Small distortions of theology and false teaching can make a bug impact, leading people astray.
The core issue in this text is “what is the role of human accomplishment?” There are still many who believe that you get to God by good works.
The Place of the Law
- We must understand that the law is good – not only morally good, but beautiful and beneficial.
- We must understand that the law is intended to expose our sin. It does not help us to feel good about ourselves, nor does it save us (Romans 3:19-20).
- We must understand that the law functions in harmony with the gospel (Galatians 3:24).
Staying on the Wagon
- We might emphasize the law and promote in illegitimate ways. We are able to be saved by grace alone.
- We undervalue the law and disregard it altogether. Grace is not an excuse to do whatever we want to do. We should have clear, Biblical standards.
Paul was concerned about the ripple effect of this teaching—that it would distract us from love. We will only love and serve rightly when we have a proper understanding of grace.
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