Our privilege of prayer is part of the mysterious interface of time and eternity, one illuminated especially in the Incarnation, where we can ponder the truth of God's eternal decree, and the reality of actions in time.
In sum, just as Calvin answers the Lutheran charge that his formulation reduces the Supper to a fallacious exhibition by emphasizing that the grace of the Supper lies in a true, not fabricated, participation or communication, so Calvin responds to the charge of a legal fiction by affirming the reality of the righteousness belonging to believers by virtue of their union with the righteous Christ. It is a true union, moreover, not with the grace or virtue of Christ's presence but with Christ himself, Christ in his flesh and blood, who is made present by the Spirit through faith.
By raising Christ from death, God as the supreme Judge set his seal to the absolute perfection and completeness of his atoning work. The resurrection is a public announcement to the world that the penalty of death has been borne by Christ to its bitter end and that in consequence the dominion of guilt has been broken, the curse annihilated forevermore.