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Ulrich Zwingli Quotes

Ulrich Zwingli was one of major forces that brought about the Protestant Reformation. The mighty man of God influenced the city of Zurich similar to the way that John Calvin dominated the city of Geneva. The two great reformers were closely associated with each other, although there are fewer Ulrich Zwingli quotes around today than there are Calvin quotes. I hope you will enjoy this collection of Ulrich Zwingli quotes from the great Swiss reformer.

  • A man who is inconsistent in his speech cannot be trusted.
  • Almighty, eternal and merciful God, whose Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, open and illuminate our minds, that we may purely and perfectly understand thy Word and that our lives may be conformed to what we have rightly understood, that in nothing we may be displeasing unto thy majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • And whence have the sheep such discerning knowledge of Christ that they take no one else’s voice for His? From the fact that they are known by God [Gal. 4:9]. From the fact that the Father draws them (for no one comes to Christ save him whom his Father draws [Jn. 6:44]. From the fact that all are taught of God [Jn. 6:45]. Therefore it follows that only those sheep do not err who know the voice of their shepherd so well that they receive absolutely no other.
  • Christ is our justification, from which follows that our good works, if they are of Christ, are good; but if ours, they are neither right or good.
  • Christ is the one eternal high priest, therefore those who vaunt themselves as high priests oppose the honor and power of Christ.
  • Christ who gave himself once and for all upon the cross is a sacrifice and victim making satisfaction in eternity for the sins of all the faithful. Hence the Mass is not a sacrifice, but a commemoration of the sacrifice made once for all upon the cross and is, as it were, a sign of our redemption in Christ.
  • Christians suffer as in a Babylonian Captivity until God with His own hand redeems us. For that which we…endure is not a disadvantage but an embellishment of our robes and crowns.
  • Consequently, confession to a priest or a nieghbor is not for remission of sins but for counseling.
  • Faith exists in our hearts by the spirit of God and we are sensible of it. That there is an inward change of heart is not an obscure matter but we do not come to it by means of the senses.
  • First consider the fact that Christ gave himself up to death on our behalf and became ours: therefore we ought to give up ourselves for the good of all men, not thinking that we are our own, but that we belong to others.
  • For when he includes us under Abraham’s covenant this word makes us no less certain of their election than of the old Hebrews’. For the statement that they are in the covenant, testament and people of God assures us of their election until the Lord announces something different of someone.
  • For when man through repentance has come to the knowledge of himself, he finds nothing but utter despair. Hence, wholly distrusting himself, he is forced to take refuge in the mercy of God. But when he has begun to do that, justice makes him afraid. Then Christ appears, who has satisfied the divine justice for our trespasses. When once there is faith in Him, then salvation is found; for He is the infallible pledge of God’s mercy.
  • God gives us everything in the name of Christ. Hence we need no other intercessors.
  • He who declines to remit any sin to a penitent stands not in the place of God or Peter but of the devil.
  • If it be inquired, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing existence amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity: that is, a knowledge, first, of the mode in which God is duly worshipped; and, secondly, of the source from which salvation is to be obtained. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name of Christians, our profession is empty and vain.
  • If magistrates go against the rule of Christ they may be deposed.
  • If poverty, illness, childlessness, slighting and defeat are our portion and we attribute them to Providence, what comfort we receive in such adversity!
  • If we are able we should never suffer the wolf in the place of the shepherd. If we cannot, then we must wait for redemption. For the gracious example of Christ is far more effective for me than the rough punishment of Moses.
  • If we desire wisdom or learning, we are taught to ask it of Him alone.
  • If we have to reprove or punish, we ought to do it wisely and wittily, and so good humouredly and considerately that we not only drive away the offence but win over the offender, binding him more closely to us.
  • In the Gospel the whole truth is clearly contained…
  • In the things of this life, the laborer is most like to God.
  • Indeed it is my opinion that all infants who are under the testament are doubtless of the elect by the laws of the testament.
  • Magistrates may take the lives of those guilty of public offense.
  • No person is to strike another to death without the legal right or the command of God. Therefore, the angry, ill-tempered Christians are unjust if they think that, according to the word of Deuteronomy 13, one should strike them. Rather one should leave them to God. He will arrange it as He wants to have it.
  • One who is redeemed by him learns clearly and purely the word of God and by his spirit is drawn to him and transformed into him.
  • Since Christ is our righteousness, our works are good only insofar as they are of Christ.
  • That kingdom is best and soundest which is from God and in God.
  • That realm is best and most stable which is ruled in accordance with God’s will alone, and the worst and weakest is that which is ruled arbitrarily.
  • The sacraments are signs or ceremonials by which a man proves to the church that he either aims to be or is a soldier of Christ and which inform the whole Church rather than yourselves of your faith, for if your faith is not so perfect as not to need a ceremonial sign it is not faith.
  • The temporal authority arrogated by priests belongs to the civil government. Whom all Christians are obligated to obey. Provided they do nothing against God.
  • Therefore those who hear are God’s sheep, are the church of God, and cannot err; for they follow the word only of God, which can in no wise deceive. But if they follow another word, they are not Christ’s sheep, nor flock, nor church; for they follow a stranger. For it is characteristic of the sheep not even to hear a stranger.
  • This is the gospel, that sins are remitted in the name of Christ; and no heart ever received tidings more glad.
  • Those who say that the Gospel is nothing without the confirmation of the Church err and blaspheme God.
  • Through Christ alone we are given salvation, blessedness, grace, pardon, and all that makes us in any way worthy in the sight of a righteous God.
  • Thy purpose fulfil: nothing can be too severe for me. I am thy vessel, for you to make whole or break to pieces. Since, if you take hence my spirit from this earth, you do it so that it will not grow evil, and will not mar the pious lives of others.
  • To ascribe to works of satisfaction what Christ has done is to condemn God.
  • To attribute absolution to a creature is to deprive God of His glory.
  • We cannot but admit that not even the least thing takes place unless it is ordered by God. For who have ever been so concerned and curious as to find out how much hair he has on his head? There is no one. God, however, knows the number. Indeed, nothing is too small in us or in any other creature, not to be ordered by the all-knowing and all-powerful providence of God.
  • We learn that all these things are changing and destructible, but that he who conjoined them … is necessarily unchanging and immutable.
  • What then of Esau, if he had died as an infant? Would your judgment place him among the elect? Yes. Then does election remain sure? It does. And rejection remains also. But listen. If Esau had died an infant he would doubtless have been elect. For if he had died then there would have been the seal of election, for the Lord would not have rejected him eternally. But since he lived and was of the non-elect, he so lived that we see in the fruit of his unfaithfulness that he was rejected by the Lord
  • Whatsoever God permits and has not forbidden is right, Therefore marriage is becoming to all men…
  • Where God works, you need have no fear that things will not be done rightly.
  • Whereas the jurisdiction and authority of the secular power is based on the teachings and actions of Christ.
  • You are God’s tool. He wills to wear you out by use not by idleness. Oh happy man, whom He calls to His work!

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