Samuel Bolton on the Law and Gospel

We cry down the law in respect of justification, but we set it up as a rule of sanctification. The law sends us to the Gospel that we may be justified; and the Gospel sends us to the law again to inquire what is our duty as those who are justified.

Samuel Bolton, The True Bounds Of Christian Freedom


2 thoughts on “Samuel Bolton on the Law and Gospel

  1. This quote brought to mind the following hymn by Matthias Loy:


    1 The Law of God is good and wise
    And sets His will before our eyes,
    Shows us the way of righteousness,
    And dooms to death when we transgress.

    2 Its light of holiness imparts
    The knowledge of our sinful hearts
    That we may see our lost estate
    And turn from sin before too late.

    3 To those who help in Christ have found
    And would in works of love abound
    It shows what deeds are His delight
    And should be done as good and right.

    4 But those who scornfully disdain
    God’s Law shall then in sin remain;
    Its terror in their ear resounds
    And keeps their wickedness in bounds.

    5 The Law is good; but since the fall
    Its holiness condemns us all;
    It dooms us for our sin to die
    And has no pow’r to justify.

    6 To Jesus we for refuge flee,
    Who from the curse has set us free,
    And humbly worship at His throne,
    Saved by His grace through faith alone.


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