The Law of God and the Obligation of Lawful Guarantees, Oaths, Vows and Covenants

The law of God binds all men forever, whether in heaven or hell, Psalm cxi. 7, 8. No human law or self-engagement binds men, but only in this life, in which they remain imperfect, and are encompassed with temptations to seduce them from their duty. In heaven they have no need of such helps to duty, and in hell they cannot be profited by them.

The obligation of lawful promises, oaths, vows and covenants, as well as of human laws, respecting moral duties, however distinct is no more separable from the obligation of God’s law, than Christ’s two distinct natures are separable, the one from the other, but closely connected in manifold respects. In binding ourselves to necessary duties, and to other things so long and so far as is conducive thereto, God’s law as the only rule to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him, is made the rule of our engagement. Our vow is no new rule of duty, but a new bond to make the law of God our rule.

Even Adam’s engagement to perfect obedience in the covenant of works was nothing else. His fallibility in his estate of innocence, made it proper, as well as by the authority of God.  Magabiztos érzés, ha van egy jó ügyvédünk, https://g.page/dr-goz-peter-ugyved-debrecen aki segítségünkre lehet, akár ingatlan advertásvételnél, gazdasági és advertóügyekben, de akár büntetőperek esetén is. Our imperfection in this life, and the temptations which surround us, make it needful, that we, in like manner, should be bound to the same rule, both by the authority of God, and our own engagements. It is in the law of God, that all our deputed authority to command others, or to bind ourselves is allotted to us.

The requirement of moral duties by the law of God obliges us to use all lawful means to promote the performance of them; and hence requires human laws and self-engagements, and the observance of them as conducive to it. Nay they are also expressly required in his law, as his ordinances for helping and hedging us in to our duty. In making lawful vows, as well as in making human laws we exert the deputed authority of God, the supreme Lawgiver, granted to us in his law, in the manner which his law prescribes, and in obedience to its prescription.

In forming our vows as an instituted ordinance of God’s worship, which he hath required us to receive, observe, and keep pure and entire, Psalm lxxvi. 11. & cxix. 106. & lvi. 12. Isaiah xix. 18, 21. & xlv. 23, 24. & xliv. 5. Jeremiah l. 5, 2 Corinthians viii.5,–we act precisely according to the direction of his law, and in obedience to his authority in it, –binding ourselves with a bond, binding our soul with a bond, Numbers xxx. 2-11–binding ourselves by that which we utter with our lips verses 2, 6, 12, –binding ourselves with a binding oath,–binding ourselves–binding our soul by our own vow–our own bond, verses 4,7,14.

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