Friday, November 28, 2008

Covenant Theology ?

"This theology (Covenant) prevents the Christian from seeing and freely taking his stand as having died [positionally] unto the law and being now alive unto God in the Lord Jesus. "Ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to Another, even to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God" (Rom. 7:4, ASV). We have died to the old life and are now alive in the new, and that to bring forth "fruit"—the fruit of the Spirit in contrast to the "works" of the law."

Miles J. Stanford

How much we have to unlearn is anybody's guess...


Jim Hoag said...

Thanks for the link to “Law versus Grace” you included in your last post. It’s interesting, I read that article a couple of years ago and though I liked it, it did not have near the impact as it did this time. New eyes. And especially helpful were statements like, “Many are unaware of the legalistic aspect of this teaching” (he mentions some aspects of Calvinism) “since its tenets are well known for providing the Christian with solid scriptural foundation of justification and eternal security”. This is so true and why it is many times wrongly assumed that if teaching on justification appears doctrinally sound, then surely the same is true regarding sanctification. WRONG. Stanford goes on to say that the problem is that, “…the law is brought RIGHT ON PAST CALVARY and fastened upon the Christian… throughout the realm of sanctification… this fails to distinguish ‘the things that differ’”. (Phil. 1:10, ASV). Again, this is all very helpful Craig. Much appreciation.

Craig Glenn said...

Hey problem. its awesome to think we can encourage one another with truth...having never seen each other, seperated by an ocean...the word of God has no boundries!! PRAISE HIM!!!