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106. The New Law

1. The New Law is the law of the New Testament. In essence, itis the law of grace given through faith in Christ. In a secondaryway, the New Law is a written law prescribing directives for thereceiving and using of grace.

2. The New Law as grace, justifies; that is, ittakes away sin from a man's soul. The New Law asteaching or as doctrine, does not justify; itshows the way to justification.

3. It was notably fitting that the New Law came when itdid, not earlier. The promise of the New Law was, indeed, givenimmediately after Adam's sin. But the fulfillment of thepromise was rightly deferred for a long time, and this for tworeasons: first, that man might properly prepare himself for itswondrous benefits; second, that man might have a thoroughrealization of his own inadequacy, his weakness, his need ofredemption and grace.

4. The New Law is, by its nature, the proximatepreparation for heaven. It is not a promise or prophecy of somemore perfect state to be attained in this world. The New Law is afulfillment; nothing further, nothing more perfect, can beconceived for this present life. Therefore, the New Law will notgive way to another Law, but will last to the end of the world.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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