Law Vs. Grace

grace v law.png“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Mat 5:17-18 NKJ)

And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. `Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. `You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. `You shall not steal. `You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. `You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’ (Deu 5:15-21 NKJ)

Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Col 2:14 NAS)

Why do Christians and churches have copies of the ‘Ten Commandments’ on the walls or outside their building as though they have to keep or meet the full requirements of that law? Paul makes it quite clear in his letter to the Colossians when he reminds us that the law was a “certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and that it is hostile to us.  Jesus came not to change the law or take it away, but to meet the full requirements of that law and nailed the notice onto the cross that said ‘paid in full.’

Now you can if you, so wish, go back and try to live under the law, but the gospel is an invitation to live to a higher standard called grace. Grace enables us to do the right thing, not because of tablets of , but because God has written these things in our hearts and we now have a desire to please him.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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