GRACE -VS- LAW
May 31, 2009
If we were to take a survey of any number of people and ask why they think God would let them into heaven, the vast majority would usually reply that they are generally a good person and they keep the commandments of God. Not only are they wrong in their personal assessment of themselves, but they are wrong Biblically as well.
Why is this true, both of the lost world and even with the everyday Christian? It is because of what Paul the Apostle and the writer of Hebrews say in the Bible, I Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12-14.
It is time that Christians understood the Grace of God through Jesus Christ verses the Law of God in the Old Testament that people lean on for answers to Biblical questions.
The Jews, the Pharisees, nor any person who ever lived (except Christ) could not and cannot keep the Laws and Ordinances of God nor keep the Ten Commandments.
People have forgotten that the Ten Commandments and the Law was given to the nation Israel (not to the Gentile world) as a covenant with God as conditions for them to remain in the promise land. Obviously they did not obey the Law and were overtaken by several dominant nations there-after.
A STORY OF GRACE
Galatians 4:21-31 Paul gives us the most compelling illustration of God’s Grace in his writings in Galatians. The context of his message leaves no doubt that the Christian is under Grace and not under the Law. The message is that Isaac was by the freewoman, ( God’s promise of Grace), and Ishmael was by the bondmaid, (the flesh, the Law).
Galatians 3:21-25 In this illustration of grace, Paul uses the term ‘Schoolmaster’ in order to prove that the Law was specifically ordained to show all people guilty of sin. Having used the Law to prove all are sinners, it then points us to the only hope of salvation and that is the acceptance of Jesus Christ sacrifice for sins and His wonderful saving Grace. After being schooled to learn of Christ, we accept Him by His Grace we then graduate from the Schoolmaster.
Romans 3:19-25 This passage demonstrates that the knowledge of the Law brings conviction of sin leaving no choice but to come to the Grace of God through Christ. The Law of God and the Prophets of God in the Old Testament all point to Christ ultimately. The culmination of this very point came in Matthew 17:2-3 when Moses and Elijah met with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Galatians 2:16-21 In these notable but powerful passages Paul reminds the church at Galatia that they are free from the bondage of the Law and that they should stay away from those that would put them under the Law again. He tells them that if the Law was inadequate in the past, it has nothing for them in their future.
EVIDENCE OF GRACE
II Corinthians 3:3-9 Paul reminds the Church that the evidence of their changed lives is a testimony of the Grace of Christ in their hearts, by the working of the Spirit of God.
Colossians 2:6-15 Paul writes to this Church of the amazing things God has done through the Gospel of Christ and that those that are “In Him” are COMPLETE.
Philippians 3:8-9 Paul tells this Church that God’s Grace should be considered a prize and that he was happy to have given up the Law for the faith he had in Christ.
I John 2:1-2 God’s purpose for the Christian is for us to grow and mature and to be fruitful for Him. However, when we fail in the world and sin, we have available to us the wonderful Grace of God that Jesus has purchased for us and can come to Him for forgiveness.