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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above . . . from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). Such a gift is the law given by God. It is a good thing, and perfect, needing no amplification. Let it be. And let it be for you a treasure, a gleam from the “Father of lights.”

Walter Cradock

Make not laws upon the saints where Christ hath not made any.

Thomas Manton

Human laws are good to establish converse with man, but too short to establish communion with God; and therefore we must consult with the rule which is the law of the Lord, that we may not come short of true blessedness.

William Austin

The law is the light and the commandment the lantern.

Thomas Adams

The law, though it have no power to condemn us, hath power to command us.

John Sedgwick

Such as preach not the law at all may make dead and loose hearers, and such as preach the law too far may make desperate hearers. The golden mean is to be observed. (1) I would not have the law to be preached alone by itself, without a mixture of some of the promises of the Gospel. (2) I would have the law to be preached, as it is published, for evangelical and merciful intentions and purposes; not for destruction and desperation, but for edification.

Ezekiel Hopkins

Surely if the giving of the law were so full of terror, much more terrible shall be our being judged according to that law.

William Secker

The law by which God rules us is as dear to Him as the Gospel by which He saves us.

Thomas Adams

The law gives menaces, the Gospel gives promises.

Ezekiel Hopkins

We find the same rules for our actions, the same duties required, the same sins forbidden in the Gospel as in the law.

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From the August 2002 Issue
Aug 2002 Issue