Sunday, October 25, 2015

Calvin: law and grace

Sunday, October 25, 2015
    Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285
    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    —Romans 5:8 (NIV)
    In the precepts of the law, God is seen as the rewarder only of perfect righteousness (a righteousness of which all are destitute), and, on the other hand, as the stern avenger of wickedness. But in Christ his countenance beams forth full of grace and gentleness towards poor unworthy sinners.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, ii.7.8, p. 320 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; Heb. 7:26; Jas. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, apart from You, I am beyond hope.
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