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I am confident of it, and affirm boldly there is not one man made free by Christ, that makes it his rule to be bold to commit sin because of the redemption that is in the blood of Christ; but that Christ who hath redeemed from sin and wrath, hath also redeemed from a vain conversation. All that have the pardon purchased by Christ for them, have also the power of God in them, which keeps them that they break not out licentiously. Though the moral law is not a Christ to justify us, yet it is a rule to instruct us The law of God is a hedge to keep us within the bounds of sobriety and piety.
Those only,who obey the word of the Lord's direction, shall enjoy the consolations of his love.
Charlemagne was a strong supporter of Christianity. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. But facts of history aside, should the Ten Commandments play a role in contemporary law? We are clean or unclean according to whether we take the name of God in truth—or for vanity. But in this place children specifically are told to obey their parents "in the Lord. In the Gospel of Matthew, he states, "And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
If a mar have not spiritual and just apprehensions of the holy law, he cannot have spiritual and transforming discoveries of the glorious gospel. The purity of the law appears from its forbidding sin in all its modifications, in its most refined as well as in its grossest forms; the taint of the mind as well as the pollution of the body; the secret approbation of sin, as well as the external act, the transient look of desire, the almost unperceived irregular motion.
The divine legislator sees and knows the relations of things perfectly. He can draw no wrong deductions from them. He can make no mistake. Whatever laws have certainly emanated from him are certainly right.
A LAW is a rule of action. A law is a rule of action laid down or prescribed by a superior. Law as applicable to human conduct in general, may be defined a rule of moral action proceeding from a superior, having right to command, and directed to inferiors bound to obey. Law is beneficence acting by rule. Law in its general and most comprehensive sense signifies a rule of action.
A law is that which directs, prescribes, or controls. That which doth assign unto each thing the kind, that which doth moderate the force and power, that which doth appoint the form and measure of working, the same we term a law. The law is void of desire and fear, lust and anger. It is mens sine affectu, mind without passion, written reason, retaining some measure of the divine perfection. It does not enjoin that which pleases a weak,. It is deaf, inexorable, inflexible. To every good law be required these properties: that is to say, that it be honest, righteous, possible in itself, and after the custom of the country, convenient for the place and time, necessary, profitable, and also manifest, that it be not captious by any dark sentences, or mixed with any private wealth, but all made for the commonwealth.
The Moral Law is a divine, unchangeable rule given to man, and accommodated to his nature, as he was created by God, obliging him to serve to God's glory as his last end. The Moral Law is that which prescribes to men their religious and social duties; in other words, their duties to God and to each other. The Moral Law is the declaration of the will of God to mankind, directing and binding every one to personal, perfect, and perpetual conformity, and obedience thereunto, in the frame and disposition of the whole man, soul and body, and in the performance of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he oweth to God and man: promising life upon the fulfilling, and threatening death upon the breach of it.
A law, then, is a rule of binding force, given by a competent authority. It consists of two parts; first,. A law without a sanction may be disregarded at pleasure. It is no law. It is mere advice. Blackstone:-" Of all the parts of a law, the most effectual is the vindicatory The main strength and force of the law consists in the penalty annexed to it. Threatenings of evil, having no reference to law, are but arbitrary expressions of displeasure. The Hebrew word commonly rendered Law, occurs more than two hundred times. It primarily signifies instruction, then precept.
In a few cases it signifies a custom or manner so established as to form the rule of procedure. The Greek word rendered Law occurs in the New Testament nearly two hundred times. Primarily it signifies any thing allotted or apportioned, then a usage or prescription, then a law.
It is not certain whether the Latin word rendered Law comes from a verb which signifies to read, because, in Rome, the laws were not binding till they were posted so that they might be read; or from a verb which signifies to tie or make fast, because law is of binding force. In the Scriptures, the precise meaning of the word Law is varied according to the subject under consideration.
In Psalms i. In Rom. In John x. In Gal. In John i. In popular use in Christian countries, it most commonly signifies the Moral Law containing the ten precepts or words as the Hebrew expresses it. The law given from Mount Sinai consisted of three kinds of enactments: 1. Ceremonial prescriptions and carnal ordinances. These were very numerous. All the times, and modes, and circumstances of public worship, and all the varieties of cases that could arise under a ritual the most minute are here ordained. If salvation by rites the most exact, and extensive, and Heaven-appointed had been possible, verily it had been by the Mosaic law.
It far outdoes all modern devices. Yet it was powerless.
It never made the comers thereunto perfect. Indeed it was an intolerable burden. Acts xv. It could not be endured. It has been wholly abolished. And yet it had a shadow of good things to come. Its typical representations of the Messiah were both numerous and instructive. It was abolished by being fully accomplished.
Another part of the law given from Sinai related to judicial proceedings. It regulated commerce between man and man. It provided for the establishment of justice, and for the punishment of crime. Some of its provisions, as the cities of refuge, had a typical reference. Some of them constitute a good part of the foundation of the municipal and judicial. They are not, however, of binding force on us except as they contain the principles of right and equity applicable to all men; or, unless they are incorporated into the laws of the state to which we belong.
We are not living under the theocracy. The third part of the code given from Sinai is the Moral Law. Very often in Scripture it is mentioned by way of excellence as The Law. This is the great code by which men's thoughts accuse or excuse them before God, and by which they will be finally judged. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore ihe LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Forty years later, Moses rehearsed these commandments to Israel, with slight variations, which in no degree affect our duty to God or man. I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.
Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Neither shalt thou commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal. Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.