“The law is to be preached indeed, but only in subserviency to the gospel. The sinner must hear what the law hath to charge upon him, that so, when he takes with the charge, he may haste to flee to the discharge, that is presented in the gospel-promise, or to Christ, as the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
“Think it not strange we harp so much upon this string…”
None can lawfully preach the law as a covenant, unless they preach Christ as the end of it; nay, nor can any preach the law as a rule, unless they preach Christ as the beginning of it. I mean, Christ for our righteousness, is the end of the law as a covenant, and Christ for our strength, is the spring of our obedience to the law as a rule.
Think it not strange we harp so much upon this string, especially in a day wherein the gospel is brought under so much contempt, reproach, and suspicion, as if it were a door of licentiousness.”
Ralph Erskine, “The Pregnant Promise,” John Brown of Whitburn, Gospel Truth, pp. 71-72