Calvin on the Antinomians: Bid Farewell to the Law?

 Yesterday I noted Calvin’s discussion of the third use of the law – the biblical teaching that the law is useful for us in the Christian life as a guide unto righteousness.  Right after Calvin mentioned this, he spoke against those who think we do not need the law (the Libertines and Antinomians): Some unskillful… Continue reading Calvin on the Antinomians: Bid Farewell to the Law?

Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin talks about three parts, or uses, of the law (I.II.VII.6-12).  First, he said, the law “warns, informs, convicts, and lastly condemns, every man of his own unrighteousness. …The law is like a mirror.  In it, we contemplate our weakness….”  Second, Calvin said the law restrains people by… Continue reading Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law