Thursday, December 15, 2016

The perfect law of liberty

Living out the truth is more instructive than studying the truth.

It is in living it out that we learn it best.

"But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." - Jas 1:25   

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However to properly live out "the law of liberty" we must understand the gospel of grace.

Until we fully understand the grace of God, we assume obedience is performance. We approach Gods commandments as if they are hoops to jump through to earn his approval and gain his love, instead of loving directions for us to experience fullness of life in him.

True obedience however is not to get something from God but to give something to him; the rightful honor and glory due him. 

True obedience is the fruit of God's love not the cause.

He already fully poured out his love on us in and through the life and death of Christ. There is nothing we can do to cause God to love us. It was while we were still sinners he loved us. Once we are in Christ his infinite love is "locked in" and fixed upon us.

When you fully receive and abide in this love, then and only then will you bear much fruit.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing... As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. John 15:4-5;9  

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