kay

Forgiveness is releasing a person from being held hostage to something they did. While at the same time releasing yourself from being held captive to it too.

You cannot chain someone to their past actions without keeping yourself bound to that event as well. ⛓

Bitterness & anger keep you enslaved to what people did to you. So if you don’t forgive – you stay bound to your abuser for life.

That is why Jesus tells us to forgive. That is why it is so important. Jesus came to give us life abundant. So making choices that keep us in bondage will never align with the life He has for us. ✨

If you have unforgiveness you’ve been holding on to, today, might you consider letting it go?

Ask Jesus to help you if you don’t know how. Say “I forgive (the persons name)” out loud. Over time, when you…

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Two Issues Regarding the Final Judgment of Humanity

Here I’d like to share a response I gave to a question about The Great White Throne Judgment. This is the question I received from Brian:

My favorite verse in the Bible deals with being saved by what we had done:

REV 20:12 – And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

1 – I know this verse takes place after the second coming. If the rules for judgement after the second coming are that we are judged by what we have done, sign me up for these rules (Not the faith rules).

2 – I know John is writing this… not Paul… not the words of Jesus. This is where I see issues with other verses like:

Ephesians 2:8-9 – 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.


So if this is not a contradiction of Paul, we are left with option 1 that the rules change after the second coming. I believe this makes an unjust God who is willing to judge some by faith and others by works. Worse yet, we’ve now entered in to a discussion of what happened to the people who died before Jesus? How can you have faith in someone who hasn’t even existed? (Another problem)

Needless to say, we started with a problem and created another problem by investigating it.

Thanks so much Brian for offering this question. In response, I’ll start by giving Revelation 20:12 some context:

Revelation 20:11-15

Judgment at the Throne of God

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and bbooks were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.[1]

I’d like to share the ESV Study Bible’s notes on this passage with you, I hope you find them helpful:

20:11 The great white throne reflects the purity and wisdom of the Ancient of Days (cf. Dan. 7:9). earth and sky fled away. This removal of the first heaven and earth (foretold in Hag. 2:6; Heb. 12:26–28; and previewed in Rev. 6:12–14; 16:18–21) prepares for the new heaven and earth (21:1, 4–5; Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:10–13).

20:12 The dead, great and small, include both God’s saints (11:18; 19:5) and the beast’s worshipers (13:16; 19:18). Books recording their deeds will be opened (Dan. 7:10), providing the grounds on which each is judged (Rom. 2:6–11). God keeps an accurate record of every human deed, and will reward and punish with perfect justice. another book, the book of life. See note on Rev. 20:13; cf. 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:15; 21:27.

20:13 The sea, Death, and Hades (the realm of the dead, cf. 6:8) will give up their dead as all people return to bodily existence to be judged (2 Cor. 5:10) by Jesus (Matt. 16:27; John 5:28–29; Acts 17:31). they were judged … according to what they had done. Unbelievers will be rightly condemned for their sins (cf. Rom. 3:23; Rev. 20:15). Believers, whose names are in the “book of life” (vv. 12, 15), will enter into “a new heaven and a new earth” (21:1) because the names in that book are of those who have been redeemed by “the Lamb who was slain” (13:8; cf. 21:27) for their sins (1:5). Their recorded deeds attest to their trust in Christ and are also the basis for determining their rewards (cf. notes on 1 Cor. 3:14–15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 22:12–16).

20:14 Death, the last enemy, will be destroyed when Christ returns and raises believers (1 Cor. 15:23–26). Therefore Death and Hades will be the last to be thrown into the lake of fire, the second death, where they will join the beast and the false prophet (Rev. 19:20) and the devil (20:10).

20:15 All whose names are not found written in the book of life will be condemned for the record of their deeds (cf. note on 20:11–15) and thrown into the lake of fire. Those enrolled in the Lamb’s book of life enter the new Jerusalem (21:27).[2]

1. This is not a contradiction of Paul. 2. The rule have not changed after the second coming. The scene we are reading about describes God’s judgment at the end of all human history, it is the final judgment of all mankind. People are judged regarding two issues, where they will spend eternity, and what their condition will be in eternity. The first judgment issue is based on their faith, (those who believed in Jesus are in the Lamb’s book of life, those who didn’t aren’t). The second judgment issue is based on their works, those who believed are rewarded for their service to Christ, those who did not believe are punished to the degree that their works were sinful.

