Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Faith Rests On A Foundation Of Law

To reduce the law, as some antinomians do, to merely a promise of death is to deny it's meaning, and finally it's judgment. The law is not a mere negation: it's purpose is to outlaw sin and to protect and nurture righteousness. In this respect alone, the law is a promise of life. A law against murder is a promise of death to the murderer, and a promise of life and protection in the life to the godly. To remove the promise of life to the godly means to remove at one and the same time the promise of death to the murderer. When thieves and murderers are removed from society, life and property are thereby protected and furthered. When the antinomians reduce the law to a merely negative function, death to sin, they implicitly remove that death penalty also and prepare the way for love to become the redeemer and life-giver rather than God. They remove it by making a new principle the life-giver, love, God's love for man and man's love for God; death then becomes the depravation of love, and love is the cure-all for deprivation. But the Biblical doctrine of atonement declares plainly that man's salvation is by Christ's works of law, his perfect obedience as our representative and federal head, and His substitutionary acceptance of our sentence of death. We are sentenced to death by the law, and we are made righteous before God by law, but we receive this fact by faith. Faith does not eliminate the legal transaction involved, nor the requirement that we now show forth the fruits of salvation, godly works. Faith rests in the foundation of law. The Institutes of Biblical Law pgs. 171-172

1 comment:

Haughstuff said...

Wonderfully true!