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Law and Grace

Lesson 12

Marking Code: LG
Marking Color: Blue
Key Text: Ephesians 2:8,9

 

  1. Ephesians 2:8,9. The Bible is clear that we are saved by God’s grace, through our faith in Him and His saving sacrifice-not by our works or obedience to God’s law. Salvation is God’s gift to us by His grace. 

 

  1. Acts 4:12. Sometimes we hear individuals say that human beings were once saved by obedience to the law (in Old Testament times), but that on this side of the Cross-we are saved by grace alone. The Bible disagrees! No one is saved by the law-or ever has been. Jesus is the only source of salvation for sinners.

 

Romans 5:18-21. As soon as Adam sinned, grace abounded to sinners.

 

  1. Romans 6:12-15. Paul says that Christians are not “under law but under grace” (verse 14). Some have interpreted this verse to mean that before the Cross-individuals were saved by the law-by their obedience to it-but after the Cross-we are under grace and have no obligation to keep God’s law. How do we reconcile Paul’s “problem” statement with the Bible teaching that salvation is by grace and always has been?

 

  1. Matthew 5:17-19. Jesus says that He did not come to destroy the law and that the law will last as long as heaven and earth itself. So the law must have an important function-even if it is not the source of our salvation.

 

Note: There are at least three types of “law” mentioned in the Bible:

 

Civil law. These dealt with the government and society of the nation of Israel. Exodus 22:1.

Ceremonial law. These dealt with the religious sacrificial services of the temple and the worship of Israel. They were temporary and were designed to point forward tot eh work of Jesus as the Messiah and Lamb of God. Leviticus 4:27-31.

God’s moral law-the Ten Commandments. These are permanent expressions of God’s character and remain valid for all peoples and all times. Exodus 32:15,16; Deuteronomy 10:3,4, 5; 2 Chronicles 5:10. Paul endorsed the fact that they are permanent expressions of God’s will for us. Romans 7:7, 12, 14, 22.

 

  1. 1 John 3:4. Sin is lawlessness-or the transgression of the law, breaking the law.

 

  1. Romans 6:23. The “wages”-the result-of sin is death, eternal death.

 

  1. Romans 8:1-4. In these verses, Paul gives us the proper relationship between law and grace-and provides the “solution” to his statement in Romans 6:14 that we are not under law, but under grace. Paul says that we are not under the condemnation of the law of sin and death. God’s grace has set us free from the condemnation of the law. However, we now love so that the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us-not to be saved, but in love and gratitude that we have been saved.

 

  1. Romans 7:7,8. The problem is not with the law; it is with our sinful nature! Paul is clear that grace does not do away with God’s law.

 

Romans 6:15.

 

  1. Ephesians 2:14-16. The ceremonial laws of sacrifices and temple rituals are no longer valid for God’s people because the reality they pointed forward to-Jesus’ sacrifice-has taken place.

 

Colossians 2:16,17.

Galatians 5:1.

Daniel 9:27.

 

  1. Romans 1:5. One purpose of God’s grace is to enable His saved people to be obedient.

 

Romans 2:13; 16:26.

 

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