LAW VS. GOSPEL
“What is the difference between the moral law and the Gospel? The law requires that we worship God as our Creator; the Gospel, that we worship Him in and through Christ. God in Christ is propitious; out of Him we may see God’s power, justice, and holiness: in Him we see His mercy displayed. The moral law requires obedience, but gives no strength…but the Gospel gives strength; it bestows faith on the elect; it sweetens the law; it makes us serve God with delight” Thomas Watson (ref#225, p319).
“The great and most distinguishing difference between the covenant of grace and that of works is that by the covenant of grace we are not thus justified by our own works, but only by faith in Jesus Christ” Jonathan Edwards (ref#229, p9).
“…the law…Its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God…” (Gal 3:21-22 MSG).
“…we need God’s help not just in the doing part but also in willing to walk in his ways” Jim Cymbala (ref#161, p157).
FATHER, the law holds me captive until I embrace the Gospel. The law announces I will die because I’m not, in every point, keeping it. The law holds me in sin.
“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code” (Rom 7:6 ESV).
I have not just shunned or rejected the old law. If that were the case I could come back to it. No, I am dead to it—transformed into a new person altogether. I now have a spiritual nature that has the ability in joy to subject my members to righteousness. FATHER, Your works move me to an impossible-to-express thanks.