Sermon: Law and Grace
Law reveals sin, Grace saves from sin
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Law and Grace
Today’s lesson looks at the giving of the Law by God to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai. The Law established the rules of conduct for how a person was to interact with God and with others. This law was rigorous, even unattainable, and harsh penalties were established for violations of God’s law. God’s standard for His people was holiness and perfection.
The Law is NOT the gospel, the Law is in fact bad news for us. If God’s blessings depended only on keeping the Law, we would be eternally cursed. Israel repeatedly broke the Law, and the wrath of God’s judgment came upon them continually.
God, for fifteen hundred years, demonstrated through Israel to the world that people are not saved by the Law. These people, under favorable circumstances and in a land geared to the Law, were unable to keep it. In our secular societies today, we are even less able to keep it.
The gospel (literally, “Good News”) of the Bible is that God saves by grace today. In fact, grace has always been His method. In the Old Testament He never saved anyone by Law. They were saved by His mercy and grace to them, looking forward to the coming of Christ to die on the Cross to take away their sins.
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you except to fear the LORD your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul? Keep the LORD’s commands and statutes I am giving you today, for your own good. – Deuteronomy 10:12-13 HCSB
But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?… According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. – Hebrews 9:11-14, 22 HCSB
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