Having glanced at Calvin‚Äôs first and second uses of the law, in which he focussed on the unregenerate, I now turn to his third use, the ‚Äėmain‚Äô use. Even though Calvin himself was not always consistent about it being the ‚Äėmain‚Äô use, it is usually regarded as such by the Reformed. For them, this third purpose is the law‚Äôs principal function. As a consequence, it plays a dominating role in the rest of my book. The law of Moses, so Calvin claimed, is the best means for a believer to discover God‚Äôs will, and, by meditating on it, be moved to sanctification. In other words, progressive sanctification is by the law. The law, which Calvin called a perpetual, inflexible and perfect rule of life, he likened to a whip rousing a lazy ass, driving the believer to godliness. The law is at once the motive, means and standard of sanctification, teaching the believer what God requires of him, and acting as a whip, thrashing him into obedience, beating down his laziness. Thus the law is both behind the believer ‚Äď whipping him, compelling him, pricking him ‚Äď and ahead of him, forever setting an unattainable standard, demanding absolute obedience.
Remarkable Sermon! Is the law the believer's rule of life?
Sometimes, in order to lay out truth and cause it to shine brightly, preachers will observe others who are in error, especially if the error is commonly accepted and regarded as orthodoxy. This message does just that, and a powerful argument issues forth. I feel greatly blessed this morning as a result of listening to this lengthy discourse.
Berean pilgrim (2/11/2019)
from In Christ Alone
Great Sermon! Christ is All the Law the Alpha and Omega NC
‚ÄúBut after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.‚ÄĚ
‚Ä≠‚Ä≠Galatians‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠3:25‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠NKJV‚Ä¨‚Ä¨
...if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIf we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.‚ÄĚ Gal 5:25
All praise and glory to God our Father , our Lord Jesus Christ and to The Holy Spirit Amen and Amen