Grace versus Law


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Introduction

What follows is by no means a theological discussion of grace versus law. We will perhaps do that in a future FAQ topic. For the moment, however, this page is simply a rejoicing in the gift that God our Father, in Jesus Christ, has bestowed upon His undeserving children. So just relax and relish the altogether glorious splendor of...

God's Amazing Grace!


Law is...

 

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3.20)

A picture of a butterfly shown to a dying caterpiller.

 

Grace is...

 

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1.17)

  • God giving a gift to someone who doesn't deserve it.
  • God giving eternal life to a person who has earned eternal damnation.
  • God giving love in return for hatred.
  • Christ dying for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5.8)
 

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Rom 6.14)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Eph 2.8-9)


Law demonstrates mankind's sin.
Grace demonstrates God's love.

 

Law's penalty is death.
Grace's gift is eternal life.

Law is for people of a fallen creation.
Grace makes people a new creation.

 

Law seeks to change people from the outside by giving them rules.
Grace changes people from the inside by giving them new hearts.

Law demands righteousness of you.
Grace bestows righteousness upon you.

 

Law is you trying to climb high enough to reach God.
Grace is God stooping down to lift you up.

Law is what you must do for God.
Grace is what God in Christ has done for you.

 

Law says, "Be holy and you MIGHT get to heaven."
Grace says, "Be holy because you ARE going to heaven."

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thes 2.16-17)

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