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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Obedience (2)

    Obedience Is Covenantal

    The Christian obeys God for reasons stipulated by God. The Ten Commandments are prefaced with these words: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." This creates the atmosphere in which obedience takes place. The Christian obeys God because God has shown favor to him—not so that God will show favor to him. In Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Covenant sacrificed himself to save his people from their sin and to redeem them for righteousness. This is the ultimate motivator to Christian obedience.

    Posted by Eric Costa on March 19, 2008 01:03 AM

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    Thanks for this small series on the law. I wanted to get your thoughts on "new covenant" theology. Our church is embracing that and I am just starting to learn its distinctives. I'm not very happy with what I'm finding so far.

    Brian

    Unfortunately I am not qualified to comment extensively on New Covenant Theology. The best I can do is point you to a couple of articles on monergism.com…

    One by Tony Warren,
    one by Joseph Gleason,
    and one by Jason Robertson.

    It would also be good to read a book by someone espousing New Covenant Theology, so you can see whether the position is being misrepresented by the opposition. Sorry, though, I'm not aware enough to be able to recommend such a book.

    I could not agree more with the following statement, "The Christian obeys God because God has shown favor to him—not so that God will show favor to him. In Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Covenant sacrificed himself to save his people from their sin and to redeem them for righteousness. This is the ultimate motivator to Christian obedience." The difficulty I have with the above statement is that it assumes the people called out of Egypt have been redeemed in the same sense that Christians have been redeemed. Those to whom Jehovah spoke these words were not blessed unconditionally. The words that follow,[words conveniently left out of this citation] state that they would be God's special treasure, a holy nation etc. IF they kept His covenant indeed. This was not an unconditional promise of blessing at all. Only in Christ, the quintessential Israelite, is this covenant fulfilled on behalf of all united to him by faith. For them and them alone is the above quotation apropos.

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