Law And Grace Introduction: “ For 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.” Ephesians 2:8-9. For over two thousand years the conflict continues between law and grace. Christians talk of God’s love and freedom that is produced by the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, yet remain bound and frustrated. The question is asked by many well meaning Christians, “What am I doing wrong that I cannot get healed?” “What else do I have to do to get God to work in and through my life?” the fact that Christians ask questions like these indicate the root of the problem. Christians are still trying to work for, fix themselves, try harder, find or figure out the problem of why things are not working when that in essence is the problem. They are still under the Old Testament law. They are still trying to make it happen when Jesus has already made it happen. He’s already given Christians everything they will ever need for themselves and anyone they will come in contact with by His death, burial and resurrection. He said in John 19:30, “It is finished!” Hebrews 10:14. “For by one offering he has perfected forever (past tense) them that are sanctified.” According to Jesus, it (the fulfillment of the requirements of the law in order to be justified) is finished. They are complete. The law is no more! Christians, people, will never receive anything from God by the merits of their own works. Everything received from God is by faith in Jesus’ completed works. The devil is defeated forever. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1John 3:8. Sin has been defeated because Christians, people, are no longer under law but under grace. Romans 6:14. It is by grace we are saved. It is by grace we are healed, delivered, prospered and have power with God. It is by grace His glory is revealed in and through our lives. We receive everything based on Jesus’ finished work at Calvary. We lack nothing. In John 6:28, the people asked Jesus, “What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” In verse 29 of John chapter 6 Jesus answers: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” The old-time Pentecostals sang this song at their healing revivals: “Only believe, only believe, all things are

by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. the Law of . we must understand that it is all by His grace. The other (Grace) brings life. Four hundred and thirty years later. They are two different covenants. in particular the New Testament. Grace focuses on Jesus and what He has already done. I) The Purpose of the Law Galatians 3:19-26 V19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions. We will examine the scriptures intently. focus on us and what we do. It kills. V23 But before faith came. God gave a promise to Abraham by faith. a gift from God. V20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one. not of works lest any man should boast. till the seed should come to whom the promise was made. V21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life. and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. V24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ. no condemnation and God’s glory. that the promise. V25 But after that faith is come. in order to know the truth that makes us free. shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. The answer is nothing! Only believe! Law and grace are two mutually exclusive dispensations. His finished work. It is of utmost importance to understand that in order to experience the true freedom promised by Jesus and experience His love and power. that we might be justified by faith. but God is one. we are no longer under a schoolmaster. It was the promise of the Messiah that was to come through his seed. verily righteousness should have been by the law. works that try to move God or fix ourselves to receive from God. V26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. we were kept under the law. So what are we lacking? What else must we do to be healed? What are we doing wrong? We may as well ask the same question about being saved. One (the law) brings death and condemnation. V22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin.possible only believe!” So what is so wrong with the works of the law? What is so right about grace? Simply put.

he calls the law “the yoke of bondage. that he is a debtor to do the whole law. I Paul say unto you. whosoever of you are justified by the . In thee shall all the nations be blessed.” V2 Behold. It is important to note that God gave the promise of Jesus Christ. and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. saying. foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith. In the New Testament. The apostle Paul called New Testament believers to freedom from the bondage of the law. in particular the writings of the apostle Paul. then Jesus would not have had to come. Galatians 5:1-6 V1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. The law served as a schoolmaster in order to bring people to Christ. In the gospels. Gal 3:7-9 V7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith. It’s purpose was to reveal to man that because of his sinful. to Abraham by promise. salvation. preached before the gospel unto Abraham. the New Testament figure of Christ is related back to Abraham.Moses was added because of transgressions or sin. Paul is making a point that if that particular issue is their means to justification. Circumcision was a necessary practice of Judaism. That promise was to come by faith in Jesus Christ not by works of the law. V4 Christ is become of no effect unto you. Once brought to Christ. V9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. that he was in need of a savior. the same are children of Abraham. If the law had power to make a way for man to obtain righteousness. the scribes and Pharisees continually pointed to Moses and the law. then they must keep all the law all the time and not fail in one instance. Christ shall profit you nothing. that if ye be circumcised. unregenerated nature and his inability to live righteous. the believer is now justified by faith and no longer in need of a schoolmaster (the law). In this. V8 And the scripture. Notice Paul calls salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ “the liberty which made us free. V3 for I testify again to every man that is circumcised.” In contrast.

