A Simple Message About Law And Grace
If there was no law for how fast you could drive on a particular road – how fast would you drive? If there was no speed limit, could the officer give you a ticket?
Understanding the purpose of the law is critical to your relationship with God. He gave the law for one purpose, that you would have the knowledge of sin and recognize your need for a Savior.
Without the law, there would be no sin - Romans 4:15.
The simplicity of this message carries a profound impact on understanding the difference between the law and grace. In other words, no law equals no sin. No recognition of sin equals no need for a Savior.
The law was given to bring man to the end of ‘himself,’ so that in his despair, he would see his need for Jesus.
You will never be good enough. You will never do enough good to merit God’s grace and favor. Christ’s death and resurrection were to fulfill the law. It was not designed to make or keep you godly. It was designed to expose your ungodliness and recognize your need for Christ.
This Is How God Sees You
Many Christians choose to continue to live under the law and they will always fail. They will never measure up. They will look at themselves as the world sees them – not as how God sees them – through the eyes of our Lord and Savior.
The choice to remain under the law is exactly where the enemy wants you to stay. As long as you are there you will live in guilt and condemnation. He is the master liar and deceiver. The enemy wants to use your circumstances to make you aware of your shortcomings.
You have the choice to dispose of those thoughts and replace them with what the Word of God says about you. The Word tells you that you are righteous – in right standing with God. NOT because of what you have or have not done – but because of what God has done for you through His Son.
You are no longer under guilt. You are no longer under condemnation. You are no longer believing the lie that you are unworthy. Realizing this is the first step to grasping the knowledge and truth of what God’s Word says about you.
When you believe that, you will have disarmed the enemy and his control over your thought life. Everything changes in your thought life.
Through Jesus Christ, we are made righteous apart from the works of the law. If you hear the voice of the accuser condemning you, remind yourself of 2 Corinthians 5:21 which says you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
This is how God sees you – not someone who has messed up, full of shame and guilt. God sees what Christ has done for you. Thank Him for that in your prayer life.
Righteousness Is A Gift
Righteousness is a gift. It is NOT a reward for perfect obedience to the law. You are not clothed in your righteousness, which is self-righteousness. You are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This is your permanent, eternal standing before Him because of what Christ has done for you.
Come to that realization and any obstacle that tries to rob you of that truth must go.