… and Grace won. (sneaky wee Clash reference there in case you’re wondering)
Really a follow-on thought from yesterday’s post about the Law versus Grace. I was mulling it over in the shower this morning (as one does) and had a ‘jigsaw moment’. I’m sure you know the feeling – another piece falls into place and you momentarily get a glimpse of a much bigger picture just before confusion sets in again. Well, I had one of those moments where it hit home just what the implications are of no longer being a slave to the Law. Or, perhaps more pertinently, what the implications are of being a stickler for the Law.
By Paul’s argument, if we choose to apply the Law as Law, then we are obliged to follow all of the Law. The Old Testament is, if nothing else, a record of how impossible it is to do just that. Hence Paul’s injunction that we cannot use the Law for salvation. Jesus has gained that for us. God’s Grace has given that to us. In fact, I would suggest that anyone indiscriminately or uncritically applying or ‘laying down’ the Law has rejected Grace and placed the Law in a higher position. And, quite simply, that is not the Christian gospel.