Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Law vs. Grace

Millions of people walk around and they think they will get into heaven by leading what they think is a good life, and they are in for a big shock because it is not enough. If God did not lower His standard for even His Son, what makes you think He will do so for us?

I think every Christian struggles with being under the law or under grace, and in so doing they tend to go too far one way or the other while missing grace entirely. If you lean too far the one way, you become legalistic and think you can earn favour from God by the way you live. If you lean too far the other way, you turn grace into a license to sin and think you can live any way you want to. The truth of the matter is that it has to be a balance of both. You see, the Christian needs to remember that there is nothing he/she can do to earn favour with God; he/she simply needs to trust in the person and work of Christ Jesus on the cross at Calvary. But at the same time he/she needs to remember that the Bible commands a certain way of living from the Christian that is different from the rest of the world. We should strive to live this way not because it will merit us favour with God, because it will not, but because we love Jesus and it is our righteous calling. If we examine the New Testament carefully, we will find it laced with more commandments to the Christian than we find in the Old Testament. The only way we can live these commandments out is through the Holy Spirit: "Walk by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh" (Gal. 5:16). Do we believe it?