The Preaching of the Law Produces Only Pharisees

The preaching of the law produces only Pharisees.  They might be Pharisees who fast twice a week, tithe their spices and cumin, and refuse to walk more than a certain amount of steps on the Sabbath.  Or they might be Pharisees who give away lots of money, adopt children and go on missions trips.  Either way, they are only Pharisees.  Their focus is on external change while their hearts are filled with poison.  They are immaculately obedient tombs.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 52

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O the Comfort

O the comfort!  We are not under law but under grace.  The gospel is the dispensation for sinners, and we have an Advocate with the Father.  There is the unshaken ground of hope.  A reconciled Father, a prevailing Advocate, a powerful Shepherd, a compassionate Friend, a Savior who is able and willing to save to the uttermost.  He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust; and has opened for us a new and blood-besprinkled way of access to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in every time of need.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 227

The Law Reveals Sin but Cannot Remove It

The Law reveals sin but cannot remove it.  It prescribes righteousness but is powerless to produce it. The Law is important – it has no creative power, it cannot inspire.  It offers us nothing but condemnation and death.  The Law apart from the Gospel can only crush; it cannot cure.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2195

The Judgement Seat is All Too Comfortable

We all expect to keep the law (little l or big), even though we don’t.  If we had a more realistic view of ourselves, we might find that we had more compassion for our fellow sufferers, but alas, the judgment seat is too comfortable.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1685

We Need Fresh Revelation Accomplished Only by the Law

We need the Law to freshly reveal to us that we are worse off than we think we are.  We need to be reminded that there is something to be pardoned even in our best works and proudest achievements.

But then, once we are crushed by the Law, we need to be reminded that “there is a fountain fill’d with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains” (W. Cowper).

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 948

Law vs. Grace

Just as it is difficult to experience forgiveness without some knowledge of what you have done wrong, so it is difficult toi understand Grace apart from the Law.  If the Law is the first word, Grace is the last.  Listen closely: The Law exposes [us] while Grace exonerates [us].  The Law diagnoses, but Grace delivers.  The Law accuses, Grace acquits.  The Law condemns the best of us, while Grace saves the worst of us.  The Law says “cursed,” Grace says “Blessed.”  The Law says “slave,” Grace says “son.”  The Law says “guilty,” Grace says “forgiven.”  The Law can break a hard heart, but only Grace can heal one.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1137

Cheap Law Does Not Just Cheapen Grace – No, It Nullifies It

Cheap law weakens God’s demand for perfection, and in doing so, breathes life into … [our] own making … It creates people of great zeal, but they lack knowledge concerning the question “What Would Jesus Do?”  Here is the costly answer: Jesus would do it all perfectly.  And that’s game over for you.  The Father is not grooming you to be a replacement for His Beloved Son.  He is announcing that there is blessing for those who take shelter in his Beloved Son.  Cheap law tells us that we’ve fallen, but there’s good news, you can get back up again… Therein lies the great heresy of cheap law: it is a false gospel.  It cheapens – no – nullifies grace.

– John Dink

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