If the Law exists today, then Grace has a small problem…..
Paul and the Apostles agreed that we are saved by grace through faith and not works of the law.
But if we say that the law still exists today, then there is a slight problem.
It’s because all the apostles commanded believers to walk like Jesus to fulfill the law, because works would be judged.
I will show you a few examples:
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
The believer was expected to walk in love. The word is “Agape” – this is God’s perfect love that was only displayed in Jesus. The believer was expected to be Christ-like.
1 John 2 “6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
1 John 3 “29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.”
Why were believers commanded to be like Jesus?
It is because the believers were commanded to fulfill the law.
If they did not then they would be judged according to works:
James 2 “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism…. 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. “
James 5 “9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”
If we want Grace, then people have to say that James was not inspired by the Holy Spirit. But Paul commanded the same thing to believers in those days to fulfill the law becoming like Jesus, otherwise they would be judged.
Romans 13 “8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. …. 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”Romans 8 “12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
This is why Paul said that God judged believers who were sinning during the Lord’s Supper:
1 corinthians 11 “29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.”
This is why Jesus judged the 7 Churches in Asia according to their works.
Revelation 2 “20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”
Jesus was judging the works of the 1st Century Churches according to the law – they were commanded to fulfill the law.
Revelation 22 “12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”
When did this happen? It happened in the lifetime of the 12 Apostles in AD66-70.
Matthew 10:23 “23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
Matthew 16 “27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. 28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
The law was obsolete on the cross but it disappeared when the Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed in the 1st Century.
Hebrews 8:13 “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
Matthew 24 “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”…33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”
The Law passed away when the Temple was destroyed.
The believers were judged and rewarded according to their works. (Saved by grace but rewarded according to whether they fulfilled the law).
The Age of Law ended in AD66-70.
Today we live in the Age of Grace for the last 1900 years.
This is why you don’t see people falling down dead in Churches.
This is why Jesus is not sending Apostles/Prophets to Churches.
This is why new scriptures have not been written for 1900 years.
This is why believers are not judged for their works.
This is why believers are not commanded to become like Jesus.
This is why believers are not commanded to fulfill the law.It’s because the law ended in AD66-70.
Jesus is offering us pure grace today without any law to fulfill.
His GRACE is even GREATER today than it was in the 1st Century.Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness, righteousness freely in the abundance of GRACE.