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    We love God, not by obeying his law, but by "believing" in His Son?

    Visitor: We love God by believing in the name of His Son and loving one another, not by obeying the law.

    Response: I would argue that this is a false contrast. Here's why:

    You said, We love God not by obeying his law but by "believing" in His Son?

    First, I would propose to you that "believing" is not any easier then obeying the law. We can no more "believe" than obey the law without renewal of heart. We believe, love AND obey only because Jesus has done for us what we are unable to do for ourselves and given us a new heart which loves God and his law. These (including belief) are the result of God having done a work of grace in us.

    Second, you said, "Loving one another?" But how do we love one other, according to NT Scripture?

    “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.” (1 John 5:2)

    Last, how do we love God, according to the New Testament?

    “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)

    If God has renewed our hearts we will believe God, love God and his law and desire and seek to obey His commands. This does not "fall short of what it demands" because we are "in Christ" who has fulfilled the law for us. So to those ALREADY renewed in heart, the NT says, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love. . .” (John 15:10a)

    We love (and therefore obey) because God first loved us.

    Posted by John on August 11, 2013 01:19 PM

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