Paul's Passing Thoughts

Understanding the World Through Under Law and Under Grace: Part One; Grace

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 23, 2017

ppt-jpeg4The Bible states that there are but two kinds of people in the world: lost and saved; or in other biblical words, under law and under grace.

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

I have come to believe that most things that happen in the world flow from this reality; especially what people say and the ideas they propagate.

“Grace” is a word much tossed about without any real understanding of what it means. In Protestantism, “grace” is synonymous with “salvation.” Protestant scholars come unhinged when you launch this accusation, but their denial is disingenuous. Interpreting “grace” as salvation fits the Protestant false gospel of progressive justification.

For months, I have tried in vain to nail down a definition of “grace.” The word has many synonyms making a definitive definition impossible. It’s not like the word, “cat” that can replaced with “feline.” It’s not like the word “car” that can be replaced with “automobile.” It’s more like the word “world” which encompasses so many different meanings—such is the case with the word “grace.”

Grace is a state of being that perceives the world in the same way that God does. Grace thinks about the world with “the mind of Christ” (1Cor 2:16). The one word that best synonymizes grace is “love.” In almost every case biblically, the word “love” will fit contextually in a Bible sentence when used to replace “grace.”

“Under grace” is a reality that perceives life in a certain way; it is a state of being that is radically contrary to the former life of “under law.” Truly, “all things are new” (2Cor 5:17). Understanding this begins to open-up the Bible to clearer understanding; for example, those “under grace” are also “in Christ” (Col 1:27) and “Christ is in you” (Rom 8:10). You are one with Christ and His body. To be under grace is to also be under hope, and under peace, among many other adjectives.

“Under grace” has a defined hypostatic state of being with a defined normality or compos mentis. A right-headed Christian will be defined by, hope, peace, boldness, and confidence. This is what the born-again Christian is called to. Under grace may also be defined by its antithesis, “under law.” Under grace is everything under law isn’t and vice versa. The two are radically differentiated. Sanctification is defined by its apartness from “under law.” For those under grace, experiencing tenets of under law is the warning light on the dashboard. You are not properly putting off the old you and putting on the new in all areas of life (Eph 4:24).

Be sure of this: this is not a mere declaration; this is life itself, and life more abundantly as opposed to death. Under grace is life, and under law is death. This is perhaps the paramount demarcation between the two. Sanctification is defined by what has been left behind for that which is in front—the “high calling” (Phil 3:12-16).

Paul, in his treatise to the Ephesians, shared that he bowed his knees to the Father and prayed that we would understand this:

Ephesians 3:14 – For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Notice the emphasis on love which best defines grace, but has a vast definition all its own (see 1Cor 13). Paul’s oft greeting, “grace to you,” is a wish for others that encompasses all of the aforementioned prayer.

Hence, in the same way you must understand the particular worldview of a psychiatrist (there are approx. 200 different schools of thought in psychology) to really understand what he or she is saying or attempting to relate, you must determine if the one you are listening to is under law or under grace or at least functioning and thinking like they are under law. Keep in mind that most Protestant scholars are at least functioning and thinking like they are under law. Before you protest that Protestantism is by “faith alone” and not law, please know what the biblical definition of “under law” is.

“Under law” is to be under condemnation (Rom 8:1), and under death (Rom 8:2). Also, among the other “under(s)” that define “under law,” the one under law is “under sin” (Rom 3:9). In part two, we will define “under law.” In the process, we will bring the meaning of grace into sharper focus as well.

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  1. John said, on May 24, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Ugh, and to think the false teacher, false preacher, smiling liar, and the unashamed pimp of the false gospel, John MacArthur’s blog is called “Grace to You.”
    That explains it all. Crystal clear.
    Sicko.
    Please note that many Calvinists’ blog names give their game away (they try to sound so elitist and yet “humble”, “soli” this and that, and “grace” and “sovereign” all over the place.” Whom are they trying to fool?

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