Law and Gospel: Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
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Law and Gospel: Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth Law and Gospel: Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth Presentation Transcript

  • Law and Gospel Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
  • • Scripture teaches both Law and Gospel • Martin Luther and John Calvin define for us • Get this wrong and we give people just enough to inoculate them to Jesus and the Cross – Matt Chandler • People either confuse them or place too much emphasis on one or the other – Charles Spurgeon
  • How do you view the Bible? • Handbook for Life • Principles for Successful Living • Good Advice • Steps to Pleasing God • Meets Your Needs
  • Works Righteousness
  • Law is NOT good news
  • Gospel is good news
  • Law vs Gospel • Do • Done • Moses • Christ • Mount Sinai • The Cross • My Efforts • Christ’s Efforts • The Older Brother • God of the Prodigal Son • Curse • Blessing • God’s Commands • God’s Promises • Within Us • Outside of Us
  • Law • Given to us by a Holy, Righteous, Loving God (I AM) • Ten Commandments • Moral, Ceremonial, and Civil Laws for Israel • Jesus raises the standard on Ten Commandments in Sermon on the Mount • Law in both Old and New Testaments
  • Love is the Law • And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
  • • We must properly preach, teach, talk about the law. • We need to understand how to read Scripture (2 Timothy 2:15) • 3 proper uses of the law
  • First use of the Law • A Mirror • Condemnation • Reveals and Convicts us of Sin • Romans 3:20 • Romans 5:20
  • Second use of the Law • Restraint • Social, Civil, Political Use • 2nd Table Commandments • 1 Timothy 1:9-10 • Romans 2:14-15
  • Third use of the Law • Principal use for Christians • Shows us how to Love God and our Neighbor • Defines good works • Conforms us to His image • Psalm 119:105, Romans 7:22, Romans 3:31 • Lamp, Whip
  • This is Paul’s Pattern • Romans 1:1-17 Intro / Gospel • Romans 1:18-3:20 First Use • Romans 3:21-11 Gospel • Romans 12-15 Third Use
  • Indicatives and Imperatives • Ephesians 1-3 Gospel; 4-6 Third Use • Indicatives define who we are in Christ • “Therefore” • Imperatives command us to live in light of the Gospel
  • Law and Gospel • They both have their place • Law cannot save us • Law drives us to the cross • Gospel saves us • Gospel frees us to obey the law • Gospel should always have the last word
  • An External Word • Has it really hit you that no matter what your inner voice, conscience heart, will, or soul tells you, God’s objective Word on the matter trumps it all? – Michael Horton The Gospel Driven Life, p. 26
  • Benediction