Many times we do not understand the deep plans and purposes of God. Without the divine wisdom to comprehend these spiritual truths, we won’t understand how to operate according to the new covenant of grace. Instead of receiving what Jesus has done for us, we will be confused and try to accomplish what only Jesus can accomplish in our lives. We will try to make Him do something He has already done. When we receive a revelation of the purpose of the Law and grace, we can embrace Jesus and His finished work. We can embrace all that He is, and all He did for us when He sacrificed His life.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
When Jesus came to the earth, He was full of grace and truth (John 1:14-17). Therefore, He was and is grace personified. He has delivered unto us tender, loving kindness, and mercy. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The Law shed the light on sin, making people’s sin and trespasses more apparent (Romans 5:20). Sin is defined and determined by the making of a law against it. Therefore, the strength of sin is the Law
"The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law."- 1 Corinthians 15:56
Satan cannot tempt us with something that there is no law against. For example, why didn't Satan tempt Eve to murder Adam?....Because there was no law against it. Now don't get it twisted. The Law is NOT sinful or evil. It is perfect, so perfect that it points out the flaws of people (Romans 7:1-14). The Law illustrated a need for God always. No one could keep all the Law. To disobey one of the laws (the Ten Commandments and the 600 plus laws that derived from them) was to disobey them all.
“No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles” (Mark 2:21-22).
In this way, mixing the old with the new can make things worse. We receive nothing at all when we try to mix the old covenant of the Law with the new covenant of grace. It causes confusion to try to mix two ways of thinking—freedom from the Law and trying to fulfill the requirements of the Law. The Ten Commandments were glorious; they accomplished their purpose (2 Corinthians 3:7). The glory appeared on Moses’ face as a symbolic representation of the glory of the Ten Commandments (2 Corinthians 3:7-13). The glory that vanished from Moses’ face after receiving the Ten Commandments foreshadowed the coming of the new covenant. The new covenant is not like the old one. Under the new covenant, we have God’s mercy for our unrighteousness (Hebrews 8:12). God does not depend on our faithfulness. Even when we are not faithful to Him, He remains faithful to us (2 Timothy 2:13).
Jesus has given us a new commandment; we are to love one another as He has loved us (John 13:34-35). He gives us His love. We cannot truly love each other without His love. God’s law of love is written on our hearts. Without the God kind of love, we are bankrupt (Romans 8:3-4, Hebrews 8:8-13). When we allow the God kind of love to rule in our hearts, we will meet the requirements of the Law (or fulfill the spirit of the Law) (Romans 13:10).
Scripture To Study
- John 1:14-17
- Romans 5:20,
- 1 Corinthians 15:56
- Romans 7:1-14,
- Mark 2:21-22
- 2 Corinthians 3:7-13,
- Hebrews 8:8-13,
- 2 Timothy 2:13,
- John 13:34-35
- Romans 8:3-4
- Romans 13:10
AUTHOR: Jeffery Parks