Calvin on Two Kinds of Righteousness (Isaiah 53.11)

Calvin comments on Isaiah 53.11: 

“…This is the difference between the righteousness of faith and the righteousness of the Law; for, although the Law shews what it is to be righteous, yet Paul affirms that it is impossible that righteousness should be obtained by it, and experience proves the same thing; for the Law is a mirror in which we behold our own unrighteousness….”

“Now, the doctrine which Christ teaches, as to obtaining righteousness, is nothing else than ‘the knowledge of him;’ and this is faith, when we embrace the benefit of his death and fully rely on him”  (John Calvin, Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah Vol. III trans. William Pringle [Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1999], 127).


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