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Friday, June 5, 2020

Grace and Truth

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
—Joh 1:17 (NKJV)

Moses brought the law down from Sinai that God had given him. It set God’s moral standard for the Hebrew people and judged their performance. The law only exposed sin and could never get rid of it. The people could never meet God's perfect standard. They would fail again and again. And then, one day, God sent a miracle not only to the Hebrew people but to the world.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17, NKJV).

The law condemned man’s failure to keep it. God sent His Son to pay for the sin that the law could never erase. Only Jesus could meet God’s standard and wash sin away thoroughly. God did not send His Son to condemn the world but to save it. The love of Jesus on Calvary is never earned. His Grace flows freely without judgment. Jesus is God's answer to meet the standard of the law. And Jesus did meet it with His life. Grace won over the law. It still does and always will.

Moses gave the law, and Jesus brought Grace and Truth. Both Grace and Truth are necessary for our lives! The Grace of Jesus sets us to free from the law’s standard of performance, and Truth (the Word) reveals what that freedom means. Grace without His Truth will lead to sin. Truth without His Grace will lead to legalism and judgment and condemnation.

Jesus did not come into the world to condemn. The law had already done that! Jesus came to save us with His Grace and Truth. Open your soul to His Grace. Receive His Truth. You are free of the law's condemnation and filled with the joy of unearned Grace. 

“Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14, NKJV)

© 2020 Lynn Lacher]

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