Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

A blacksmith brought home a new dog

April 2, 2013

A blacksmith brought home a new dog. The first day the blacksmith was working in his shop he would pound and pound the metal with his hammer. Immediately the dog would bark loudly. Day after day, as he worked with his hammer, his dog would jump up and bark. After a few days, the barking got softer and softer. Then a couple of weeks later the dog stopped barking when the smith started hammering….That is the problem with the lost. They have suppressed the truth of their sins so long that they have become dull towards the hammer of the law written on their hearts. The need a wake-up call through the preaching of the holy law of God.

Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.197

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The law must therefore be preached

August 9, 2010

[The preacher] who would have power must dwell much upon two great, all-comprehensive doctrines of the Scriptures – man a sinner, and Christ a Saviour. Hence, the law will be used as an effective instrument, for ‘by the law is the knowledge of sin’…The law must therefore be preached…but not so much the law as the gospel – chiefly the cross of Christ…it is undoubtedly a chief defect in the sermons even of evangelical pulpits, that there is not enough of Christ in them.

Henry Fish, Power in the Pulpit (London: Banner of Truth) quoted by Dennis Johnson in Him We Proclaim, p.49-50, n.49

I should have told you that I was as religious a man as ever lived in Newington, and as good a man, certainly, as ever formed part of any congregation

January 28, 2010

One brother, when he was giving his testimony before being baptized, said: ‘The first time I came to hear Mr. Spurgeon in the Tabernacle, if you had asked me about myself, I should have told you that I was as religious a man as ever lived in Newington, and as good a man, certainly, as ever formed part of any congregation; but all this was reversed when I heard the gospel that day. I came out of the building with every feather plucked out of me. I felt myself the most wretched sinner who could be on the face of the earth, and I said, “I will never go to hear that man again, for he has altogether spoiled me.” But that was the best thing which could have happened to me; I was made to look away from myself, and all that I could do, to God, and to His omnipotent grace, and to understand that I must pass under my Creator’s hand again, or I could never see His face with joy. I learned to loathe my own righteousness as filthy rags, fit only for the fire, and then I sought to be robed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.’

Charles Spurgeon, Autobiography, Vol.2

The Law drives us to the Gospel, that we are justified, then sends us to the Law again to show us our duty now that we are justified

January 12, 2010

We cry down the Law when it comes to our justification, but we set it up when it comes to our sanctification. The Law drives us to the Gospel, that we are justified, then sends us to the Law again to show us our duty now that we are justified.

Thomas Boston, in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.182

The law is the surgeon’s knife which cuts out the proud flesh that the wound may heal

January 12, 2010

The law also shows us our great need—our need of cleansing, cleansing with the water and with the blood. It discovers to us our filthiness, and this naturally leads us to feel that we must be washed from it if we are ever to draw near to God. So the law drives us to accept of Christ as the one only person who can cleanse us, and make us fit to stand within the veil in the presence of the Most High. The law is the surgeon’s knife which cuts out the proud flesh that the wound may heal. The law by itself only sweeps and raises the dust, but the gospel sprinkles clean water upon the dust, and all is well in the chamber of the soul. The law kills, the gospel makes alive; the law strips, and then Jesus Christ comes in and robes the soul in beauty and glory. All the commandments, and all the types direct us to Christ, if we will but heed their evident intent.

Charles Spurgeon

very creature under heaven should be concerned about his or her duty to the almighty Creator and judge of all the earth. Therefore, the question What duty does the Creator require of creatures? is always relevant

January 12, 2010

Every creature under heaven should be concerned about his or her duty to the almighty Creator and judge of all the earth. Therefore, the question What duty does the Creator require of creatures? is always relevant. The biblical answer is that requires personal, perfect, perpetual obedience to His revealed will. The next logical question is Where do we find God’s revealed will regarding moral conduct? The biblical answer is that it is summarized in the Ten Commandments…

The commandments demand both external and internal obedience. Addressing the will and the heart, as well as actions, they require more than merely outward conformity. They also require inward affection. The commandments forbid not only evil acts but evil desires and inclinations. They go to the mind—including the will and the affections….thereby calling for obedience from the whole man…Not only murder, but hate. Not only adultery, but lusting. Not only stealing, but coveting.

Ernest C. Reisinger


Without the true knowledge of the law, the corruption of nature lies hid

January 12, 2010

Without the true knowledge of the law, the corruption of nature lies hid…Men are ready to soothe up themselves…being ignorant of the Law of God…they bless themselves and think they are well…The Law of God…shows men their sins, and it makes men see and feel themselves as dead men.

Edward Elton, 1648, quoted in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.160

Viewing the cross without the law is like trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle in thin air

January 12, 2010

The first message of the cross is not God loves you, but God’s law has been broken. Viewing the cross without the law is like trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle in thin air…the spirit of the cross is eternal love, but the base of the cross is eternal justice.

Ernest C. Reisinger, The Law and the Gospel, 1997, P&R, p.158 in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.159

Since the Law is holy, just, and good that which breaks the law must be unholy, unjust and evil…Since sin is a trangression of God’s good law, the sinfulness of sin appears by the commandment

January 12, 2010

Since the Law is holy, just, and good that which breaks the law must be unholy, unjust and evil…Since sin is a trangression of God’s good law, the sinfulness of sin appears by the commandment.

Ralph Venning, The Sinfulness of Sin, Banner, 1997, p.145

Perhaps the greatest error of the Church in the 20th century has been to forsake the use of the Law in its capacity to act as a schoolmaster to bring sinners to Christ.

January 12, 2010

Perhaps the greatest error of the Church in the 20th century has been to forsake the use of the Law in its capacity to act as a schoolmaster to bring sinners to Christ.

Ray Comfort, The Ten Commandments (Bellflower, CA: Living Waters, 1993), p.180