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Love as the Fulfilling of the Law in Gal. 5.14

Ever wondered what Paul meant when he said that the Law is fulfilled through obeying Leviticus 19.18 (“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”)? Can the Law really be “fulfilled” without reference to the first Table? Don’t worry, Niels Hemmingsen is here to help. Below are his notes on the verse from his commentary on […]

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“Let the Children of God Remember That All Sin Is Mortal”

Some time ago, I animadverted to Niels Hemmingsen’s (who else?) employment of the traditional divisio of mortal and venial sin. There it was clear that, for Hemmingsen, all sins are mortal by nature (sua natura), and so, for the distinction to be useful, it must be recast as having reference, not to an objective difference […]

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Vestiti Christi Iusticia

In his discussion of the First Commandment in the¬†Enchiridion theologicum, Niels Hemmingsen observes that no man satisfies it–as, indeed, is true of the other nine as well. This should cause the mind “to contemplate its own impurity and to recognize its deserved punishment.” The punishment our wickedness deserves in general is the curse; specifically, it […]

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The Covering of the Divine Mercy

  Our Monday jolt of Calvin for this week comes from his discussion of the Law in¬†Institutes 2.7.8. The Law pronounces a curse on all who, taking their beginning from unbelief, disobey its demands and binds the wayward to condemnation and destruction. But why? In order to serve the divine clemency: so that the wayward […]