This month, we complete the sermon series on 1 Cor. 15:56 "The strength of sin is the law."
with Sermons LXXVII, LXXVIII, which are the fifth and sixth expository sermons on this text by Ralph Erskine, The Strength of Sin; and how the Law is the Strength thereof, opened up and unfolded
"My friends, we need to seek salvation from sin, elsewhere than in and by the law, and the works thereof; for the law of God cannot save or justify the least transgressor of it, otherwise it must condemn itself, which is impossible: Cursed is everyone, says the law, that continues not in all things written in the hook of the law to do them; and we are obliged to say Amen to that curse, as every way just and righteous: Cursed is he that confirms not all the words of this law, to do them; and all the people shall say, Amen, Deut. xxvii. 26. It is the very nature of the law to condemn the least transgressor of it, whatever after-works of obedience he may perform; for, Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all, Jam. ii. 10. Therefore, the highest act of obedience, even of the saints in heaven, cannot expiate the least breach of Godís law, neither can any duty performed, take away the fault of as in committed. Sin therefore retains its strength to enslave, and strength to destroy the sinner, by virtue of the broken law that he is under, so long as he hath net wherewith to repair the honour of the law: the honour of the precept of the law must be repaired by a perfect obedience, and the honour of the threatening by a complete satisfaction, otherwise the strength of sin remains; but, whenever a man is clothed with the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, then Being reputed no transgressor, but a perfect: keeper and fulfiller of the law, it is no more the strength of sin in him; for, according to our doctrine from this text, the law of works is the strength of sin, only to the sinner, by whom it is broken, not to the believer, by whom it is fulfilled in his glorious Head.1"
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