Regarding your second question, you ask what happens to people who died before Jesus existed. My understanding is that if God had not included them in a covenant with himself, they are not saved. The Jews were in covenant with God, so faithful Jews were saved. As I understand it, all other people were not saved. This of course is the doctrine of sovereign election; I am a Calvinist.

Thank you so much for discussing Brian, I hope this helps.

[1] New American Standard Bible, 1995 Edition: Paragraph Version. (1995). (Re 20:11–15). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2493). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

…away from the body and at home with the Lord

This is an answer to a question about Jehovah’s Witnesses that I thought would be helpful:

The Question:

“What would one say to a JW who loves to quote psalm 146:3-4 about the dead returning to the ground and their thoughts perishing?”

My Answer:

My faithlife study Bible has this note on Psalm 146:4,

146:4 on that day his plans perish Even the greatest plans and aspirations of people die with them. Unlike people, God will never die, so He will be able to bring His plans to completion.[1]

I think they have the correct understanding of this verse. The NIV translates this verse:

Psalm 146:4 New International Version (NIV)

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.

This verse is not saying that all thought of the spirit ceases at death, it is saying that the person’s plans and aspirations for this life are brought to an end at death. With this understanding in place, we then must point out verses like 2 Corinthians 5:6-10:

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 New International Version (NIV)

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

When we are away from the body, we are at home with the Lord, thus our spirit continues to live and think.

[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 146:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Doctrines Don’t Save, Only Jesus Saves

This really made me feel bad for Jehovah’s Witnesses. It gives you a heart of compassion for them.

JW Inform

Long after a Jehovah’s Witness leaves the Watchtower organization, he or she may still cling to many of their false teachings, believing them to be true. This was certainly true in my case. For ten years after leaving the Watchtower organization, I still believed their teachings and obeyed all their rules and regulations. I didn’t celebrate birthdays or holidays, vote, salute the flag or sing the national anthem. I was a cult member without a cult!

Sadly, for thousands of Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world this is also true. Some of them mayclaim and even believethey are Christians while denying the basic tenets of the Christian faith. If you happen to come across them, please remember this: we are saved by grace, by faith, not by doctrines.

              For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not…

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Keeping an Eternal Perspective

This excerpt is taken from the Logos edition of 365 Days with Calvin


Keeping an Eternal Perspective

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

We know that people who have completed the circle of life are forthwith taken out of the world, yet the knowledge of this frailty fails to make a deep impression on our hearts because we do not lift our eyes above the world. Moses awakens us by showing us the eternal perspective of God, without which we do not perceive how speedily our life vanishes away.
The imagination that we shall have a long life is like a profound sleep in which we are all benumbed. Only meditating upon the heavenly life can swallow up this foolish fancy respecting the length of our continuance upon earth. To those who are blind to eternity, Moses presents the view of God as Judge. “O Lord!” he seems to say, “If men would only reflect upon that eternity from which Thou beholdest the inconstant circling of the world, they would not make so great an account of the present life.”
The reason that unbelievers indulge in pleasures is that they have their hearts too much set upon the world and do not taste the pleasures of a celestial eternity.
Hence we learn the application of this teaching. Why do we have such great anxiety about our life that nothing satisfies us? Do we continually molest ourselves because we foolishly imagine that we shall nestle in this world forever?
Moses does not only contrast a thousand years with one day; he also contrasts them with yesterday, which is already gone. For whatever is still before our eyes captivates our minds. But we are less affected with the recollection of what is past. So, let us elevate our minds by faith to God’s heavenly throne, from which he declares that this earthly life is nothing compared with what is yet to come.

FOR MEDITATION: Maintaining an eternal perspective is difficult. But isn’t our failure to do so the reason why we find ourselves falling into worldliness so often? Yesterday is past. We must keep the next thousand years in perspective.

Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 84). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Do you have a difficult time keeping an eternal perspective as a Christian? Do you have any tips that help you keep an eternal perspective?

The Equality Act, or, Why the Sky is Falling

I really enjoyed this conversation between the brilliant Allie Beth Stuckey and Lila Grace Rose. They discuss the Equality Act, and it’s potential impact on home school teaching, rights of conscience for Christians, and so much more. If you have the time to watch, it will be worth it. 🙂 I’d love to read your thoughts on their conversation in the comments, what say you?