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Library Topic: Law and Grace


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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Five)

In Galatians, Paul took issue with the Halakhah, not God's word. Halakhah was a massive collection of human opinion that placed a yoke on its followers.

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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Sixteen)

Righteousness consists of applying the Law's letter and/or intent. Sin constitutes a failure of living up to the standards of what God defines as right.

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Paul: Grace, Law, and Obedience

Paul's writings, because of their complexity, are frequently twisted to say that he was anti-law. By denigrating God's law, the unconverted set their own standards.

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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Four)

Justification does not 'do away' with the law; it brings us into alignment with it, imputing the righteousness of Christ and giving access to God for sanctification.

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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Eighteen)

Paul never taught any Jew to forsake the Law of Moses, but he did warn against Pharisaical additions for the expressed purpose of attaining justification.

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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Six)

Christ will empower us, but will not live our lives for us. The marching orders for our pilgrimage derive from God's Word, containing His holy law.

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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty)

God has given us His Law, which shows us the way of sanctification and holiness. God is in the process of reproducing His kind — the God-kind.

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The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Thirteen)

As we participate in the New Covenant, we go through the stages of justification, sanctification, and ultimately glorification as part of Christ's body.

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Was Jesus Christ Born Under the Law?

Galatians 4:4 says that Jesus was "born under [the] law." Some use this to say that while Christ had to keep all the rituals, we do not have to follow His example.

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The Manifold Grace of God

God's calling us is just our initial taste of His grace. Grace is unmerited, but it is not unconditional. We have an obligation to respond to God.

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Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Five)

In terms of salvation, works cannot save, but good works are the fruit of God's involvement. Grace frees one; works prove that one has been freed.

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Saved By Faith Alone?

Protestantism is based on Luther's insistence that Christians are saved by faith alone. But is the really true? It is true of justification, not salvation.

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Faith Without Works

Three times, James states, 'Faith without works is dead!' Here's how James' teaching agrees with and complements the teaching of Paul on justification.

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Works of Faith (Part One)

Many think works and faith are incompatible, but the Bible tells us to do works of faith. What are they? These are things we must do during the salvation process.

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Is Obedience Required Before Receiving God's Holy Spirit?

Acts 5:32 declares that God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him, yet some argue that keeping God's law is not necessary. What is the truth?

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What's Wrong With Works?

Accepting the blood of Christ has a cost. If we are to uphold the terms of the covenant, we must give up the sinful life we led in the flesh and obey God.

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Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Eleven)

Because of Dispensationalism, many believe there is an adversarial relationship between law and grace, as though they cannot be complementary.

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What Kind of Faith is Required for Salvation?

Millions who say they believe in Jesus Christ have no salvation at all because they trust in the wrong kind of faith. Saving faith is largely misunderstood.

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Who the Two Witnesses Are Not

Many prophecy watchers have made their guesses about who the Two Witness of Revelation 11 are, but not all of their ideas have solid, biblical foundations.

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James and Unleavened Bread (Part One)

The book of James applies to us after the sanctification process has begun. The most effective way of eliminating sin is to do righteousness.

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Love and Works

God expects works from all He has called. We show our faithfulness and loyalty to God by our works or conduct - what we produce by what we have been given.

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The Weightier Matters (Part 3): Mercy

Many have a love-hate relationship with mercy: They love to receive it, but hate to give it! Here is why we should lean toward mercy in all our judgments.

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Righteousness from Inside-Out

Many people fail to understand the kind of righteousness God is looking for. God wants it written on our hearts—not just a set of dos and don'ts.

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Loving Christ and Revelation 2:1-7

There is a direct relationship between loving Christ and doing the right works. God's love for us places us under a compelling obligation to reciprocate.

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Are You Living the Abundant Life?

Non-Christians tend to see Christianity as an utterly boring, rigid way of life. However, Jesus says He came to give His disciples abundant life. Here's how.

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Truly Unleavened

God has imputed righteousness to us as His Children because we are in Christ. Our state before God is unleavened provided we maintain this relationship.

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Amos (Part Twelve)

God will do what He must to bring Abraham's seed to repentance and salvation, including allowing crisis, hardship, humiliation, and calamity.

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The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Water Into Wine (Part One)

Jesus' first miracle, turning water into wine, reveals principles of the nature of Jesus' miraculous power and God's purpose in performing such signs.

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Amos (Part Thirteen)

The people to whom Amos writes have the mistaken assumption that because they have made the covenant with God, they can bask in a kind of divine favoritism.

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Amos (Part Ten)

God requires a higher standard of righteous behavior from those who have consciously made a covenant with Him and are acquainted with His Law.