Preaching the Law

I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the Law. The Law is the needle, and you cannot draw the silken thread of the gospel through a man’s heart unless you first send the needle of the law to make way for it.

No man will ever put on the robe of Christ’s righteousness till he is stripped of his fig leaves, nor will he wash in the fount of mercy till he perceives his filthiness. Therefore, my brethren, we must not cease to declare the Law, its demands, its threatenings, and the sinner’s multiplied breaches of it.

-Charles Spurgeon

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8 Responses to “Preaching the Law”


  1. The law will be preached when the gospel is preached, but lawfully. Jesus said in Matt11:13, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Jesus said the law prophesied. The Spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.(Rev 19:10) Jesus said in John 5:39, “(you) search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” The scriptures are the Law & the Prophets and the Psalms. Keep the commandments, but keep them lawfully. For Paul says in Gal 3:21, “for if there had been a law given which could have produced righteousness, verily righteousness should have been by the law.” Christ Jesus would have been required to die. Paul also says in 1Tim 1:8-9, “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;knowing this, that the law is not made for the righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayer, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be anything contrary to sound doctrine; according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And the gospel I preach is that Christ Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried and He rose the third day according to the scriptures-all the scriptures, no exception. Beware of the law under any disguise:tradition, commandnents of men, Christian principles, or any other name. Beware of men! By the grace of God according to His will when the gospel is preached the Law (Torah) is preached, but not as a means of righteousness. The Law by the Spirit of grace is declared to prophesy of Christ Jesus. If Spurgeon was not careful in the words he used he was preaching another gospel, a false gospel.

    Daniel
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  2. If you read any of Spurgeon, you will quickly see that he does not preach the Law as a means of righteousness. He clearly preaches time and time again the Law to the lost (as in 1 Timothy 1:8-9) so the lost will see their filthiness before a holy and just God.

  3. Gordy, where in Acts is the Law preached to show them their filthiness? I see the gospel preached and men saying “what must we do to be saved.” The gospel was preached and they saw their state because many of them partook of the crucifixion of Christ. Afterwards the Gentiles came to grace by the preaching of the gospel only. Peter by simply declaring the purpose of God, the gospel, through the scriptures of the prophets and men were affected one way or another. Men are affected as God gives grace according to His willthrough the preaching of the gospel. The gospel is preached, and it is Christ Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried and rose the third day according to the scriptures.(1 Cor 15:1-6) The gospel is preached over and over and men either attach themselves to that form of teaching or not. Paul says, judge not the unbeliever. You mentioned 1 Tim 1:8. Looking at the purpose of God fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, who were these lawless ones? They who were entrusted with the oracles of God, those of Judah- the Jews (He came to own and His own received Him not-according to the purpose of God.) Who is entrusted with the oracles of God in our day and hour-Gentiles who call themselves Christians. The letter of Law fulfills God purpose in condemning Christ Jesus-it is made for the lawless to condemn Christ. In our day and hour the law is made for the lawless to condemn the innocent, those found in Christ, to once again fulfill the purpose of God.

    All of Paul’s and the apostles’ writings were written to believers to understand the purpose of God. The letters were not written to unbelievers. The door to understand the scriptures is the gospel, Christ crucified according to the scriptures-the door of life.

    If the Law is preached not as prophecy, it affect is condemnation and death. Today there is a push to post the Ten Commandments. All this does is deceive men into thinking if they only keep them they will be right. For apart from the light of the gospel we cannot see the Law says, “thou shalt not covet” or “thou shalt not lust” or in other words “thou shalt not desire.” Let me put it in other words, thou shalt not be a human, for we are all men of like passion. We preach Christ crucified according to all the scriptures. We do not preach Law and replace the gospel. I do not care who says we do, whether it be Spurgeon or any other man, to preach Law instead of the gospel is to preach another gospel-did Spurgeon die for us. Paul says, “I am determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus, the Christ, and Him crucified. The Spirit of the Father only zealously testifies of Christ Jesus, not Law apart from Christ.

