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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Notable Quote: William Perkins

William Perkins (1558 – 1602), father of Elizabethan Puritanism, on the law-gospel distinction …

The basic principle in application is to know whether the passage is a statement of the law or of the gospel. For when the Word is preached, the law and the gospel operate differently. The law exposes the disease of sin, and as a side-effect stimulates and stirs it up. But it provides no remedy for it…. The law is, therefore, first in the order of teaching; then comes the gospel.

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