Footwashers Snippet #3

CoverBecause Jesus brought a new ethic for the novel task facing the Church of the New Testament, the ethical questions he raised dealt not with whether or not a given action conformed or did not conform to some moral or divine law, but whether or not it was properly motivated, i.e. whether it was God or the devil who had motivated it from the person’s heart. Even the “new law” which he proposed for his Church, to love one another (John 13:34-35), was a motivation. It would not stand over and outside individuals, demanding obedience and threatening sanctions for failure; it would flow from within them naturally, as God took control of their hearts. (Chapter 5)

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