Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Out of grateful joy

Via Justin Taylor, "Four Kinds of People," as identified by Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church:
Tim Keller, Galatians Study, p. 118:

Law-obeying, Law-relying
These people are under the law, and are usually very smug, self-righteous and pharisaical.

Externally, they are very sure they are right with God, but deep down, they have a lot of insecurity, since no one can truly be assured they are living up to standards. This makes them touchy, sensitive to criticism, and devastated when their prayers aren’t answered.

Law-disobeying, Law-relying
These people have a religious conscience of strong works-righteousness, but they are not living consistently with it.

As a result, they are more humble and more tolerant of others than the Pharisees above, but they are also much more guilt-ridden, subject to mood swings and sometimes very afraid of religious topics. ....

Law-disobeying, Not law-relying
These are the people who have thrown off the concept of the law of God.

They are intellectually secular or rather relativistic, or have a very vague spirituality. They largely choose their own moral standards and insist they are meeting them. But Paul in Romans 1 says that at a sub-conscious level, they know there is a God who they should be obeying. ....

Law-obeying, Not law-relying
These are Christians who understand the gospel and are living out of the freedom of it.

They obey the law of God out of grateful joy that comes from the knowledge of their sonship and out of the freedom from the fear of selfishness that false idols had generated. They are more tolerant than #3, more sympathetic than #2, and more confident than #1. ....
Four Kinds of People – Justin Taylor