Sunday, December 19, 2010

Law vs. Heart Knowledge

“Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham?   He believed God , and the act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.  
It is not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law) are like Abraham: children of faith?  It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”
So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith---this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.  Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is everyone who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the  law.”
The obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way.  The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him.”       Gal. 3  5-12    The Message Bible

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