The issue before this week is this: The nomist (i.e., the legalist) will frequently deny that he is a legalist. We can even get the nomist to profess orthodox things about the doctrine of justification but here’s an acid test—by the way do you know what an acid test is? During the Gold Rush years on the mid-19th century, miners would put a drop of a strong acid on the stuff they dug up. If it did not react to the metal then they knew that they had gold and not something that looked like gold—so, an acid test for nomism or moralism is this: do they turn the covenant of grace into a covenant of works? There are lots of ways to do this. One way is to refuse to distinguish between the covenant that God made with Adam before the fall with the covenant he made with him after the fall. “The day you eat thereof” is not the same as “the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent.” Those are two distinct covenants or two distinct principles.
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