A Text Convo with the Professor: Law - Gospel - Holy Spirit

I'm pretty sure this text conversation today, with my good friend Justin Holcomb, is going to change my life and preaching.

There is some GOLD in this convo, especially for teachers and preachers. Enjoy! 


Matt Jensen:

Hey Justin,

What do I need to read to understand the "balance" of preaching law and gospel? I'm feeling I'm swinging to antinomian but it feels dirty to preach "harder" on the "do this" calls to obey....

Justin Holcomb:

Walthet's Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel

It's not a balance. It's law first, gospel second. Death and life. 

Did a lecture on it here.

Matt Jensen:

I feel like I'm law-gospel-law.

"Can't do it."
"Here's the gospel."
"Now do it."

Ending that way though ends with pressure in a bad way... 

Justin Holcomb:

Law- Gospel- Holy Spirit

Matt Jensen:

Ummmm

Justin Holcomb:

It does give pressure. It's an invitation to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to do what the God who loves you wants. 

LGL (Law, Gospel, Law) gives pressure. LGHS (Law, Gospel, Holy Spirit) is invitation.

Matt Jensen:

Who does this well?

Justin Holcomb:

Tim Keller

Ray Ortlund 

Gospel a Transformation Bible is all about this. 

Bryan Chapell's A Holiness by Grace 

Matt Jensen:

This is super helpful

Thanks man!

Justin Holcomb:

My lecture is is all about this stuff applied to preaching.

Matt Jensen:

Sweet. I'll take a look

Matt Jensen:

I'll be in Orlando November 6th for the Simeon's Trust Workshop

We have to connect!

Justin Holcomb:

Most get confused and make law and gospel the same as imperatives and indicatives. Once you act like imparatives are law you become antinomian. 

Matt Jensen:

Imperatives are invitations to the abundant life empowered by the Spirit?

Justin Holcomb:

Law brings death. After regeneration law brings repentance which reminds us of God 's grace, which empowers and shapes our desires. God gives the Holy Spirit to cultivate fruit and empower obedience.

Matt Jensen:

AKA "teaching them to obey all I have commanded you" in Matthew 28?

Justin Holcomb:

Yes. Imperatives are invitation to live new life. Always surrounded by indicatives. 

Matt Jensen:

It's hard to have a mission statement as a church without the mission being law.

Justin Holcomb:

Read Horton on great commission. It's surrounded by indicatives. 

"All authority is given to me..... I will be with you." In between is great commission. 

I like your connection to "teaching them to obey". Yes! Great example of it. 

I included the first Horton piece because you're thinking through justice stuff too with church. 

Matt Jensen:

"To glorify god by making disciples and planting churches who reflect Jesus." But it feels like pressure... Vs. Joining God in the renewal of all things sounds like invitation....

Really wrestling with how to put this in concrete. 

Justin Holcomb:

I like kingdom language. 

The Gospel is the gospel of the kingdom. Kingdom is manifest in church but church also is tool to expand kingdom to world. 

Introduction to Gospel Transformation Bible threads the needle. Intro is free online. I did notes on Acts, which deals with expansion of kingdom. 

Matt Jensen:

I'll read everything and get back with you. 

Justin Holcomb:

Have fun. Let's talk/ text again anytime.

Preaching God's Two Words: Law and Gospel

 

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