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Changing Grace (3) - Notes

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TYPE 2 LEGALISM

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Romans 3:21-24

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 3

  • Against Type 1 Legalism

  • Justification (being made right with God) isn’t about keeping the Law

Romans 7

  • Against Type 2 Legalism

  • Sanctification (growing in Christ-like holiness) isn’t about keeping the Law

Romans 7:4 & 6

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law  through the body of Christ. By dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

  • We died to the Law: freed from the Law

  • Now there’s a new way to live: by the Spirit (Rom. 8)

  • Unfortunately, many still live by the old way: by the Law (Rom. 7)

Though there is a new way to live now as Christians (Rom. 8), so many live the old way and that leads to great frustration (Rom. 7)

Romans 7:14-25

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

WHO IS THIS “I”?

  1. Paul as a Jew?

  2. Paul as a Christian?

  • Loves the Law - Could be a Jew or a Christian

  • Hates sin - Could be a Jew or a Christian

  • Finds himself in slavery to sin - Could be a Jew, but a Christian?

From Romans 6

From Romans 6

  • Finds himself in slavery to sin - Could be a Jew AND even a Christian

  • Separates the sin from his true self

Romans 7:17 & 20 & 25

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

  • Separates the sin from his true self - (Not ME, SIN in me) - Can ONLY be a Christian

WHO IS THIS “I”?

  1. Paul as a Jew?

  2. Paul as a Christian?

  3. Paul as a TYPE 2 LEGALISTIC Christian!

J. Brown

As Paul has proved from his own past experience [as a Jew] that law cannot make a bad man good [cannot justify], he now proves from his present experience [as a Christian] that law cannot make a good man better [cannot sanctify].

LOSING TO WiN

  • Trying hard and then harder is natural

“Just try harder!"

“Be more committed!"

  • Failing hard and then harder is good

  • Coming to the end of yourself (for both Justification AND Sanctification) is God's goal

  • Now that you are completely over the old way of trying hard to keep the law on your own, you are ready for the new way of living by the Spirit

This is the process that Paul went through himself (“I”). He knew the Law couldn’t save him, but he didn’t know the Law couldn’t improve him

2 BIG MISTAKES

  1. The “I” isn’t a Christian so this isn’t relevant to me

  2. The “I” is a Christian and that's all there is to the Christian life: FRUSTRATION & FAILURE. Becomes an excuse to sin because there’s no hope for change

We are proof-texting ourselves to death. You need to read the WHOLE book.

  • ROMANS 6 - The answer isn’t license

  • ROMANS 7 - The answer isn’t legalism

  • ROMANS 8 - The answer is the Spirit!

TRUE FREEDOM

  • From Type 1 Legalism - The Law can’t save me, only Jesus can - ROMANS 3

  • From Type 2 Legalism - The Law can’t improve me, only the Spirit can - ROMANS 7 & 8

ARE YOU A LEGALIST?

  • Type 1?

  • Type 2?

  • Miserable yet? GOOD!

  • In coming to the end of yourself come to Jesus & the Spirit

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