not covet, but sin, finding occasion, wrought in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for apart from the law sin is dead?;
<480324> Galatians 3:24 ? ?So that the law is become our tutor,? or attendant- slave, ?to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith? = the law trains our wayward boyhood and leads it to Christ the Master, as in old times the slave accompanied children to school. Stevens, Pauline Theology, 177, 178 ? ?The law increases sin by increasing the knowledge of sin and by increasing the activity of sin. The law does not add to the inherent energy of the sinful principle which pervades human nature, but it does cause this principle to reveal itself more energetically in sinful act.? The law inspires fear, but it leads to love. The Rabbins said that if Israel repented but for one day, the Messiah would appear.
No man ever yet drew a straight line or a perfect curve; yet he would be poor architect who contented himself with anything less. Since men never come up to their ideals, he who aims to live only an average moral life will inevitably fall below the average. The law, then, leads to Christ. He who is the ideal is also the way to attain the ideal. He who is himself the Word and the Law embodied is also the Spirit of life that makes obedience possible to us. ( <431406>John 14:6 ? ?I am the way, and the truth, and the life?; <450802>Romans 8:2 ? ?For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death?). Mrs. Browning. Aurora Leigh: ?The Christ himself had been no Lawgiver, Unless he had given the Life too with the Law.? Christ for us upon the Cross, and Christ doe us by his Spirit, is the only deliverance from the curse of the law;
<480313> Galatians 3:13 ? ?Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.? We must see the claims of the law satisfied and the law itself written on our hearts. We are ?reconciled in God through the death of his Son,? but We are also ?saved by his life? ( <450510>Romans 5:10).
Robert Browning, in The Ring and the Book, represents Caponsacchi as comparing ?himself at his best with the new ideal of ?perfect as Father in heaven is perfect? suggested by Pompilia?s purity, and as breaking out into the cry: ?O great, just, good God! Miserable me!? In the Interpreter?s House of Pilgrim?s Progress, Law only stirred up the dust in the foul room ? the Gospel had to sprinkle water on the floor before it could be cleansed. E.G. Robinson: ?It is necessary to smoke a man out, before you can bring a higher motive to bear upon him.? Barnabas said that Christ was the answer to the riddle of the law. <451004>Romans 10:4 ? ?Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness to every one that believeth.? The railroad track opposite Detroit on the St. Clair River runs to the edge of the dock and seems intended to plunge the train into the abyss. But when
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