39. Of all, then, that has been said since we entered upon the
discussion about things, this is the sam: that we should clearly
understand that the fulfillment and the end of the Law, and of all
Holy Scripture, is the love of an object which is to be enjoyed, and
the love of an object which can enjoy that other in fellowship with
ourselves. For there is no need of a command that each man should love
himself. The whole temporal dispensation for our salvation,
therefore, was framed by the providence of God that we might know this
truth and be able to act upon it; and we ought to use that
dispensation, not with such love and delight as if it were a good to
rest in, but with a transient feeling rather, such as we have towards
the road, or carriages, or other things that are merely means.
Perhaps some other comparison can be found that will more suitably
express the idea that we are to love the things by which we are borne
only for the sake of that towards which we are borne.