positive demand of holiness behind it, without obedience to which even the prohibition cannot in spirit be obeyed. Thus ?the law is spiritual?
( <450714>Romans 7:14), and requires likeness in character and life to the spiritual God; <430424>John 4:24 ? ?God is spirit and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.?
(d) Not partial, or addressed to one part only of man?s being since likeness to God requires purity of substance in man?s soul and body, as well as purity in all the thoughts and acts that proceed therefrom. As law proceeds from the nature of God, so it requires conformity to that nature in the nature of man.
Whatever God gave to man at the beginning he requires of man with interest; cf . <402517>Matthew 25:17 ? ?thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.? Whatever comes short of perfect purity in soul or perfect health in body is nonconformity to God and contradicts his law. It, being understood that only that perfection is demanded, which answers to the creature?s stage of growth and progress; of the child there is required only the perfection of the child, of the youth only the perfection of the youth, of the man only the perfection of the man. See Julius Muller, Doctrine of Sin, chapter 1
(e) Not outwardly published since all positive enactment is only the imperfect expression of this underlying and unwritten law of being.
Much misunderstanding of God?s law results from confounding it with published, enactment. Paul takes the larger view that the law is independent of such expression,. See <450214>Romans 2:14,15 ? ?for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto themselves; in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them:? see Expositor?s Greek Testament, in loco : ??written on their hearts,? when contrasted with the law written on the tables of stone, is equal to ?unwritten?; the Apostle refers to what the Greeks called a]grafov no>mov .?
(f) Not inwardly conscious, or limited in its scope by men?s consciousness of it. Like the laws of our physical being, the moral law exists whether we recognize it or not.
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