April 3: “Law and Grace”

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Deuteronomy 23:1–25:19
Luke 10:13-37
Psalm 75:1-10
Proverbs 12:12-14


Luke 10:25 (CSB): “Then an expert in the law stood up to test him, saying, ‘Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” 


We have touched on the nature of the Gospel quite frequently as we have journeyed through the Bible this year. But, the Gospel has been tampered with so often that it is helpful to continually remind ourselves of what it is.

For the purposes of this post, we will focus briefly on the purpose of the Law in the Gospel.

Luke 10:25 (CSB): “Then an expert in the law stood up to test him, saying, ‘Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” 

We won’t judge the motives of the “expert in the law.” Let’s take his question at face value. He essentially asked how he could get to Heaven. He wanted to know how he could get the kind of life that Jesus promised.

Essentially, his question was: “How can I get saved?”

Great question! If someone came to you or me and asked that question, we might immediately take him to the cross. We might tell him of how Jesus took on Himself the sins of the world so that anyone who looks at Him (Jesus) and trusts in Him is immediately saved.

But, that’s not what Jesus did. Jesus, instead, took him to the Old Testament Law.

Luke 10:26 (CSB): “‘What is written in the law?’ he asked him. ‘How do you read it?'”

Why did Jesus take this man to the Law? Can the law save us?

No! A thousand times “No!” The Law has no saving power at all.

Instead, the Law brings us to our knees. The Old Testament Law’s purpose is to cause us to realize our utter destitution and guilt before God. It causes us to realize that we are thoroughly incapable of complying with its demands and are left utterly helpless and hopeless.

Romans 3:19-20 (CSB): “Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment. For no one will be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.”

The Law was never intended to save us. It was always intended to condemn us.

While the Law is good, it demonstrated that we are not. It revealed that all of us stand before God as Law-breakers.

Question: Why did Jesus take the man to the Law if it could not save?

Answer: The Law would prepare the man’s heart to receive the Good News. The Law would humble this man, causing him to fall at the mercy of the Divine Court, and receive the gift of God’s wonderful grace.

Friend, when you share the Gospel with others, be sure to share the Law (simply focus on some of the Ten Commandments). For example:

  • Have you ever looked on someone for the purpose of being sexually aroused? Then you have broken the 7th commandment (“You shall not commit adultery” – Exodus 20:14)
  • Have you ever taken something that didn’t belong to you, even something so small as a pencil from work? Then you have broken the 8th commandment (“You shall not steal” – Exodus 20:15)
  • Have you ever told a lie? Then you’ve broken the 9th commandment (“You shall not bear false witness” – Exodus 20:16)

A proud heart is totally incapable of receiving God’s grace. It is only a broken, convicted heart that can fully embrace the Good News of the Gospel. The Law brings about this humility.

So, just as Jesus used the Law to prime hearts to receive the Gospel of grace, we should do the same.

If you want to learn how to share the Gospel in a way that demonstrates the value of the Law, check out “Way of the Master” by clicking here.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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