Chariots of God: God's Law in Relation to the Cross and the Christian
by Alan Cairns
David described the angels present when God spoke His law at Mount Sinai as "the chariots of God" (Psalm 68:17). His fine symbolism reminds us of the awesome majesty of God at the giving of the law. However, the angels were merely the symbols of the majestic glory of God while His law itself was the essential revelation of it. Thus, the Ten Commandments—even more than the angels at Sinai—may be called God's chariots of fire.
The voice of God at Sinai must forever be a voice of condemnation unless God had something more to say. He had, and He said it at Calvary. Out of the darkness of the cross the Lord Jesus Christ cried with a loud voice, "It is finished" (John 19:30). Here is the voice of salvation from Him who perfectly fulfilled the law. Though no angels were present at Calvary when the Lord Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice to put away God's wrath and our sin, the chariots of God were there. His majesty was never more cleary revealed and His law was never more strictly in force than at the cross.
We may say that God rode down from glory to Mount Sinai in chariots of fire to state His law, closing heaven against us as law-breakers, but Christ our Savior rode up to glory from Mount Calvary in those same chariots of God, opening heaven for us by His perfect satisfaction of the law.
Chariots of God is a careful, consistent, and eminently Christ-centered examination of the relation of the law to the gospel and to believers. It avoids the extremes of legalism and lawlessness. These studies have been greatly used through thousands of audio copies of the original messages preached in Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina. In print, they offer Christians a scriptural and readable guide to the vitally important subject of God's law.
- Analyzes the meaning and nature of the Ten Commandments
- Explains the purpose of the Law
- Shows the relation of the Law to Jesus Christ's sacrifice
- Title: Chariots of God: God's Law in Relation to the Cross and the Christian
- Author: Alan Cairns
- Publisher: Ambassador
- Publication Date: 2000
- Pages: 316
About Alan Cairns
Alan Cairns is a lecturer at Geneva Reformed Seminary. Prior to this, he served for 25 years as the pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina. He also pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and was Professor of Systematic Theology at the Whitefield College of the Bible in Northern Ireland.