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Holy Scripture Reading, Galatians 5:1, NASB.

June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

NAS Verse of the Day

Verse of the Day
June 30
Galatians 5:1
1 “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
Read Galatians 5

*A most important verse even for Christians, we still battle ‘The World, the flesh, and the devil’!  And today especially, at the End of the Age (Eschatology) Christians must battle what is known as antinomianism, the doctrine that only faith alone not obedience to the moral law of God is necessary for salvation. Indeed the Moral Law of God is seen in both Testaments or Covenants.  Note the Book or Letter of James is a most important reality! The Christian must persevere in and after God’s Moral Law! Note, Jude 1: 4 and the perversion of God’s true grace, true freedom always produces obedience to God! (James 1: 25, etc.) See again, 2 Corinthians 13: 5, both Paul and James speak the same truth of God!

  1. Federal Vision, The Law of God
    The Law of God..
    October 24, 2011
    There is in the Reformed Churches, and still those under the idea of a ‘Covenant of Works’ in the Christian Church and life, the more important truth of the law of God, as the moral law, that binds everyone, as those who are truly justified and too the others, to the obedience thereof…”The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof…Although true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified…, yet it is of great use to them…; in that, as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it directs  and binds them to walk accordingly.” (Westminster Confession.. XIX: v-vi.)
    We can agree with this as far as the Law is seen as moral and spiritual, and in some sense we can say that the law has some form of moral & spiritual sanctification. And even the great Anglican Richard Baxter stood against both Arminianism and antinomianism, at the time of the WS. But it is always Christ Himself, who is the completion of the law, and the “justification & sanctification” itself!
    In this whole Federal Calvinist and Federal Vision debate, we simply must keep Christ the one alone, who has fulfilled the law of God, and even from HIM, Risen & Ascended, and at the Right-Hand-of-God!  Myself, I agree that Christ has been both the active and passive “righteousness” in Himself, for the “People” of God!
    I would recommend one of the Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs here, by the Brit and English Baptist Jonathan Bayes: The Weakness of the Law, God’s Law and the Christian in New Testament Perspective, Paternoster Press, 2000. Note for my rather hard core Reformed friends, that Sinclair Ferguson has written in favor of the book. A must read on this subject!  And the emphasis placed correctly on the moral law in the life of the believer, but always ‘In Christ’! (Fr. R.)

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