i) love the Law and fear (cheap) Grace
ii) love Grace and fear (legalistic) Law
Is there a third way [Read More] that embraces both?
Like male and female, yin and yang, sine and cosine, I believe Law and Grace are both equally valuable, and find their true purpose in serving each other:
Law brings us to appreciate Grace
Grace brings us to enjoy the Law
That is, neither is sufficient unto itself. By itself, Law merely brings death; the best it can do is help us realize our need for Grace. Yet, Grace divorced from Law is pointless; Grace exists not for its own sake, but to bring us closer to God (in both character and relationship) — by empowering behaviors demanded by the Law.
Isn’t that obvious? Isn’t that why Paul honored both — why the Psalmist loved the Law and praised Mercy? Isn’t that in fact the only way it could be?