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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.”
Make not laws upon the saints where Christ hath not made any.
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.
The law is the light and the commandment the lantern.
The law, though it have no power to condemn us, hath power to command us.
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.
Surely if the giving of the law were so full of terror, much more terrible shall be our being judged according to that law.
The law by which God rules us is as dear to Him as the Gospel by which He saves us.
The law gives menaces, the Gospel gives promises.
We find the same rules for our actions, the same duties required, the same sins forbidden in the Gospel as in the law.