Calvin on Justification and Works

My good friend Cliff Kvidahl has posted a quote by Calvin that is worth considering in light of the current raging debate over Paul’s teaching on “justification” (as our English bibles translate the Greek) and “works.” This was originally brought to my attention by Roy Ciampa on a Facebook post. Quite interesting.

Theological Musings

Over at the Facebook group Nerdy Language Majors (if you are not a member, join!), Roy Ciampa makes mention of quote from Calvin that I thought was interesting.

I come to the second class, in which the chief difficulty lies. Paul finds nothing stronger to prove justification by faith than that which is written of Abraham, he “believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness,” (Rom. 4:3; Gal. 3:6). Therefore, when it is said that the achievement of Phinehas “was counted unto him for righteousness,” (Ps. 106:30, 31), we may argue that what Paul contends for respecting faith applies also to works. Our opponents, accordingly, as if the point were proved, set it down that though we are not justified without faith, it is not by faith only; that our justification is completed by works. Here I beseech believers, as they know that the true standard of righteousness…

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