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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Grace, and the New Covenant, #10
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)
Another myth is as follows:
The view of Divine grace as an alternative to righteous behavior rather than what it is—the means of enabling us to practice righteous behavior. In the Book of Romans the Apostle Paul spoke of the fact that God has replaced the Law of Moses with His salvation given through the blood of Christ. When Paul mentions "works" he is referring to the works of the Law of Moses.
We Gentiles, not having a background in the Law of Moses, have interpreted the text of Romans to mean God has replaced godly behavior with salvation through the blood of Jesus. We are having Paul contrast godly behavior with salvation through grace.
The Apostle Paul would never contrast godly behavior with salvation through grace. The very purpose of Divine grace is to produce a new creation that practices godly behavior.
Can you imagine the Lord telling Jeremiah He was going to furnish a new covenant in which the Jews could continue in their ungodly behavior and then go to Paradise to live forever? Can you see we have concocted a fairy tale that has no relation to the Prophets? The present-day doctrine of unconditional grace reflects a total ignorance of the Holy One of Israel. God would never tell the Prophets He was going to provide a new covenant with Israel in which the people were not required to serve God. How ridiculous! How utterly reprehensible!
The emphasis on the goodness and love of God to the exclusion of the severity of God. Nothing in the prophecies of Jeremiah would indicate that God is love and not wrath. In fact, the good news of the new covenant is always presented against the backdrop of dire predictions of wrath.
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. (Jeremiah 32:37-41)
Behold, in the above passage, both the severity and goodness of the Lord. God is speaking here of the new covenant, of the one new man, Jew and Gentile, in Christ. Notice that God says He will put His fear in our heart. But modern teaching is stealing our crown by saying there is no need to fear the Lord. Will we repent and turn away from this evil doctrine?
To be continued.