Thursday, January 15, 2009

Calvin 365: (12) The righteousness of the law

Having been sick and bad of late (long "a" in "bad," and "bad" is Wenglish for unwell) I have fallen behind with the daily quote from Calvin:
If it is true that in the law we are taught the perfection of righteousness, this also follows: the complete observance of the law is perfect righteousness before God. By it man would evidently be deemed and reckoned righteous before the heavenly judgment seat...We cannot gainsay that the reward of eternal salvation awaits complete obedience to the law, as the Lord has promised.

Because observance of the law is found in none of us, we are excluded from the promises of life, and fall back into the mere curse.
Institutes, 2. 7. 3

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