a. Although true believers be not under the law, as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified, or condemned; [Romans 8:1]
b. yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that,
- as a rule of life informing them of the will of God, and
their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly;
- discovering also the sinful pollutions of their nature,
hearts, and lives;
- so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to
further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin,
- together with a clearer sight of the need they have of
- and the perfection of his obedience.
- It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their
corruptions, in that it forbids sin: and the threatenings of it
serve to show what even their sins deserve;
- and what afflictions, in this life, they may expect for
them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law.
- The promises of it, in like manner, show them God's
approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon
the performance thereof: although not as due to them by the law as
a covenant of works.
[POINT:] So as, a man's doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one, and deterreth from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law; and, not under grace.
- as a rule of life informing them of the will of God, and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly;