8 Dec

“Working out our salvation” requires choices… here are two options, walking under law or grace:

1. The law actually incites us to sinChoices

“For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.” – Romans 7:5

2. Grace teaches us to not sin

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,“ – Titus 2:11-12

I wonder which one we should choose, if indeed we want to walk out our righteousness?  This should be easy.  It’s an open-book test… a no-brainer.

Hmmm… so, trying harder to keep the law actually has counterproductive results.  But when we metanoia (change our minds about God) the grace of God leads us into righteous living.

I know which one I’m choosing.



2 Responses to “Choices…”

  1. Mel Wild December 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

    Uh….lemme see…grace? 🙂 Of course, traditionally, the problem’s been that a lot of what we thought was walking in grace was actually grace mixing in a bunch of other man-made junk. We couldn’t imagine this counter-intuitive life of pure grace that’s actually perfectly managed by the Spirit instead of rules. I think this is what God’s been shining the light on and stripping away in our imaginations about working out our salvation. And to that I say, praise God!

  2. Mark Hendrickson December 10, 2014 at 2:53 PM #

    Unfortunately, if we don’t choose to live under grace, then the Law ‘rides us’ hard as a uncaring tutor, until we learn that our efforts won’t ‘cut it’. Worn out and depleted we’ll say ‘uncle’ to grace. Interestingly, everyone will eventually be a grace person… acknowledging that everything comes freely, from Him, through Him and to Him.

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