May
27
2010

. . . let them say it.  Tullian Tchividian is a pastor in the Miami area who has recently written a book called Surprised by Grace.  In a recent interview he was discussing the use of God’s laws in the life of a Christian.  I thought this quote was great and I wanted to share it with you.

“The Apostle Paul never uses the law as a way to motivate obedience; he always uses the gospel. Paul always soaks gospel obligations in gospel declarations because God is not concerned with just any kind of obedience; he’s concerned with a certain kind of obedience (as Cain and Abel’s sacrifice illustrates). The obedience that pleases God is obedience that flows from faith—faith in what God has already done, and trust for what he will do in the future. And even though we need to obey even if we don’t feel like it, long-term, sustained, heart-felt, gospel motivated obedience can only come from faith and grace; not fear and guilt. Behavioral compliance without heart change, which only the gospel can do, will be shallow and short lived. Or, as I like to say, imperatives minus indicatives equal impossibilities.”

2 Responses to “When Someone Else Says It Better Than You . . .”

  1. “Behavioral compliance without heart change, which only the gospel can do, will be shallow and short lived.” Or meticulous and puffed up, as another example or dangerous extreme!

  2. Excellent additional thought, Petra. Reminds me of the Prodigal God series by Tim Keller. People try to be their own gods by being very bad or by being very good.