Law and Grace – Part 1

What is Law?

for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  Rom 3:20

Romans 7:7 says I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

1 John3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Mirror points out the dirt on our face, likewise Law shows us what is sin. It gives us the knowledge of what is sin.

Why we need grace?

Romans 6: 23 says For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is the understanding of grace…….
Wages of sin(breaking commandments) is Death. Penalty for breaking the Law is Death.

But Gods grace forgives our sin i.e., the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. grace forgives us our sin and gives a chance to repent. so we wont sin anymore i.e., we wont transgress law anymore

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
When paul says we are not under Law it means we are not under the punishment we have to face for breaking the Law.
In the very next verse paul says Romans 6: 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Shall we break the Law(shall we sin) since we are under grace. God forbids. No.
To whom the Ten commandments (Law) is given?

First recorded in Sinai when given to Israelites but The Moral law was given to entire humanity from the beginning.

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26: 5

‘Where no law is, there is no transgression,” “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Rom. l:15; 3:20. If Cain didn’t have knowledge of sin which is Law he wont charged with the penalty of sin which is breaking Law. for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  Rom 3:20

Joseph feared God because He knows adultery is breaking God’s Law. From where did he learned that committing adultery is against God. Only from Law.

“Sin is the transgression of the law,” says John. “I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shall not covet.” Rom. 7:7. And what law says, “Thou shall not covet”? The Ten -Commandment law.

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath Mark 2:27 Jesus says Sabbath was made for man He didn’t say Sabbath was made (only) for Jews.

From answers to objection by Francis F Nichol.

Objection:The very wording of the Sinaitic law proves that it was designed only for the Jews. The Ten Commandments is introduced thus: ‘I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee . . . out of the house of bondage’ (Ex. 20:2). To whom is that applicable? Only to the Israelite nation, of course.” See also Deuteronomy 4:8, Romans 9:4, and similar passages, which state specifically that the law was given only to the Israelites.
We would ask: To whom else could the Lord have given the ‘Ten Commandments? To the Egyptians, the Philistines, the Amalekites, the Hittites, the Jebusites, or any other of the many pagan peoples that cursed the earth with their unholy presence? No, you say. God could not make a revelation of Himself to any people until that people were of a mind and heart to hear Him. God found in Abraham and his descendants such a people. Accordingly He gave to them a revelation of His will and ways. Yes, He spoke exclusively that great day at Sinai to a literal people called Israelites, who had been delivered from a literal bondage in Egypt. But, we inquire again: To whom else could He have spoken?

We would further inquire: To whom was God speaking when He gave His great messages through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and all the mighty prophets of 0ld Testament times? The answer is, To the Israelites. The inspired messages that constitute tile Old Testament were addressed almost wholly to the Jews, and the prophets who delivered the messages were Jews. But does any lover of the Bible wish to suggest that therefore the beautiful messages of salvation in Isaiah, for example, which are so often addressed directly to Jerusalem, are not also addressed to us? We doubt not that many a Christian minister has taken for his text these typical words from Isaiah: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift tip thy voice like a trumpet, and show thy people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isa. 58:1. But no listener in the pew is troubled or confused or informs the preacher that the text is addressed to Jews, not Gentiles.

 And who are the writers of the New Testament? With one possible exception they are all Jews. To whom did Christ address virtually all that He said while on earth? To the Jews. To whom is  the Epistle to the Hebrews addressed? Obviously, to Jews. To whom is the Epistle of James addressed?  “To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” James 1: 1. But does any Christian have difficulty  with these facts, or feel that any portions of the New Testament are not really for him? No.  In the objection before us, Romans 9:4 is cited. It reads as follows: “Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the
service of God, and the promises.” Evidently it is offered as proof because it says that “the giving of the  law” was to them. But it says more than that. The “covenants” also were given to them. Note the plural. Both the old and the new covenant! The new covenant is made with the “house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.” (Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8:8.) But does any Christian believe that the new covenant is confined to the believing Jew? No. We all claim a part in it and believe that the new covenant promise
is intended for us as well, even though the announcement of it is addressed directly, and apparently exclusively, to the Jews.  The words of Moses in Deuteronomy 4:8 are also cited. They read as follows: “And what nation is there so great, that bath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” We would simply say that this statement is a good commentary on Romans 9:4. And we  have found that this verse in Romans proves more than the objector desires. Another inspired comment on Deuteronomy 4:8 is the statement of Christ: “Salvation is of the Jews.” John 4:22. But has any  Christian despised salvation because of this fact?
We must never forget that the revelations and admonitions of the Scriptures are not given in a vacuum. Almost always they are placed in the context of historical events and  flesh-and-blood people. The sermon on the mount has as literally a rocky platform as the address from Sinai. And the multitudes addressed in that sermon were as definitely Jewish as the hosts gathered before Sinai. Often God took occasion in giving a revelation, or invoking a certain course of conduct, to refer to some actual experience through which the listeners had passed. That is one of the marks of Bible revelations. But that fact in itself never troubles any of us, nor prevents us from believing that those counsels of  God’s Word apply to us as well.
 
Now, inasmuch as God worked mighty miracles to draw out of the turbulent sea of paganism a  people for Himself, how appropriate that He should place His eternal revelation to them in the context of the immediate experience that they had miraculously through. Thus they might be prompted to give that revelation maximum weight in their minds and be most diligent in obeying it. Furthermore, that historical context provides a setting that we today, who are also flesh and blood, can understand, and, understanding, be likewise prompted to greater obedience to God. Well does the Bible commentator  Murphy observe on Exodus 20:2: “This [deliverance out of Egypt] in the manner of Scripture and of Providence is the earnest and the guarantee of their deliverance from all other and greater kinds of bondage. The present is the type of a grander future. We must descend the stream of revelation to the New Testament before we fathom the depths of this greatest deliverance.”-JAMES G. MURPHY, Commentary on the Book of Exodus.
Any display of God’s mercy and deliverance to His children at any moment in earth’s history is a reason why those living at that time and those who read of the account in all subsequent ages should serve Him with their whole heart and obey His holy will.

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