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The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

- Psalm 19:7-10

Unless Thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

I will never forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me.

- Psalm 119:92-93

 
 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

- Mark 12:30-31

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

- Romans 13:10

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all know, ledge; and though I have all faith, so that 1 could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

- I Corinthians 13:1-2

 

In thankfulness, the Holy Spirit uses the law as: a rule for life, a guide which informs the person of God's will, a teaching which reveals that which is pleasing and displeasing to the Lord.

Thankful obedience is motivated by love and desire, not by fear or force. In conversion, the hearts of God's children are won over to love God, and therefore, to love His will, His Word, and His law.


In summary, the Holy Spirit uses the law in thankfulness in the following two ways:

    1. To reveal to His children the will of God, that which is pleasing and displeasing to the Lord, as a rule for life

    2. To stimulate loving obedience, resistance to sin, and prayer to God. Due to their remaining, old, sinful natures and frequent spiritual failures, continual prayer for the Holy Spirit's empowering, sanctifying work is necessary.


    The Heidelberg Catechism addresses the question of: "Why should the moral law, the ten commandments, be strictly preached?" It answers this question as follows:

    Answer 115. First, that all our lifetime we may learn more and more to know our sinful nature, and thus become the more earnest in seeking the remission of sin, and righteousness in Christ; likewise, that we constantly endeavor and pray to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that we may become more and more conformable to the image of God, till we arrive at the perfection proposed to us, in a life to come.

    Can you identify the law's rule in misery, deliverance, and thankfulness from this answer? The Heidelberg Catechism also assigns eleven Lord's Days in the section on thankfulness to the discussion of God's law. Explain how the number of Lord's Days refers to the law's importance, and how their placement in the thankfulness section testifies to the spirit of its obedience.


In one word, the law of God requires love. The spirit of it: required obedience is also love. The new nature in the believer loves to do God's will and therefore exclaims, "0 how love I Thy law!" (Psalm 119:97a). It is obedience which is motivated by love that is pleasing to God - not obedience motivated by force.


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