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The Art of Law and Gospel

The Art of Law and Gospel

We were not merely introduced into a temporary suspension of condemnation through Christ. We were introduced into an ongoing persistent love. We were introduced into a world where we are persistently loved despite our malicious selfishness over and over and over. It isn’t magic or correct theology or even Holy Spirit-bred resolve which transforms us. It is this enormous passionate endless persistent affection for us which keeps loving us when we keep failing which transforms us. It is a love which isn’t conditional upon our transformation which transforms us. It is God’s love for us which is poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Through His grace He keeps beaming infinite sacrificial love at us quite apart from the question of how much we deserve it.

Keller & Calvin on Prayer

Until we fully acknowledge the chaos with in us that the Bible calls sin, we live in what Calvin calls "unreality." Counselors will tell you that the only character flaws that can really destroy you are the ones you won't admit. Crucial to true prayer, then, is confession and repentance.