Posted by: austend | Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Discipline of Grace Chs. 4-5

Chapter 4 “We Died to Sin”

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom. 6.1-2)

The first thing to note about the previous verse is that “this death has already occurred in the past.  It is not something we should do but something we have already done.  Every person in the world who is a true believer has died to sin….We cannot possibly die to sin any more than we have.”  A second thing to note is that “this death occurred even though the believer may not be aware of it….it is an objective fact, not dependent on our awareness or understanding to make it true.  The third thing to note is that “we died to sin through our union with Christ” [by the Holy Spirit’s baptizing work].

Sin’s reign and dominion have been abolished in Christ’s death because we died with Christ in Christ.  We are alive to God now.  We are no longer to let sin reign in our mortal bodies.  (These thoughts are all directly from Romans 6.)

Chapter 5 “Disciplined by Grace”

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2.11-12).

Bridges’ Main Points:

  1. Salvation and Discipline are Inseparable [discipline in the Christian life is required]
  2. Grace Teaches Us to Say No [to sin]
  3. Grace Teaches Us to Say Yes [to the things of God]

With God’s grace as the great motivator, we are to live godly lives that are well-pleasing to Him.  We must stop sinning and start practicing righteousness.  This is partly accomplished through self-discipline with God’s grace as the motivator.

Material including all quotations taken from:
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges (Colorado Springs: Navpress, 2006). {here}

This is part of a series of posts {here}.

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