Michael Horton Differentiates Law and Gospel

Taken from his book, Christless Christianity:

“We are not called to live the gospel, but to believe the gospel and to follow the law in view of God’s mercies. Turning the gospel into law is a very easy thing for us to do; it comes naturally. That is why we can never take the Good News for granted.

Any form of doing the gospel is a confusion of categories. The law tells us what to do; the gospel tells us what God has done for us in Christ. When it comes to the question of how we relate to God, doing is the wrong answer …

The law tells us what God expects of us; the gospel tells us what God has done for us. So law and gospel are not inherently opposed, but when it comes to how we are saved, these two principles could not be more antithetical.”


Some relevant Bible passages for reference: Romans Chapters 1, 4, and 11 (but really the whole book). 1 Corinthians 15, Ephesians 2, 1 Peter 2, Galatians (whole book).

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Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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