It is not Law vs. Grace, it is Law and Grace, both apply. I firmly believe grace and the law of God both apply to our lives as believers just as Jesus and Paul said in the Bible in the New Testament. I believe we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and we are made righteous only through the blood of Jesus, not through our own works or obedience to the law. Just as it says in Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.” I am grateful for the grace of God. I just think it is important to realize that the law of God does not disappear or no longer apply to our lives as believers just because of the grace of God, we have both. We are not held to the same standard of obedience to the law as we were before Jesus died on the cross, where our sins were only forgiven based on our obedience to the law. Thank you Jesus He became the atonement for our sins through His death and resurrection on the cross and we have received His grace, mercy and forgiveness. I just believe it is important to see in the scriptures that Jesus instructed us to still obey the law of God and Paul says in Romans 7:12, “But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.” Paul goes on to say, “I love God’s law with all my heart” Romans‬ ‭7:22‬. We do not have to make it grace vs. the law, it is grace and the law.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:18-19, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” So if Jesus, the Son of God tells us that we are to obey the law and teach others to obey the law then I think it is essential that we do not believe the law of God does not apply to our lives as believers. It is not law vs. grace, it’s both. I am so grateful for the grace, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus. I just want to try and be obedient to God’s Word and His law/ways so I can draw near to God rather than draw near to the enemy through sin. The law and Word of God tells us what is right and what is wrong just as it says in 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
We should not live our lives bound to the law where we believe we have to earn God’s forgiveness or acceptance through obeying the law, but rather God’s law points us to what is right and wrong. Ultimately our first priority is intimacy with Father, Jesus & Holy Spirit and God has given us the Bible and the law to instruct, lead and guide us to truth and to show us how God thinks, feels and acts in His Word. The more we spend time in His Presence, in prayer, reading His Word, in worship, ministering to others and communion with Him all of that draws us closer to Him.
By: Holly Rotalsky
Wings of Fire International