Reading Galatians With Charles Spurgeon



Discriminating Properly between Law and Grace

Spurgeon’s note on 4:24

There cannot be a greater difference in the world between two things than there is between law and grace. And yet, strange to say, while the things are diametrically opposed and essentially different from each other, the human mind is so depraved and the intellect, even when blessed by the Spirit, has become so turned aside from right judgment, that one of the most difficult things in the world is to discriminate properly between law and grace. He who knows the difference—and always remembers the essential difference between law and grace—has grasped the essence of theology. He is not far from understanding the gospel theme in all its ramifications, its outlets and its branches, who can properly tell the difference between law and grace. They are as opposite as light and darkness and can no more agree than fire and water. Yet people will be perpetually striving to make a compound of them—often ignorantly and sometimes willfully. They seek to blend the two when God has positively kept them separate!