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LAW AND GRACE

"For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1:17

GRACE:

Grace is God’s unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor.  By God's grace we, as sinners, have been saved from eternal damnation by means of faith--putting our trust in Jesus who paid the price for our sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). 

We did no act to merit, deserve or earn our salvation.  Rather, salvation is a gift of God - It is undeserved, unmerited, unearned (Romans 6:23).  Thus, we will not boast in heaven about ourselves but rather about God and His wondrous grace (1 Corinthians 1:29-31). 

Likewise, in the same way that we received Jesus to save us, it is exactly the same way we are to live our lives (Colossians 2:6).  We trusted Jesus to save us.  Now we trust Jesus, by His grace, to change and renew us from glory to greater glory, from faith to greater faith, day by day (2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 1:17).  

God blesses us all along the way even though we never deserve it.  And we know that we have a personal relationship with God rather than mere religiosity.  

Thus our lives tells His story, the story of the grace of God that saved a sinner, blesses the sinner, does not condemn the sinner, and, day by day, in a special way, changes us more and more to be like Jesus.  God does it all and gets all the glory.  

Thus, because God is so good to us, we naturally worship, love, adore and follow Jesus (1 John 4:19).


Notes:

1. The law of Moses, including the Ten Commandments, was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.  The law lets us know that we are sinners and law breakers in thought, word and deed, and, therefore, in need salvation by grace alone.  (See Galatians 3:24; Romans 3:20-22; Romans 7:7; Acts 13:39; Galatians 2:16).

2. Bankruptcy law works analogously.  See Christian, Bible and Bankruptcy.
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