‘Grace And The Law Of God’ by Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones

“Without a clear concept of the law and its demands, we will not have a clear concept of our need for Christ. As John Bunyan rightly stated, “The man who does not know the nature of the law cannot know the nature of sin. And he who does not know the nature of sin cannot know the nature of the Saviour.””

Thinking of Bill Meuhlenberg’s essay in the last post on ‘Loving God And Keeping His Commandments’ set me thinking about what other leading Christian writers have said on the close relationship between Loving God and Keeping His Commandments. Here are some quotes from Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on GRACE AND THE LAW OF GOD: Romans 7:1 – 8:4 (Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1973).

The Law: Its Function and Limits.”

p.26. “…the whole purpose of salvation is to enable us to keep God’s Law.”

p.27. “Thank God we are no longer `under’ it as a way of salvation; but we are to keep it, we are to practice it in our daily life.”

p.27. “The Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just and good! Do not dismiss the Law… The Law of God is perfect and we are to keep it. We are not `under’ it, there is no condemnation; it is not the way of salvation, but that does not mean we have no interest in it…the object of salvation is to enable us to carry out the righteousness of the Law.”

pp.27-8. “Therefore, as Christians, we must never say, foolishly and wrongly, `I have nothing to do with the law at all.’…The Apostle Paul preached the Ten Commandments to the Christians in Rome, and they are as applicable to us today as they were then…”

pp.38-9. “The Apostle Paul never makes light of the Law, he never disparages it… A man who speaks disparagingly of the Law merely shows he is a defective and ignorant Christian… If you do not see the Law being honoured on the cross of Calvary you have never seen the true meaning of the death of Christ: it is essentially an honouring of the Law.”

p.50. “Much `Christianity’ so-called is unethical and almost immoral. We do not `make void the Law through faith, yea, we establish the Law.’ God forbid that we should even attempt do anything else.”

Dr.Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans 8:15-17 (Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1974). “The Sons of God.”

p.44. “`The carnal mind is enmity against God’, and therefore `it is not subject to the Law of God’….But the Christian has a true view of the Law of God. It is no longer true to say of him that he is not `subject to the Law of God.’ `His commandments are not grievous’ says John of the Christian. A man who objects to the Law of God is not a Christian…The commandments are an expression of God’s character; they were designed for the good of man; and so the Christian says: `O how I love thy Law!’ Even the Psalmist had been able to say that; and the Christian does so still more certainly; he delights in the Law of God. He sees its glory, and its excellence, and he desires to keep it.”

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2 Responses to ‘Grace And The Law Of God’ by Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones

  1. mal57Mal says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering what Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones stance or thoughts were regarding on whether Christians were obliged or required to use or adhere to the Moral Law (Ten Commandments) in their Christian walk and life?

  2. Islwyn says:

    Hi Mal,
    I can only repeat what I have quoted in the post on what Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said about Christians and the Law of God:
    p.27. “The Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just and good! Do not dismiss the Law… The Law of God is perfect and we are to keep it. We are not `under’ it, there is no condemnation; it is not the way of salvation, but that does not mean we have no interest in it…the object of salvation is to enable us to carry out the righteousness of the Law.”

    Thanks for your question and hope this helps,

    Islwyn

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