"ALL'S LOVE YET ALL'S LAW"

It may be questioned if there is any other word in our language which awakens so much vague, indefinite, and altogether erroneous thought as the word "law." By a process of abstraction of which the many are wholly unconscious, phrases like "the reign of law," "the dominion of law," etc., have come to convey the thought of effective cause. Law is deemed an agent, that which does something and is responsible therefor. The moment we begin to think closely and analytically upon this subject, however, that moment we can but perceive that in fact law is not a doer in any sense or in any realm. It is simply the method of a doer, to whose unvarying reliability and faithfulness it witnesses.

In an exalted mood the psalmist declared, "The law of the Lord is perfect." This being true, its quality is wholly derived, its distinction is gained entirely, from that perfect, consistent, and divine doer whose nature is disclosed in His acts. He alone performs, and the order of His performance can no more exist apart from Him than motion can exist apart from a moving body. When thus thought of it is a pure abstraction, and belongs to that realm of "impersonal metaphysics" concerning which a great thinker has well said, "They are only the abstract forms of a self-conscious life, and apart from that life they are empty and illusory. ... Law and will must ever be united in our thought of the world."

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