Dead to the Law
I am dead to the law in four different ways — (a) in justification, it cannot condemn me for here is Jesus. Here is his precious word of the gospel. Here is his spirit who quiets and comforts my heart against the hard claims of the law.
(b) In sanctification I am dead to the law in this sense, that it need no longer by the fear of hell deter me from evil and impel me to good, as formerly in the legal state; for a filial spirit now impels me; from the love to Jesus. I am now willing to both, yea, to the keeping of all commandments, it is now easy to me and a pleasure, this is occasioned by faith. The faithful are free through Jesus, from the rod of the oppressor, Isa. ix. 4. from the compulsion of Moses, Acts xv. 10. from the hard yoke of the severe and hard, must; thou shalt. They obtain immediately after forgiveness, a filial and willing spirit. After thy victory (and the application in conversion) thy people (the faithful) shall be willing, in a filial spirit, to sacrifice (serve) in the beauties of holiness, after having obtained righteousness through faith — Ps. cx. This is the obedience to faith — Rom. i. 5. I am likewise free of the severe demand of a legal perfection and purity, for the law demands an angel’s purity or innate justice. My Saviour, on the contrary, demands only truth and faithfulness. The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ — St. John i. 17. The gospel perfection, consists of two parts, grace and truth. These my Jesus has granted me completely. 1. I have a complete forgiveness of sins, that is, grace: 2. and an honest mind and will, which is entirely for Jesus, not to commit willingly even the smallest sin; this is truth, this is the easy yoke of Christ.
(c) Thirdly, I am also dead to the law, in so far, that it need not reserve to me any reward and salvation; for this my Jesus has given me already, gratuitously. I am already blessed, and the Son of God has given me heaven in faith. The Saviour gave it to me before I had done the least good; I did not earn it of him: No, I came poor and hungry after grace, and I obtained all; nor need he reward me for my goodness, for it is by his great mercy that I can perform good. If the Lord out of his great condescension, will call it a reward, I can only say — I am an unprofitable servant.
Finally, I am likewise dead to all the boasting of the works of the law (the boasting is out by the law of faith, Rom. iii. 27.) to all own merit, I rest and build upon no talents and works, be they ever so great; but will nevertheless most willingly perform good works; and when I have done something, I shall not make this a foundation, whereupon to build my salvation, or from whence I should take an assurance, but I live in faith, take out of the fulness of Jesus daily grace for grace, I cast not away the grace of God, but am satisfied that all is grace and I know in whom to believe — 2 Tim. i. 12. But my brethren have a right, for their own conviction, to say to me, show us your faith by your works, and not acknowledge me for a true believer, if they do not find the life and image of Jesus in my conduct.
— David Hollaz, Evangelic Order of Grace, Dialogue the Fourth.