Law versus Grace
Mon, 30 July 2012 19:35:36
By: Sylvia Bambola
I'm so glad we're no longer under the Law, and I don't mean just the Ten Commandments, which is certainly part of the Law, but rather the 613 commandments which comprise the entire Law of Moses and which, the Bible tells us, if we break just one we are guilty of breaking all (James 2:10). Make no mistake, the Law is holy and reflects God's standards which no man can ever attain. Indeed, that is the very purpose of the Law-to show us how far short we all fall, to expose our sin nature. For next to God's standards we are clearly able to see our deficits as Romans 3:20b tells us, "for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
But praise God for Jesus, who fulfilled the Law with the shedding of His blood, and instituted the dispensation of grace enabling Romans 6:14 to tell us, we are no longer under the law but under grace.
But what does that mean, really? Well, it means we no longer have to try and try and try to do the impossible and live up to a standard so high no one can do it. Instead, we let God do it for us by allowing His indwelling Holy Spirit to change us from within, to empower us to live the life He requires us to live, the life He has planned for us to live.
Sometimes Christians try to revive the Law by saying, "you can't do this and you can't do that." That's all wrong. What they should be saying is "fall in love with Jesus and let His spirit dwell within you and you won't WANT to do the things you used to do, those things that displease God. Not only that, you'll have the strength and power to stop doing them.
Now who in their right mind would ever want to return to the Law?
Until next time,
The above is a reprint from Sylvia Bambola's website http://www.sylviabambola.com. Sylvia is the author of Refiner's Fire and Tears in a Bottle which are now available as ebooks on Amazon. To view her book trailers see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=topj4guFDjg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYRwdcSR3Dk