We must seek, from Christ, what the law would give if anyone could fulfill it, or, what is the same thing, that we obtain, through Christ’s grace, what God promised in the law for our works…For if righteousness consists in the observance of the law, who will deny that Christ merited favor for us when, by taking that burden upon himself, he reconciled us to God as if we had kept the law?John Calvin (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2.17.5.


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