Vos on the law as normative for moral life in the Covenant of Grace

“The truth of the matter is that in the covenant of works the natural relationship was made to serve a positive purpose. It is not set aside, but incorporated into something higher. From this it follows that, where the higher becomes powerless and falls away, the natural relationship nevertheless remains. As a creature man is subject to God, and, had it not pleased God to reward the keeping of the law with eternal life, the requirement would still be effective. ‘Do this!’ is still valid, even if it is not followed by: ‘You shall live.’ Thus, it is that in the covenant of grace, too, the participants are exempt from the demand of the law as the condition for eternal blessedness, but not from its demand as being normative for their moral life.”

– Vos, The Doctrine of the Covenant in Reformed Theology

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