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Monday, May 31, 2010

Theonomy: The Way of Life for a People Redeemed

In the 70's, Francis Schaeffer asked the question, "How Then Shall We Live?" After I became a Christian, this was the question on my heart.

Now that Christ has redeemed me and owns me, how shall I then live to glorify my God?

The ethical standard for living--in all of life--for the Christian is the moral law of God as given to Moses, and all the prophets of God, in the Scriptures. In fact, this is the standard for the non-Christian as well; however, in rebelling against God and following their own ways, rather than the Way (of Christ), they find only death.

But the Christian has been definitively redeemed and is progressively sanctified (redeemed) by Christ, to walk in His holy way (Ex. 18:20; Deut. 5:33; Deut. 6; Deut. 8:6; Deut 10:12; Deut. 11:22-23; Deut. 28:9; Deut. 30:16; 1 Kings 2:3; Psalm 86:11; Psalm 101:5-7; Psalm 119; Prov. 3:20-24; Prov. 6:23; Prov. 12:28; Prov. 16:17; Is. 2:3; Jer. 6:16; Jer. 7:23; Jer. 42:2-4; Neh. 10:28-30; Micah 4:2; Matt. 7:14; John 14:6; Acts 2:28; Ps. 16:8-11; Rom. 8:4; 1 Pet. 1:17-19).

The Christian will not reach perfection or be completely transformed to the image of Christ in history before the general Resurrection/Judgment Day of Christ, but we are exhorted in Scripture to run the race (1 Cor. 9:24-25; Heb. 12:1-2) and to cooperate with God in His progressive sanctification of us.

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