Who's in Charge: Law or Grace?
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV).
Understanding the purpose of the law and the purpose of grace is the key to experiencing freedom as a believer.
The law made our need for Jesus very clear. It judged us guilty of sin, condemned us and showed us that we were spiritually dead. And that is where it left us. There is nothing more it could do.
Here is the scoop on the law. It cannot save us. It merely shows us that we need to be saved.
Grace saves us.
Jesus removes the judgment and condemnation of sin. Jesus makes us right with God. Jesus gives us life.
When this act of grace occurred, the law was satisfied. Its purpose was fulfilled. There was nothing more for it to do. The law gave way to grace.
Now grace is fully in charge. We are led by the Spirit.
Under the law, we were bound up, slaves to sin and death. Under grace we are free.
The grace of God did for you what the law never could do. You were set free from condemnation and guilt by the work of Jesus Christ. He is grace and truth and he lives inside of you. You are free to enjoy a relationship with him and with others based on the free gift of grace in your life. Let the law go, with all of its rules and regulations, and submit to the new life available by grace, through faith.
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