I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Law and Grace and Love of God

An excerpt from Rt. Rev. Dennis Campbell’s sermon “God’s Law is Love.”  It has some helpful and insightful remarks on the commonly misunderstood law/gospel distinction. 

“We are so used to hearing Law and Grace used as antonyms that we sometimes forget they are both part of the same love of God freely given to us in Christ.  They are only opposites when used to describe the way we are made acceptable, unto God.  Law then becomes our attempt to cancel out our sins by being ‘good’ while grace means being made acceptable by the free gift of God. In this sense, the two are completely opposite. But...”  continue reading.


  1. No thanks, Steve. As the above excerpt demonstrates, there is too much good material on the net to make it over to your blog. Thanks, though.


  2. Kevin, here is my answer to your question about John 6:44 SEE MY BLOG POST: UNLESS THE FATHER DRAWS HIM Aug.16, 2012 In Christ Steve

  3. Yes, Steve, I've read that. In fact, that is the thread that my response is answering. To point me back to the original post instead of treating my response with any integrity only further reveals that you have an axe to grind, one that simply won't hold an edge. Thanks, but please refrain from commenting here; I won't publish your comments any longer.