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?
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