BUT THE LORD SAID TO ME...'YOU MUST GO TO EVERYONE I SEND YOU TO AND SAY WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEM, FOR I AM WITH YOU AND WILL RESCUE YOU'. JER 1:7,8
THE RELATIONSHIP OF LAW AND GRACE
This letter is written in response to a sincere question from a brother who just read, "The Law Brings Death", one of my previous blogs earlier in July. He asked, "then what is the relationship between grace and law?"
Great question. One that Scripture answers loudly in many places...I would ask a favor of you, dear friend.
Go back to my blog and look down the list of titles and find: "The New Way of the Spirit", which gives Word about the relationship of law and grace.
In a nutshell, the Law of Moses was given to Israel to lead them to faith and grace. Those who understood that, like David, built relationships with God based on faith and love, and had a deep understanding of God's grace and mercy. From Abraham on, faith is the theme of the Old Testament. Those who knew God knew Him by faith, not by adherence to the law.
The earliest challenges faced by the apostles, beginning in Jerusalem and continuing throughout the early growth around the world of the Body of Christ, was the challenge from those I call the "Religionizers", who couldn't let go of having some kind of laws written on parchment that told them what to do to be acceptable to God. They couldn't just trust God to write this New Covenant, this Kingdom of God in Christ, this simple life of faith in the Son of God, on their own hearts. Yet that lack of trust in God is at the root of every religious attempt to reach God by adhering to some set or other of religious guidelines or principles. Proof? The world is full of religion, and has very little of God's grace and love!
Paul wrote the entire letter of Galations to refute them. Other long passages in the New Testament clearly mark out the differences between living by law, and living by grace. Any attempt to revive the Mosaic Law in the life of true believers in Jesus Christ is another renewed attempt to live by the letter, instead of by the pure grace of Christ. It is not by following the letter that we are justified.
See Abraham's life, who was justified by grace, through faith, and not by the law, which had not been established yet. The law was never meant to be a measuring stick of approval with God. It was meant to point Israel to faith, because they would find they could never keep the law.
This is why our Lord Jesus Christ was so upset with the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were loading burdens on men's backs that nobody could carry, which was the law and the traditions of the elders, and keeping men from knowing the grace of God through faith. They were keeping men out of the Kingdom!
So today, anyone who tries to add law to grace will be reproved by our Lord Jesus Christ for doing it. Otherwise, He came to us in vain, and brought the Kingdom of God, this Kingdom of Grace and Love, in vain.
May you find the power of Christ through His grace alone,