“For the law was give by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” – John 1:17
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Law brings condemnation but grace brings life.
Right from the beginning of time, the law had not been in the original plan of God. Man had been operating under the dispensation of grace. Even when Cain killed his brother, Abel, he did not know it was a sin because there was no law. It is the law that gives a legal backing to sin. Where there is no law, there is no sin (Romans 4:15). One of the patriarchs of faith, Noah was also saved by grace. In Genesis chapter 6 verse 8, the Bible says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD”. Even Abraham also operated under grace. In Genesis chapter 14 verse 18-19, the Bible says, “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth”. Here, grace supplied to Abram unlike the law which is always demanding. Abraham was justified by faith and not by the law. The children of Israel were all under grace until four hundred and thirty years when they left Egypt. This can be seen in Galatians chapter 3 verse 17. It reads, “And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect”.
The law which was introduced by Moses came as an interruption but could not cancel the promise of grace made to Abraham. The law was fault-finding but grace does not find faults. The law was given to expose the weakness of man but grace helps our infirmities. The law is a demand for performance but grace is a supply of hope. The law and grace are not complimentary. There was no mercy in the law but in grace, God’s mercies endure forever. In the law, there were curses but Grace brings blessings. The law brings condemnation but grace brings life (Romans 8:1). The Law demands performance but grace supplies (Philippians 4:19).
INSTRUCTION: Stay in Grace.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive grace upon grace, In Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE:The law is a demand for performance, Grace supplies hope and strength.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 12; EVENING: PHILEMON CHAPTER 1