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The Law & Grace

Dr. John Woodward



The preacher said "We all start out life naked and hungry, and it goes downhill from there!"


 

Thankfully, the way we were born again in Christ

has more of a basis for optimism!

 

Colossians 2:6 draws an important comparison between the way the Christian life begins and how it should express itself in discipleship.


"As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him." The Living Bible paraphrases this, "And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day's problems; live in vital union with him."

How does conversion to Christ compare with abundant Christian living? Consider here the role of God's law in this process.


Law and grace in conversion


Life in Christ begins as a response to the need which is exposed by the law of God. To appreciate the good news of salvation in Christ, the sinner needs to recognize the bad news of condemnation outside of Christ. Paul summarized the verdict of God's law upon the human race:


"Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Rom 3:19-20).


The law served as a tutor to lead us to Christ (Gal. 3:24). There may not always be a conscious awareness of the verdict of God's written law, but there is also the verdict of the inner law of one's conscience (Rom. 2:12-16).


When the sinner admits that he/she cannot save himself, then he/she is a candidate for God's grace through the gospel. Paul continued, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Rom 3:23,24). Repentance and faith puts the believer in Christ, with all the blessings that are found in Him (Eph. 1:3).


This free salvation cost Christ everything, but it is given to us