A Faith Story

Goodness, Gracious

Why do I have such a hard time remembering the graciousness of God in the midst of His discipline?  For some reason, I always think that every lesson He is teaching me has to be harsh and painful.  I know that there is a balance and that He never promised life would be easy.  But I tend to be all or nothing in my rememberance of God; all Old Testament law or all New Testament grace.  But as Jesus said,

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. -Matthew 5:17

And as John stated,

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. -John 1:17

With that being said, I think this post is less of a statement and more of a question. 
How do you practically comprehend and incorporate this law fulfilled through grace into your everday life?

One thought on “Goodness, Gracious

  1. The way I see it, Jesus was basically saying, I did not come to revoke the Law. My coming fulfills it, in other words, through my coming, the Law achieved (most of) its purpose and has been retired. So, even though He did not come to abolish it, the effect is almost the same.

    The Law does not rule our lives anymore. We are not saved by the Law. We do not follow the Law: we do not keep the Sabbath, eat only certain allowed foods, etc. For most practical purposes, it has been abolished, through its fulfillment.

    I suspect that Jesus chose His words very carefully for two reasons:

    1. The Law still is still useful today in that it still reminds us that we are sinners and that we cannot correct this fact on our own.

    2. It has been such a huge part of God’s history of dealing with mankind, that He wanted people to continue to look at the Law and learn lessons about God’s character as opposed to discarding it completely.

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