of attainment, a goal which he can never overpass, an end which shall ever attract and urge him forward. This he finds in the holiness of God.
The law is a fence, not only for ownership but also for care. God not only demands but he protects. Law is the transcript of love as well as of holiness. We may reverse the well known couplet and say: ?I slept and dreamed that life was Duty; I woke and found that life was Beauty.? ?Cui servire regnare est.? Butcher, Aspects of Greek Genius, 56 ? ?In Plato?s Crito, the Laws are made to present themselves in person to Socrates in prison, not only as the guardians of his liberty, but as his lifelong friends, his well-wishers, his equals, with whom he had of his own free will, entered into binding compact.? It does not harm the scholar to have before him the ideal of perfect scholarship nor the teacher to have before him the ideal of a perfect school nor the legislator to have before him the ideal of perfect law. Gordon, The Christ of Today, 384 ? ?The moral goal must be a flying goal the standard to which we are to grow must be ever rising; the type to which we are to be conformed must have in it inexhaustible fullness.?
John Caird, Fund. Ideas of Christianity, 2:139 ? ?It is just the best, purest, noblest human souls, who are least satisfied with themselves and their own spiritual attainments. The reason is that the human is not a nature essentially different from the divine but a nature which, just because it is in essential affinity with God, can be satisfied with nothing less than a divine perfection.? J. M. Whiton, The Divine Satisfaction: ?Law requires being, character, likeness to God. It is automatic, self- operating. Penalty is nontransferable. It cannot admit of any other satisfaction than the re-establishment of the normal relation, which it requires. Punishment proclaims that the law has not been satisfied. There is no canceling of the curse except through the growing up of the normal relation. Blessing and curse ensue upon what we are, not upon what we were. Reparation is within the spirit itself. The atonement is educational, not governmental.? We reply that the atonement is both governmental and educational and that reparation must first be made to the holiness of God before conscience, the mirror of God?s holiness, can reflect that reparation and be at peace.
The law of God is therefore characterized by:
(a) All-comprehensiveness. It is over us at all times, it respects our past, our present, and our future. It forbids every conceivable sin, it requires every conceivable virtue, and emissions as well as commissions are condemned by it.
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