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Even though I was still searching for answers to my many questions, that didn't stop me from trying to share my excitement with others. One thing I was accused of was "ripping things out of the Bible" or "hating the Law". Instead, I discovered that I had an new appreciation and excitement for all of God's Word.
Subject: This morning's profound insight (at least for me!)
Date: 2/11/99 11:06
This stuff is just so exciting to me, Mike! I know I'm just, as you said, stepping on the track---I hope I'm not boring you to tears with what is new to me but old hat to you---but this really got to me this morning. I was thinking about something Valerie posted about people trying to rip major portions out of her Bible. I could understand what she meant; part of my attraction to Covenant Theology was a reaction against people who seem to recoil with horror from the Old Testament or pretend as if it doesn't exist.
Now I've been sorting through what role the OT has for us today. This is what hit me: I love the Law---in, fact, I love it far, far more than I did when I thought I was under its yoke. I love it because it points to Christ and what He did for me! I would no more tear it out of my Bible then I would tear out all those prophecies that He fulfilled. ("Well, He fulfilled that, so I might as well never bother reading it. Rip it out and throw it away!") The Law came from God; it stands as a powerful testimony to His relationship with Israel; it was my schoolmaster; but far, far more important to me today is that it helps me to understand on a deeper level the glory and grace of what Christ did for me! Am I making sense? I'm having a hard time expressing this but it really impressed me this morning...every new glimpse of understanding only makes me more in awe of my God and Savior.