We’ve come to the 3rd part of the Marrow, “Of the law of Christ.” This is a phrase that occurs frequently in this discussion. Neither the antinomian nor the neonomian are satisfied with the law of Christ the way it is. The antinomian redefines it so that it’s not really a law. He talks about the “law of Christ” but when you ask him what is it, he can’t really tell you. It’s very vague. How can it be a law if we don’t know what it is; if we can’t say what it is For his part, the nomist doesn’t want the law of Christ of to be what it is because he’s not satisfied with the law as the rule for the Christian life. He wants the law to be the way of acceptance with God for sinners. He wants to build in obedience to the law, cooperation with grace, working out our salvation in fear and trembling not as a consequence of having been justified and saved once for all, nor as the fruit and evidence of justification and salvation. No, he wants the obedience to the law to be either part of the ground of our acceptance with God or part of the instrument through which we are saved or both. The third part of the Marrow is very helpful here for both the antinomian and the nomist.
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