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“For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in His grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” – Galatians 3:18
If our salvation depends on our following of religious laws, rituals and customs, then it does not come from Jesus,
who is our promised path to perfection in Him. Because God, in His great grace, gave His Son to die in our place, we may receive the promise of our permanent inheritance to enter into eternity with Him, if we are willing to walk by faith.
Living by the law, under the notion that we need to do and be “enough” to inherit that which has been promised, would be missing the point. When we turn to trust and receive His grace, He delivers deep within us, our heavenly hope in Him. As we live and love in that place of His goodness and grace, we are compelled to consider one another, and become eager to bless and share of our inheritance with those around us.
It is by faith and not by living under religious law that we are redeemed and rendered worthy to receive our redemption in Christ. His covering, our cloak that came by the cross, creates the way to bridge the chasm between us and our Beloved. In Him, we are called clean. In Him, we are deemed deserving of our destiny, designed to be delivered in fullness upon our earthly end. It is promised, that even now, He is preparing that place for us to enter His eternal presence.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it is only by faith, not works, that we are saved. Thank You that You sent Your Son to take our place so that we are no longer subject to religious laws, but rather are released in redemption to run the race that You have placed before us. Forgive us for falling for the farce that we somehow must earn that which You freely give. May we learn to live in Your loving place of grace, and be compelled to live and love like You so that all may come to know of Your precious promise, presented to all who believe. Amen.
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6 thoughts on “Lose The Law, Grab The Grace”
I’m still trying to understand Pau’s letters about the law and grace. I’m not criticizing Paul–only agreeing with Peter that Paul can be difficult to understand.
I’d love to have that discussion with you. I struggled with the law-grace debate for decades. Then, in 2000, my Sunday School teacher, a former priest, helped me pierce my own darkness on the issue. He was at that time a counselor at the church I attended in Atlanta. Any time. Stevesaw@gmail.com
Yes, we’ve been saved by grace, but we’ve been saved by grace to do good works. “We are created for good works.” (Epesians 2: 10 NASB). The difference between the law in the Old Testament and New is that the the Ten Commandments were originallly written on tablets of stone. Now, in Christ, the commandments are written on the believer’s heart. (Jeremiah 31:31-33)
I agree. We are created for good works. But we don’t do them. The whole concept of grace is that God does everything for us. We are simply branches. There is no life in us. The only life in us is what we allow Jesus to do in us, through us and as us to bring glory to the Father. The works He saved us for were for Him to do. Thank you again for your thoughtful comment. I’m grateful you stopped by. God bless.
Nice Web site. You’ve made some interesting comments that I would like respond to. Regarding works, we are not only to be “hearers of the Word” but “doers of the Word.” The “grace” vs “law” debate has been going on for centuries. It sort of like what comes first: the chiicken or the egg. Only the blood of Christ will get us into heaven of course.
Hope to chat with you soon. I’d love to have the grace-law discussion with you. Any time.