God’s laws and his grace are not in competition. Some have thought that because we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) we don’t need to obey God’s holy law. Others have assumed that it was all law in the Old Testament and in the New Testament it was all grace and no law. It is never safe to go by what people think. Our only question should be, What says the Bible?
1. To how many has God revealed His grace?
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” Titus 2:11
NOTE: Grace is the unmerited favour and the love of God. It is God’s power at work in a life yielded completely to God. When a repentant sinner accepts Christ, God counts to his credit the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
2. Was Moses aware of God’s grace?
“And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord,the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.”” Exodus 34:6
3. Did Noah live under grace?
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8
4. What means has God used to make His grace available to humanity?
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed” Romans 3:24, 25
5. What are some results of grace?
It gives remission or pardon for past sins (Romans 3:25). It brings eternal life to the believer (Romans 5:21). The believer gives up sin (Romans 6:1-4), and does the works that God ordained (Ephesians2:8-10). Our obedience to God’s will as expressed in his law is the natural fruit of our salvation.
6. Was David familiar with the fact that salvation came by grace?
“Just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered”” Romans 4:6, 7
7. Is the believer under the law or under grace?
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14
NOTE: Those under grace are those who have died to sin. Read Romans 6:3-7. No person can be saved by means of obedience to God’s law; only by means of God’s grace. And he who accepts the forgiveness of God’s grace is not under the condemnation of God’s law..
8. What is the condition of those who are under the law?
“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Romans 3:19
NOTE: Those who are violating God’s law are not under grace. They are under the condemnation of the law, and thus guilty before God.
Jesus tells us who the Lawgiver is. “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?”James 4:12. Christ is the one able to save. Read Matthew 1:21 and Hebrews 7:25. The one able to destroy is also Christ. Read 2Thessalonians 1:7-9. Therefore the author of grace is also the author of the law.