Der Rechtfertigungsbegriff nimmt einen zentralen Stellenwert in Calvins Theologie ein.
“This is the main hinge on which religion turns. . . . For unless you first of all grasp what your relationship to God is, and the nature of his judgment concerning you, you have neither a foundation on which to establish your salvation nor one on which to build piety toward God.” (Pos. 720-722)
Calvin could not be clearer about the importance he gives to justification: it is “the principle article of the Christian faith,” “the main hinge on which religion turns,” “the principal article of the whole doctrine of salvation and the foundation of all religion,” and “the sum of all piety.” (Pos. 2167-2170)
Michael Horton. Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever. Crossway: Wheaton, 2013.