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LAW VS GRACE
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LAW VERSUS GRACE BIBLE STUDY
LAW VS GRACE ARGUMENT
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LAW VERSUS GRACE EXPLAINED
LAW VS GRACE DEBATE
It's a common belief among some that Christians must follow the Jewish Customs and laws within the Old Testament in its entirety in order to receive Salvation. This Law vs Grace debate has been around for thousands of years. Even the early Christians debated on this Law versus Grace discussion.
But ... Is it TRUTH?
Let's see what the Bible says concerning this very important issue.
For the LAW was given by Moses,
but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus
First, a little
review of what the Old Testament (Covenant), and the New Testament
(Covenant) are. A Testament, or Covenant, is a promise. When Adam and
Eve sinned, they brought in the
Original Sin. In order
for man to be cleansed of sin, LAW was instituted and sacrifice and
offering were needed to remove sin.
As the generations
progressed and the world began to be filled with people, God chose a
people to be His own, also known as the children of
Israel, the Hebrews, and/or the Jewish people and God ruled these
people in the form of Commandments, statutes and judgments.
The Old Testament was
the written LAW.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed,
and keep my covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people:
for all the Earth is mine ...
But they did NOT keep His Covenant which was based
people found it difficult to live by the commandments, statutes and
judgments of the Old Testament. So God, being ever gracious, had to
fix it. He knew that mankind couldn't restore the connection that was
broken by original sin ourselves ... He would have to do it, so He
began to prepare the way for Jesus (God in the flesh) to come and pay
the price for our sin. The New Testament was then foretold by God
through His prophets. God told us that He would make a New Covenant,
where He would write the law in our hearts. This means that following
God's law would be second nature to us because we would follow Him out
of LOVE ...
Not fear of LAW
Behold, the days come, saith
the LORD, that I will make
a NEW COVENANT with the
house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according
to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day
that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of
Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband
unto them, saith the LORD: But
this shall be the covenant that
I will make
with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I
will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their
hearts; and will be their God, and they
shall be my people. And
they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man
his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me,
from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the
LORD: for I will forgive
their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
LAW VERSUS GRACE PURPOSE
LAW VS GRACE DIFFERENCES
We must understand that the Old Covenant applied to the children of
Israel, but before the actual law was given to Moses, as you know,
even as early as Cain and Abel, and Noah, people made sacrifices and
offerings to God. However, do keep in mind that offerings are
sometimes just gifts, specifically given to God for love and praise of
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto
the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring
us unto Christ, that we might be justified
by faith.But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
As we learned earlier
Before Jesus arrived, the children of Israel were told of this New
Covenant by the prophets. they just never understood what God's plan
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul
delighteth; I have put my Spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth
judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor
cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall
He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall
bring forth judgment unto TRUTH. He shall not fail nor be
discouraged, till He have set judgment in the Earth: and the
isles shall wait for His law. Thus saith God the LORD, He
that created the Heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread
forth the Earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth
breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk
therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will
hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and
for a Covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the
prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
LAW VERSUS GRACE CHANGE BY MERCY AND LOVE
LAW VS GRACE DISAGREEMENT
Sooooooo, what we have here is God,
saying that He's got a plan to let the Gentiles in on the privilege of
being included as His people:
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The
LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother
hath He made mention of my name. And He hath made my mouth like
a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand hath He hid me, and
made me a polished shaft; in His quiver hath He hid me; And said
unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be
glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my
strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with
the LORD, and my work with my God. And now, saith the LORD that
formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob again
to Him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious
in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And He
said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to
raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of
I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles,
that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the Earth.
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the
same my name shall be
great among the Gentiles;
and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a
pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
We will now look at
Words Jesus shared with the JEWISH PEOPLE.
NOT the Gentiles as He CLEARLY indicates.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying,
Go not into the way of the
Gentiles, and into any
city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But
go rather to the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and
cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of
David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He
answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought
Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He
answered and said,
NOT sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Here is another
scripture that confirms that the Old Testament (Law) is replaced by
the New Testament (Grace). This is written by the Apostle Paul,
explaining that when Jesus came into the world, He said (to God) ...
You didn't want sacrifice and offerings and you didn't get any
pleasure from things offered by the law, but you have prepared me to
be sacrificed. Paul cites that in the book of Psalms, David prophesied
the Word of the Lord, speaking the Words of Jesus:
Lo, I come (it is written of me in
scripture) to do your will, O God.
So, Paul points out, God takes away the first (Old Testament - Law),
so that the second (New Testament - Grace) may replace it, and by the
second ... or NEW Testament ... Through Grace, one single and final
sacrifice, we are saved by Faith.
In short ... No more law needed,
Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In
burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no
pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it
is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when He said,
Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin
thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are
offered by the law; Then said He, Lo, I come to do thy will, O
God. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the
body of Jesus Christ once for all.
LAW VERSUS GRACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
LAW VS GRACE IN THE NEW COVENANT
In order for a will and TESTAMENT to become in force, the testator must die. The same
applies to the New Testament. Paul explains this in His
letter (addressed to the Hebrews) as well.
