alien righteousness

Taken from Michael Horton’s chapter “Obedience Is Better than Sacrifice” in the book The Law Is Not Of Faith: Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant.  

“Under the law, in Adam, one is trapped in the cycle of sin and death, resentment and despair, self-righteousness and self-condemnation.  Yet under grace, in Christ, one is not only justified apart from the law but is able for the first time to respond to that law of love that calls from the deepest recesses of our being as covenantally constituted creatures.  It is not the law itself that changes, but our relation to it, and that makes all the difference.” (334)

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