Monday, October 10, 2011

Grace not Anti-Law

"... people have a false view of grace.  They think that grace is apart from law and has nothing to do with it.  That is what is called antinomianism, the attitude of people who abuse the doctrine of grace in order to live a sinful, slack or indolent type of spiritual life....  The whole purpose of grace, in a sense, is just to enable us to keep the law....  Therefore if your so-called grace ... does not make you keep the law, you have not received grace....  What is grace?  It is that marvellous gift of God which, having delivered a man from the curse of the law, enables him to keep it and to be righteous as Christ was righteous, for He kept the law perfectly.  Grace is that which brings me to love God; and if I love God, I long to keep His commandments.  'He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them,' Christ said, 'he it is that loveth me.'"

--Martyn Lloyd-Jones, "Christ Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets," Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Dear Kent, That is an excellent definition of Grace. And I once came across some interesting contrasts between DIVINE LAW AND DIVINE GRACE in a little theological Booklet entitled DISPENSATONAL TRUTH, by the late Dr. C. I. Scofield. I have used these contrasts often in my own ministry and would like to share them here:


"Scripture never, in any dispensation, mingles these two principles. Law always has a place and work distinct and wholly diverse from that of grace." (C. I. Scofield)

LAW ~ Is God prohibiting and requiring.
GRACE + Is God beseeching and bestowing.
LAW ~ Is a ministry of condemnation.
GRACE + Of forgiveness.
LAW ~ Curses.
Grace + Redeems from that curse.
LAW ~ Kills.
Grace + Makes alive.
LAW ~ Shuts every mouth before God.
GRACE + Opens every mouth to praise Him.
LAW ~ Puts a great and guilty distance between man and God.
GRACE + Makes guilty man near to God.
LAW ~ Says, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
GRACE + Says, “Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
LAW ~ Says, “Justice for thine enemy.”
GRACE + “Love your enemies, bless them that spitefully use you.”
LAW ~ Says “Do and live.”
GRACE + “Believe and live.”
LAW ~ Never had a missionary.
GRACE + Is to be preached to every creature.
LAW ~ Utterly condemns the best man.
GRACE + Freely justifies the worst (Luke 23:43; Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
LAW ~ Is a system of prohibition.
GRACE + Of favor.
LAW ~ Stones an adulteress to death.
GRACE + Says, “Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more.”
LAW ~ Under law the sheep dies for the shepherd.
GRACE + Under grace the shepherd dies for the sheep.