What is the link between Law and Grace? Ask this question to an evangelical Christian and he might answer:
“Oh! there is no connection whatsoever between Law and Grace.”
However, this answer is not true. Because, surely there is a connection between the two and, not only that, they are inseparable too.
However, for us to get a picture about this link between Law and Grace, we need to start by defining what is sin:
According to Apostle John:
As the above verse states: sin is the “transgression of the law.” Anyone who sins breaks the Law. If there is no Law, there is no sin.
Let us examine what Apostle Paul says in Romans:
According to the above verse; the Law brings wrath and the reason for the wrath is our disobedience to the Law. And Where there is no Law there is no transgression.
So, your claim that “you are not under the Law” means:
You don’t have a Law to obey and if there is no Law to obey then there is no Law for you to break. Moreover, if you don’t break any Law, then, what is the need for you to obtain Grace?
Grace is offered to the ones who has broken the Law and the reason is: they are under God’s wrath and condemnation.
In Romans Apostle Paul says:
9What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.
10As it is written:“ There is no one righteous, not even one;11there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.12All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good ,not even one.”(Romans 3, 9-12)
Both Jews and Gentiles alike have broken the Law of God Almighty and hence no one is righteous in HIS eyes. No one is there who does not need grace, in other words, no one can survive without grace.
Let me repeat this point:
The Word of God very clearly says: all have fallen short of the glory of God by breaking His commandments. Not even one is righteous in HIS eyes. so, it does not make sense to claim that gentiles are not under the Law.
Gentiles are also under the Law and like the Jews, they too have broken it.
Again, let us look at the reason why Jesus Christ had to come into this world and die on the cross of Calvary.
15For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.(Hebrews 9, 15)
The above verse says Christ died as a ransom to set the people free from sins committed under the first covenant.
Here, why the Apostle Paul says: “Sins committed under the first Covenant”
Because, the Laws came into existence through the first covenant and whenever we break a commandment, we are breaking it under the first covenant;
In other words, the Law got its legal existence through the first covenant.
Under the new covenant the law moves from the tablets of stone to the tablet of our hearts; that is the only difference.
Next, let us look at another verse about the reason why Christ came to die on the cross:
In the above verses too Apostle Paul makes it crystal clear that; Christ was born under the Law (born after the law came into existence) in order to redeem those who are under the law so that we, the sinners, (the Law breakers) might receive adoption to sonship.
Please note: Apostle Paul is speaking to the gentile church in Galatia and not to the Jews.
This point again confirms that Jews and Gentiles alike are under the Law and both have broken it. So, the argument that “Gentiles are not under the Law” cannot hold any water.
As a matter of fact, no human being under the sun has been exempted from keeping the Laws of God.
As long as the Laws exist, sin will exist and in turn the need for Grace too will exist.
Please remember: The Holy Laws of God are not going to disappear any time soon. They are going to be around until Heaven and Earth disappear.
Christ affirms this fact in Mathew 5:
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.(Mathew 5, 17-18)
In the contemporary Evangelical Christian world, majority of the believers claim that they are not under the law? So, they are not obligated to obey any of the Laws in the Bible (especially in the Old Testament) and this same thing is taught by their pastors and preachers too.
But let me ask a question to these lawless preachers and teachers:
Do you think this world will be a better place if the laws of the bible have been removed?
Do you think you will become a better Christian if God’s Holy Laws are removed (though, you have already removed it from your church and your home!) from the Bible?
The truth is: despite having so many laws, the world is still a big mess; can you imagine the mess if all these laws are taken out of the society?
These preachers and pastors are erroneously teaching the sheep to rebel against God’s Holy Laws which should be stopped at the earliest. Otherwise, Christianity is going to end up in an irredeemable situation.
The great falling away is already happening right in front of our eyes; and this falling away is mostly among the evangelical denominations who preach that “the sheep is not under the Law”
It is true that: Apostle Paul says in Romans 6: “we are not under the Law” but this has a different inner meaning which I would like to cover in another article.
Anyway, when Apostle Paul says “We are not under the law” it does not mean that we are exempted from obeying the Law.
But It means; we are exempted from the punishment prescribed by the Law and also, we don’t need to go through the atoning rituals under a Levitical Priest.
Instead, we have a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek at the right hand of our Heavenly Father who is interceding on behalf us day and night.
Also when he says: “Sin should not be our master as before.”
It means, since we are under grace we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us to strengthen our spirit, so that we can lead a Holy life by being free from sin (by not breaking any Laws)
From the points mentioned above, it can be concluded that both Law and Grace are just “the two sides of the same coin” and they are inseparable. One cannot exist without the other; Amen.
“If you are not under the Law, then, you are not under the Grace either”