the ferryboat comes up, rails are seen upon its deck, and the boat is the end of the track, to carry passengers over to Detroit. So the law, which by itself would bring only destruction, finds its end in Christ who ensures our passage to the celestial city.
Law, then, with its picture of spotless innocence, simply reminds man of the heights from which he has fallen. ?It is a mirror which reveals derangement but does not create or remove it.? With its demand of absolute perfection, up to the measure of man?s original endowments and possibilities, it drives us, in despair of ourselves, to Christ as our only righteousness and our only Savior ( <450803>Romans 8:3, 4 ? ?For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk after the flesh, not after the Spirit?; <500308>Philippians 3:8, 9 ? ?that I may gain Christ, and be fund in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith?). Thus law must prepare the way for grace, and John the Baptist must precede Christ.
When Sarah Bernhardt was solicited to add an eleventh commandment, she declined upon the ground there were already ten too many. It was as expression of pagan contempt of law. In heathendom, sin and insensibility to sin increased together. In Judaism and Christianity, on the contrary, there has been a growing sense of sin?s guilt and condemnation. McLaren, in S. S. Times, Sept. 23, 1893:600 ? ?Among the Jews there was a far profounder sense of sin than in any other ancient nation. The law written on men?s hearts evoked a lower consciousness of sin, and there are prayers on the Assyrian and Babylonian tablets which may almost stand beside the 51st Psalm . But, on the whole, the deep sense of sin was the product of the revealed law.? See Fairbairn, Revelation of Law and Scripture; Baird, Elohim Revealed, 187-242; Hovey, God with Us, 187- 210; Julius Muller, Doctrine of Sin, 1:45-50; Murphy, Scientific Bases of Faith, 53-71; Martineau, Types, 2:120-125.
2. Positive Enactment, or the expression of the will of God in published ordinances. This is also twofold:
A. General moral precepts. These are written summaries of the elemental law ( <400548>Matthew 5:48; 22:37-40), or authorized applications of it to special human conditions ( <022001>Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew, chap. 5-8).
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