I read this post today by blogger Mike Adams over at Chief Sinner. It’s been said before and needs to be said a thousand times over. Those who preach that our efforts to keep the law actually merit anything have a very low view of the law. That’s because, as Adams points out, the standard for law keeping “isn’t progress, but perfection”. That is exactly why we need the unmerited grace of God imputed to us. It’s not that preaching the law is bad. It must be preached to expose our sin to us. But all to often the law is preached without the gospel. The result is an application to try harder rather than the gospel message of “It is Finished”. To put it simply, a high view of the law sees the Law for what it is- impossible to keep. It understands that the law is too lofty for anyone to meet its requirements. A low view of the law by contrast sees the law as achievable by changing (perverting) the requirement from perfection to progress, from perfection to “good enough”.
We must always remember our efforts cannot merit God’s favor. Yes, when God saves us he also changes our affections so that we start wanting to obey- but the results, the obedience, is a fruit of our salvation and contributes nothing to it. As the Westminster Confession of Faith tells us, even our best works are defiled and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God’s judgment. As the WCF goes on to say, God looks upon our defiled obedience in Christ and is pleased to accept them even though they are accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections. This is because God looks upon them in the finished law keeping of Christ and not through our imperfect law keeping.
Enough of my commentary however, mozy on over to Chief Sinner and read A High View of God’s Law
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