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Law and Grace – by Richard Rives

The Spirit of Grace ……Hebrews 10:29
The Righteousness of the Law ……Romans 2:26
Saved by Grace – Go and sin no more

INTRODUCTION

While it is true that legal matters can become very confusing, it must be remembered that Gods laws are plain and simple. They can be written in one paragraph, memorized by the smallest child and as the Bible states, are not grievous.

In an age when many turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, there are those, professing themselves to be wise, who attempt to persuade that the laws of God are now void and of no value. Such persuasion can be described in no better way than what the Bible calls “vain deceit.”

Jesus Christ, our Creator, the law giver, and our Savior said that until heaven and earth pass away, not even the slightest thing concerning the law will change. We are told that sin is the transgression of the law and that Christ died for the remission of sins. In fact, if any of the commandments could have been changed, sin could have been redefined, and He would not have had to die.

We are also given Biblical warning that through the sacrificial death of Christ – as payment for our sins – and through faith in his shed blood, we receive forgiveness only for sins that are past – and that if we sin willingly, once we have come to the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin, certain judgment and ultimate destruction.

We are told however, that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Only if we confess our sins.

Now if the servants of Satan can persuade us that God’s laws are invalid, then sin, which is the transgression of those laws would never be confessed – and the wages of unconfessed sin is death.

Yes, Satan, our adversary as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Be sober, be vigilant and remember “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law…”
SAVED BY GRACE

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” ……Ephesians 2:8-9

There is no law that can be kept in order to establish ones own righteousness; for “There is none righteous, no, not one: ……Romans 3:10 No man has ever fulfilled the righteous obligations of the law to the point that he has not known sin. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. ……Romans 3:20 “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law:” ……Romans 7:7

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” ……Romans 3:23-26

Sin is the transgression of the law. By the law is the knowledge of sin. Jesus knew no sin because he kept the law perfectly. Only the righteousness of Christ could ever fulfill the righteous obligations of the law. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” ……2 Corinthians 5:21

There is a penalty for sin “for the wages of sin is death” and “without shedding of blood is no remission” of sins. Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, was “made… to be sin” for those who will accept His righteous shed blood as the only sufficient payment for their sins. They are made the “righteousness of God in Him.” ……2 Corinthians 5:21

“Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”……Romans 10:4 Not the end of the law

“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” ……Matthew 5:18

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”……Romans 3:31

Many people, known as “Jews”, thought that they could keep God’s laws in “the flesh” and obtain eternal life. Many people, known as “Christians”, think that they can break God’s laws in “the Spirit” and obtain eternal life. Scripture proves that both lines of thought are in error. Both groups of people have “trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant… an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace.” ….Hebrews 10:29

Those who seek salvation “by works of the law” are despising the Spirit of grace by rejecting it, and those who “continue in sin” are despising the Spirit of grace through it’s abuse.

The Apostle Paul tells us that “Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness…because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.” He also tells us that those calling themselves Christians, who attempt to “continue in sin that grace may abound” and who obey not “unto righteousness”, yield themselves to “sin unto death.” ……Romans 6:15-16

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” ……1 John 3:4 Christ Jesus was “set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” ……Romans 3:25

Jesus paid the penalty for “sins that are past.” He did not die that we may practice or, “continue in sin.” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ……1 John 1:9 “…If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries… It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” ……Hebrews 10:26-31

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” ……1 John 3:6-10

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ……Romans 6:22-23

Those who accept, through faith, the gracious free gift of the righteousness of Christ and who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit are “free from the law of sin and death.” Jesus has paid the death penalty for “sins that are past” and believers have been given the “holy Spirit of promise”, “the earnest of our inheritance,”, that we may walk after the spirit and thereby not practice sin.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” ……Romans 8:1-9

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” ……Revelation 14:12

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5 Comments

  • Reply Lisa February 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Where there is no law there is no transgression. You need to do a diligent, prayerful study of the book of Romans. It changed my life and many others. God gave the apostle Paul revelation of the finished work of the ascended Jesus. The new covenant is not a slightly modified version of the old covenant. The Gospel was a mystery revealed to the apostle Paul and others. We are under no law as a covenant of works. Through our own works we cannot be justified. It is by grace through faith.

    • Reply Richard Rives February 20, 2015 at 1:17 am

      It is by grace through faith that we are saved and not of works, lest any man should boast!

  • Reply wandakate April 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    We are saved by His grace, yes, BUT, we are judged by our works. We must obey all 10 of the commandments and most Christians do not do that.
    On that day they may hear JESUS say… Depart from me…JESUS said, “IF you love me, keep my commandments”. He also said, “On that day, many will say to me, LORD, LORD, and I will say to them depart from me, I never knew you.” The only ones that will go to the Kingdom of GOD are the ones that did the will of the FATHER. They obeyed His teachings.
    The 10 Commandments are the Moral Laws-The Royal Law and they are not obsolete. They were not “done away with at the cross”. We are not under all of the 600+ laws but we are still obligated to obey the BIG 10 written by GOD on tablets of stone. They are not the laws of Moses to the Jews, they were the Laws of GOD, written for all people for all times until the end of the age.

  • Reply vincent hiles August 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    what about the other Sabbath days ,Passover unleavened bread ect

    • Reply Richard Rives September 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      As one becomes obedient to truth that they are given they will learn of the other days. I have been called to tell of the paganism that has corrupted Christianity from the early believers.

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