This article highlights the importance of preaching on the laws of the Old Testament, and provides some hermeneutical principles for understanding this part of Scripture. The author concludes with some practice suggestions for ministers in this regard.
The gospel and the law are both an expression of God's desire to commune with His people. This article shows how preaching the law should embody the gospel. These two things should not be separated from each other. The author draws attention to the connection between preaching the law, the knowledge of sin, and the wrath of God.
The author provides a thorough examination of the relationship between the law and the gospel, and especially the role of the law in preaching. Critical in his argument is the fact that the law points to sin, but it does not justify, while the gospel proclaims the good news of God's grace. In this way the extent of the inability of any man to save himself is made clearer in view of the demands of the law.
The article carefully articulates the several uses of the gospel message and the law, both in the context of believers and unbelievers.
Understanding the relationship between law and gospel is important for the understanding of the relationship between justification and sanctification. This article shows that this understanding is important for a believer's assurance of salvation, for upholding the greatness of Christ's work on our behalf, and for maintaining the pure grace of the gospel.