(c) Solidarity. It exhibits in all its parts the nature of the one Lawgiver, and it expresses, in its least command, the one requirement of harmony with him.
<400548> Matthew 5:48 ? ?Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect?; <411229>Mark 12:29, 30 ? ?The Lord our God, the Lord is one and thou shalt love the Lord thy God?; <590210>James 2:10 ? ?For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all? 4:12 ? ?One only is the lawgiver and judge.? Even little rattlesnakes are snakes. One link broken in the chain and the bucket will fall into the well. The least sin separates us from God. The least sin renders us guilty of the whole law, because it shows us to lack the love, which is required in all the commandments. Those who send us to the Sermon on the Mount for salvation, send us to a tribunal that damns us. The Sermon on the Mount is but a republication of the law given on Sinai but now in more spiritual and penetrating form. Thunder and lightning proceed from the NT, as from the OT, mount. The Sermon on the Mount is only the introductory lecture of Jesus? theological course, as John 14-17 is the closing lecture. In it is announced the law, which prepares the way for the gospel. Those who would degrade doctrine by exalting precept will find that they have left men without the motive or the power to keep the precept. ^schylus, Agamemmon: ?For there?s no bulwark in man?s wealth to him Who, through a surfeit, kicks ? into the dim And disappearing ? Right?s great altar.?
Only to the first man, then, was the law proposed as a method of salvation. With the first sin, all hope of obtaining the divine favor by perfect obedience is lost. To sinners the law remains as a means of discovering and developing sin in its true nature and of compelling a recourse to the mercy provided in Jesus Christ.
<143419> 2 Chronicles 34:19 ? ?And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes?; <184205>Job 42:5, 6 ? ?I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye seeth thee; Wherefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.? The revelation of God in <230603>Isaiah 6:3, 5 ? ?Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts? ? causes the prophet to cry like the leper: ?Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.? <450320>Romans 3:20 ? ?by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin? 5:20 ? ?the law came in besides that the trespass might abound? 7:7, 8 ? ?I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, Thou shalt
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