Weekly Bible Study
Law or Grace
June 5, 2013
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Ecclesiastes 11:4
Law or grace? Now that we have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, don’t we still have to try living by the 10 commandments, and some of the other elements of the law? Can we simply turn our backs on what God gave His people through Moses, His loyal servant? I hear Christians refer to meeting on the Sabbath, meaning Sunday, or for some, Saturday. Recently, I overheard a person talking about someone violating one of the10 commandments. What does the New Testament say about the distinction between the law and the covenant of Grace established by Jesus Christ?
(James 2:10)~ For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
Faith in Jesus Christ brings righteousness (apart from the law) to all who believe! ALL!
(Romans 3:19-26)~ Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
(John 1:16-17)~ “From the fullness of (Jesus’) grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
(Galatians 2:16-17)~ “Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
(Galatians 2:21)~ “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”
CHRISTIANS ARE DEAD TO THE LAW!
Realizing how difficult it is for Jews who have been taught that following The Law is essential, Paul uses strong language to explain that faith in Christ is what justifies everyone…Jew and Gentile.
(Galatians 3:1-5)~ “Foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of His death on the cross. Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”
(Luke 22:20)~This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”
(Galatians 5:1)~So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in the slavery to the law!
The law was bondage and Jesus, by his death on the cross, has established a new covenant, a covenant of grace whereby the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from our sins…completely.