God’s Law and Grace in Perspective

If we come to think of God as one whose total focus is on exposing our sin, we will become too shortsighted to see his grace. We will be plagued by a spirit of doubting and mistrusting the Father of lights, who gives his good gifts to us (James 1:17). We will find that we have become incapable of responding to him (and his law) within the father-child bond of love. […] the way the law exposes sin serves a larger purpose, namely, bringing us to see our need of, and then to discover the joy in, fatherly grace and forgiveness. Such a balance is crucial to a right view of God, of grace, and of the law.

– Sinclair Ferguson, The Whole Christ, pp. 119-120.

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