but faith that worketh by love. V5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. V9 Knowing this. if a man use it lawfully. if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. There are no blessings under the Law of Moses. I Timothy 1:8-10 V8 But we know that the law is to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day. if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. We have been made righteous by Jesus’ substitutional work at Calvary. It is by faith in Jesus Christ that works by the love of God. and yet went back under the law in order to be justified. V15 But it shall come to pass. V6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything. 28: 1. and overtake .15 V1 And it shall come to pass. Paul is saying it is not what we do or don’t do to be right with God. if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God. that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: V2 And all these blessings shall come on thee. spirit-filled Christians who were saved by grace through faith. for unholy and profane. for ungodly and for sinners. Paul is writing to born-again. nor uncircumcision. and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine: The law is not for a righteous man. but for the lawless. When people try to get their justification by keeping the Law of Moses. II) The Law brings a Curse It must be emphasized that the only thing that the Law of Moses could bring was a curse.2. for menstealers. and overtake thee. that the law is not made for a righteous man. The law is for sinners which believers can no longer be classified as. for perjured persons. for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers. V10 for whoremongers. that all these curses shall come upon thee. ye are fallen from grace. Deut. operated in miracles. they have fallen from grace. for liars. to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day. for manslayers. and disobedient.

” Galatians 5:16-21 V16 This I say then. then we are cursed. or by the hearing of faith? V3 Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit. Their reversion back to Judaism could produce but two kinds of works. if we fail in any one point. crucified among you? V2 This only would I learn of you. disobedient. Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: V14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. who hath bewitched you. We are blessed by faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work at Calvary. However. all the time. before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth. Paul condemned them for this. that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The curse of the law is if we don’t do it all. that in order to be justified or blessed by the law. a person must keep it all . that ye should not obey the truth. the blessings we now receive are not the blessings of the Law of Moses which many Christians are trying to appropriate by obedience to the Law of Moses. are ye now made perfect by the flesh? The Christians in Galatia had returned to the legalistic system of the Law of Moses. Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law.“works of the flesh” and “dead works. III) The Law Produces Two Kinds of Works Galatians 3:1-3 V1 O foolish Galatians.thee: It has already been understood that according to Galatians 5:1-6. and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye . and told them that they were deceived. V17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit. being made a curse for us: for it is written. Walk in the Spirit. The blessing we now receive is that of Abraham which came by promise through faith. all the time and not fail in one point at any time. Galatians 3:13-14 V13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. But Christ Jesus became that curse for us when he hung on the tree. and backslidden. and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

When Paul says to walk in the Spirit. which are “dead works”. that ye should be married to another. V19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest. V5 for when we were in the flesh. heresies. The more they try to not walk in the flesh. the more they do them. V21 Envyings. . the context of chapter 5 of Galatians. V20 Idolatry. the motions of sins. lasciviousness. ye are not under the law. Christians. murders. and such like: of the which I tell you before. which were by the law. ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ. the more the flesh is activated. Most Christians try not to do or walk in the flesh. V18 But if ye be led of the Spirit. he means to walk by faith in the grace provided by the Holy Spirit of God to the new creation. It is not. that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Romans 7:4-5 V4 Wherefore brethren. It is – walk in the Spirit. even to him who is raised from the dead. that being dead wherein we were held. I Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin. witchcraft. V6 But now we are delivered from the law. as I have also told you in times past. uncleanness. The more people. variance. Why? Because they have put themselves back under the legalistic system of the law. seditions. revellings. the more they try to keep the works of the Law of Moses. try not to do the works of the flesh. which are these. not doing the works of the flesh. hatred. drunkenness. To walk in the flesh is to try to keep the law which produces the “works of the flesh. wrath. That was Paul’s dilemma in chapter 7 of Romans. that we should serve in the newness of spirit. that we should bring forth fruit unto God. and not in the oldness of letter. did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. and the strength of sin is the law. The remedy is to walk in the Spirit or grace or New Testament by faith.would. emulations. strife. Adultery.” “Dead works” are those mentioned in Hebrews 6:1 which are works done to achieve righteousness. fornication.

