There seems to be a lot of confusion about the commandments. Law and grace are thought to be in conflict. How many times are we reminded that we are not under the law but under grace? However, grace was manifested under law (and preceded it clear back to Eden), and there is still a matter of law while we are under grace. How does all this reconcile? Let's look first at the law. It was given to manifest the character of God, for rules to govern Israel, for standards to regulate all human behavior and to serve, as a schoolmaster, to bring us to Christ. (Galatians 3:24). The law reveals how far short that we are of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We break the first commandment, as Jesus summarized it in Luke 10:27. Remember, that if we break one command, we are guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10). Nevertheless, God's laws must be obeyed or the penalty must be paid for breaking them. If we have to pay, it means eternal separation from God in Hell. Grace has provided a payment! Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil" (Matthew 5:17). That word "fulfil" is tremendously significant. Jesus met every demand of the law and paid the full penalty, on Calvary's cross, for every time it ever was or is or will be broken. This satisfied God's justice (which must be satisfied because God is a God of Justice) and paid the full penalty for every human being, past, present and future. Grace applies the payment to the account of every sinner who turns from sin, and receives Jesus as Savior and Lord. This receiving of salvation by faith takes us from under the law and places us under a new and wonderful "law" with exciting implications. More on that tomorrow, God willing. Selah! The law was until the Cross but grace provides a miraculous and fascinating way for those who are born again to live out the new "law." Ron
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (i.e; creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).