Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A.W. Pink on Law and Grace

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"Not a few of those who are now regarded as the champions of
orthodoxy tell their hearers that the principles of law and grace are such
contrary elements that where the one be in exercise the other must
necessarily be excluded. But this is a very serious error. How could the
Law of God and the Gospel of the grace of God conflict? The one exhibits
Him as “light,” the other manifest Him as “love” 1 John 1:5; 4:8), and
both are necessary in order fully to reveal His perfections: if either one be
omitted only a one-sided concept of His character will be formed. The one
makes known His righteousness, the other displays His mercy, and His
wisdom has shown the perfect consistency there is between them."
"Instead of law and grace being contradictory, they are complementary.
Both of them appeared in Eden before the Fall. What was it but grace
which made a grant unto our first parents: “Of every tree of the garden
thou mayest freely eat”? And it was law which said, “But of the tree of
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” Both of them are
seen at the time of the great deluge, for we are told that “Noah found grace
in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8), as His subsequent dealings with
him clearly demonstrated; while His righteousness brought in a flood upon
the world of the ungodly. Both of them operated side by side at Sinai, for
while the majesty and righteousness of Jehovah were expressed in the
Decalogue, His mercy and grace were plainly evinced in the provisions He
made in the whole Levitical system (with its priesthood and sacrifices) for
the putting away of their sins."
"Both shone forth in their meridian glory at Calvary, for whereas on the one hand the abounding grace of God appeared in giving His own dear Son to be the Saviour of sinners, His justice called for the curse of the Law to be inflicted upon Him while
bearing their guilt." ~ A.W. Pink (1886 –1952)

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