Love for Christ and Law Keeping

Discussion in 'The Law of God' started by Peters, Jul 22, 2005.

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  1. Peters

    Peters Puritan Board Freshman


    Brother, I didn´t change the wording. That is how it is translated in the NKJV and the KJV. The NASB and ESV translations include "œyou will". In any case, it doesn´t make any difference to what the question is about. In either translation, love is present in the soul before law-keeping overflows from it. I wanted to discuss how one nurtures that love apart from law-keeping since law-keeping is the result of it not the cause of it.

    Absolutely. However, I think this answers the question: How does one *get* love for Christ? I was thinking more about how one *nurtures* this love apart from law-keeping once it has been granted. But, yes, we come to love Christ by the grace of God alone. Amen.

    This in interesting to me, I´m not sure if I agree that faith is not a work (it is certainly a gift though). I´m going to start a thread about this in the Theological Forum. I hope you post in it, brother.

  2. Peters

    Peters Puritan Board Freshman


    Please don´t misunderstand me; I´m not saying that the commandments of God are burdensome (unless of course you are seeking to be justified by them). I´m saying that they will be burdensome if they do not come from a love for Christ that is present in the soul *before hand*. This is how we got onto sanctification by faith.
  3. Peters

    Peters Puritan Board Freshman


    Brother, this has been something that has helped me greatly too. I am so prone to get caught up in the externals of law-keeping at the expense of love and devotion from the inner-man. I don´t want to simply tick off acts of obedience and call that sanctification. This is such an obvious error to point out, but I see people (myself included) falling to it all the time, and before you know it the affections are as dry as a bone, which in turn opens up the door to a host of temptations. I am grateful for your participation here, John.
  4. just_grace

    just_grace Puritan Board Freshman


    ... is by Grace alone, He just wants us to love one another. All the requirements of the law are met In Christ and our lives are HIDDEN in Him.

    Praise His name.
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