Monday, March 5, 2007

Purpose-Driven or Promise-Driven?

As we continue to study from the book Treasures of Faith, I'm again reminded that we are heirs of our Lord's great Covenant of Grace, including the promises dating back to the patriarchs of the OT. We are adopted children of God and live under the promises of His covenant.

"If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Gal. 3-29)

"‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great’” (Gen. 15:1)

Dr. Michael Horton writes in a 2005 edition of Modern Reformation Magazine:

"Even as Christians, the law (in its third use) can direct us, but it cannot drive us, except to either despair or self-righteousness. Christians are not purpose-driven, but promise-driven. Purposes are all about law. To be sure, at least in Christian discourse, some promises may be mentioned, but they are usually dangled as the carrot for fulfilling the conditions that have been laid out. If you did that with the real Ten Commandments—something like, 'Do this and you shall live' (Lev. 25:18), people would catch on: 'That’s legalism!' But the therapeutic version (easy-listening law) flies under the radar: 'Hey, here are a few helpful principles based on God’s instruction manual that will help you get victory in your life.'”

Read the article online>>> The Promise-Driven Life by Michael Horton

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