Friday, September 07, 2007

Law and Gospel

The law saith, "Thou art a sinner, and therefore thou shalt be damned," Rom. 7:2. 2 Thess. 2:12.

But the gospel saith, No, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;" and therefore "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," 1 Tim. 1:15. Acts 16:31.

Again the law saith, "Knowest thou not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God: be not deceived," 1 Cor. 6:9. And therefore thou being a sinner, and not righteous, shalt not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the gospel saith, "God hath made Christ to be sin for thee, who knew no sin; that thou mightest be made the righteousness of God in him who is THE LORD THY RIGHTEOUSNESS, Jer. 23:6.

Again the law saith, "Pay me that which thou owest me, or else I will cast thee into prison," Matt. 18:28, 30.

But the gospel saith, "Christ gave himself a ransom for thee," 1 Tim. 2:6. "And so is made redemption unto thee," 1 Cor. 1:30.

Again the law saith, "Thou hast not continued in all that I require of thee, and therefore art accursed," Deut. 27:6.

But the gospel saith, "Christ hath redeemed thee from the curse of the law, being made a curse for thee," Gal. 3:13.

Again the law saith, "Thou art become guilty before God, and therefore thou shalt not escape the judgment of God, Rom. 3:19. and 2:3.

But the gospel saith, "The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son," John 5:12.

Excerpted from "The Marrow of Modern Divinity",. By Edward Fisher published 1830

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