Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

Law and Gospel

Every day this week (Mon-Fri) I’ve posted excerpts from Tullian Tchividjian’s book, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything”. Thanks to my friends at Crossway Books, at the bottom of each day’s post there has been an opportunity for subscribers to the blog to win a copy of the book as well. Today marks the final excerpt, and the final opportunity to win a copy.

Congratulations Stacey Unruh-Kemp, who was the winner for Day #4.

Here is the final excerpt:

Law and Gospel

Jesus + Nothing = EverythingOne of the indicators that we’re firmly on the path of Christian growth—one of the marks of a truly maturing Christian—is that we begin to love the things God loves, and to want the things God wants, and to hate the things God hates. In this regard, the law guides us as well, and it guides wisely. It tells us what God wants and who God is. Yes, the law is good.

But while the law guides, it does not give. It has the power to reveal sin but not the power to remove sin. It simply cannot engender what it commands. The law shows us what godliness is, but it cannot make us godly like the gospel can. The law shows us what a sanctified life looks like, but it does not have sanctifying power as the gospel does. So, apart from the gospel, the law crushes. The law shows us what to do. The Gospel announces what God has done. The law directs us, but only the gospel can drive us. It’s very important to keep these distinctions in mind.

Let me stress again that this is not a matter of whether obedience to God’s law is important, either to us or to God. Of course it’s important. The question is: Where does our power to obey God’s commands come from? Does it come from the gospel—from what God has done for us? Or does it come from the law—from what we must do? That contrast is another way of asking, Does the power come from God or from you? It’s that simple.

Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything (pp.188-189)

Day #5’s giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Jennifer Szczyrbak!