Lose the Law, Grab the Grace

photo by Cian Rhys

“For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in His grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” – Galatians 3:18

If our salvation depends on our following of religious laws, rituals and customs, then it does not come from Jesus, who is our promised path to perfection in Him.  Because God, in His great grace, gave His Son to die in our place, we may receive the promise of our permanent inheritance to enter into eternity with Him, if we are willing to walk by faith.

Living by the law, under the notion that we need to do and be “enough” to inherit that which has been promised, would be missing the point.  When we turn to trust and receive His grace, He delivers deep within us, our heavenly hope in Him.  As we live and love in that place of His goodness and grace, we are compelled to consider one another, and become eager to bless and share of our inheritance with those around us.

It is by faith and not by living under religious law that we are redeemed and rendered worthy to receive our redemption in Christ.  His covering, our cloak that came by the cross, creates the way to bridge the chasm between us and our Beloved.  In Him, we are called clean.  In Him, we are deemed deserving of our destiny, designed to be delivered in fullness upon our earthly end.  It is promised, that even now, He is preparing that place for us to enter His eternal presence.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it is only by faith, not works, that we are saved.  Thank You that You sent Your Son to take our place so that we are no longer subject to religious laws, but rather are released in redemption to run the race that You have placed before us.  Forgive us for falling for the farce that we somehow must earn that which You freely give.  May we learn to live in Your loving place of grace, and be compelled to live and love like You so that all may come to know of Your precious promise, presented to all who believe.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

9 Comments

  1. Our tendencies definitely lean toward the earning side… but if we could earn our way, Jesus died in vain! An important topic.

  2. I heard a sermon from Dr. James Kennedy today regarding President Lincoln and his salvation. During this sermon, Dr. Kennedy said something that struck me… The 10 Commandments are not your salvation but your damnation. The 10 Commandments are there to show you your sin (just as the Apostle Paul wrote–I would not have known sin apart from the law…if the law did not say, “thou shalt not covet” I would not have known covetousness. Romans 7). The 10 commandments remind us that it is humanly impossible to physically keep every single law ever written (especially when it includes the entirety of Mosaic Law). We need help from an outside source. We need God to send us a Savior.
    That is why we need Grace. Grace (and mercy) is why Jesus came to fulfill the Law. Through Jesus we are made righteous as if we fulfilled every requirement of the Law, because Jesus, the one who is greater than the Law, fulfilled the Law and now lives in us.
    THAT is some SERIOUS shouting ground!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Dana, and for sharing the similar thoughts that He has placed on your heart as well! Blessings as we embrace His grace! 🙂

  3. Once again you have struck a chord in my heart. It was 2000 before I learned the difference between living under law and receiving grace. Your message, and your prayer, again, confirms our true identity in Christ, receiving His grace, not living according to law. God bless. I want to re-post this on my site if it’s okay with you.

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