Before I began this series my intent was to do a series of episodes on the Reformed understanding of the Christian use of the moral law as the norm or rule of the Christian life. Confessional Protestants (Reformed and Lutheran) call it the “Third Use of the Law” (tertius usus legis). This has been a basic part of confessional Reformational theology from the beginning. We have not always used the language but we’ve always taught the substance of the doctrine against both those who would use the law improperly as a way to be accepted with God (justification) and those who, under the pretense of spirituality, dispense with the moral law (antinomonianism). This is our last stop, as it were, on our trip through the The Marrow of Modern Divinity before we begin our walk through each of the 10 commandments. In this episode, the Reformed Pastor explains to his friends the proper motives for sincerely obeying the law, how our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him, and he helps the legalist see how he doesn’t understand all that the law really demands.
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