Should parents lower the bar? (part 1)

In further meditating on J.C. Ryle’s quote from the previous post entitled, “Train your Children as God Trains His,” my mind began to muse on another way in which God deals with His own: He never lowers the bar, but provides His children with all they need to meet His standard.

One of the overwhelming themes of the Old Testament is the character of God, primarily His holiness as revealed in the Law. In giving the Law to man, He clearly set the bar for His standard of holiness and man has been struggling with it ever since because, left to ourselves, we all fall hopelessly short of it. Some might ignore the bar altogether, while others try to skirt around it. Most, however, tend to try and work their way to the bar in their own efforts (all man-made religions fall into this category), while others develop a theology that tries to lower it. However, God simply sets it and makes no excuses for it.

However, God, in His great love and compassion toward us, recognizes that we could never attain to His standard of holiness on our own (which is one of the reasons the Law was given in the first place). But, rather than lower the bar to meet us, He provides us with everything that we need to meet it. With regard to our justification, He provided the perfect, spotless Lamb to atone for our sins and grant us His righteousness. With regard to our sanctification, He gave us His Spirit to empower us and compel us toward holiness.


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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