No Life By Any New Law

Jan Brueghel (I) - Earth (The Earthly Paradise) - WGA3552

Ralph Erskine, Sermons, 5:92:

“Some cloud and darken the gospel, by making it a new or milder law, requiring faith, and repentance, and new obedience, instead of the perfect obedience required in the covenant of works. The gospel, properly speaking, is no law, but a promise: and it might be easily evinced, that faith, repentance, and new obedience, are so far from being easier or milder terms, that they are harder conditions to us, in our lapsed state, than perfect obedience was to Adam in a state of innocence. And so the apostle argues against any such new law; Gal. 3:21, “If there had been a law given, which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law;” or, as it may be read, “Verily righteousness should have been by a law.” But there is no such law given to fallen man, as could give life to him; therefore, there is no righteousness, or justification, to be had by a law, but by a promise; no life by any new law, but by a new promise of mercy and grace in Christ Jesus; “By the works of the law, no flesh living can be justified.” “Eternal life is the gift of God, through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Source:, Comment #38


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