Grace vs. The Law

Grace Vs. The Law
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
July 29th, 2018
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Grace vs The Law
Ephesians 2:8-9

Ephesians 2:8-9 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast

One of the key concepts we must understand is that without God’s grace, the only way we could be saved, is through the law.  That is to say by perfectly following the law.  The problem is, this is impossible. 

Everyone has already broken the law.  Especially when we understand it the way Jesus teaches us to in the New Testament, that is to say, when we understand it from a spiritual point of view. 

So, without grace, there is no way we can be saved. 

And for those who do not believe in Jesus and who reject His grace, on Judgement day, they will be judged on how well they followed the law.  And they will be found guilty.  And they will be given a sentence of hell forever. 

But for those of us, who do place our faith in Jesus and have accepted His Grace, then on Judgement day, Jesus Christ, will be standing in our place, and our guilt and sentence will be placed on Him. 

This leads us to the question, if we are sinners, and we have broken the law and we are imperfect, then why, does Jesus offer us the gift of salvation?

The reason Jesus offers us salvation through grace even though we are sinners and even though we have broken the law, and even though we are not perfect, is because salvation is not about us…
Jesus does not save us because we are cute and cuddly and fluffy… In fact, we are just the opposite, in fact our sin makes us ugly.  So, Jesus does not offer us salvation because of us, He offers us salvation  because He created us.  He wants to save what He created.
Our value to Jesus doesn’t come from us, it comes from the fact that we were created by Jesus. 
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

I have an old worn out, chipped, dull pocket knife.  One of the blades is broken.  It is not a million dollar special forces, swiss army, has every tool known to man knife.  It is a simple pocket knife. 

But you know what… I wouldn’t trade this knife for a million dollar special forces, swiss army, has every tool know to man knife… And do you know why?  Because this knife belonged to my grandfather.  And it is worn and broken, because he carried and because he used it. 

And for that reason.  This knife is special to me.  It has value.  It’s not because it has some special feature or is spectacular in some way or because of any merit on its own.  Its special to me because of whose it was.

And we are loved by Jesus for the same reason.  Not because we love Him, not because we are good, not because of any of our own merit, but we are loved because we have special meaning to Him… because we are His creation.  And because of that love He offers us salvation, restoration, and a home with Him forever. 

Why are you valuable to Jesus?  

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