''The purpose of this volume is to present a discussion of the value of the Law of God in the life of the believer, a subject of importance and urgency in these days. At various periods in the history of Christian doctrine it has become necessary to reaffirm the truth that the ministry of the Law has been Divinely ordained as a means of grace for the sanctification and godly walk of the believer. This, of course, carries with it no denial that the only sufficient power for sanctification is the indwelling life of Christ in the believer by the Holy Spirit: this is sanctification through faith, and it is one of the great glories of the Christian Gospel that it does not merely tell men to be good, but it enables them to be so . . . . In what does sanctified behavior consist? It consists in pleasing God. What is it that pleases God? The doing of His will. Where is His will to be discerned? In His holy Law. The Law, then, is the Christian’s rule of life, and the believer finds that he delights in the Law of God after the inward man.'' (Romans 7:22)
''An excellent study of the teaching of the Puritans on the place of the law of God in salvation and in Christian living. How one wishes that theological thought was as profound today as it was then!'' (Basic Books for Bible Study).
Kevan takes the main body of his study from the Puritan Anthony Burgess' Vindication of the Moral Law. He shows that the law of God is perfect, and how this perfect law is to be used in the life of the believer. It has no use in justification, but much use in a sanctified life. The expression ‘good works’ does not refer to the merely external actions of religion: it stands for the gifts of God’s Spirit in the believer, and the actions that flow from them. It is clear, therefore, that quite apart from any considerations of perfection, there is much need of the Holy Spirit's activity, for even the beginnings of godly action come from Him. For a truly godly action essentially must be both commanded by God and initiated by Him. One who loves Christ will keep His commandments, for they are ''the perfect law of liberty'' - (James 1:25) to all believers.'' (Introduction)
For a great many years before his death, Kevan was the head of London Bible College in England. He writes, ''The further purpose of this volume is to present the discussion of the Law through one of the finest minds of the Puritan period, Anthony Burgess. It is hoped the great contribution by him may be appreciated.