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by
a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that
is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats
and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the
holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if
the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the
flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this
cause He is the mediator
of the New Testament, that
by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that
were under the first testament, they which are called might
receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a
testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the
testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without
blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people
according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats,
with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the
book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the
testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
But now hath He (Jesus)
obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He (Jesus)
is the mediator of a
which was established upon better promises. For if that first
covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been
sought for the second. For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the
days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with
the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
have said it clearer, than what He said in this statement:
I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.
But when Jesus
heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a
physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that
I will have
mercy, and not sacrifice:
for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
LAW VERSUS GRACE CHANGE BY GOD
LAW VS GRACE MADE CLEAR
I will have mercy
(Grace) and not sacrifice (Law). In other words, the Old Testament is
out, the New Testament is in. The New Testament is GRACE. The New
Testament applies to all, both Jewish and Gentile alike.
Jesus also taught
about the New Testament in the parable about the new wine in new
And He spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of
a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new
maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the
new agreeth not with the old.
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine
will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall
perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are
preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway
desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
What was Jesus
saying? You can't have a new game with the same old rules or you'll
just have . . . the same old game. He was showing them, He IS the Son
of God, you CAN be healed by your Faith in Him, and Law is being
replaced by Grace now with the new rules. What Jesus was saying is,
God is putting a new promise into new hearts and both will last
Jesus clearly stated before His death
that there would be a NEW PROMISE ...
For this is my
of the NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for many for the
remission of sins.
After Jesus had
returned to Heaven, the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and set out
to teach the TRUTH. God chose Paul to teach the Gentiles. Some of the
Jewish Christians insisted that the law of Moses and the customs of
the Jewish people be applied to the Gentiles if they were to be
allowed to become Christian. There was much debate about the matter.
However ... After the HOLY SPIRIT put
His two cents in ... This letter was sent to the Gentiles
concerning the matter of the Gentiles following the law of Moses.
And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The Apostles
and elders and brethren send greeting
unto the brethren which are of
in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard,
that certain which went out from us have troubled you with
words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised,
and keep the law:
to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto
us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you
with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their
lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent
therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same
things by mouth. For it
seemed good to the Holy Ghost,
and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these
necessary things; That
ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from
things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep
yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
LAW VERSUS GRACE EARLY DAYS
LAW VS GRACE ORIGINS
The Apostles learned from the
Holy Spirit that the Jewish customs
and some of the Jewish Laws were NOT to be placed upon the
Gentiles (Anyone who is not Jewish)
As Peter said so eloquently ...
Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to
bear? But, we
believe that through the GRACE of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall
be saved, even as they.
They should not be under
the Old Covenant as God had made a
and that is why it is said that the
Holy Spirit had the Apostles take this message to the Gentiles.
In short if you are not Jewish, you are a Gentile. You are not bound to the old Jewish customs of
the Old Covenant. As Christians, we are bound under the New Covenant not the Old Covenant just as our Father
said that He has broken the Old Covenant.
And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder,
might break my covenant which I had made with all the
And it was broken in that day:
and so the poor of the
flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price;
and if not, forbear.
So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter:
a goodly price that I was prised at of them.
And I took the
thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the
house of the LORD.
This was PROPHECY. God KNEW they would trade Him
up and even knew how much they would trade Him up for ... 30 pieces of
silver. The Old Covenant ended when Jesus
died and Judas
Iscariot and the Religious leaders weighed His price for 30
pieces of silver and they crucified our Lord and He died for our
sins. The NEW COVENANT then began. So many fail to see this
TRUTH and prefer to teach LAW and WORKS as the way to enter
Heaven instead of God's LOVE and
by sacrificing His Son as our ONLY way in.
LAW VERSUS GRACE WARNING
LAW VS GRACE DANGER
Now, make no mistake my friend, even though God's Grace may appear to be a "get out of hell free" card of sorts.
you are still responsible for your actions after you receive God's Grace.
reveals that if you TRULY
believe in Jesus and the TRUTH that He was willing to die for
and did, that you would know that He loves you so much
that you will want to do what He wants you to do
because you would know that He is looking out for your best
interests. You will try hard not to do things that would make
him ashamed or disappointed in you. You may fall, but always
remember that only a worm is free from the worry of stumble and
the real test is to see if you will get up, dust yourself off,
carry on and never surrender.
I will leave you with
a few scriptures that will help you to see the TRUTH.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not
under the law,
but under GRACE.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the
law, but under grace?
by GRACE are ye saved through Faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are
justified by the law; ye are fallen from GRACE.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are
justified by the law; ye are fallen from GRACE.
LAW VERSUS GRACE SUMMARY
LAW VS GRACE CONCLUSION
In short ... There is a NEW COVENANT and it is based on GRACE not law. It is not our
works that will get us into Heaven but His LOVE and GRACE that will
cause the laws to be placed into our minds and hearts causing us to do
For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by
Ponder on this ... Mankind seems to like to see things in black or white when it comes to law versus Grace and maybe even a touch of grey when it suits them. However, GOD created the rainbow and is not limited to man's carnal minded limitations on Grace vs law.
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