The Distinction between Law and Gospel in Reformed Faith and Practice

Wednesday, 01 Sep 2010

The power of God's law is such that nothing else can meet it but the power of Christ's Gospel.
There is no "rightly dividing the Word of truth" if we confuse law and gospel. Both are essential–neither can be ignored and both are distinct. Commands and promises not only teach different things, they do different things. I agree with Theodore Beza, Calvin's successor in Geneva, who said that "ignorance of this distinction between Law and Gospel is one of the principle sources of the abuses which corrupted and still corrupt Christianity." (1) In recent years, though, I have heard some people ...

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