Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 9:45 pm

The law of God, the most salutary doctrine of life, cannot advance humans on their way to righteousness, but rather hinders them.

Romans 3:21-22 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-  the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 5:20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:3-9 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.

In this vein I am here to announce that I am giving up giving up things for lent for lent.

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  1. You forgot Rom 7:

    Sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

    Comment by RubeRad — February 22, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  2. So I did. Over time, I will come clean on who is inspiring this train of thought. So, it was his fault not mine.

    Comment by Bruce S. — February 22, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  3. “I am so grateful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it.”

    – J. Gresham Machen’s last words in a telegram to John Murray.

    May Ash Wednesday be turned to ash, and may we one day dance upon them.

    Comment by Echo_ohcE — February 22, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

  4. Yes, we mustn’t forget Romans 7.

    Romans 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

    So does the Law of God hinder our righteousness, or sinful flesh? As Paul continues, he answers this question.

    Romans 7:13 Did that which is good [the law vs 12], then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good [the law vs 12], in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

    Comment by Ron — February 24, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

  5. Ron,

    Are you trying to say that we should be obedient to lent?

    Comment by Echo_ohcE — February 24, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

  6. No.

    Comment by Ron — February 26, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  7. Then you surely were trying to make a polemical point that only you grasped the significance of.

    Comment by Echo_ohcE — February 26, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

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