grace vs law

Acts 21:17-26

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If I told you there was a New Testament believer who esteemed the law, made offerings at the temple, and circumcised at least one of his friends, you might think, “there goes someone who needs to hear about the grace of God!” Yet the apostle Paul did all these things. Why? To win Jews to Christ… Though I am [...]

Acts 15 – Grace Defeats Law in Jerusalem

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For hundreds of years, James the apostle has been given a bad rap. He’s been dismissed as an apostle of works and a primitive Christian who didn’t know grace. I have never heard anyone say that James preached pure grace. As far as I know, I may be the only one banging this drum. But think, for a moment, about [...]

Romans 2:13 – Justified by the Law?

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“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” (Rms 2:13, NIV) What?! Anyone acquainted with Paul’s gospel of grace will do a double-take right there! Is Paul really preaching righteousness through the law? [...]

Grace and Propitiation in the Chronicles of Narnia

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In an earlier post I wrote that Aslan died only for the sins of Edmund. That’s true, but it’s not the whole truth. I had forgotten parts of the conversation the White Witch had with Aslan. Rereading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe again last night, I came across this: “Have you forgotten the Deep [...]