Theology in Sound Bites – 11
There is so much confusion in our Christian life, what it means to live it, what does it look like. If one studies it one will hear terms like Justification, Sanctification, Union With Christ, Eternal Security, God’s Will, Love, Grace, Law, Mercy and other terms. While in a blog of our size it is impossible, nor is it our intent to go free diving to depths unknown in these areas, it is our intent to introduce terms, statements, reflections and thoughts on what we see as theological truth.
Martin Luther said the following and we would echo it;
“Some of us get one part right. Other teachers get other parts right. None of us get it all right…..One falls in one thing, one in another. Others will see what I do not. What then follows – by that we should help one another and make allowances for those who error as knowing that we either have erred or shall error ourselves…..I know that he must be a man of most shameful hardihood who would venture to give out that he understands a single book of Scripture in all its parts.” – Martin Luther
To this we say Amen!
Every month the team releases images based on soundbites of theology as we see it. This post which will come out every month will have a new collection of those soundbites. We always welcome a challenge and would invite you to send us an email with questions and thoughts, keeping in mind that we may have indeed forgotten something or you may see something that we do not see, as Luther said. That is what we call iron sharpening iron.
It’s our prayer that in these quotes others may know or be reminded of the wonderful mercy and love that is ours when walking in God’s Grace.
- The law will always push our opinion of ourselves downward, as it reveals our stink and always makes us appreciative and thankful that it is about Christ, not us.
- When we mix the law’s purposes, robbing them of their beauty, uniqueness and distinctiveness, the end result is always a softer, kinder, gentler, meeker, more flexible milk toast kind of law.
- The law that the legalist and the moralist believes in if it were cereal, it would be corn flakes that has sat in a bowl of milk for a day.
- As long, as we search for a sense of life in trying to match up, measure up, or live up to a law that enables us to claim some merit or some ability, or some righteousness from it, we will ultimately need to lower the law more and more, and effectively we end up playing the limbo with it.
- When we fail to retain the laws demand for perfection we will always end up cheapening the law or us having a low view of the law that drove Christ to the cross.
- A law that no longer demands perfection and judges, accuses and condemns when we fail to meet that standard of perfection keeps us from knowing who God is
- A non-demanding, accusatory, law will always keep us from understanding what He has said is the best way to live and to know where we should find our deepest joy.
- A softer law, a law that does not keep reminding us of our sin, leaves us in the same place that no law does, unable to discover the source of real joy, real life and to know why we were created.
- Any time we look at another and point a finger, we have lowered the law, given ourselves some merit and stated that when Christ said “It Was Finished,” that we don’t believe him.
- It is only as we realize that Christ neither came to remove or change the law or remove its demand for perfection, that we become grateful, and desire to hear again the story of our rescue and that our homesickness increases.