“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8
LIGHT FOR NOW: The law is not grace and grace is not the law.
From our opening text, it is clear that a man is saved by grace through faith and not by the law because the law cannot save a man. In John’s synoptic account, John uses the word law and grace in verse 17 of chapter 1 which reads “For the law was given my Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”. So, John identifies Moses as the giver of the law (the law was given by Moses). That is, it was not God who gave the Laws of Moses, neither was it God who inspired or caused Moses to write over 613 laws which he gave to the Israelites. So, God is not behind the law, the Law of Moses was given by Moses. This is consistent with Jesus’ words in Luke 24:44 which reads “And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the laws of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me”. Jesus said “the Laws of Moses” which is in consistent with John’s word in John 1:17 “The law was given by Moses”. But on the contrary, whereas the law was given by Moses, notice John said “Grace and truth came by Jesus”; that is, grace which is truth existed as Jesus Christ. Who was responsible for the law? Moses. Was the law God’s plan? No. So, what was God’s plan? Grace. So, is the Law of Moses and the Grace of God in Christ the same? No, the law of works is opposite to grace.
In the law, we see how sinful we were, but in grace, we see how righteous we are. Under the law, righteousness is self-righteousness; under grace, it is not self-righteousness but Christ’s righteousness. The law was a demand on performance; grace is not a demand on performance, it is a supply devoid of performance. In the law, you rely on your goodness; under grace, your goodness is not good enough to be relied upon, we rely on Christ’s goodness.
The law is based on merits, grace is unmerited. In the law, man’s work was the focus, but in grace the focus is on Jesus’ finished work for me. The law says “you are a sinner and thus you deserve to die”, grace says “even though you are a sinner and you deserve death, I offer you eternal life freely”. The law demands, grace supplies. The law is conditional, grace is unconditional. Under the law, sin consciousness is birthed; under grace, Christ consciousness is birthed. Under the law, even the morally best is condemned but in grace, the morally worst is justified. Under the law, the punishment of sin was upon the sinner, but in grace Jesus assumed or took our place in sin and was punished on our behalf. Righteousness under the law is a demand; under grace, righteousness is a supply (it is freely given). Under the law, nobody is good enough, but in grace, you are good enough because grace sees you perfect in God. We are not in grace and in the law; we cannot operate in both. The death of Jesus ended and abolished all the Laws of Moses. Paul echoed this in Romans 10:4 which reads “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth”. We are one with God; we are righteous in Christ, which is who we are. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: You are saved by grace; grace is your start and grace is your finishing point. Think about this.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your loving kindness bestowed upon me in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for your grace which has made us who we are today, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: God’s graciousness is not reactionary but proactionary.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10