Gospel-Driven Quote of the Week

“…For what use is the law revealed? I answer…To them that are in Christ. It serves,

[1.] To magnify Christ unto them, shewing them their obligation to him for fulfilling it in their stead. ‘O wretched man that I am! (says the apostle); who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord,’ Rom. vii. 24, 25. ‘Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith,’ Gal. iii. 13, 14.

[2.] To be a rule of life unto them, wherein they may express their gratitude by obeying the law of Christ. So the law leads to Christ as a Redeemer from its curse and condemnation, and He leads back to the law as a directory, the rule and standard of their obedience to him.

Works of Thomas Boston, vol. 2, “The Moral Law,” pp. 64-65


One Response to Gospel-Driven Quote of the Week

  1. Good post. Thanks for sharing from your reading!

    I wholeheartedly agree with the first use of the law. If we do not fully understand how incapable we are of keeping God’s holy standard in order to be able to come into His presence without perishing, we do not fully understand the depth of the sacrifice of Christ.

    The second use, however, the one which claims that the law serves as “a rule of life unto [us], wherein [we] may express [our] gratitude by obeying the law of Christ” has been somewhat problematic for me, I have to admit.

    I guess that, on some level, I agree with this statement… but doesn’t it seem so much more than this for those who are in Christ? There are two reasons why it seems to me that this doesn’t show the whole truth of who God is in saying that we “express our gratitude” to Christ by obeying the commandments set forth by the Father:

    1) It seems to be a conditional expression of gratitude, that we obey the commandments only because Christ has paid the ultimate sacrifice for our rebellious humanity. But God, being God, should be obeyed no matter what He decides to do as part of His perfectly sovereign, and perfectly good, will… right? If God had decided not to send His Son as the definitive sacrificial Lamb, His holiness would still demand perfection. To be sure, we are grateful for God’s mercy, but is our gratitude truly the reason why we continue to serve Him? And yet it does play a huge part… hmmm…

    2) It seems as if in saying this, the emphasis is placed on the decision of the human servant to choose to “express his/her gratitude”. Does this ignore the overwhelming desire that God has placed in His children to seek after Him, and in doing so seek after holiness? Where does this place the emphasis of action in the process of sanctification? Where has the work of the Spirit gone?

    Just my ramblings. Please take them with a grain of salt, patient brethren!

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