I've been thinking all day about Thesis 7, (see yesterday), and how negative it sounds.
But it is just one side of the coin. The other side of the coin is that because our works don't do anything for us before God, and we always, always should fear him and be humble, we receive his love and mercy and we are free. This is what God is aiming for. Superabundant mercy.
Rom. 9:14. What then shall we say: Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses: "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
It seems unfair also, that we can't keep the law. But the point is God's mercy. There we can really live and breathe.
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