Law & Grace: Developing a Grace Relationship with the Law
In order to truly understand Grace and salvation, we must have a good understanding of the law. God gave the law so that we could recognize we are sinful, and in need of a Savior. It was never intended to be our means of salvation, but rather, to point us to The Savior. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." (Gal. 3:13)
In fact, the entire law can be summed up in one word: Love. God loved us so much that He gave us Jesus to be born in the earth, under the law, to bear the punishment of mankind entirely. He is the fulfillment of the law. It is by His atoning work that we are extended Grace. His entire life, death and resurrection was so "that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 3:26).
God's plan for salvation is one that allows Him to extend grace to the undeserving, while still maintaining the integrity of His holiness. He is holy, and He doesn't change. His law is a perfect reflection of His holiness. He cannot look on iniquity with favor (Hab, 1:13). This is still the case, even today. The Bible says that "all have sinned." So how can God be just, and the justifier of the wicked? The answer is found in Jesus. The series "Law & Grace" shows how God reconciled sinful man to himself by the death of His son.
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference." (Romans 3:20-22)