All our knowledge of the Bible and of doctrine—such as that of our Standards is good, and is to be sought after and longed for. However, if we heap up that knowledge and it does not produce within us love for God—not just any love, but love that is with all our heart and soul and might; and love for our neighbor—not just any love, but love that even reaches out to our enemies (Cf. Luke 10:25-37)—then we are nothing. Our knowledge is nothing.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1– Romans 8:1 is one of the most hopeful verses for sinners like me. There are other verses, of course, that offer this same hope (e.g. Ps 103:12; 1 John 1:9; Col 2:13—and many more), but those words, "No condemnation," ring …
And who is adequate for these things? Certainly not me; of this, I am well aware.
Here's a little reality check: if you do not love or serve Him well now, in His sovereign placement of you in this time and in your culture, you would not love or serve Him well in any other time period or culture.
What saying in this post is that, while I understand the sentiment, it is carries with it a subtle serpentine hiss of, "You can do this," or "This hinges on you."
At a fundamental level, I fail as a father when I am kind or gentle with theological opponents, but not with my own children!