Saved by Grace not by Law – Part 1

September 16, 2012 R.H. Koide
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Within many churches there exists much confusion about Law and Grace.

Many believe we are saved by Grace and Grace alone. Others believe we are saved by Grace but must keep the Law to be saved.

We need understanding from the word of God regarding justice and law. How could the God of love give Moses the “Ten Commandments” which not one could keep? Then what was the purpose for the Law?

Justice is defined by Webster as the quality of being righteous; the quality of being right or correct; the use of authority and power to uphold what is right, just or lawful; the administration of law; the procedure of law.

Law is defined as all the rules of conduct established and enforced by authority, legislation, or custom of a given community, state, or other group; the condition existing when obedience to such rules is general to establish law and order.

When Adam and Eve sinned, there was not anything written as to the Law. However, right is right and wrong is wrong! The Law of Moses was not able to save sinners, for all have sinned. It was to establish law and order among the children of God. The law was a tutor, a schoolmaster, a gauge or a standard by which mankind could understand how to love God and to love others.

Satan, the author and father of sin, made an accusation that Adam and Eve whom God created could not love God with all their heart, mind and strength and to love one another. Because Adam and Eve sinned, Satan demanded justice be done according to the Law. According to the word of God, the penalty for sin is death. In order for justice to be accomplished and the Law enforced, God would have had to destroy Adam and Eve. Satan and the angels who rejected God would also have to be destroyed. Satan has accused God for not enforcing the law and demanded justice must be done!

Yes! The Law must be enforced! But God’s answer to Satan was, He would put enmity between Satan and the woman and between Satan’s seed and the woman’s seed; Satan would bruise the heel of the Son of God but the Son of God shall bruise Satan’s head. This was God’s plan of Salvation, to save mankind from the penalty of sin and still be able to fulfill justice according to the Law.

This is the answer to Satan, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to take on the form of man, in the flesh, to die for the sins of the world, thereby paying the penalty for sin and fulfilling the law.

When Jesus died on the cross, God’s demand of justice was accomplished. The accusation of Satan has been answered. The most beautiful thing happened when Jesus, the Son of God, rose up from the grave. Jesus Christ, the Son of God bruised the head of Satan, the devil, the deceiver. Mankind has been restored, reconciled, united, made alive in Christ, in His Spirit, spiritually alive, connected to God, born again of God!

Satan has already been condemned to the hell of fire because he has already rejected God. Satan hates the children of God and wants them to be in the hell fire with him. Even today, as throughout the ages, Satan is still condemning the children of God by making them believe they are still under the law. Satan, the devil is constantly accusing mankind, tempting them to believe they are still under condemnation and bondage to the law.

Satan tempts mankind to see themselves as sinners with the guilt and shame for their sins.

Whenever one continues to see themselves with the shame and guilt of their sins, they do not believe what Jesus Christ accomplished for them at the cross and resurrection. Why do they continue to reject what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, already did to set them free? Because they do not believe that Jesus is the Christ, they do not believe they are born of God. Because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they reject Him, just as Satan, the devil rejected God.

When Jesus comes, many will be sad to find, they put their faith and trust in the law which could not save them from their sins. For by grace are ye saved, it is a gift and not of yourselves or by your own works. Love is of God, this is the gospel of Christ, God so loved the world, this is GRACE! We are saved by putting our faith and trust in believing Jesus is the Christ and that we are born of God.

Love, love, love that’s all we hear! Does this mean we do not have to keep the Ten Commandments? Does this mean we do not have to worship God on the Sabbath, the seventh day, Saturday?

Genesis 1:26, 27; God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

John 4:24; God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

How can man who is flesh worship God who is a Spirit? Did God create Adam and Eve with a physical and spiritual body? Or did God create Adam and Eve with a physical body and a mind with the indwelling Spirit of God? Before Adam sinned, he separated himself from the indwelling Spirit of God and could no longer worship God in spirit and in truth. This is exactly the same way every one has sinned.

Is this the reason Jesus, the Son of God had to come as a man, in the flesh, to die for the sins of the world? Was this the “Plan of Salvation” to restore mankind with a helper, a comforter, the Holy Spirit, once again, born again to worship God in spirit and in truth?

The question we must ask, why do many believe in the law and not what God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit accomplished at the cross and resurrection? The plan of salvation has been fulfilled. The penalty has been paid. The children of God are set free from under the condemnation of the law. Why does mankind continue to put themselves under condemnation and bondage by being under the law? Jesus demonstrated as a man in the flesh how He loved God with all of his heart, mind and strength and others. God’s commandments reflect His character of love. His Law is righteous and holy.

Mankind could not keep the Ten Commandments. They had no righteousness within themselves, for all have sinned. Only through Jesus Christ were they made righteous, not of themselves but in Jesus Christ. Mankind shall be saved by faith, believing and confessing with their mouths, Jesus is the Christ, and they are born of God.

Continue reading:  Saved by Grace not by Law – Part 2

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