~ Law versus Grace ~
Today is Saturday, August 14, 2004. It is now 10:27 p.m.
I have already written many messages on the subject of law and grace, but this is a new approach which God gave to me a few days ago as I read Genesis one to my little granddaughter, Rachel, and was explaining some things there to her. God gave me this message as I talked to her. I think it is the best explanation of the difference between law and grace that I have ever heard.
To learn the difference between law and grace, to see where you are, in law or grace, is of the very utmost importance with eternal consequences.
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
In time past we were walking around dead, dead in trespasses and sins. God told Adam the day you eat of the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil you will die. Adam became dead in trespasses and sins.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Now this tells us that we are saved or made alive by grace. In grace Jesus quickened us or made us alive and back in heaven again = sons of God. The law is works, so by the law no man is alive or saved.
So by this principle we find that Adam was in Grace in the beginning of his life. He was alive and walking in the Light and Glory of God, fellowshipping with God every day. He was not afraid of God.
We are told to come boldly into the presence of God. But only those in Grace, filled with the Holy Ghost can do this. Everyone else is afraid of the presence of God. People with the Holy Ghost, or Grace, love the presence of God.
This has to be true, for God told Adam if he ate of the forbidden tree, he would die. So this proves he was alive before. Everyone who is not walking in Grace, filled with the Holy Ghost are dead in sins. Everyone under the law is dead in sins.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.
Here we are told that Jesus made both Jews and Gentiles ONE, or equals, by breaking down the enmity between them, which was the law of commandments. So this law was the forbidden tree, for it brought them into death.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
This tells us that by Grace we become part of the household or family of God. This house of God is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus as the chief corner stone. Now the law and prophets are the OT law and prophets. Apostles and prophets are NT teachers. So this is telling us that only by Grace, NT salvation of the Holy Ghost, can we become children of God. This ‘building’, of which we are part, is growing together for a habitation of God through the Spirit. People, this glory is saying that God himself will come and dwell in us. We will be as Jesus = showing God to the world by his being in us. This is so powerful and glorious.
Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Notice Paul said he was given the dispensation of Grace. Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Now see that in the past age of law; old Israel; Moses; that this Grace dispensation was not known unto the sons of men, but it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, which is the Holy Ghost. These prophets go with the apostles, not the law. This is the working of Grace.
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
So see that this mystery was hid in God from the beginning of the world. It was not known to those under law.
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Paul begins to rebuke this church for going away from the Grace they have been called into. He said if anyone preaches another gospel other the gospel of Grace which he preached, let them be accursed.
Gal 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Now you know that the Jews’ religion was law. So under law Paul was persecuting the church of God.
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Here Paul appeals to their reasoning >> did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by faith? You know it was by faith, so why are you being so foolish as to leave the Spirit which you began this Holy walk with and going back to the flesh, which is the works of law?
Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Now this establishes clearly that the law is not of faith. So then salvation is impossible by the law. If one cannot have salvation under the law, then under law one is dead in trespasses and sins.
So this completely proves that Adam fell from Grace to law. He was alive once unto God, but then he became dead and afraid of God. This is because Adam chose the law over Grace. Why? Why did Adam chose law instead of staying in the beautiful Grace he was created in? The above Scripture proves that if one is under the law they are under a curse. Only in grace is one blessed and are the children of Abraham. The law is not of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. So then it is impossible to please God by law. See that there is no justification by the law. If there is no justification, there can be no salvation.
Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Now our inheritance of eternal life, a glorified body is not by law. So then the law cannot give one eternal life. IT is death.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Now this proves that after one truly gets into Christ, they are no longer under the law. So if you are still under the law, you are not in Christ. Under this grace covenant, we are all ONE. This means we are all EQUALS. In Christ God does not see male or female. He does not see Jew or Gentile. He sees only his children. By coming into grace, being baptized into Christ, we become Sons of God again, as Adam was in the beginning.
Adam and Eve were created on equal grounds in the beginning. So when and why was Adam set to rule over Eve? It was when they ate of that law tree. Under the law, the woman is ruled over by the man and not even permitted to speak in church. But under grace she is free, a son of God and on equal grounds with the men. God sees us all as ONE, not as men and women. He does not see Jews or Gentiles. We are not separated in Grace. Under law, the Jews had no dealings with other peoples.
