Is the gospel part of the law?

“What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone” (Romans 9:30-32).

In this text the issue is righteousness. The Israelites who sought righteousness by obedience to the law never achieved it. But the Gentiles who sought it by faith in Christ did, for Christ alone attained to the law’s requirement of righteousness, imputing that righteousness to his children by faith.

—Read more in the article 'Is the gospel part of the law?' by Rev. Cory Griess in the upcoming June 2018 issue of the Standard Bearer.

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Is the law part of the gospel?

I remember being quite confused for a long time by the question that titles this article. I remember being further confused by statements made by Protestant Reformed authors, such as the following: “In fact, Scripture makes clear that the law is gospel, for it has the power to convert the soul, to make wise the simple, and to enlighten the eyes.” And, “The law is gospel. If anyone doubts it, let him read Psalm 19 and Psalm 119.” And, “For Calvin and Calvinism, with regard to the elect believer law is an aspect of gospel.” How can this be? The law requires perfect obedience for us to be justified, an obedience of which we are not capable. That is not good news! On the other hand, the gospel proclaims that Christ’s perfect obedience (not our own obedience to the law) justifies us. That is good news! So how can an orthodox theologian say the law is the gospel? They are opposites!

—Read more in the upcoming article ‘Is the law part of the gospel?’ by Rev. Cory Griess in the upcoming May 15, 2018 issue of the Standard Bearer.

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What's in the the March 15 Standard Bearer?

Read these articles and more in the upcoming March 15 issue of The Standard Bearer.

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Meditation | Godliness for Officebearers


 
"Officebearers must be able to say: Do as I do. Follow my example."

O Come Let Us Worship | The Reading of the Law in Worship


 

"...in the covenantal dialogue, God is speaking to us, declaring His sovereignty over us. He is placing upon us His holy Law in order that we might be humbled before Him."

 

God's Wonderful Works | Calling (1): Fishing for Men


 
"Preaching is fishing. It is the means God uses not to create the fish, but to draw out the fish that He has already created. God uses the preaching of the gospel to draw out those whom He has already regenerated."

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Perversion, Praise, and Promises: Sneak Peak at the Next Issue of the Standard Bearer

Looking forward to receiving the September 1 issue of the Standard Bearer? Here's a taste of what's to come in the next issue of our Reformed magazine:

Editorial | The Persistent Sanctioning of Sexual Sins by Reformed Churches

"Our stand on sexual intimacy and marital faithfulness has direct bearing on our view of the church's relationship to Christ, and of his relationship to us."

O Come Let Us Worship | Praising the Lord in the Congregation:The Element of Singing

 

 

 

“The worship service is a dialog between God and his people. God our friend-sovereign speaks in his word, and we his friend-servants respond in singing and prayer. “ 

 

Special Article | Christ Reveals the Name of God

 

 

 

"John calls Christ the 'eternal life.' Not only does Christ proclaim eternal life. Not only does he work eternal life. No, he is himself eternal life.”

 

Read these articles and more in the upcoming September 1 issue of the Standard Bearer. Not a subscriber? Purchase an eSubscription or a hardcopy subscription today!

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