Of Christian Liberty: From John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 3, Chapter 19, Sections 2-9
For the question is not how we may be righteous, but how, though unworthy and unrighteous, we may be regarded as righteous.
Christian liberty seems to me to consist of three parts. First, the consciences of believers, while seeking the assurance of their justification before God, must rise above the law, and think no more of obtaining justification by it. For while the law, as has already been demonstrated(supra, chap. 17, sec. 1), leaves not one man righteous, we are either excluded from all hope of justification, or we must be loosed from the law, and so loosed as that no account at all shall be taken of works. For he who imagines that in order to obtain justification ...