Georg Major on Christ’s active and passive obedience

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Christ was subject to the law in two different senses. The first was the active sense, in that he perfectly fulfilled everything that was prescribed in the ceremonial or moral law. He was circumcised on the eighth day according to the law, being presented in the temple in order to fulfill the law of purification, to which, however, he was not himself subject. Likewise, he kept the feasts and rituals commanded in the law and fulfilled the moral law to such a degree that … he did not commit any sin, nor was any falsehood found in his mouth.

He performed this perfect obedience to the law so that he could pass it on to us. The result is that his fulfilling of the law is imputed to us, who have not kept it perfectly, as if we had done so. He was also subject to the law in a passive sense, when he took on himself the punishment and offence of the law in order to deflect the wrath of the eternal Father from us. ...

For the reference, see Georg Major on Christ’s active and passive obedience.
 

KMK

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Nice. And that's about a hundred years before the Westminster Standards.
 

Reformed Covenanter

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Nice. And that's about a hundred years before the Westminster Standards.

And it is coming from a Lutheran. So much for the notion that active obedience was something dreamed up by Aristotelian Reformed scholastics who departed from John Calvin's simple biblicism!
 
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