    Daniel

  4. Daniel, the law is preached in Acts 7 & Acts 13. Paul preached it in Romans 2. How does a person know he or she is guilty and condemned? Read 1 John 3. What is sin? Sin is a transgression of the law. How does a person know he or she is a sinner unless they know he or she has transgressed the law? Read Galatians 3. The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. Read Romans 3. The law stops our mouths from saying we are good enough to earn our way to Heaven and shows us guilty before God. Romans 3 & 7 also tell us the knowledge of sin comes by the law. How do you tell a person he or she is guilty without telling him or her of what they are guilty? Why was Jesus crucified? The law requires the penalty to be paid for the transgression of the law. That penalty is death. Jesus’ death on the cross was the payment for the punishment that we deserved. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. That is why he was crucified. preach Christ crucified – but people also need to know why he was crucified. The gospel makes no sense without the law.

    Look at what the Lord did when he talked to people. With the woman at the well, he brought up the law about adultery. With the rich, young ruler, he brought up just about all 10 of the commandments and the man went away sad because he could not get rid of his false god, money.

    If you don’t preach the Law, a person cannot know guilt and will not realize the need for a savior. The law was made for sinners so sin might appear exceeding sinful and thus bring the sinner to Christ.

  5. Gordy, the law was our taskmaster to Christ, (Gal 3:24) not to bring sinners to guilt and then Christ. Paul also says “if there could have been a Law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Law. But the scripture (the Law is contained in the scriptures) hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” The Law is in the scriptures. The scriptures consist of the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets. If we declare the true gospel, that the Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets, we do not neglect law. We do not preach the law only and replace the gospel. We do not replace the gospel with any other emphasis. Our only emphasis is the word preached by the gospel, not the Law only, but by the gospel which includes the Law and the Prophets and Psalms. Paul also says, “the letter killeth the Spirit giveth life.” All letter is law in the mind of the unbeliever apart from the grace of God. This is why Paul in Roman 3:10-19 quotes Psalms 14 (from the Septuagint) and calls it law, despite it being a prophecy in the Psalms. The letter killeth. The natural man can read any part of the scriptures, and the result is condemnation. Look at Christ Jesus. Look at the Jews who had the word of God. The result of their handling of the word of God in the flesh was condemnation. Condemnation and blindness so the Lord of glory could suffer and die, be buried and raised the third day according to the scriptures they prided themselves in knowing. The letter killeth. Or to summarize the Law was made for Christ first and foremost so that He could suffer and die, be buried and raised the third day. As was the Psalms and the Prophets made first and foremost for the Christ, and Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ. Jesus came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. He came not to abolish the Old Testament scriptures, He came to fulfill it.

    Spurgeon as many then and now, preach doctrine or understanding over the gospel, and when men seemingly fall into sin, (there is no power to live as a Christian, for the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes) the emphasis on the necessity of preaching law comes into being. Law does not replace Spirit. That which is begun in the Spirit is complete in the Spirit. In Christ believers fulfill the righteousness of the Law, not the letter. The purpose of God in Christ in reguards to Law is not understood. For Jesus fulfilled the righteousness of the Law, not the letter. As an example the Law declared, “Cursed is the man that hangeth on a tree.” It did not take into account God in the flesh being crucified. It did not take into account a righteous Jesus hanging on a tree. He was made sin by the letter of the Law. The Law forbid the sacrificial animal to be mained, mutilated, but only perfect. Christ in the flesh was made according to the purpose of God sin. Men condemned Christ Jesus for all manner of sin contained in the Law, but according to the purpose of God.And thus the Psalmist speaking in the Spirit prophesying of Christ says, “thy judgment are true, and thy statutes are right.” The judgment of Christ Jesus on the cross was not an unjust thing. Jesus did not see His Father being unfair or unrighteous in His crucifixion. God made Him sin by the letter of the Law. He was not an actor playing a part, it was righteous all together. He who knew no sin, became sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

    Preach the true gospel (1 Cor 15:1-6) and the Law is never is neglected.

