The End Of The Traill

When I first started reading Robert Traill’s six sermons on Galatians 2:21, I can honestly say that the only thing that I knew about Traill was that he was a Scottish Presbyterian pastor who lived from the mid-1600s to the early 17oos.

I have just finished Traill’s sixth sermon and I can still only tell you that he was a Scottish Presbyterian pastor who lived from the mid- 1600s to the early 1700s … and, that I have been tremendously blessed of the Lord by the reading of this sermon series on one verse from God’s Word.

I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

This has been a deep and rich reading and study of God’s Word. Traill drew out truths and meanings about the Law, righteousness, Christ’s death on the Cross, and grace that I have never pondered before.

The series has emphasized the vanity and futility that there is in man’s efforts to keep the Law in order to be counted righteous and acceptable before Holy God. The LORD has used Traill – though dead, he still speaks – to lift up the LORD and His marvelous grace in Christ by which sinful man is saved.

In this last sermon of six, Pastor Traill preaches,

 … (God) hath found out a way to give the law all its due, and yet to give the poor sinner all that he needs. This is marvelous: the law gets all the righteousness it demands, and the sinner gets all the justification he needs: the law shall be honoured, and justice shall be satisfied, and the sinner shall be saved, and not destroyed: God is just, and the justifier of him that believes in Jesus Christ, (Rom. 3.26)”

In another place he says,

Righteousness comes not by the law, to any man out of Christ; and there is no condemnation comes by the law, to any man in Christ.”

And, again,

 … as sin hath made it impossible that the law of God should justify us, so the grace of God in Christ hath made it impossible that the law should condemn a believer in him.”

As Robert Traill brings Sermon VI, and the series, to a close, he leaves all of us with a very short exhortation:

Whenever you come to have any dealings in earnest with God about salvation, and your justification, and eternal life, always remember these two things: (1.) The grace of God, and (2.) Christ’s death.”


My prayer is that in some way the Lord has used these posts about Robert Traill and his sermons on Galatians 2:21 to encourage you in your appreciation of the Lord and all He has done for us in Christ.

I would encourage you to read these messages for yourself. They are God-honoring and will build you up in your faith.

The series can be found here at True Covenanters.

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