Saturday, December 4, 2010

Francis Turretin: Christ Infinitely Satisfied the Punishment of Death and Merited the Reward of Life for Us

The obedience of Christ has a twofold efficacy, satisfactory and meritorious; the former by which we are freed from the punishments incurred by sin; the latter by which (through the remission of sin) a right to eternal life and salvation is acquired for us. For as sin has brought upon us two evils - the loss of life and exposure to death - so redemption must procure the two opposite benefits - deliverance from death and a right to life, escape from hell and an entrance into heaven.

-Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, vol. II, p. 447

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