Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Law and the Gospel Contrasted




LAW

GOSPEL

THE LAW DEMANDS WHAT WE MUST
DO
THE GOSPEL TELLS WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US IN
CHRIST

LAW COMMANDS US TO DO SOMETHING
GOSPEL PROMISES WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE

THE LAW IS BASED ON OUR PERFORMANCE
THE GOSPEL
IS BASED ON CHRIST'S PERFORMANCE ALONE


LAW KILLS
GOSPEL
GIVES LIFE

THE LAW DOES NOT SAVE
THE GOSPEL SAYS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO
SALVATION

LAW SEEKS CONTRITION IN THE HEART ON ACCOUNT
OF SIN
THE GOSPEL
SEEKS TO AWAKEN FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

THE LAW PROMISES NOTHING BUT UPON OUR DOING...




. . . THE GOSPEL PROMISES NOTHING BUT UPON
CHRIST'S DOING.




THE LAW PROMISES LIFE IF WE OBEY IT IN OUR OWN
SELVES ...


. . . THE GOSPEL PROMISES LIFE THROUGH CHRIST'S
PERFECT OBEDIENCE IMPUTED TO US BY FAITH.



WHILE THE LAW DECLARES WHAT OBEDIENCE
REQUIRES ...


. . . THE GOSPEL PROVIDES THAT OBEDIENCE IN
CHRIST ALONE.



THE LAW IS THE MINISTRY OF WRATH,
CONDEMNATION AND DEATH ...


. . . THE GOSPEL IS THE MINISTRY OF GRACE,
JUSTIFICATION AND LIFE.



FUNCTION OF THE LAW: Serves to bring people under
conviction of sin (Rom. 3:20), make them conscious of
inability to keep the Law, and become the tutor to lead them
to Christ. (Gal. 3:24)


FUNCTION OF THE GOSPEL: It is a clear representation of the way of salvation revealed in Jesus Christ. It calls the
sinner to come to Christ in faith and repentance to receive all
the blessings of salvation in the present and in the future.



THE LAW BURDENS, THREATENS, AND PROMISES NO
FAVOR.


THE GOSPEL COMFORTS BY PROCLAIMING CHRIST
WAS SENT BY GOD TO PROCURE OUR ETERNAL LIFE.



WHERE WE FIND THE LAW: IN NATURE ". . . the
requirements of the law are written on their hearts" (Romans
2:15)


WHERE WE FIND THE GOSPEL: REVEALED ONLY
THROUGH CHRIST & IN HIS WORD (John 1:17)



THE LAW DOES NOT LEAD TO OUR SANCTIFICATION.


SANCTIFICATION MADE POSSIBLE BY CHRIST'S WORK
ALONE.



THE LAW IS OUR ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN GOD'S FAVOR
BY OUR ACHIEVEMENT.


THE GOSPEL IS CHRIST'S WORK TO OBTAIN FAVOR
FOR US THROUGH HIS ACHIEVEMENT.



THE LAW IS THE HEART OF MOST RELIGIONS AND
CULTURES.


THE GOSPEL IS FOUND NO WHERE BUT IN CHRIST.



THE LAW NEEDS HUMAN EXPERIENCE TO BE
FULFILLED.


THE GOSPEL DEPENDS ON CHRIST'S EXPERIENCE
AND NOT ON OURS.


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