Video of interest: http://vimeo.com/25058865
Truly, I respect and appreciate where these three brothers are coming from on the whole, however, they demonstrate quite well the concern raised in a few of my previous posts (actually the last, third, and fourth to last posts). More about that in a moment.
Again, there’s much here to be appreciated. They do a fine job in this video and the other ones they’ve posted at Vimeo. There’s a great deal of clarity on what the-Gospel-proper is and isn’t, striving to keep the root distinct from the fruit. And yet, the concern is with comments regarding the “moral law” and its relationship to the Gospel.
There’s this assumption that’s made, what some would describe as a “third use” of the Law. That, the Gospel itself calls us (believers) to “keep the Law.” Beginning right around the 4:27 mark, the discussion takes an interesting turn. The idea of “balance” is espoused, that the Bible puts forth the Gospel but then gives us commands (Law) so that we can see what the fruit of the Gospel looks like. This conversation goes further to say that, the commands don’t change, the moral law of God doesn’t change…but now because of the Gospel, you now have the Holy Spirit in you and empowering you to now live like Jesus was living…but God’s law is unchanging. The Law remains the tracks that the Gospel now pushes us along. Preach the commands, but also the Gospel so that by it people can obey the commands.
- The Gospel is not a proclamation: of Jesus having fulfilled the Law, that we might be ruled by His Holy Spirit, with eyes fastened on the person and work of Christ, not on our performance, but in confidence that God is the promise keeper in making a people for his name’s sake, again through their beholding Christ’s glory revealed in the Gospel, New Covenant, by faith.
- But, the Gospel ends up being a new means to an old scheme, Law-keeping.
- Lastly, in effect, we’re being told that we must not hold too closely to notions like: Christ is the end of the Law; that the Law has been abolished; that the Spirit is supplied by faith and not works of the Law, or by a works-of-the-Law focus; that as those who are of the free woman (Jerusalem above) and not the slave woman (present Jerusalem; Sinai) we walk by faith (seeing Christ’s righteousness) not sight (seeing our righteousness); or, only faith working through love (a love that is revealed on the cross, and manifest by the Holy Spirit) counts for anything.