for the letter killeth. but of the spirit. the things that are wrong. are . The spirit is grace. much more that which remaineth is glorious. and the New Testament. works to attain righteousness. The letter is the law. V17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. faith. is a glory. Again. grace. The flesh is the way the “old man” used to think. The only thing the law can do is resurrect the “old man” that has been crucified with Christ. the law is called the ministration of condemnation. The things that he knows he should not do. V11 For that which is done away was glorious. V9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory.Paul later says in Romans chapter 7 that the things he knows he should do. Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6. V7 But if the ministration of death. This is not talking about a bornagain man living by the Spirit of God by grace through faith.11. The New Testament. not of the letter. much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. he does not do. those are the things that he does. the New Testament. He is talking about a man either not born-again living under the law or a born-again man trying to keep the law. that are right. brings condemnation. the Old Testament. more glorious than the Old Testament that does not fade away. is called the ministration of righteousness. which glory was to be done away: V8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? The law is called the ministration of death. written and engraven in stones. V18 But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord. The law kills. IV) The Law Cannot Produce the Glory of God 2Corinthians 3:6-9. but the spirit giveth life. puts people in bondage and fear.17-18 V6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament. so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance.” For the born-again person living under the law. that I must get my righteousness by keeping the law. the glory which is done away. was glorious. and if continued in will result in death. By the law come “works of the flesh” and “dead works. The ministration of the spirit. the “old man” and the “flesh” are synonymous. grace.

Justification by faith is salvation. even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Grace activates the Spirit of God which produces freedom and glory.) full of grace and truth. V21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law. even we have believed in Jesus Christ. the old man. but by the faith of Jesus Christ. This was he of whom I spake. V15 John bare witness of him. it cannot be earned.changed into the same image from glory to glory. V18 for if I build again the things which I destroyed. Many frustrate the grace of God by trying to be right with God based on what they do rather than what Jesus has already done. and grace for grace. V17 But if. and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. V17 For the law was given by Moses. The content of 2 Corinthians chapter 3 is a contrast between law and grace. we ourselves also are found sinners. Law is said to kill. . the way the old man used to think. He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. that I might live unto God V20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live. Law activates the flesh. Not by the Law Galatians 2:16-21 V16 Knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law. then Christ is dead in vain. I make myself a transgressor’ V19 For I through the law am dead to the law. John 1:14-17 V14 And the Word was made flesh. V) Righteousness by Faith. while we seek to be justified by Christ. V16 And of his fullness have we all received. yet not I. It is called condemnation and the ministration of death. who loved me. that we might be justified by the faith of Christ. and gave himself for me. and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory. It’s glory has faded away and is no more. No flesh is justified by the works of the law. but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. It is non-existent. and cried saying. but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God. It is imputed to us. At this time clarification needs to be made to distinguish works of the law to obtain righteousness and works of faith because we are already righteous. Grace produces righteousness and freedom. the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.

but not before God. his faith is counted for righteousness. the blessing. but the man that doeth them shall live in them. the healing. As previously stated. he hath whereof to glory. which is God’s grace. V12 And the law is not of faith. Faith moves us to be where God already is which is the promise. the provision. Many teach that faith puts a demand on God. Those works do not move God. V8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. but believes only. he’s already moved in our favor based on saving faith in Christ as Lord. as pertaining to the flesh. V5 But to him that worketh not. That is law. the just shall live by faith. We maintain that our faith does not move God. V6 Even as David describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. V7 Saying. It moves God to respond to our words and actions. Galatians 3:10-12 V10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written. but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly. V3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God. God is already moved on our behalf because of Jesus’ finished at the cross. Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven. But the one who doesn’t do works of the law to obtain righteousness. to that person . V4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace. hath found? V2 For if Abraham were justified by works.Faith has works. Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them V11 But that no man is justified by the the law in the sight of God is evident: for. then grace is not applied to them. but of debt. all that is inclusive in salvation. It is a debt owed. and whose sins are covered. VI) Righteousness is Imputed by Grace Not Earned by Works of the Law Romans 4:1-8 V1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father. and it was counted unto him for righteousness. If a person works to get God’s favor and that is the intent of heart.

