The Clearest View of the Moral Law

It is only gross ignorance of the requirements of God’s law which makes people undervalue the Gospel. The man who has the clearest view of the moral law, will always be the man who has the highest sense of the value of Christ’s atoning blood.

J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Mark, Chapter XII, 28–34.

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

The Law of God — Simply Instructions In Which We Are to Live

Wilhelmus á Brakel writes:

The rule for holiness is the law of God… Torah, whic is the Hebrew word for ‘law,’ is derived from ‘hora’, which means ‘to teach,’ ‘to instruct.’ A law is thus a lesson or instruction in the way which one ought to go.

O, that we would learn the simplicity of God’s Law to us.  Far too often, we come to God’s law, thinking about how it restricts us, binds us, and keeps us from worldly pleasures. Yet, true contentment is found in God’s law, and obedience to the Lawgiver. His words to us are His guides for us. We are not restricted by keeping the law, but blessed in doing so.

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Breaking the Law of God is Not Done in the Abstract

R.C. Sproul writes:

When we break the law of God– something we do, have done, and continue to do–the problem is not simply that we have violated some moral, abstract standard that we call ‘law.’ The law of God is a personal matter. When we sin, we do not just sin against some abstract norm or piece of legislation. We sin against the one whose law it is. We do violence to him, to the Author of our very life. That is why sin is such an egregious matter in his sight — Commentary on Romans 4:13-23.

When we realize this truth, it helps us see the futility of saying that our sin isn’t sin (think adulterous relationships or oxymoronic gay marriage) because it doesn’t hurt anyone. Sin always is an affront to God and why we need to repent of it and look to Christ for salvation.