Anthony Burgess on the Law of Moses and the Gospel

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  1. Christusregnat

    Christusregnat Puritan Board Professor

    Anthony Burgess was on the Westminster Assembly's committee that drafted the chapter on the Law of God. The Fellows and President of Sion College requested Burgess to put these lectures into print. As such, they give a good window into the Confession's points on the law as delivered by Moses. The following quotations are from Anthony Burgess' Vindiciae Legis:

    p. 217.

    p. 225.

    p. 237.

    p. 238.

    p. 238.

    p. 241.

    p. 241.

    p. 243-4.

    p. 255.


    This book is available as a free PDF through the Westminster Assembly Project.
     
  2. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    That quotes from pages 237 and 238 are excellent. They cleared up some confusion I had been having about how the Commandments themselves were apart of both the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace. Thanks for sharing, Adam!
     
  3. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    A revelation of the post-Fall broken CoW is part of the Gospel and CoG under both Moses and under the New Testament, not in order to seek salvation by works, but in order to seek salvation by grace.
     
  4. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    Could you clarify, Richard? Are you saying that the Law as revealed at Sinai was given to show that it had already been broken and that only a work of God's grace would bring salvation from sin? Also, what is the difference between the two when you say that the revelation of the broken Covenant of Works is part of both the Gospel and the Covenant of Grace?
     
  5. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    It was both revealed to show that men - Israelites most immediately - were breakers of the law as a CoW, but it was also revealed to be rewritten on their hearts through the Gospel/CoG. See e.g. Psalm 119.

    The revelation of the law as a - now hypothetical - CoW is part of the Gospel message under both Moses and Christ.

    Dabney discusses in his Systematics in what sense the CoW has been abrogated since Adam's Fall:

    Some aspects of the Mosaic law reveal God's moral standards - i.e. the Ten Commandments summarises all His moral law.

    Some aspects of the Mosaic law reveal the Gospel e.g. the priestly system, the tabernacle, the sacrifices.

    Some aspects of the Mosaic law reveal God's eschatalogical response to sin e.g. the threat of being cast out of the Land as the whole nation or as an individual by excommunication and/or God's judgment or possibly execution.
     
  6. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks, Richard. That was helpful.
     
  7. Christusregnat

    Christusregnat Puritan Board Professor

    You are welcome, brother! Glad to be of assistance!
     
  8. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    A good program on this work of Burgess's by the Reformed Forum guys recorded a few weeks ago is found at this link.
     
  9. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Did God intend for it to be a hypothetical Covenant of Works?

    I know you think so as did Dabney. So do many other people. I also believe that the Law of Moses was pedagogical and burdensome as it revealed Christ in the types. The Tabernacle was burdensome to them. The types and burden of them have been removed. We have the antitype, Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Another aspect that many don't see is that the moral law reveals God and what he is like. It reveals his beauty and something that should draw us to Christ. As Christ and St. Paul point out, the fulfilling of the law is love.

    Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
    Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
    Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

    Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
    Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.





    For some reason some people always want to see the negative and show how the law opposes instead of how it is really a gracious revealer of God.
     
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