Law vs. Grace
1. Our purpose is to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). He created everything to magnify and glorify Him (see Chart 7). Contrast magnifies Him
* good vs. evil- God created evil (Isaiah 45:7) to magnify good. It shows a need for love/God.
* physical vs. spiritual- physical is tangible, survival of the fittest/kill or be killed. It is a contrast to spiritual which is freedom, belief, intangible, etc.
*law vs. grace- Law is a physical teaching tool (a schoolmaster - Galatians 3:24,25) which shows that grace is needed. The law is a curse Galatians 3:10.
God's grace is spiritual. The contrast is law being a curse and having to do. Grace is freedom from the curse and not having to do- grace is giving and done for us. We can't do good without Him- we need to be in Him, Christ.
*Definition of grace: acceptable, benefit, favor, gift, grace; God giving to us.
2. Law; Old Covenant
A. The way to approach God has always been through a blood sacrifice since man's fall. Sacrificing & Offering began- clothing Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:21); Cain & Able sacrifices (Genesis 4:3-5)
* Moral law began when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the conscience began (moral law).
* Laws written on heart and mind (Romans 2: 14,15)
B. The Old Covenant begins- the written law with a chosen people - Israel. Exodus 24:8
3 types of law: moral; civil/judicial; ceremonial/worship 613 laws
3. Grace - Jesus Chart 8 Positional Stick Man and Chart 9 Keep the Laws?
A. The law could not save but only show sin. Romans 3:20
Jesus is the mediator of the new testament/covenant (Hebrews 9:11-15) which is for Israel (Hebrews 8:8) but his payment for sins extended to the whole world. 1 Timothy 2:5,6
B. God's grace Ephesians 2:8,9. Justification, grace Romans 5:14-21
If by grace, no more of works (Romans 11:6). Grace: we don't approach God by the law but by faith in what Christ did not only for salvation but for daily living. Law requires, grace gives!
Romans 6:14,15 Galatians 2:21
C. The law is fulfilled (completed) by love. 10 Commandments are fulfilled:
*Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
*Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
*Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
D. 1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
*Examples of expedient and not expedient