Evening, January 25, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.” — Romans 3:31
When the believer is adopted into the Lord’s family, his relationship to the old Adam and the law ceases at once; but then he is under a new rule, and a new covenant. Believer, you are God’s child; it is your first duty to obey your heavenly Father. A subservient spirit you have nothing to do with: you are not a slave, but a child; and now, since you are a beloved child, you are bound to obey your Father’s faintest wish, the least hint of his will. Does he bid you to fulfil a sacred ordinance? It is at your peril that you neglect it, for you will be disobeying your Father. Does he command you to seek to emulate the image of Jesus? Is it not your joy to do so? Does Jesus tell you, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect?” Then not because the law commands, but because your Savior commands, you will labor to be perfect in holiness. Does he call for his saints to love one another? Do it, not because the law says, “Love your neighbor,” but because Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commandments,” and this is the commandment that he has given to you, “that you love one another.” Are you told to distribute to the poor? Do it, not because charity is a burden which you dare not shirk, but because Jesus teaches, “Give to him that asks of you.” Does the Word say, “Love God with all your heart?” Look at the commandment and reply, “Ah! commandment, Christ hath fulfilled you already–I have no need, therefore, to fulfil you for my salvation, but I rejoice to yield obedience to you because God is my Father now and he has a claim upon me, which I never would dispute.” May the Holy Spirit make your heart obedient to the constraining power of Christ’s love, that your prayer may be, “Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for I them do I delight.” Grace is the mother and nursemaid of holiness, and not the apologist of sin.