“The gospel tells us that God is so holy that nothing short of complete payment for sins and the perfect righteousness of Christ can satisfy Him. On the other hand, the gospel tells us that God is so loving that we can receive this perfect righteousness now and stand complete in God’s sight. The gospel therefore neither leads us to live a guilty life (since God has lovingly accepted us), nor an unholy life (since the God who has accepted us is perfectly holy). To forget the first is to fall into the mistake Paul deals with in verses 1-12, to forget the second is to make the verse 13 error and abuse our freedom. Both mean we lose grasp of the gospel.”

1. Don’t trip as you run in the freedom of the gospel.

2. Stay on track as you run in the freedom of the gospel.

Well, let me put it like this to you: If your presentation of the Gospel does not expose it to the charge of Antinomianism (lawlessness) you are probably not putting it correctly. What do I mean by that? Just this: The Gospel, you see, comes as this free gift of God–irrespective of what man does. Now, the moment you say a thing like that, you are liable to provoke somebody to say, “Well, if that is so it doesn’t matter what I do.” “This is a marvelous doctrine, this ‘Go and get drunk, do what you like the grace of God will put you right doctrine.” – Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones

1. Opportunity for the flesh

2. Opportunity for love-driven service to one another.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:8-10 (ESV)

Application:

  1. Are you seeking the glory of God?
  2. Are you seeking the good of your neighbor?
  3. Are you willing to lay down your freedoms for the good of another?
  4. Are you willing to repent where you’ve gotten off track?
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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