Item description for Law and Grace: A Study of New Testament Concepts as They Relate to the Christian Life by Alva J. McClain...
Overview McClain's work is a helpful presentation of the relation of the Moasic Law to the Christian. The view is classic Dispensational. Ideal for the layman who wants a clear and well-argued statement of the believer's freedom from the Mosaic Law and the sufficiency of God's grace.
Publishers Description The Christian life seems to be a confusing paradox. Evangelicals find themselves lost between law and grace, wondering where to go. This concise handbook fields this issue and wrestles it into a concise, understandable concept, useful to the average Christian.
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Studio: BMH Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1991
Publisher BMH Books
ISBN 0884690016 ISBN13 9780884690016
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A Rare Biblical Analysis of Law & Grace Aug 17, 2007
In this era of rapidly encroaching legalism and liberalism, the Church sorely needs to rediscover Alva McClain's concise work on the true biblical relationship of Law and Grace. If it were required reading in every Theology 101 class and church, there would likely be a lot less infighting between believers. This would not only increase the biblical unity God desires for His children, but also our testimony to the world. Upon looking closer at the breadth of Scripture, I must concur with McClain that while the Law contains components, it was an indivisible unity that cannot be taken apart piecemeal to suit one's theology. This is revealed to us not only in the biblical record, but in also the Jewish traditions as well. Many past and present doctrinal misinterpretations come from well intentioned but myopic mono-cultural theologians who only interpret Scripture through their western cultural grid. C. Gordon Olson in his books on a mediate view of salvation also recognizes this cultural ignorance or chauvinism as well. There are too many verses that describe the contrast/distinctions between Law and Grace (esp. Romans & Galatians) to just ignore, or treat as some kind of spiritual allegory that replaces Israel with the Church. Galatians is still alive and well in the Church today. Paul's experience in Romans 7 and his rebuke of Peter and Barnabas for reverting back to the Law should be a reminder to us of just how easy it is to go backwards!
What of the legalist's infamous charge of Antinomianism? As Dr. McClain points out in Chapter 10, the preacher who proclaims a gospel of grace should not be surprised at this false charge, as the Apostle Paul was accused of the same thing in Romans 3:8. He goes on to say that if you are not falsely charged with antinomianism you are probably not teaching the gospel of grace as it should be. He adds; "For in the gospel of salvation by grace alone in Christ we are honoring the law and establishing the law. By His death our Lord Jesus Christ satisfied in full all the law's holy and just demands. The real antinomians are the legalists, for they either take only one element of the law, or they strip it of its penalties or they soften and relax its demands; to this extent they are "against" (Greek "anti") the law." I highly recommend this book and when you are done with it be sure to check out another of Dr. McClain's classics; "The Greatness of the Kingdom".
Excellent!! A MUST read, no matter what your stance is Dec 6, 2006
It was Augustine who said "Love God and then do as you please." That is definitely not McClain's position. After reading and re-reading "Law and Grace," I think its message is right on. It promotes neither legalism nor licentiousness. It is one hundred percent in favor of holy living, and not of throwing the Law out the window, but yet being ever so careful as to NOT commit the grievous mistake of the legalists of divorcing the commands in Scripture from all the concrete examples of the grace, mercy, and love of our Lord that we see mingled throughout its pages, and thereby failing to see THAT (as opposed to sterile duty) as the very modus operandi for any obedience to those commands. In no way is this booklet advocating that notion that "love is all you need." But where some people only know one extreme or the other, McClain, by exegesis, has found the proper balance between the two unbiblical extremes. The Christian is neither in debt to keep the Law, nor free to do his own will. Rather, he lives wholly in the sphere of grace. And yet, grace does not embrace sin; grace renounces sin! So the more we see Christ, the more we see grace. But the more we see the Law, the more we see Christ!
A Forgotten Jewel Oct 5, 2005
McClain presents a refreshing perspective on the Christian's relationship to the Old Covenant and Old Testament Law. While many today gravitate toward law keeping, McClain offers scholarly and practical insight into the Believer's relationship to law. McClain reminds the reader that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. Originally written in 1954, McClains brief but thorough examination is a jewel that has been forgotten or overlooked in contemporary examinations of the issue.
An Excellent Concise Treatise on Law and Grace Aug 31, 2001
This small work, by the Founding President of Grace Theological Seminary, is an excellent work by a classical dispensational writer. McClain, is known for tremendous scholarly work as is remembered by those who have read his magnum opus, "The Greatness of the Kingdom", which even got the likes of George Ladd fuming. Law and Grace is divided into 10 chapters which helps to understand McClain's approach. 1) "The Law" in New Testament Usage, 2) How the Law Could Give Eternal Life, 3) Law Unable to Save Men, 4) The Divine Purpose in Giving the Law, 5) God's Written Law and Israel, 6) The Mosaic Law and Gentiles, 7) The Christian and the Law, 8) Dangers of Putting Christians Under the Law, 9) The Standard of Life for Christians, 10) Objections, Questions and Problems.
McClain, having been a dispensationalist, holds the common view that Christians are not under the law. He even goes as far as to go against the modern trend to divide the law into three sections: moral, ceremonial, and civil. Since he does not trichotimize the law into these sections, he does not feel we can place a Christian under just the moral law because one cannot divide the law.
One must read this book when studying law and grace. While it is just a brief treatment, it is an excellent starter to this subject. McClain was a brilliant writer and that is affirmed even by his opponents. He is missed as he has gone to be with the Lord. In conclusion, read this book. It will stimulate and perhaps provoke your thinking, which is what Christians need.