Grace Vrs. Law
by Brandon Batten | July 20, 2009
First let me say that I am not a "blogger". Secondly, if you are not a Christian and you don't believe in a Biblical life, don't read this. I just felt to express a deep concern that I have had with the differences between Grace and Law. I am so tired of hearing statements like, "You can do whatever you want and God will still love you because of His Grace," or "It doesn't matter what you do or say because we are saved by Grace." Although, these statements have a great deal of truth to them, they also display a great biblical misconception. Let me explain.
Nowhere does it say in the Bible that we are living in the Era of Grace, or that the Dispensation of Grace (Eph. 3:2) did away or succeeded the Dispensation of Law. I do understand that theologians have designated the Dispensation of Law and the Dispensation of Grace in order to somewhat "timeline" when Gods' grace entered the picture. Please don't misunderstand me. I believe in the power of the grace of God. I could not live without it and nor could you. But, grace did not "do away" with the law. Let's not forget that the Ten Commandments are laws. The 55 mph speed limit on a road is a law. Without law there is anarchy and chaos. We need law and structure in our lives.
I'm afraid that too many have become so infatuated with grace that they abuse the love of God. This concept is rampant in our churches. That's why we have so many adulteries going on and so many young people having sex before marriage (That's fornication by the way and it's still a sin). I don't care if they're "the one" anyway. It is still SIN! Too many take the grace of God for granted. What does the Bible say?
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
What an awesome statement. We are not under the law, but under the grace of God. Sin doesn't have dominion or power over my life any more because of Gods' grace. But let's not forget verse fifteen. The Apostle quickly lets us know that we are not given a license to sin just because we have Gods' grace. We are just elevated and put under a new authority. The authority of grace is a higher authority than that of law. GRACE IS A HIGHER LAW! So grace did not do away with law. Matter of fact, there could be no grace without law. Why would we need grace if there first were not laws to violate? So what did grace do away with? Let's look at the scriptures again.
Romans 7:7-12 (New Living Translation)
7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is evil? Of course not! The law is not sinful, but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "Do not covet." 8 But sin took advantage of this law and aroused all kinds of forbidden desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. 9 I felt fine when I did not understand what the law demanded. But when I learned the truth, I realized I had broken the law and was a sinner, doomed to die. 10 So the good law, which was supposed to show me the way of life, instead gave me the death penalty. 11 Sin took advantage of the law and fooled me; it took the good law and used it to make me guilty of death. 12 But still, the law itself is holy and right and good.
I'll admit these scriptures confused me when I first began studying this topic. I have always been told that grace did away with the law and now the Apostle Paul is telling me that the law is "holy and right and good." But go on and see what grace did away with:
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
GRACE DID NOT DO AWAY WITH LAW. GRACE DID AWAY WITH THE JUDGMENT AND CONDEMNATION THAT THE BREAKING OF THE LAW DEMANDED. I believe that this is the reason why we live in a generation that has NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES (Rom. 3:18). We feel we can do anything and God is pleased, because he hasn't struck us dead yet. God help us get a fear for him. Before grace, men and women and children alike would have been struck dead for trying to enter Gods' sanctuary after indulging in the carnal and sinful things that we participate in during the week. Let's go up higher and live according to the Word of God. Let's elevate ourselves into the presence of God by endeavoring to live according to Biblical principles.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Do away with this "Sloppy Agape". Let's put the idea of "Greasy Grace" out of our minds. Just because there is grace does not give us license to sin. Grace does away with the judgment, should we slip or fall into sin. But lets not forget: