Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Words of Comfort: Delight in the Law?

The Scriptures tell us that the Law is perfect, holy, just and good. But this is not true for the criminal who has violated its perfect precepts. The Law condemns him, will execute him, and it will damn him. For him the Law is terrifying and merciless. 

However, to the “just” (those who have been made right with the Law through the mercy of the Judge), the Law is something to smile upon. The Bible says that we can have boldness on the Day of Wrath. It no longer terrifies us because we are no longer criminals in God’s eyes. We love the Law because it was the schoolmaster that brought us to the Savior, and for that we are deeply thankful to God for using it to bring us to the cross. Paul said, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man” (Romans 7:22). J.C. Ryle said “Never, never despise the Law.” John Wesley said to esteem it as we do the cross, because of what it did (in bringing us to the Savior) and because of what it does (in keeping us close to him).

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