John Bunyan on the Law

     Wherefore, whenever thou who believest in Jesus, dost hear the law in its thundering and lightning fits, as if it would burn up heaven and earth, then say thou, I am freed from this law, these thunderings have nothing to do with my soul; nay, even, this law, while it thus thunders and roars, it doth both allow and approve of my righteousness. I know that Hagar would sometimes be domineering and high, even in Sarah's house, and against her, but this she is not to be suffered to do, nay, though Sarah herself be barren, wherefore serve it also as Sarah served her, and expel her out from thy house. (Gen. xvi. 1-5.) My meaning is, when this law with its thundering threatenings doth attempt to lay hold on thy conscience, shut it out with a promise of grace; cry, The inn is took up [sic] already, the Lord Jesus is here entertained, and here is no room for the law .... I being now made upright without it [the law], and that too with that righteousness which this law speaks well of and approveth; I may not, will not, cannot, dare not, make it my savior and judge, nor suffer it to set up its government in my conscience; for by so doing I fall from grace, and Christ Jesus doth profit me nothing. (Gal. v. ii)

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