Law And Grace: A Study of New Testament Concepts as They Relate to the Christian Life
by Alva J. McClain
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: BMH Books
Date Published: 1954
Owner: My library
Date of reading: 1st - 11/29/11
Point: The Christian is not under the law, nor any part of it.
Path: McClain discusses “The Law” in NT usage, How the Law could give eternal life, Law unable to save men, the Divine purpose in giving the Law, God’s written Law and Israel, The Mosaic Law and Gentiles, the Christian and the Law, Dangers of putting Christians under the law, the standard of life for Christians, and finally objections, questions and problems.
Sources: McClain primarily substantiates his argument through his study of Galatians.
Agreement: Many have tried to divide the Law into different categories, and therefore show how the believer is still under sections of the Law. As I read the New Testament it seems to teach that the believer is not under the law because the Holy Spirit indwells and guides. Therefore, it is no longer the law that leads, corrects, and stimulates to do good, it is the Holy Spirit. He has essentially “written the law upon their hearts” (I am sure McClain would cry if he saw that).
Disagreement: I have not yet struggled through teaching the Sermon on the Mount nor the 10 Commandments, otherwise I am sure I would find fodder.
Personal App: All Scripture is profitable.
Stars: 4 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.