The Law brings men to Christ…Christ returns them to the Law

A brief “drive-by” post in the form of a quote by Charles Bridges from his book The Christian Ministry. In a chapter entitled “The Scriptural Mode of Preaching the Law” Bridges considers the benefit of the Law for the unconverted and for Christians:

Glancing for a moment at the relative aspects and uses of the law, we remark—As a covenant, it excites “the spirit of bondage unto fear;” humbling, alarming, convincing, and leading to despondency. As a rule of life, under Divine conduct, it exercises in the Christian “the spirit of adoption”—his habitual desire, and delight in conformity to it, witnessing his interest in the family of God. As a covenant, the law brings men to Christ for deliverance from its tyranny. Christ returns them to the law as their rule: that, while they are delivered from its dominion, (“that being dead wherein they were held,”) they “might serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (Rom 7:6). And thus they show their gratitude to him for his perfect obedience to it as a covenant in their stead, by their uniform obedience to it as to it as a rule in his service.

Agree or disagree? Discuss amongst yourselves.

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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