Understanding Biblical Grace.
The Bible shows us a consistent theme of the contrast of Law vs Grace.
As Gentiles, we never even knew what was law until we heard the ten commandments, 613 laws or the Sermon on the Mount in the Church.
Yes, we knew in our hearts that we sinned. We believed in Jesus Christ to be saved by grace without works.
But if we look at the Bible, we can broadly define Law as man’s human effort, wisdom, morality, ability, strength compared to Grace as God’s wisdom, righteousness, holiness and power.
If we look at the Bible, we see that Adam chose Law (knowledge of good & evil) vs Grace (tree of life). Adam decided to trust in himself instead of God’s free gift of love and grace.
Abel offered the sacrifice of grace vs Cain’s sacrifice of works.Noah’s ark was a picture of salvation by grace through faith.
Abraham was unable to have children. When he believed in God’s goodness and power, he was declared righteous (Genesis 15).
But when he tried to have a son Ishmael through the slave Hagar, it was considered as a symbol of law (Galatians 4) because Abraham was relying on human effort.
God gave Isaac the promised child when Abraham and Sarah were utterly unable to have children. They had to rely on God’s power to have the child of promise.
Israel trusted in the works of the law and rejected Christ who offered grace through faith in His finished work.
Gentiles who never trusted in the law but were outside the covenant, came to Christ by faith to receive His grace.
The Pharisees rejected Christ but the sinners accepted Him.The system of law is found in every area of society.
Jesus is still offering grace to those who are weak under the system of world. The world is about human accomplishment and strength. Let the weak say I am strong. We boast not in ourselves but we boast in Christ.
1 Corinthians 1 “26 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world that he might put to shame the things that are strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that don’t exist, that he might bring to nothing the things that exist, 29 that no flesh should boast before God. 30 Because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, as it is written, “He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.””