Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tchividjian on Law vs. Grace

From One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace For an Exhausted World:
Just as it is difficult to experience forgiveness w/o some knowledge of what you have done wrong, so it is difficult to understand Grace apart from the Law. If the Law is the first word, Grace is the last. Listen closely: the Law exposes [us], while Grace exonerates [us]. The law diagnoses, but Grace delivers. The Law accuses, Grace acquits. The Law condemns the best of us, while Grace saves the worst of us. The Law says ‘cursed,’ Grace says ‘blessed.’ The Law says ‘slave,’ Grace says ‘son.’ The Law says ‘guilty,’ Grace says ‘forgiven.’ The Law can break a hard heart, but only Grace can heal one. (106-107)
The context of the above quote is Tchividjian's discussion of the following scene from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables where Jean Valjean is shown grace by the priest who not only doesn't turn him in for stealing the silverware, but donates to him the rest. Here is the scene from the most recent movie version:

For more:
Free eBook: "One Way Love" by Tullian Tchividjian
"Jesus + Nothing = Everything" by Tullian Tchividjian: A Reivew
Tullian Tchividjian Leaves The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition Explains Recent Changes
Its About Christ: A Lesson on Hermeneutics
"The Tower of Babel" by Tullian Tchividjian
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