For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes (Romans 10:4, NRSV).
A well-known magazine ran a full-page ad with a headline that read:
Achieve Immortality! (we’re not kidding).
In a sense they were kidding, because the ad went on to say,
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Writers, scholars, philosophers, and theologians through the millennia have all wrestled with the question of death and what death does to the meaning of our lives. Hence, the ad was a clever, if ultimately unsuccessful, way to help people deal with their mortality.
In contrast, all throughout the New Testament we have been shown the only way to achieve immortality, and that is through faith in Jesus as opposed to the keeping of the law-even though we are to keep it. Indeed, obeying the law is not in conflict with grace; on the contrary, it’s what we’re supposed to do as a result of receiving grace.
This week we continue exploring law and grace.
*Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, May 17.