Many would like to believe there is a difference, a two standard method of attaining eternal life, but there would be a problem if take separately. For one, if one thinks of utilizing only the Law, the Ten Commandments, in order to live a victorious life, there is going to be a problem. The first time one has broken it, no matter which Commandment, the hope of eternal life is gone. Even if we look at the law, that which was brought about, by God, in reconciling the sinner with God when having broken the Law, there is a major problem. It was not complete within itself, so those who depend upon it would be lost. Now we examine grace. If one believes eternal life is all about grace, one is lost because what is the purpose of grace? Grace cannot stand alone. Grace needs something else in order to be warranted and without what that warrant is, grace is useless and again eternal life could only be a happy thought because it would never come into realization.
Yes, there are those two schools of thought. “You need to keep the law in order to be saved.” Wrong, you don’t. “You need to be under grace in order to be saved.” Wrong, you can’t. “You need to keep the Law in order to be saved.” Now, this is true. The only problem is, there has not been one, except Christ, who has ever kept the Law. He didn’t need grace, so it IS possible to be saved, without grace, because the Law of God is perfect, converting the soul. I didn’t make that up. David, himself, shared this with us.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:7, 8 (KJV)
So, whoever would teach you the Law of God is incomplete, done away, abrogated, cruel, harsh or impossible, well, they don’t know what they are talking about and since they’re confused, it is best not to discuss the matter with them.
In the meme, there is a word which separates “Law” from “Grace”, and when there is a separation between those words, THEN we have a major problem and salvation is not possible. But, when we adjoin “Law” WITH “Grace”, THEN we have the solution. For the Law and Grace work together for the salvation of you and I. You see, I believe the Law is good, like David. I also believe the Law is the standard and it is what I shall be judged by. And, I will admit, to you, I don’t do too well when it comes to keeping the Law. So, when I fall short, I need, no, depend upon a gift called “Grace” which becomes involved and it places me in “right standing” with God, and in His eyes, since it is a gift from Him, it makes me a “keeper” of God’s Law, and with it I receive salvation.
Taken separately, it is impossible to gain entry into heaven but when applied together, it is the ONLY way you or I will ever be able to be saved. One is worthless without the other. We need them both!
April 11, 2017