2007September22, Saturday

Calvin on Who Is Called “Righteous”

Posted in Inspiring Quotes at 0:23 by Trey Austin

“The word µymt (tamim) which the ancient interpreter is accustomed to translate perfect, is of the same force as upright or sincere; and is opposed to what is deceitful, pretended, and vain. And Moses does not rashly connect these two things together; for the world, being always influenced by external splendor, estimates justice, not by the affection of the heart, but by bare works. If, however, we desire to be approved by God, and accounted righteous before him, we must not only regulate our hands, and eyes, and feet, in obedience to his Law; but integrity of heart is above all things required, and holds the chief place in the true definition of righteousness. Let us, however, know that they are called just and upright, not who are in every respect perfect, and in whom there is no defect; but who cultivate righteousness purely, and from their heart. Because we are assured that God does not act towards his own people with the rigour of justice, as requiring of them a life according to the perfect rule of the Law; for, if only no hypocrisy reigns within them, but the pure love of rectitude flourishes and fills their hearts, he pronounces them, according to his clemency, to be righteous.”

From Calvin’s Commentary on Genesis 6:9

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