I have known that the Bible speaks much about the relationship of Law and grace. But the prominence of this theme has been astounding in our reading. Probably we do not often focus on these passages, since we do not come from the background of indoctrination in the Law and the Prophets. It is not a strongly-felt need. Yet obviously it was an issue for the early church.
The New Testament explains that the law is limited; obsolete; it enslaves and it cannot save. However, it is valid, and teaches us so much. It provided a foretaste of things to come. It is given, among other purposes, for examples and warnings. Jesus clearly stated that he came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. The Old Testament points to Jesus. Paul used the “Laws and the Prophets” to convince Jews in Rome about the saving power of Jesus Christ.
And what about grace? It provides the ‘bookends’ of most of the Epistles. It is lavished on us, glorious, rich, manifold, all-abundant and all-sufficient. It is the reason for our salvation, source of spiritual gifts, core of our faith, and basis of forgiveness. We are told to stand in grace, abound in grace, be strong in grace, grow in grace, speak with grace and serve God by grace. Totally undeserved, not based on our own efforts, not free, yet wholly paid for by our Lord.
We learn from the Law, but live by grace. I’m still trying to get my head around it. . . .
Grace to you!
Bible Trivia Day Ten: After Paul revived a young man who had fallen asleep during his sermon, what did he do?