Jesus Didn’t Come to Abolish the Law

For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Matthew 5:18

With Jesus we are no longer under the weight of the law to be under the protection of grace. However, this does not give us license to break the law of God because Jesus did not come to do away the law but to fulfill it 100%. The law does not open the doors of heaven, grace, unmerited favor that came through the sacrifice by substitution of Jesus on the cross, does. Now, for the love to who first loved us, we should obey the law. When a person has a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus, He always tells us: “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more.”

The topic that I deal with today is somewhat controversial speaking theologically. Some people think that under the new covenant, i.e. under grace, the law has been completely overturned. Others still believe that it is necessary to do the works of the law to have option to “earn” heaven. From the biblical point of view, both positions are not one hundred percent correct.

Let’s first talk about the law. When God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai, He established very clearly what would be the standard for judging the acts of mankind. If we pause to meditate on each of the Commandments we realize that it is virtually impossible for any human being to fully comply with the requirements of the law of God. If we add the redefinition that Jesus gave to commandments such as not to kill or commit adultery, we see that the law is out of the reach of humanity.

In this sense, knowledge of the law serves to identify what God considers sin. The Bible is clear, the wages of sin is death, and as nobody is able to comply with the law, without exception all have sinned and are worthy of death. For this reason, no one is justified by works of the law, which means that salvation does not depend on how good we have been because, given the standard of God, nobody pass the quality control and were absolutely rejected.

As it is impossible for man or woman to save by themselves, God had to use a different plan for giving us the opportunity of salvation. That plan is to sacrifice someone pure, blameless and without sin to pour all the blood in place of a corrupt and sinful humanity. That’s where grace comes, that being pure and faultless is Jesus Christ, who took your place and mine dying for our sins, give us chance of salvation.

Grace is free and priceless at the same time. It is free because we do not pay for it; but it is extremely valuable for the infinite value of the Lamb slain. Now, once we are saved by grace, we are bound to do good works in gratitude for whom saved us. The law does not save us, but it was not canceled, because the law was fully implemented in Jesus. God bless you.

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