Sunday, October 16, 2016

Calvin: no reliance on good works

Sunday, October 16, 2016
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
    —Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
    Justification is withdrawn from works, not that no good works may be done, or that what is done may be denied to be good, but that we may not rely upon them, glory in them, or ascribe salvation to them.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. II, tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.xvii.1, p. 34 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:20-24,28; Gal. 2:15-16; 3:11,24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cannot save myself.
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