Christ’s Love vs. God’s Law

Christianity is a faith of contradiction.

The reason is that we base our life on the Bible. Which has the Old Testament and the New Testament. Don’t get me wrong, there are certain themes that have strong consistency throughout the Good Book.

But the Old Testament includes books of the Torah:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

So mixing aspects of the religion of Judaism with Christianity. Well, it can be a bit messy.

Specifically when we juggle “The Law” with “Grace.” To add to the confusion, there’s Christians who say:

“Sure Jesus died for your sins, but keep to the Law.”

Others say, “Grace is enough. I’ll live comfortably cuz Jesus got my back.”

I feel like I’m pulled apart. On the one hand I want to be a good Christian and obey God in everything. On the other hand, I know I could never come close to redeeming myself in His eyes. Fortunately, I don’t have to.

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Then I had, what I believe to be, Divine Inspiration. Or rather, the Lord explaining Salvation in a way I could conceptualize.

Christ’s gift of redemption is a just that- a gift. As with any gift, once it’s given the recipient can do with it as they please.

Neglect it.

Abuse it.

Discard it.

But if the recipient values the giver, they will cherish the gift

I am unable to show I deserve God’s grace and Christ’s charity. However, I can show that I appreciate His sacrifice by following Him.

And, in turn, being as good a steward of His precious gift as I can.

What are your thoughts on Christ’s Love and God’s Law?

*Rae

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25 thoughts on “Christ’s Love vs. God’s Law

  1. God’s law tells us how things work. Our loving God reveals how things work. This is very clear when Jesus tells us to do things, such as the Sermon on the Mount. Grace is God’s power that enables us to do what he reveals is the best way to live. Thanks for your insights, Rae.

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  2. waterandfire34 says:

    It’s God’s kindness that lead us to repentance. Faith without action is dead, James 2:18.

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  3. Rae, you are pondering and thinking. That’s good! It came to my mind that nothing in the Bible is there by chance. I think it is important to know where it began in order to appreciate where we are now. This bible verse I found and thought it might help. I am using The Message Translation of the Bible.

    Matthew 5:17-18 The Message

    “Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.”

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  4. Yes. I’m so glad for salvation by God’s awesome grace! He wants a relationship with us but we could never follow Him (or His Law) perfectly. Christ filled that need and took our place. What we say, think, and do flows out of our relationship with God… through a deep desire to please Him, to love and obey Him. Paul referred to that in the letter to the Romans when he said we have been set free from the law of sin.

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  5. I love that analogy! I also think that by following God’s law, we reap His peace and joy here on earth… we don’t have to wait to get to Heaven. We can have some of Heaven on earth when we run everything we do and say through a “Holy Strainer.” We will never be perfect but the more my desires match up closer with God’s, the more joy and peace I find in ALL situations! He is SO, SO good ALL of the time. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  6. In the many months that I have been trying to come to terms with this very same conflict, I have truly learned a great deal. There is complete order to it all, in God’s eyes and through His very capable hands, He has made it perfect. But rational minds struggle to take hold of that which is born of the Spirit. No matter what it is. I have determined, through no achievement of my own, that the Holy Spirit is the key to tying the two together (in a way unheard of, and often misunderstood) and reconciling the doubts and confusion that we bear. I have been planning to make a post that touches on this a bit, if you would be interested in reading it. Just something that the Holy Spirit shared with me last week.
    I really enjoy your writing and I pray that you find all of the answers that you seek. In Christ, all things are found. That you are seeking, tells me for certain that He is already working out the answers on your behalf. May God bless you, Rae. Thank you for including us in your pondering.

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  7. Hi Rae,
    Yes, you got it. The Old Testament sets up the need for the gift of grace found in the New Testament. It is all of history in one book so there is a beginning, middle, and end.
    Thanks,
    Gary On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:31 AM Real as the Streets wrote:
    > *Rae posted: “Christianity is a faith of contradiction. The reason is that > we base our life on the Bible. Which has the Old Testament and the New > Testament. Don’t get me wrong, there are certain themes that have strong > consistency throughout the Good Book. But the Ol” >

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  8. Okay, so I’ll do my best to keep it short and as simple as possible. ha ha. Christians should never try to keep Mosaic Law. It was not given for us, and it is not what we are meant to look to. In order to understand why we are not supposed to follow it, however, we first have to understand what the law was for.

    Christ is the fulfillment of the Law. Most Christians have heard that, but I’m learning that many don’t understand what it means.

