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Grace or Law? How Then, Shall We Live?

Public domain image, royalty free stock photo from www.public-domain-image.comA lot of what I would say, already said.

Joyfully Growing in Grace

After salvation, how then, shall we live?

Is Grace the best path, or is Law the best path?

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Many come to sites like JGIG that address issues of Law and Grace thinking that those in the Grace camp preach either easy believism, antinomianism, that Grace is a license to sin, or that we believe/teach all three.

Let Me Address the ‘Easy-Believism’ Misperception First
Some will make a charge of ‘easy believism’ against those who preach the Gospel of Grace, using this single verse from Scripture:

James 2:19
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.

They then try to equate that belief of demons with faith in Christ.  Demons do understand – they know Who Jesus is – they believe that fact – but they don’t put their faith in His Work.  It is not the same thing at all.  The unspoken accusation here, whether intended or not, is that belief by…

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4 comments on “Grace or Law? How Then, Shall We Live?

  1. cfryalls
    August 13, 2013

    I think the author here misses a few of the finer points as many Christians do in that Paul’s criticism is not against the Torah really but is against legalism using Torah keeping and even Jewish Rabbinic traditions (Oral Torah) as a gauge of ones salvation or a means of salvation. Keeping the law is not the opposite of living by faith unless you connect your salvation and justification to that law keeping.

    One who is saved by faith and lives in a state of Grace does not ignore the law that is disregard the law, but finds that through his life in union with God through faith in Yeshua that the things the law tries to teach us begins to be manifest from within us.

    I do like the way he explains the progression of salvation (what is really sanctification) and how we are all at different points looking for the refinement of our souls but even though forgiven our sins may continue to have trouble with some of those sins along the way. Some people are dynamically changed in a single event but most are simply turned in a new direction and begin a daily walk that little by little brings us to the place God wants us to be. This is simply the effect of living in a flesh body. And we will all have this to contend with until we are at last delivered from the flesh body. Paul spoke of his own struggle with these things and how the very things he hates in himself, that is what he ends up doing while the things he knows he should do, those he does not.

    Messianic Judaism that is legalism is one extreme. On the other end is Christian license that teaches that sin does not matter and we are free to live however we want. (The root of the apostate church.) In between these is a place of Grace where New life comes through new birth and a continual submission to the Spirit of God to refine us into a child of God.

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  2. Shimshon
    August 13, 2013

    Charles said: One who is saved by faith and lives in a state of Grace does not ignore the law that is disregard the law, but finds that through his life in union with God through faith in Yeshua that the things the law tries to teach us begins to be manifest from within us.

    I found this statement to be spot on! A very good description, Charles.

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  3. Shimshon
    August 13, 2013

    I ran into this person on CARM years ago. I had no idea he was this well versed in the issues of Messianic Judaism. I really liked his blog post from 2010 that is linked to this reblog.

    http://joyfullygrowingingrace.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/12-undeniable-truths-that-drive-law-keepers-crazy/

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  4. cfryalls
    August 13, 2013

    Yes I read that list of arguments as well and thought they were very logical and made the point well.

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