How the Law Illuminates Grace (POJ 1.8)

By Caitlin Pifer
Podcast Episode

Paul, Jon and Liz continue the conversation about Jesus & Compassion and take another look at the problem of legalism they discussed in the last episode.

"There’s no better place to explore the law than the Sermon on the Mount. One way to look at it is to see how the law functions as a frame around grace. And if you don’t have that frame, then grace spins off like a dust devil, it has no content to it."

"Much of Jesus’ attack on legalism is an attack on how legalism weakens love. That kind of legalism is actually virtue signaling, not love. It’s trying to get you in union with culture, not flowing from union with Christ."

“When Paul says ‘imitate me as I imitate Christ,’ I think sometimes we get stuck unnecessarily in the idea that if I’m going to imitate Jesus it’s this kind of floaty, high, holy life. Not only can I not do that, I don’t even know what that is. But if you look at the context of that whole section, it really is ‘imitate Jesus as he loves and he crosses barriers.’ ”