Misunderstanding God’s Will

There is no Grace without Law

One of the greatest misunderstandings about God’s New Covenant that people live under today is that this covenant is all grace and no law.

Now let me quickly say, on top of the fact that the Law of Moses is no longer in effect spiritually (Hebrews 8:6-7, 13), that I completely agree that the Bible teaches that no one is justified by the works alone of any law, because once a law is violated all a law can do is condemn (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 3:19-20; Galatians 2:16). But let me also quickly say I completely disagree with anyone who believes that this situation means we are no longer under any law today because of God’s grace (Romans 6:14-16).

As Christians we are indeed under law today. For example, there is:

  • the law of faith – “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.” (Romans 3:27)
  • the law of Christ – “to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ, that I might win those who are without law;” (1 Corinthians 9:21)
  • the law of the Spirit – “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
  • the law of liberty – “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:10-13)

More could be said, but enough should be enough and enough has been said to help us see the truth of God’s will concerning law and sin and grace.

You see, there can be law without grace, but there can be no grace without law because without law there is no need for grace (Galatians 6:1-3). EA

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us…My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 1:9-10, 2:1, 3:4)

Spiritual Mythbusters – Christians Shouldn’t Judge by Chris McCurley

I found this video on a friend’s blog.

The speaker’s sermon, which is called “Spiritual Mythbusters – Christians Shouldn’t Judge“, tackles (as the title obviously alludes to) the mistaken point of view that believes that all judging is wrong based upon the misunderstanding and abuse of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1 which says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

If you have the time it’s worth watching. If you don’t have the time then make some for it.

A proper understanding of this vital biblical topic can help lead to a better understanding of God’s will concerning our responsibility and how we arrive at a spiritual conclusion while dealing with the faults of others (2 Timothy 2:15).

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:31-32)

God Yearns To Show Mercy

Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”            (Ezekiel 18:23)

God had a big lesson for Israel in this little rhetorical question. Akin to the mentality of many people today, there were some in Israel who had the wrong idea about God, his mercy, his wrath and his judgment. Instead of taking personal responsibility for their own sin, Ezekiel’s generation sought to blame their forefathers, their looming captors and even God for their current condition. Their impression was that God was putting the people on edge because he enjoyed it and not because they were responsible for it. God said think again!

The very accusation they had toward God revealed that they did not know God. They had forsaken his ways in their heart. They had rebelled from being his special people to being a people headed for ruin:

Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” (Ezekiel 18:31-32)

God pleaded with his people through his prophet. He wanted his people to turn and learn; but they wanted to turn and spurn. They refused a yoke that bound them to God in exchange for a yoke that bound them to sin.

Does God yearn to show mercy? You can’t read his word and not learn the answer to that, for he still offers the yoke of salvation that keeps us from wearing a yoke of bondage to sin (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 6:16-18). EA

The Lord is not slow in keeping his word, as he seems to some, but he is waiting in mercy for you, not desiring the destruction of any, but that all may be turned from their evil ways.” (2 Peter 3:9BBE)

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