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Permalink 08:50:02 pm, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Bud, 1479 words   English (US)

Propitiation, Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Getting from Law to Love: Part 2

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The last time I addressed this, we discovered what the law really is – a commandment with a penalty attached to it if we fail to obey. We discovered law didn’t begin with Moses, but in the Garden of Eden: “And the LORD God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ " (Genesis 2:16-17). We even discovered that the Law of Moses excelled at revealing sin. But it could not give man what he really needed – life:

Galatians 3:21-24: “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”

Once a law is breeched, there is a debt owed to the lawgiver in the form of a penalty. Because of this, laws stir up our flesh. They’re routine sources of conflict. This doesn't mean laws are bad; they just reveal the rebellion that dwells in our flesh. Think about it. Who likes to be punished? And who likes to owe anyone anything? No one does! So whether a Jew is guilty of breaking the Law of Moses or a gentile is guilty of rebellion and disobedience to God, there is a great conflict between God and mankind. Can this conflict ever end? What do you think?

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Comment from: Trent [Member] ·

I think that some people in the grace camp are abused by legalism to the point that they lash out against the law. They quote "the power of sin is in the law." I think however you are on to something when you say:

==[This doesn't mean laws are bad; they just reveal the rebellion that dwells in our flesh.]==

What do you think?

Still ripening,
Permalink 06/29/06 @ 21:33
Comment from: lisa [Visitor]
Bud, good to see you back. I've missed seeing proof of your existence anywhere ;)
I have to agree with Trent.. some folks have been so abused by legalists they want nothing to do with anything surrounding the word "law". However, as the Holy Spirit teaches us, and we grow in His Love, we come to know that "Law" isn't a dirty word after all..
Permalink 07/02/06 @ 13:25
Comment from: budz [Member]
Trent & Lisa - Thanks for the comments. As a series, I hope people hurt by legalism will hold out for the next two installments.

Part of the reason I wrote this series was to help people overcome the fear of law in any form, by understanding what law really is and how we have been completely set free from it.

I hope people will strenghten their embrace of freedom and God's grace by facing their fears of any laws. I hope people will recognize their flesh at work if they have any fear or anxiety of the Law. I also hope they will face this fear as one of Satan's lies and renew their minds in the NT epistles.

Legalists use our ingnorance of God's complete acceptance of Jesus' sacrifce as payment for our sins and the sins of the whole world to keep us in the bondage of fear of more debt to God. They prey on our guilt which comes from nagging unbelief in the fullness of Jesus' sacrifice to pay for our sins.

Legalists have to abuse the law, because they refuse to heed Galatians clear purpose for the law - its a tutor to lead people to Christ and then turn them over to the Holy Spirit to live by faith in Jesus.

Legalists are people who are being led by their flesh. They beat people with the law to gain phony authority over someone or to keep others as miserable as they are. And of course, if they think they have any righeousness under the law, it's evidence of further delusion.

Do either of you think I need to turn this into a response to this article? Let me know.
Permalink 07/02/06 @ 17:50
Comment from: Kansas Bob [Visitor] ·
I think that God's law can truly only be understood with a regenerated heart. Legalists (aka Fundamentalists) get in trouble when they use their head ... this is problematic because faith/trust is of the heart not the head (Proverbs 3:5)
Permalink 07/03/06 @ 00:22
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·

I bet that would be a fine entry ... maybe to show where these articles in the series are headed, or give a big picture of what is at stake.

Still ripening,
Permalink 07/04/06 @ 23:58
Comment from: lisa [Visitor]
Hey Bud,
Sorry for being late in responding. I hate to admit this, but I didn't understand what you were asking of Trent and me :oP. (How's that for foolish pride?? LOL!) But if you were asking if your reply should be a normal article thingy, then yes, I agree that it should. I thought it was very well written, and probably more people would benefit from it (maybe the casual reader who doesn't read the comments?)
At any rate, do what you feel is best :o)
Permalink 07/10/06 @ 19:06
Comment from: steve [Visitor] ·
I like this article. I think it helps explain the difference between redemption, the buying back of our right standing with God throught the work of the cross and salvation or the renewing of the mind through the knowing about our redemption.

Sorry it took me so long to getting around to reading it.
Permalink 07/12/06 @ 17:45

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