Grace & Law (What Have These To Do With Us?)
by Bill Hier
Grace & Law (What have these to do with us?)
Romans 6:14: For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
It is greatly to be feared today that a believer – any believer in the free, unmerited grace of God through the payment of our sin, and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our account and standing before God – may well be unaware that God’s grace and moral law are not antithetical to one another, but rather, stand together as friends. Many who come to know God’s grace in Christ Jesus have a truncated understanding of what part God’s moral law plays in their lives. They suppose that, having died to the law by burial with their Lord and Savior, they now have no part of that law as a part of their lives, although they may well feel some compunction to “live well” before their God. Such a compunction – a rather nebulous yet anxious feeling that they must do what Jesus did (which has its own inherent problems), may be applauded, as far as it goes, yet it does not go far enough, and it goes too far, at one and the same time.
Firstly, it does not go far enough, because the set of rules they might feel compelled, in uneasy manner, to live by, are unnamed. They are assumed through a general reading of Scripture, perhaps, or a general sense of what is right and what is wrong before their fellow saints and those outside the household of God. They are ideals without form, vague, unclear, and so difficult to determine with any degree of certainty. Some take the likes of the Sermon On the Mount as their guideposts, without realizing that what Christ spoke of there had to do with living perfect before God, and any attempt to realize such perfection outside of His own life given to pay for our sins, and lived to give us His righteousness, is doomed to failure. The ideals set forth in that section in the Gospel of Matthew are indeed lofty, and are to act as guides, but by no means to act as guides unto that righteousness before God which we could never attain or keep. They are, when all is said and done…..
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