Where there once was law, there is grace!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned– for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.
(Romans 5:12-13 (NIV))

“But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.”

This passage can be taken different ways, but stop and read it again from the perspective where Jesus came to give us grace. In effect, He removed the law, or should I say that He removed the consequences of the law?

I suppose that the meaning of these words can be argued, especially when you consider what was written in Matthew.

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.
(Matthew 5:17 (NIV))

Jesus did not abolish the law. Rather, He came to abolish application of the consequences of the law within our lives. He fulfilled the law by fully accepting those consequences upon Himself. He also opened the door for still another gift. He made the way clear for the Holy Spirit and all of the teachings of the Holy Spirit to come into our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV))

If we live by the fruit of the Spirit, then we cannot be judged by the law for there is no law against these things. If we live by these, we do not sin. We cannot be judged. We cannot be held accountable for missing the mark if we don’t miss the mark.

But wait!

We are human and not capable of hitting the mark.

Doesn’t that put us back into sin and, consequentially, the law?

Are you beginning to see the dilemma that we face? We are to keep God’s laws and live by the Spirit, but since we are a fallen race, we cannot meet these expectations and are condemned.

Since one member of the human race condemned us to this dilemma, we needed one member of the human race to redeem us from this dilemma. That is why God sent His perfect Son, Jesus to live as one of us and to die as one of us. Through that one perfect life, there is now no more consequences of the law, for Jesus fulfilled all of the requirements of the law.

There is one thing for those who will simply accept it.

Where there once was law, there is grace!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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