    Daniel

  6. Daniel, you say “the Law was made for Christ first and foremost so that He could suffer and die, be buried and raised the third day.” That is not true. Read Romans 5:20: Moreover the law entered, that offence might abound. Why was the law added? That the offence might abound. Read Romans 7:13: that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

    You also say that because law says “Cursed is the man that hangeth on a tree” that it did not take into account God in the flesh being crucified. Yes it did! Read the beginning of Galatians 3:13: the Lord became a curse for us. When God gave the Law, he knew that Jesus would fulfil it and become the curse for us. When Jesus was on the cross, he endured all of God’s wrath for every single one of our sins – the same wrath that he will repay to us if we do not accept his substitutionary death as payment for our sins.

    Neither Spurgeon nor I are preaching the law as a means of righteousness. We both say that no one is capable of keeping the Law. In fact, I daresay that you are guilty of breaking every single one of the Ten Commandments as am I.

    When the gospel is preached, to be truly preached, the law must be mentioned because part of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins. As I said earlier, the Bible says sin is transgression of the law. If a person is to understand what sin is, he or she must know what the law is. If a person thinks he has not sinned and you tell him that Jesus died for our sins, he will think that Jesus did not die for him because he doesn’t know he has sinned. How can you inform a person he is a sinner without informing him of the law – since sin is a transgression of the law?

  7. Gordy, without the Law Christ would not have been crucified. What was the Gentiles response without Law? “I find no fault in Him.” It took those in the Law to sway the Gentiles to crucify Him. This is the very purpose of God. You mention Roman 5:20. Where does Paul’s understanding of the gospel come from when He says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.” It comes from the scriptures of the prophets. This is the simplicity of the gospel (2 Cor 11:3-4)When are eyes are opened to the gospel by the grace and will of God if a man guide us we see Christ in all the scriptures, including Genesis chapter 3. From in this prophecy of scripture Paul sees 1 Cor 15:22, “For in Adam all die, even so in Christ all are made alive. But every man in His own order.” Or Paul sees 2 Cor 5:14, “for the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all then were all dead.” Or Paul sees Roman 5:15, “For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more by the grace of God, and the gift of grace, by one man Jesus Christ, hath abounded to the many.

    I said the Law condemned the righteous Man according to the purpose of God. I repeat could Christ have suffered and died, be buried and raised the third day without the Law. I will answer-NO!

    I clearly stated that the preaching of the gospel, Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried and He was raised the third day according to all the scriptures does include preaching the Law, but not for the purpose of a means of righteousness, or to bring men to guilt before they can come to Christ. It simply takes the Revelation of Jesus Christ by the grace and will of God to change sinners. The crucified (past tense)Christ Jesus was revealed to Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul is a trustworthy example of grace (1 Tim 1:15-16).

    Gordy, you need not worry about the Law being preached were the true gospel is. For Christ Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection the third day according to all the scriptures-the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms are preached over and over again in their entirety. We undertstand that Jesus died for adultery,murder, etc. We see Jesus-not the letter of the Law. Again, we preach not the Gospel and Law, simply the Gospel, good news of good, that Christ Jesus died for our sins according to the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets, He was buried and raised the third day according to the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets. By the grace of God I only preach Christ Jesus. Gordy, Spurgeon and no other man has died for men, but Christ Jesus, thus I only preach Christ crucified from all the scriptures over and over and over, and it is never fruitless in understanding.

    Daniel

  8. Daniel, I’m not following what point you are trying to make. To help me understand what you are saying, please answer this:

    When you meet a lost man who has never heard anything of God’s commandments or of God’s grace, and you preach the gospel to him – that Jesus died for his sins, was buried, and rose again all according to the scriptures, if he says he has never sinned, what do you then say to him?


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