Another helpful article by John Dunn: Puritan Experientialism
John provides some insight into the legal focus of Subjectivism practiced by Puritanism and its heirs.
Our attention is drawn to the realities of the Gospel…and not the Law…as the sufficient and effective revelation of God’s righteousness. Fact is, that Christ himself is the incarnate revelation of God’s righteousness. Righteousness is a Person. Righteousness is not a precept, though the former precept bore witness to the Person of Righteousness. This Person not only fulfilled all righteousness, but is the Fullness of Righteousness. He is the Standard, not merely as code-keeper and code-enforcer, but in and of Himself. This King is personally the Rule(r).
Seeking a ‘standard’ (code) of righteousness to keep us in line with God or a misinformed conscience, is not the way of Christ for us. Rather, Christ himself indwells us by the Holy Spirit, as our Ruler, not merely informing us in precept, but calling us to faith that He is Righteousness in us.
These things are the Apostle Paul’s refrain:Rom 3:21-22
(21) But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–
(22) the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. Rom 1:16-17 (16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Rom 10:3-4 (3) For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
(4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
This is the Rule of Faith in which we must persevere, hold fast to…Christ is righteousness ‘for us’ and ‘in us’!!!