“What kind of life is it that the believer hath in consequence of his being dead to the law?…
It is called a gospel life: ‘Let your conversation be, as it becometh the gospel:’ that is, as it becomes a gospel-state, gospel-principles, gospel rules, gospel-patterns, gospel motives, and gospel-ends; and, under the influence of gospel-grace, ‘Adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour.’
“…the law teacheth them only perceptively; but it is the gospel that teacheth them effectively…”
-But, omitting all these, I only instance in one Scripture, wherein this living unto God is described, in such a manner, as includes all other properties of it; yea, and comprehends all the duties of obedience we are called to; ‘The grace of God that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world,’ Titus ii. 11, 12; where you see, this living unto God comprehends all these duties of piety towards God, sobriety toward ourselves, and righteousness towards our neighbour, which we are obliged to by the law, as a rule of life and holiness; and all under the influence of the grace of God, revealed in the gospel, teaching us these things efficaciously; for the law teacheth them only perceptively; but it is the gospel that teacheth them effectively; worketh in us both to will and to do.
O that we knew this life more than we do.”
Ralph Erskine, “Law-Death, Gospel-Life,” in The Works of Ralph Erskine, vol. 2, pp. 39-40