Obj. 3. We ought not to desire that which God does not desire to give us in this life, and which we cannot obtain. But God does not desire to give us perfect obedience to the law in this life. Therefore it is in vain that we desire it, and strive for it by the doctrine of the law. Ans. We ought not to desire that which God does not desire to give us, unless he commands us to desire it, and there be weighty reasons why we should seek to obtain it. But God commands us to seek and to desire the perfect fulfillment of the law in this life, and that: 1. Because he purposes at length to accomplish it in those who desire it, and to grant it to us after this life, if we here truly and heartily desire it. 2. That we may here make progress in true piety, and that the desire to conform our lives to the requirements of the divine law be daily more and more kindled and confirmed in us. 3. That God may, by this desire of fulfilling the law, exercise in us repentance and obedience.
Zacharias Ursinus | Commentary of Dr Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism, trans. George W. Williard (Cincinnati: Elm Street Printing Company, 1888), 616–18.
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Woah this is really cool! Super grateful for the Heidelberg Catechism! I have a couple of questions. The quote says “Because he purposes at length to accomplish it in those who desire it, and to grant it to us after this life, if we here truly and heartily desire it.” That “and” in there is confusing me a bit. Is the awesome Ursinus talking about glorification in this quote? Or is it more of that God wants us to be perfect as he is perfect but in this life that is impossible, but wait, good news, we will be perfect in heaven? Just a bit confused if anybody can help. Awesome post Dr Clark! Makes me ponder and study theology more! Super grateful!