It Shows Us What Godliness Is, But It Cannot Make Us Godly

We make a big mistake when we conclude that the law is the answer to bad behavior.  In fact, the law alone stirs up more of such behavior.  People get worse, not better, when you lay down the law.  This isn’t to say the Spirit doesn’t use both God’s Law and God’s Gospel in our lives and for our good.  But the Law and the Gospel do very different things.  The Law reveals sin but is powerless to remove it.  It points to righteousness but can’t produce it.  It shows us what godliness is, but cannot make us godly.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 933

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