It's a common belief among some that today's 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 topic.
But ... Is it Truth?
Let's see what the Bible says concerning this seemingly problematic
law and Grace issue.
For the law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus
First, a little law Versus Grace 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 on law. God's people found it difficult to live by the commandments,
statutes and judgments of the Old Testament. So God, being ever so
gracious, had to fix it. He knew that mankind couldn't restore the
connection between He and they that was broken by this continual sin.
No, mankind could not repair this division. He would have to provide
a Grace blessing. 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.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will
make a new Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house
32 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:
33 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.
34 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.
Let's take a Law versus Grace voyage back in time ... 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
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut
up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a
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 was.
1 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.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be
heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax
shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto Truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set
judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His law.
5 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:
6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will
hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a Covenant
of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from
the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
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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:
1 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.
2 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;
3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom
I will be glorified.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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 Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the
Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the
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.
The law versus Grace blessing was prophecy. We will now look at Words
Jesus shared with the Jewish people and not the gentiles as He
5 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:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
22 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.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came
and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not
sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Here is another law vs Grace 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
Lo, I come (it is written of me in scripture) to do your will, O God.
Concerning the law versus Grace topic, Paul points out that 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.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is
written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 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;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He
taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Law Versus Grace Today Vs the Past
Law and Grace Blessing for You
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.
11 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;
12 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.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes
of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of
14 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?
15 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.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity
be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated
19 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,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God
hath enjoined unto you.
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much
also He [Jesus} is the mediator of a better Covenant, which was established
upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place
have been sought for the second.
8 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:
Jesus couldn't have said it clearer, than what He said in this statement:
I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that
be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have
mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance.
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Law Vs Grace Blessing and Curse
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 all about 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 bottles:
36 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.
37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the
new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles
38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are
39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth
new: for he saith, The old is better.
Here is a little Law versus Grace today tidbit of truth ... 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 Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the
remission of sins.
Let's take a quick law and Grace blessing field trip ... 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. He clearly corrected the law
versus Grace today issue:
23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The
apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren
which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
24 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
25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one
accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also
tell you the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay
upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 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.
Here is an important Law and Grace today truth ... 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 ...
10 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
11 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
New Covenant and that is why it is said that the Holy Spirit
had the Apostles take this message to the Gentiles.
Try this Law versus Grace today fact on for size ... 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. If the shoe fits Cinderella,
slap that puppy on:
10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder,
that I might break my Covenant which I had made with all the people.
11 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.
12 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.
13 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
This was Law vs Grace prophecy of the coming Grace blessing.
God knew that 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 Grace by sacrificing His Son as our only way in.
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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.
God's Grace reveals that if you truly believe in Jesus
and the Truth that He was willing to die for you, 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 give you with a few more law vs Grace today Scriptures that
will help you to see the Truth.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are
not under the law, but under Grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the
law, but under Grace? God forbid.
8 For by Grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 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.
In short, the truth of the law versus Grace today debate is that
there is a New Covenant and it is based on Grace and not law. It is
not our works that will get us into Heaven but His Love and His Grace
blessing that will cause the laws to be placed into our minds and
hearts causing us to do His will.
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 terms when it comes to law versus Grace today and maybe even a
touch of gray when it suits them. However, God created the rainbow
and is not limited to man's carnal minded limitations on law vs
Grace. The Grace blessing is yours. Have you tried Grace on
for size yet?