For the [Mosiac] covenant was a legal covenant solemnly agreed, by which the people were obligated to present, by their own strength, perfect obedience to the Law (Matthew 22). Since the Law is the eternal rule of righteousness in the divine mind to which he wills all rational creatures to be conformed, and eternal life was promised by God to the servants who perfectly obeyed, truly the curse is pronounced upon transgressors.
…For this reason also the Apostle says in Romans 10 that the goal of this legal covenant was Christ. And he withdrew nothing from the divine justice expressed in the sanction of the law, already before the same through the Prophet he promised a Mediator, God and Man, who by the his merit the memory of sin will be destroyed and by his efficacy the laws will be inscribed on our hearts. Because the knowledge of him will have been given to us by means of Christ.
Caspar Olevianus | De substantia foederis gratuiti inter deum et electos, 1.1.9 and 11. | Translation by R. Scott Clark.
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