Paul Washer: Be a Man

Monday, March 3, 2008

Book Review: The Law and the Gospel

Here is another compelling argument for the use of the Law in the context of street witnessing. Use the Law for other things in life also, but use it endearingly in the presentation of the Gospel to the perishing. This is the second book I have read by Reisinger with Ernest in mind. Although several books on the Law have been written, this man writes like John MacArthur. Reisinger is always more interested in people understanding with perspicuity. I like that word. Clarity is what I mean for you uninterested. Illumination is what happens to my brain while reading his material.

Let me begin with a quote of a statistic about our churches. "Less than 1% of all church members can even recite the Ten Commandments!" Look around at your church buds, 99 of 100 do not know 50% of the Gospel. So if your church has 100 members, only 1 will know all Ten Commandments. It could even be the pastor!

"The Perpetuity of the Law of God" Spurgeon states, "The man who knows the relative position of the Law and the Gospel has the keys of the situation in the matter of doctrine" and " a low view of the law always brings legalism in religion; a high view of law makes a man a seeker after grace." The law in the past has always been a great influence to people like Charles Spurgeon, a great open air preacher and a pastor who made big strides for street witnessing.

Reisinger makes clear case for the Law's use even prior to it being written in stone by God's own finger. Because sin was punished the Law was enforced. Paul the apostle said "...where there is no law, there is no transgression." Just as the moral law predates Sinai, it does not end at Calvary i.e. antinomianism. Calvary "changed the Christian's power and desire to do right, not his duty to do right".

The Law demands both external and internal obedience "We know that the law is spiritual," Romans 7:14

  • Not only murder, but hate

  • Not only adultery, but lusting

  • Not only stealing, but coveting

In street witnessing these are the commandments that are used all the time to convict the perishing sinner.

Here is another illumination for a layman like me: "...the commands of the first table are not to be kept for the sake of the commands of the second table, but rather the commands of the second table are to be kept for the sake of the first table." Example: if parents command their children to do something against God, the children should seek to obey God rather than men.

Going on to the grace of God we find quotes like: "So strong is the corruption in the hearts of the unregenerate that even the elect resist the saving operation of the Holy Spirit for a time."

There is nothing we do apart from Christ that is counted as righteousness. Romans 8:8 and Proverbs 21:4 and Pauls great confession in Philippians 3:7 , "But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ." There is nothing a sinner can do on his own to save himself, or please God. Love is the fulfillment of the Law. The Law is a pointer to the Cross. The Law provides a conviction of sin. Therefore, the true meaning of Christ's death will cause the sinner to do a double take.

When I see the sinner's eyes change from a haughty look to a searching look, I know the Law is doing what it claims. It convicts! It is like a horse kicking you in the face, but the grace of God would allow you to live through it. Oh, it hurts, yet only long enough until I can inject the Cross' meaning into the lifeless veins and it soothes the pain that was caused by the sinner in the first place.

These partial verses in the Scripture all refer to love:

  • He who has My commandment and keeps them...

  • If you keep My commandments...

  • This is My commandment...

"Paul as a Pharisee, thought that people should keep the Law in order to be saved. Paul as a Christian, he saw that people must be saved in order that they might keep the Law."

Paul was a man who spent many hours in prayer, and he spent much time recuperating from being stoned, kicked, shipwrecked, whipped, punched, etc. He felt that this was only the least he could do to follow in our Captain's shoes.

Many people in the church today think they are sharing their faith by saying "come to Christ and He will improve your life or what ever ails you or to improve anything at all." This is not love. No, love is hard work laboring in the fields of perishing souls. The fields of lost souls that are vast and ripe for the harvest. The sad part is that there is a tremendous laziness of the believers and people within the church walls. This can be discouraging to the few faithful laborers. Understand, please, that love cries out to those that are perishing. An example is a person calling out to a person who does not see a car heading in his direction that will hit him. Unless someone is diligent to cry out, and the man hears that cry to escape get out of the way, he will not hear in time to be saved.

The Giver of the crown of glory will say, "well done...", that would tell me that I had actually done something! This is not something that I would do to earn any merit. No, my salvation is nothing of myself. It is a gift of God, not of works which I have done.


jfhartgraves said...

Hey Uncle Ronnie!
Just wanted to ask for your prayer as I started that job last thursday at the Police department as a dispatcher. I am around alot of unsaved people all day- although I am not allowed to give out any religius information, I can have a testimony that shines and that brings Christ our Savior Glory!
Pray that my light will be bright and that I will somehow have the opportunity to share with someone!


jfhartgraves said...

hey! I really love that song you put to the video, could you maybe send me the lyrics? or the song?
Seeing you guys share the gospel so boldly and all of the lost people out there who need the Lord, brings me to tears!

Ron said...

My dear Felicia, the purpose of the video is to show people like you what is involved in going out. To "flesh it out." Until you actually seeeeee what we do you can't even imagine it. Each person is different and needs to have the same Gospel delivered to them. Only the Holy Spirit can cause them to see and hear spiritually appraised things. Always use the Law to trouble their conscience. Only then do you give them the message of the cross. It will make sense that way. Let me know if you need help or a confidence booster. I know you can do it, God created you to boast in Him and about Him.

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