Agonizomai: Sucking the Marrow Out

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sucking the Marrow Out

The following is an extract from Part II of the book "The Marrow of Modern Divinity" attributed to Edward Fisher, and comes from the section called "The Difference Between the Law and the Gospel":

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Law: The law says, "Thou art a sinner, and therefore thou shalt be damned," (Rom 7:2, 2 Thess 2:12).

Gospel: But the gospel says, No; "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"; and therefore, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, (1 Tim 1:15, Acts 16:31).

Law: Again the law says, "Knowest thou not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God; be not deceived," &c. (1 Cor 6:9). And therefore thou being a sinner, and not righteous, shalt not inherit the kingdom of God.

Gospel: But the gospel says, "God has made Christ to be sin for thee who knew no sin; that thou mightest be made the righteousness of God in him, who is the Lord thy righteousness," (Jer 23:6).

Law: Again the law says, "Pay me what thou owest me, or else I will cast thee into prison," (Matt 18:28,30).

Gospel: But the gospel says, "Christ gave himself a ransom for thee," (1 Tim 2:6); "and so is made redemption unto thee," (1 Cor 1:30).

Law: Again the law says, "Thou hast not continued in all that I require of thee, and therefore thou art accursed," (Deut 27:6).

Gospel: But the gospel says, "Christ hath redeemed thee from the curse of the law, being made a curse for thee," (Gal 3:13).

Law: Again the law says, "Thou are become guilty before God, and therefore shalt not escape the judgment of God," (Rom 3:19, 2:3).

Gospel: But the gospel says, "The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son," (John 5:12).


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