A Blue of Heavenly Dye

“Men have supposed that an active conscience, and a lofty susceptibility towards right and wrong, will fit them to appear before God, and have, therefore, rejected Christ the Propitiation. They have substituted ethics for the gospel; natural religion for revealed. ‘I know,’ says Immanuel Kant, ‘of but two beautiful things; the starry heavens above my head, and the sense of duty within my heart.’[3] But, is the sense duty beautiful to apostate man? to a being who is not conformed to it? Does the holy law of God overarch him like the firmament, ‘tinged with a blue of heavenly dye, and starred with sparkling gold?’ Nay, nay. If there be any beauty in the condemning law of God, for man the transgressor, it is the beauty of the lightnings. There is a splendor in them, but there is a terror also. Not until He who is the end of the law for righteousness has clothed me with His panoply, and shielded me from their glittering shafts in the clefts of the Rock, do I dare to look at them, as they leap from crag to crag, and shine from the east even unto the west” (W.G.T. Shedd, Sermons to the Natural Man).

[Footnote 3: Kant: Kritik der Praktischen Vernunft (Beschlusz). — De Stael’s rendering, which is so well known, and which I have employed, is less guarded than the original.]

Shedd did not believe Jesus Christ was the end of the law for righteousness to EVERYONE BELIEVING: