Is Obeying God's Law Working for Salvation?
I have seen that there is a common misunderstanding among Christians as we struggle to reconcile God's grace with obeying God's commands. A few years back I read a book that stated that if you teach grace the way you should, it will almost sound like a license to sin. This conclusion can only be drawn if we neglect 95% of the scripture for the same passages that instruct us that we cannot merit salvation also instructs us to walk in obedience. We cannot walk in God's grace while living a lifestyle that is at war with God. As the church has worked so hard to attract the unchurched they have shied away from passages that may drive away those who want grace without change. Over the years we have created a new breed of church member that has no concept of what it means to walk in the light of Jesus Christ through obedience.
So does grace nullify the commandments of God? Do the commandments of God nullify grace? Can someone rebel against the word of God and receive grace? Do we have to turn our backs on the commandments of God in order to cling to grace? Quite the opposite - you cannot cling to grace while rebelling against God's instructions. In this study we will examine this in detail so that hopefully we can get a better understanding.
O Foolish Galatians
One thing I commonly hear is that if you try to keep the law (obeying God's commandments), you are adding to salvation and falling into the same error the apostle Paul addressed in Galatians. Look at Galatians 3:1-3
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
Paul is condemning the Galatians because they have tur ...
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