The law of God ties all men always, regardless of whether in paradise or heck, Psalm cxi. 7, 8. No human law or self-commitment ties men, yet just in this life, in which they stay flawed, and are enveloped with compulsions to tempt them from their obligation. In paradise they have no need of such serves to obligation, and in damnation they can’t be benefitted by them. PLLC
The commitment of legitimate guarantees, vows, pledges and agreements, just as of human laws, regarding moral obligations, anyway particular is not any more detachable from the commitment of God’s law, than Christ’s two unmistakable qualities are distinguishable, the one from the other, howeve
r firmly associated in complex regards. In restricting ourselves to essential obligations, and to different things so long thus far as is favorable thereto, God’s law as the solitary principle to guide us how to commend and appreciate him, is made the standard of our commitment. Our pledge is no new principle of obligation, yet another cling to make the law of God our standard.
Indeed, even Adam’s commitment to consummate acquiescence in the agreement of works was nothing else. His frailty in his bequest of blamelessness, made it legitimate, that he ought to be limited by his own assent or commitment, just as by the authority of God. Our flaw in this life, and the enticements which encompass us, make it needful, that we, in like way, ought to be bound to a similar standard, both by the authority of God, and our own commitment. It is in the law of God, that all our deputed power to order others, or to tie ourselves is dispensed to us.
The prerequisite of good obligations by the law of God obliges us to utilize all legal way to advance the presentation of them; and subsequently requires human laws and self-commitment, and the recognition of them as helpful for it. Nay they are likewise explicitly needed in his law, as his mandates for aiding and supporting us in to our obligation. In making legitimate pledges, just as in causing human laws we to apply the deputed authority of God, the incomparable Lawgiver, allowed to us in his law, in the way which his law recommends, and in dutifulness to its solution.
In shaping our promises as an established mandate of God’s love, which he hath expected us to get, notice, and keep unadulterated and whole, Psalm lxxvi. 11. and cxix. 106. and lvi. 12. Isaiah xix. 18, 21. and xlv. 23, 24. and xliv. 5. Jeremiah l. 5, 2 Corinthians viii.5,- – we act correctly as per the bearing of his law, and in submission to his clout in it, – restricting ourselves with a bond, restricting our spirit with a bond, Numbers xxx. 2-11- – restricting ourselves by that which we utter with our lips stanzas 2, 6, 12, – restricting ourselves with a limiting pledge,- – restricting ourselves- – restricting our spirit by our own promise – our own bond, refrains 4,7,14.
In shaping our pledge, we, as indicated by the solution of his own law, gravely establish God, who is the preeminent Lawgiver and Lord of the still, small voice,- – the observer of our self-commitment, and the Guarantee, charitably to compensate our zealous satisfaction of it, and legitimately to rebuff our underhanded infringement of it. The more dependable and dedicated perception of God’s law, despite our complex sicknesses and allurements, and the more adequate advancement of his wonder in that, is simply the finish of our commitment, just as of human laws of power.