Monday, November 23, 2015

Law and grace… Which is it?

We approach the law either as a means of performance or a means of guidance (grace).

With the former we attempt to use the law as a means of earning God's acceptance and approval.

With the latter we understand God's acceptance and approval is already secured for us in Christ and now recognize the law is actually

* God's loving guidance for us
* the best way to operate according to our design (how and why he made us)
* which leads to our bringing God the greatest honor/glory and
* reaching our maximum potential and fulfillment
* Having the greatest impact on others for his glory

Our bringing the highest glory to God through our actions is operating to the maximum of our potential and fulfillment. In other words these (his highest honor and our greatest potential) are not in opposition to each other but the flip side of the same coin so to speak.

The Bible describes the above two dynamics (performance versus guidance) as operating either in the flesh or the Spirit; under the law or under grace. For more on this click here.

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