Scripture: 1 John 4:9-10
Scripture Referenced: Romans 2:1-5; Matthew 7:1-2; Romans 7:9-12; Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:19; Luke 15:29; John 3:16; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22-23; Luke 22:34; Galatians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 1:28; Ephesians 2:8-9;
Briefly, then, if we would know when the law speaks, and when the gospel speaks, either in reading the word, or in hearing it preached; and if we would skillfully distinguish the voice of the one from the voice of the other, we must consider:—
The law says, ‘You are a sinner, and therefore you are damned,’ (Rom 3:20, 2 Thess 2:12). But the gospel says, No; ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’; and therefore, ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved’ (1 Tim 1:15, Acts 16:31).
Again the law says, ‘Don’t you know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God; don’t be deceived,’ (1 Cor 6:9). And therefore because you are a sinner, and not righteous, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the gospel says, ‘God has made Christ to be sin for you; that you would be made the righteousness of God in him, who is the Lord your righteousness,’ (Jer 23:6; 1 Cor 5:21).
Again the law says, ‘Pay me what thou owe me, or else I will cast you into prison,’ (Matt 18:28,30). But the gospel says, ‘Christ gave himself a ransom for you,’ (1 Tim 2:6); ‘and so has redeemed you,’ (1 Cor 1:30).
Again the law says, ‘You haven’t done all that I have commanded, and therefore are cursed’ (Deut 27:6). But the gospel says, ‘Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law, being made a curse for you,’ (Gal 3:13).
Edward Fisher, "The Marrow of Modern Divinity"
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