The Sweet Direction of the Law

The Reformed Reader

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Volume 2 Historic Reformed theology teaches that the law is useful for the Christian in two main ways: 1) to show him his need for Christ by convicting him of sin and 2) to guide him in thankful living for the glory of God (see Westminster Confession of Faith 19.6).  Below are some quotes showing how Francis Turretin (d. 1687) discussed the use of the law for the regenerate.  I appreciate the fact that a clear law/gospel distinction goes hand in hand with the law as a guide for living the Christian life (a “sweet direction” as Turretin calls it).  Here’s Turretin:

“[The law] serves (a) to convince and humble man so that – his own misery and weakness being felt – he despairs of himself and renounces confidence in his own righteousness and merit and rests upon the mercy of God alone.  (b) To lead men to Christ… inasmuch as it…

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