The language of the first half of life and the language of the second half of life are almost two different vocabularies, known only to those who have been in both of them. The advantage of those on the further journey is that they can still remember and respect the first language and task. They have transcended but also included all that went before. In fact, if you cannot include and integrate the common sense lessons of the first half of life, I doubt if you have moved to the second. Never throw out the baby with the bathwater. People who know how to creatively break the rules also know why the rules are there in the first place. Matthew 5 quotes Jesus six times, “The law says . . ., but I say. . . .” Jesus doesn’t throw out the law. He just goes further with it. Often it takes an initial reliance on some outer authority to send us on the path toward our own inner authority. This is what Paul is saying in Romans and Galatians. Paul brilliantly holds the law and freedom together. It’s never either/or thinking for him, although Paul is often read that way.
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