My colleague next door at the Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church, Rev. Bill DeJong, has been blogging about the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. In his latest post, he quotes Hans Boersma’s Hot Pepper Corn and asserts that John Calvin “stopped short of stating that Christ’s obedience to the law was imputed to us.” Since Bill doesn’t allow comments on his blog, I want to briefly interact with that statement here. I want to note that this is not a settled matter. Bill apparently follows Boersma’s reading of Calvin. Francis Turretin had a different reading and you can find it in his Institutes of Elenctic Theology, volume 2, page 454. It was Turretin’s opinion that “Calvin, in many parts of his works, teaches the received opinion” regarding the imputation of the active obedience of Christ. Turretin then provides a series of quotes and references to the Institutes, as well as to Calvin’s commentaries on Romans and Galatians. He concludes this discussion by stating that “The French Synods have repeatedly declared that the same truth should be retained inviolable…” and then quoting the Synod of Tonneinsian. Turretin is not alone in his understanding of Calvin. Among others, see William Cunningham’s Historical Theology (vol. 2, SWRB 1991 reprint), 54. He finds the appeal to Calvin with regards to a denial of the imputation of the active obedience to be “without any sufficient warrant.” It could be that Turretin, Cunningham, et. al. are wrong and Boersma and DeJong are correct (I don’t think so myself). But whatever the case may be no one should have the impression that Boersma’s position has always and forever been recognized as a canonical, universally accepted, accurate portrayal of Calvin on this point.