Turretin on The Use of Law

June 13, 2009

It not only antecedently prepares the elect man for Christ, but consequently also directs him already renewed through Christ in ways of the Lord; serving him as a standard rule of the most perfect life, to which he knows he is called by Christ and which he ought diligently to pursue (I Tim 1:5). Before, it was an instrument of the spirit of bondage to throw down and bruise man, but afterwards it becomes the instrument of the Spirt of adoption to promote sanctification. Thus the law leads to Christ and Christ leads us back to the law; it leads to Christ as the redeemer and Christ leads to the law, as the leader and director of life. In this way, man in his integrity and as just was under the blessing of the law; corrupt, he comes under its curse; regenerated, he comes under its direction.

Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 11th Topic, 22nd Question, XI.


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