"The only haven of safety is the mercy of God, as manifested in Christ, in whom every part of our salvation is complete.
As all mankind are, in the sight of God, lost sinners, we hold that Christ is their only righteousness, since,
by His obedience, He has wiped off all our transgressions;
by His sacrifice, appeased the divine anger;
by His blood, washed away our sins;
by His cross, borne our curse; and
by His death, made satisfaction for us.
We maintain that in this way man is reconciled in Christ to God the Father, by no merit of his own, by no value of works, but by gratuitous mercy.”
(John Calvin, A Reformation Debate)