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Jesus was made under law to redeem them who were under law. So then redemption means one has been delivered from the law. So then it is proven that there can be no salvation under the law. If so, why did they have to be redeemed from the law? See also that only by being delivered from the law can one be adopted back as sons of God. Then we are no longer a servant, but a son. Jesus came here as a servant, for he was under law. Adam was placed into the Garden as a servant, for he had gone under law. Under the law people are only servants, not sons of God. Under grace we become sons of God. So this makes it crystal clear that only those in grace, not in law, can be children of God.
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Paul admonishes the Christians to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us FREE. So Grace is freedom. Be not entangled AGAIN with the yoke of BONDAGE. So what is that bondage?
Act 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Act 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Gal 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
So this ‘falling’ from grace to law is the falling which Adam did. He fell from grace to law. Under grace no sin is imputed. Up until Adam partook of law, he had no sin. He was perfect. But after he took up the law, he was ‘naked’ or in sin. He never repented, so his sin is forever held against him.
Now the apostles showed in Acts 15 that the law of Moses was that yoke of bondage which Paul told us not to become entangled with. They gave no commandment for us to go back to law. Paul said if you go back to even one part of law, you fall from grace and Jesus Christ is then of no effect unto you. He said if you are led of the Spirit, you are not under law. So then there was and is no leadership of the Spirit or Holy Ghost under the law. It is strictly fleshly. One is led of their own fleshly desires and lusts under law. It is the works of the flesh. It is the spirit which is at work in the children of disobedience. So then it is disobedience to God to be under law. This was the sin of Adam. He left grace and went into the works of the law. Why?
Read the rest of Gal. five. It tells of the works of the flesh: adultery, fornication, drunkenness etc. This is the life people live under the law. Read this:
Gal 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Desirous of vain glory. This is the purpose for Adam going under law. Under the law there are ‘giants’ = men setting themselves up above others. Under grace we are all the same -- one--equals. Very few people wish to be this way. Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself. This is grace or love. Very few people wish to live this way. Greed. Selfishness. Proud. Boasters. Bow down and worship me and I will set you up as king. That is what Satan tempts with. That is law.
Adam desired to be God. Under law he could be worshipped. Under law he could rule over others. This is the desire of almost every ‘pastor’ in the land today = they wish to rule over the church. I heard a pastor just a week ago tell his church that they could never rise above the pastor. Such PRIDE! Such foolishness! Where do they get this stuff? From their own carnal, puffed up minds. God hates this attitude! This is telling the children of God that they cannot go to God for themselves and receive teaching from God.. This does away with the Work of Jesus to make us all ONE. This true ONENESS is what they hate. Envying one another, provoking one another. All of this is the life under law. There is NO love under law.
How do I know? The law demands punishment for every fault and failing. If your neighbor smites you, hit him back. An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth. Vengeance. Yes, go get him. If he steals something from you, take him to the judge and have him killed. If the wife commits adultery, go have her stoned to death. Never oh never forgive her! It is sin to forgive her. You must take her out to be killed.
That is law! Pick up sticks on the Sabbath Day and you must die for it! Is that what you all want? Then why do you go back to law? Why are many and many more yards every day sticking up signs saying ten commandments? They want law so bad! [TheyTHINK they do].
There is absolutely no mercy under the law. It is impossible. For even God demands you be killed if you break the law. There is no love under the law. How can you love your neighbor as yourself? You must have him killed if he sins against you. But what says grace? Jesus said if you do not forgive from the heart every trespass of man against you, God will not forgive you your sins. For if you show no mercy [grace] you will receive no grace of mercy.
Grace is forgiveness. You must forgive from the heart or there is no mercy or grace for you. This places you back under the law. If you desire to get vengeance on someone who has wronged you, even if it is just speaking against this person to his hurt, then you are not forgiving and you have fallen from grace back to law and death. God said vengeance is His, he will repay. So if you seek vengeance, you are doing as Adam, trying to sit in the seat of God. This takes you into death or law. In doing so, you are trespassing the law of God to forgive the sin against you. This is the law of grace, forgive every sin.
Job 31:13 -If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; 31:14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb? 31:16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; 31:17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;) 31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
Job was a righteous man. God said he was perfect. Now why was this? Job was living the Grace life. He considered his servants on equal grounds with himself. He held that God made us all the same in the womb. He gave to the poor, helped the widows, and the fatherless. He gave to the needs of poor people. This is love; this is Christianity. Job was in grace, that is why he was perfect. In grace God does not impute sin to us. He sees us as perfect. Under law no one is sin-free, for by the law shall no flesh be justified. Job lived the equality of the Apostolic church.