…It Is Reckoned To Be Truly Ours (Turretin)

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Volume 2 Justifying faith is not a work; it is not the meritorious grounds of justification nor is it an antecedent (or a priori) condition of the covenant of grace.  Justifying faith is an instrument that receives the active and passive obedience (the righteousness) of Christ, which are the grounds for justification.  Speaking of the righteousness of Christ and justification, Turretin explains it well (I’ve formatted/edited it to make it easier to read):

Therefore when we say
a) that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us for justification,
b) that we are just before God through imputed righteousness and not through any righteousness inherent in us,

We mean nothing else than that the obedience of Christ rendered in our name to God the Father is so given to us by God that
a) it is reckoned to be truly ours
b) it is the sole and only righteousness on account of and by the merit of which we are absolved from the guilt of our sins and obtain a right to life;
c) that there is in us no righteousness or good works by which we can deserve such good benefits which can bear the severe examination of the divine court, if God willed to deal with us according to the rigor of his law;
d) that we can oppose nothing to it [the divine court] except the merit and satisfaction of Christ, in which alone, terrified by the consciousness of sin, we can find a safe refuge against the divine wrath and peace for our souls.

Francis Turretin, Institutes, Vol. 2, p. 648.

shane lems

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