Jesus applied the perfect balance between grace and truth when he dealt with the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:3-11). After all, He is the personification of grace and truth (John 1:14,17).
- He worked out his faith with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
- He pressed on toward the goal for the heavenly rewards that await him (Philippians 3:14).
- He warned and taught men so that they will become mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
- And he strives with great effort, inspired by what Christ has done for him (Colossians 1:29).
- He was careful to discipline his body like an athlete so that he might win the spiritual race and not be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9: 24-27).
- As the apostle to the Gentiles, he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision God gave him (Acts 26:19).
Obedience does not nullify grace, unlike what hyper-grace asserts.
- BEING—Moral uprightness so that God’s laws are not violated
- DOING—Living out God’s specific will for our lives
- Does it mean that we can break God’s law once we are under grace?
- Does it mean we can steal or cheat (etc) once we are under grace?
- Doesn’t it make more sense that our moral standards are raised to a higher level once we come under the New Covenant of grace (Matthew 5: 21-22; Matthew 5:27-28)?
- Does it mean we are above the law once we are under grace (Matthew 5:17-18)?
IS REPENTANCE MERELY CHANGING ONE’S MIND?