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John 1:17 - Things can be given from a distance, but came is close and personal.
"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17 NKJV)
In the first miracle of Moses, he turned the water into blood, leading to death. Under grace, in the first miracle of Jesus, He turned water into wine, leading to celebration!
You cannot mix Law and grace. You cannot put new wine into old wine skins because you will lose both.
Under the Law, God will visit your sins even in your future generations. Under grace, God has forgiven us and remembers our sins no more!
Jesus brought the Law to its pristine standard, whereas the Pharisees brought it to a manageable standard. Jesus showed the pristine standard of the Law to bring man to the end of himself, so that he would recognise his need for a Savior.
Jesus touched the leper and made him clean. Under Law, the unclean would make the clean, unclean. Under Grace, the clean makes the unclean, clean!
Romans 6:14 - When you are not under Law, sin shall not have dominion over you! You can't be under grace and not be holy.
"For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14 NKJV)
Under Law, you have to repent first before God blesses you. Under grace, God blesses you first and His goodness leads you to repentance.
The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia" which means "change of mind".
II Corinthians 3:9 - The ministry of righteousness exceeds MUCH MORE in glory.
"For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory." (II Corinthians 3:9 NKJV)
The journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to Mount Sinai is a period of God's pure grace. Although they murmured and complained, no one died.
Exodus 19:8-13 - Man presumed on his own strength to obey God and receive His blessings. From this moment forth, God changed His tone. The children of Israel should never have changed covenants. The Law condemns the best of us, whereas Grace saves the worst of us.
"Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” So Moses told the words of the people to the LORD. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.”" (Exodus 19:8-13 NKJV)
II Corinthians 3:7 - God calls the Ten Commandments the ministry of death. The only ministry engraved on stones is the Ten Commandments. On the Day of Pentecost when God gave the Law, 3000 people died. When the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached and 3000 people were saved.
"who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away," (II Corinthians 3:6-7 NKJV)
The Law is holy, but it cannot make us holy. The Law reveals who we are, but it cannot remove our blemishes.
I Corinthians 15:56 - The strength of sin is the Law.
"The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law." (I Corinthians 15:56 NKJV)
Satan's name means the Accuser. You must receive his accusation before he can kill, steal or destroy you.
Colossians 2:14-15 - The Law was nailed to the cross. The devil was disarmed at the cross.
"having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:14-15 NKJV)
God called Abraham His friend, long before the Law was given.
Revelation 7:9 - The Bible says that the number of people who are saved could not be numbered, but it doesn't say that of the people in hell.
"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands," (Revelation 7:9 NKJV)
Luke 18:18-23 - When the rich young ruler asked what he had to DO to inherit eternal life, Jesus gave him the Law. When you boast in your ability to keep the Law, God will always say "One thing you lack".
"Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich." (Luke 18:18-23 NKJV)
Luke 19:2-10 - Jesus did not give Zacchaeus the Law, He gave Him grace, and Zacchaeus opened his wallet, house and everything. Grace opens up our hearts and makes us generous.
"Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”" (Luke 19:2-10 NKJV)
Jesus was made poor, so that we could become rich.
Luke 23:42-43 - Many churches preach on restitution - that before being saved by Jesus we have pay back to God for all our sins before we die. This is not true. The thief on the cross did not have to do restitution first before being saved by Jesus. We are saved by believing and confessing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.
"Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”" (Luke 23:42-43 NKJV)
Luke 10:38-42 - Martha blamed both Jesus and Mary. When you're under stress, you blame everyone but yourself. By sitting at Jesus's feet, Mary made Jesus feel like God. She took and took from Jesus's inexhaustible goodness. Jesus came to serve, not to be served.
"Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”" (Luke 10:38-42 NKJV)
Psalms 116:12-13 - The best response to God's goodness is to take some more. With God, it's more blessed to receive. With man, it's more blessed to give.
"What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD." (Psalms 116:12-13 NKJV)
John 8:3-11 - It takes at least two people to commit adultery. The other person was probably a Pharisee, since the woman was caught in the very act of adultery and yet the other person was nowhere to be seen. Jesus did not avoid the Pharisees' question, He upheld the high standard and light of the Law. The Pharisees assumed to challenge the Lawgiver Himself with the Law. The Pharisees would stone the woman if they could, but they could not. Jesus could, but He would not stone her. Many churches say: sin no more first, then you will be forgiven. Jesus says you are forgiven first, then you have the power to sin no more.
"Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”" (John 8:3-11 NKJV)
Grace is higher than the Law. When you go back to the Law, you fall from grace.
As believers, we are not under judgement anymore, not because God has gone soft on sin. It's because God has already exacted the punishment for our sins in the body of Jesus at the cross. The price for our sins has been paid, it is finished! We are on our way to health, wholeness and blessings!
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