The Initiative of Grace

Posted: October 28, 2011 in bible, books, grace, obedience, old testament, quotes, soteriology

The idea that the difference between the Old and New Testaments is that in the Old salvation is by the law whereas in the New it is by grace, sets up a totally false contrast.  In the Old as in the New, it is God who takes the initiative of grace and calls people to faith and obedient response.  In the book of Exodus, eighteen chapters describing God’s mighty acts of redemption, in fulfillment of his own love and promise, come before the giving of the law to a people already redeemed.  Israel, in the Psalms and elsewhere, regarded the law itself as a further gift of grace to those already redeemed by grace.  Far from setting aside the promise, it was given to enable the recipients of the promise to live accordingly, within a discipline acceptable to God…

The message is clear and consistent throughout the Bible.  The covenant promise of God is axiomatic and fundamental and all our hope of salvation hangs upon it.

– Christopher Wright, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Downers Grove: IVP, 1992), 68-70.

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