    Mosaic Law was not a list of doctrinal practices. The Tabernacle system was not like communion or covering heads in chapel. The cleanliness laws were not about keeping the Israelites healthy (though they definitely helped in that way). The purity laws were not like modern modesty standards.

    For Christians to follow the Law or even suggest that we do so is a degradation and insult to the sacrifice of our Messiah on the Cross. Here’s why:

    The law and the Tabernacle system it served were created to allow God a way to fellowship with mankind after the fall. It begins with the plans for the Tabernacle in the latter half of Exodus, and it ends in Deuteronomy. The focal point, however, is the book of Leviticus, and so few of us in the Body of Christ bother to understand that book’s meaning and purpose…and that’s why we have Christians who attempt to “follow the Law.”

    The Law was about making unclean sinners clean. All of the sacrifices in Leviticus, all of the clean/unclean laws, all of the priesthood regulations for keeping the Tabernacle, and all of the laws about morality and behavior were about one thing: maintaining a sacred space where God could be in close proximity/relationship with mankind again. It is heavily symbolic, and it was about providing a method by which man could clean himself temporarily of his sinful covering and be clean before God, coming into his sacred space and communing directly.

    Jesus was sent because mankind utterly failed to keep the Law, and that was the bigger-picture point of the Law. It cannot be successfully followed by sinners, and we are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God.

    Christ WAS the burnt offering, but unlike the cows and sheep and goats and birds and unleavened loaves of Leviticus…Christ was not a temporary burnt offering. His blood on the altar has made us clean for all time. We don’t need to follow the cleanliness rituals because Christ made us ceremonially clean. We don’t need to sacrifice animals because Christ sacrificed himself, simultaneously serving as high priest and burnt offering…for all time.

    To follow the law is to express unbelief in the sacrifice of Jesus. It is to say that Jesus was not enough.

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  9. Jan, Thank you for sharing that verse. I agree completely that there is no book or passage in the Bible placed by chance. It’s all Divinely inspired and useful.

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  10. God gave us the law so that we would become aware of the need for a savior. No one can keep the law; however, Jesus came to complete the law. In Him the law is fulfilled. If we are in Him we have thus fulfilled the law. This is something we could never do on our own. We can only free of the law when we are in Jesus. Out of gratitude for this salvation by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we seek to love God with our hearts, minds and all our strength and we seek to love our neighbors as we love ourself. It is said in the Bible that the world will know Christians by our love (not by our law). Law is needed to make us aware of our fallen human condition and the need for a savior. Grace does not free us from the law but fulfills the law when we are in Christ and pour out His love on this hurting world.

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  11. I too believe, the law reveals how sinful we are and how much we need a Saviour. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Therefore, LOVE is the calling that fulfills the Old Covenant which Christ through His death and resurrection replaced with a New Covenant of Grace where we can do nothing to earn our way to salvation. Only acceptance with humility and a determination to LOVE God and others with all our heart.

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  12. Rae, I recommend looking at all the verses in the Torah regarding what God said about the Sabbath. He says to observe it forever. (Lev. 16:31). His law is forever. (Psalm 119:160). Plus, read the final chapters of Isaiah. End time prophecy there regarding how the Lord’s people will follow His law. Why would He establish His law, take it away, then bring it back? 119 ministries has some great teachings. All in all, we love God with everything that we are and we love our neighbors as ourselves. And if we love God, we keep His commandments. Shalom. 🙂

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  13. When I pray, I align my heart with the heart of God. I am filled with His love for other people. I learn to forget about myself, and trust Him to take care on my needs. Therefore, I do the law and more, not to earn anything, but out of love. Not perfectly, but growing in Grace and Victory.

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  14. grace and law come from One God – they cant be “vs”.
    Grace – forgiven for free – should bring you to life, lead by Spirit, Who will help you fulfill law and Father’s will.
    Jesus is door – grace.
    Jesus is way – how-to
    Jesus is good shepperd – when you tired, lost
    Jesus is life – live like He did on earth, will guarantee life.
    as you see – there is always “if” and “then”.
    keep seeking 🙂
    keep study 🙂
    and keep practise –
    John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
    – will be reality for you, one day.

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  15. The old testament law makes a lot of sense : an eye for an eye but the new testament advocates an impossible law : love your neighbor as yourself. Our human justice system in western democracies follows the old testament ; let the punishment fit the crime.

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