Romans 5:15-17 V15 But not as the offense. It is vital to the New Testament. Jesus Christ. For if through the offense of one many be dead. It comes as a gift. hath abounded unto many. What was Jesus referring to when He uttered his last words on the cross? We maintain that one implication of what He came to accomplish was to fulfill the Old Covenant and begin the New. so also is the free gift. in abundance through Jesus Christ. to the gospel of grace and the revelation given by the Holy Spirit to the apostle Paul.righteousness by grace is imputed. V17 For if by one man’s offense death reigned by the one. Abundance of grace. which was contrary to us. It really is a definition of salvation and how it comes. Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. which is the entire message of the New Testament and that is law and grace cannot co-exist. in accordance with the scripture that the law has been completely abolished in the body of Jesus Christ. saint or sinner alike. We maintain. the gift of righteousness. much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one. which is by one man. it is referring to the law. It’s either all law or all grace. and took it out of the way nailing it to his cross. we are saved by grace through faith and we continue now in our reign of life by grace though faith. Jesus Christ. As stated previously. but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. much more the grace of God. We maintain that it must be all grace for the law was abolished once and forever by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar. and the gift by grace. he said. V16 And not as it was by one that sinned. this is all inclusive in salvation. It is finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost. the Old Testament which is the law must still be in force. Hence. the law is finished. VII) The Dispensation of Grace = No More Law In order for the Law to still be in effect today for anyone. Romans 8:1-4 . reign in life. so is the gift: for the judgement was by one to condemnation.

condemned sin in the flesh: V4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us. This is not the doctrine of inclusion.V1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.. and for sin. V3 For what the law could not do. Why? Because Jesus bore the sins of the whole world so that the righteous requirement of the law was paid for all men. Now the only thing that stands between the sinner and God is their unbelief. but after the Spirit. then should no place have been sought for the second. who walk not after the flesh. that God was in Christ. because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. not imputing their trespasses unto them: and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. can blind the minds of people by is the law. The only thing that Satan. who walk not after the flesh. The only thing that can bring condemnation is the law. He must have his nature changed. Jesus blotted out that law of requirements against us by nailing it to the cross. God is not imputing or reckoning or even considering the sins of even the unsaved against them. So if there is no law. then what constitutes sin? Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat. the god of this world. but after the Spirit. the sinner must still be born-again by committing his or her life to Jesus Christ. by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant. . God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. which is established upon better promises. V2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 2Corinthjians 5:19 To wit. reconciling the world unto himself. in that it was weak through the flesh. We maintain that although God is not imputing the sins of the trespasser against Him. V7 For if that first covenant had been faultless. He must become a new creature in Christ. This is not universalism. Hebrews 8:6-13 V6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry.

” If whatever is not of faith is sin. and I regarded them not. who is grace personified. when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: V9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers. saith the Lord. and every man his brother. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away. because they continued not in my covenant. V12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will put my laws into their mind. A new covenant. Behold. saith the Lord. When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Him. but pardoned the woman. because they believe not on me The job of the Holy Spirit in dealing with sin is to convict or reprove them of the . crucified and raised from the dead. (Amplified – obsolete) Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” After Pentecost. in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt.V8 For finding fault with them. His instruction was to “go and sin no more. what Jesus was saying was “go and disbelieve in Me no more. saying. he saith. What did they preach? Jesus Christ. he hath made the first old. I will send him unto you. but if I depart. and of righteousness. V8 And when he is come. V10 For this is the covenant that I will make with them in those days. Jesus. it was pointed out that the Law of Moses required that she be stoned. the Comforter will not come unto you. he will reprove the world of sin. and of judgement: V9 Of sin. the days come. and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. teaching. and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God and they shall be to me a people: V11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor. In many incidents He superceded the law. from the least to the greatest. Jesus came preaching. in the book of Acts. and demonstrating the gospel of the kingdom. know the lord: for all shall know me. No where in the gospels did he use the Law of Moses in order to win someone to Himself. John 16:7-9 V7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. saith the Lord. did not follow the law. there was no use of the law to win a person to Christ. V13 In that he saith.

sickness. to the Jew first. . the gospel of grace is what the disciples preached to the unsaved and it is the gospel of grace that must be enforced so Christians can live and walk in the power and liberty of the Holy Spirit. V17 For therein is the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. Romans 1: 16-17 V16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. the just shall live by faith. That is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. The law is not used to convert Jews or Gentiles. poverty and death. The sin of not believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. and also to the Greek. that Jesus took your place of punishment so all of God’s goodness could come upon you. that Jesus died for your sins.sin of unbelief. It is the good news of the gospel. The gospel of the kingdom.

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