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The Law of God and Man's Will

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The Law of God and Man's Will
The Law of God and Man's Will

Rev. Carl J. Haak

As we take up the subject of God's law and man's will, we arrive at the test of the genuineness of our confession of the sovereignty of God's grace in salvation. We will learn whether our confession of God's sovereignty is merely academic and theoretical, or truly personal and experiential. Sovereign grace is not simply a concept that believers receive from Holy Scripture, but the actual experience worked in them by the Holy Spirit. And the experience of the Spirit's work of sovereign salvation will always be found in this, that the believer is brought into willing and heartfelt submission to God's will as revealed in His law.

Sovereign grace shows its power and its reality in the believer's life when it brings him willingly into submission and conformity to the law of God. The workings of God's elective and saving grace are surely known in those in whom the Spirit works. What will that experience be? Scripture is plain in its answer. It will not be a temporary shiver and shake at a revival camp, a momentary emotional feeling of well-being in a "connecting service," a passing urge for self improvement; but the experience of sovereign grace will be the subjection of a rebellious, hateful, self-loving sinner and the bending of his knee in reverent and loving submission before God's law, so that he now asks: "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" (Acts 9:6). The evidence of the mighty grace of God is that one is given to say with the psalmist: "O how love I Thy law" (Ps. 119:97).

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