The Confession says that believers aren’t under the law as a covenant of works, why this qualification? Is there a distinction here between Calvin and the Confession of Faith? In what ways is the law a rule of life? How does the law discover our sin? How does the law show us our need for sin? Do the promises of the law motivate us in obedience? Tune in as Nathan, Shawn, Joel, and Kyle discuss WCF 19.6:
Although true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned; 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 Christ, 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: 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.
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What would you say to those that respond with “the law” mentioned in scripture in the NewTestament is referring to the the Mosaic law and how some of the Jews were binding theirself to circumcision, not the law with reference to Adam with the conditional aspect with works like you all and the Confession references to?
CoW “Do this and live” CoG” Live and do this “. Really good way to think about the contrast between the two.