God’s Grace Does NOT Replace God’s Law
One of the biggest lies in Christianity is that the law of Elohim (God) is done away with and we don’t have to follow it anymore.
And their reason for not following His laws is because “we are under God’s grace now, which saves us from the law”.
Pastors & Ministers have been preaching this lie since before I was born and probably decades before that. So if you grew up in the “church” like I did, or you attend church regularly now; then I’m almost certain that you’ve heard this message of “we are not under the law” before.
And just as I once did, you probably think that it’s true.
You probably think that the law of The Most High is done away with and that the old testament isn’t even worth reading because it doesn’t apply to you. After all, you’re a new testament church, so what does the old testament have to do with you?… Right?
I know those thoughts very well because up until about about a year ago or so, I used to think this way too. I thought because I was saved by grace through my faith in Christ, that I didn’t have to obey the laws of The Most High because the law had been done away with when the messiah died on the cross.
But as I began to grow in the word and develop a personal relationship with The Most High for myself — outside of what the church or my parents taught me growing up — I discovered that not only is His law NOT done away with, but that if we don’t keep his law, we will NOT have eternal life!
I know this is very shocking for you to hear, and that it may sound like I’m saying that you have to earn your salvation but I’m not. You don’t follow Yahuah’s (God’s) laws to earn your salvation, you follow His laws to keep your salvation. And I’m about to explain to you why in just a few minutes.
But before I can do so, I need to first explain why The Most High gave us His grace (according to the scriptures) so that you understand why His grace didn’t replace the law.
The Purpose of God’s Law
Contrary to what Christians teach, the Most High’s laws weren’t first given in the book of Exodus when He told Moses the laws to give to the children of Israel. No, His laws existed in Heaven before he even created the earth or mankind.
This is how Abraham knew about paying tithes hundreds of years (Gen. 14:20; 28:22) before Moses came on the scene because paying tithes is apart of the law, and the law existed before man was created.
The Most High’s law is the definition of righteousness — the way he commands and instructs us to live. Therefore it would have had to been in existence before he created man, so we would know how to live.
Without Yahuah’s (God’s) law, we would be lost because we wouldn’t know how He desires for us to live and by default we’d be living in sin because breaking His law is the definition of sin. So The Most High gave us His law to give us an instruction manual on how to live holy for Him.
But don’t take my word for it; let’s go to the scriptures for proof…
Whosoever committed sin transgressed also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. – 1st John 3:4
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. – Romans 7:7-9
We heard from both John and Paul that breaking God’s law is the definition of sin. Now let’s hear from the messiah and see what happens to people who continually break the father’s law…
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ – Matthew 7:21-23
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. – Matthew 13:41-42
According to the Messiah, those who live a lifestyle of breaking The Most High’s laws will NOT inherit the kingdom and will instead (go to hell) be sent to burn in the lake of fire. His words, not mines!
So if the apostles tell us that breaking His law is a sin and our Messiah tells us that habitually breaking His law will lead you to eternal death, then we know what the purpose of the law is — to instruct and teach us how to live holy so that we don’t live in sin.
But What About Grace?
Everybody loves to scream “we are under grace now” and that the law is done away with. And they use Paul as their scapegoat for not having to obey Elohim’s (God’s) laws anymore. But there is 2 things wrong with that!
1) Paul is NOT your Messiah. Although he was an apostle for the Messiah, he was an ordinary man just like you and me. Therefore, his words cannot be placed above the messiah.
2) Paul was the apostle to the Gentile Israelites. The reason why Paul’s letters are the most misunderstood writings in the bible is because Paul was mostly preaching to the israelite foreigners of the northern kingdom who didn’t experience The Messiah because they were cast away by God and scattered abroad in other nations. So these gentile israelites were still living under the old sacrificial laws, where they had to do works and rituals, offering up animal sacrifices as an atonement for their sins. They were still under the old sacrificial law, so Paul had to always tell them that The Messiah had came and died for our sins, so they didn’t have to perform animal sacrifices anymore to cover their sins. That’s what Paul meant when he said things like “you are not under the law, but under grace”. He wasn’t talking about God’s spiritual laws — he was talking about God’s sacrificial laws.
This is why there is so much confusion in the christian community today, because over 90% of christian pastors twist Paul’s writings up and tell their congregations that we do not have to obey the father’s commandments and laws anymore because we are under grace.
But that is a LIE from the pits of Hell!
Yes, we are under grace, but grace does NOT replace God’s laws. Grace only replaces His sacrificial (sin offering) laws, but His moral laws stand forever (Deuteronomy 4,5,6).
See, our forefathers agreed to a (contract) covenant with God that would last forever for all generations to come (Exodus 24). Which means, that covenant was supposed to be passed down to us as well, because we are the seeds of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
The reason The Most High created a new (contract) covenant is because our ancestors, the children of Israel broke the first covenant they had with Him (Malachi 2:8) and because He loved us so much, and didn’t want us to perish because of our transgressions, He promised to make a new covenant with us that would cover our sins and bring us back to Him.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. – Jeremiah 31: 31-34
What the last verse is talking about is the messiah, the son of God coming down from Heaven to die for the sins of both houses of Israel so they can attain forgiveness the for all of their iniquities. And that there will come a time when there will be no need for people to instruct others to Know The Most High, because everyone will already know Him in their hearts.
This is exactly what Paul was preaching about in the new testament after the Messiah had came. The gentile israelites were trying to say that Paul was changing the laws and preaching a new gospel. But all Paul was saying in the New Testament was that we are under a new covenant with The Most High, that forgives us for our sins through the death and resurrection of His son, so we don’t have to bring animal sacrifices for our sins anymore. That’s all Paul was saying.
You have to understand that back in those days, people got stoned to death when they were caught sinning by two or more witnesses. So Paul was telling all of the religious leaders that killed people for their sins that we are not going to kill or crucify people who commit sins anymore; instead we are going to tell them about the messiah, the one whom was prophesied about in the old testament to come and save them from their sins.He wanted to show them that they are under God’s grace now and that through our faith in the Messiah, He accepts them (the gentile israelites) back into the family of Israel as His children.
The Messiah is God’s Grace
Now that we have a right understanding of God’s laws and covenants, I can explain what God’s grace is. You should already know this but in case you haven’t figure it out – it’s the Messiah.
Yep! The son of God is the physical and spiritual expression of The Most High’s grace for the sins that we have committed against him. Through Yahusha (Jesus), we are forgiven for our sins and are in right standing with God. So whenever we slip up and sin (break God’s law) we are no longer held guilty and sentenced to death because we have been given His grace, through our faith in Christ, who paid the price for our sins.
But our faith in Christ does NOT save us from the law; it saves us from the punishment of breaking the law. God told us to keep his commandments forever and no where in the bible does He or the Messiah say otherwise.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” – Matthew 5:17-18
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15
In Matthew, the Messiah says that His father’s law stands forever until Heaven and Earth passes away. Then in John, He says, if you love me, you will keep my commandments. And since the messiah never gave any new commandments, but only just echoed His father’s; it should be obvious that Yahusha’s (Jesus’s) commandments are the same as God’s commandments. Therefore as followers of the messiah, we are to keep God’s commandments because His son kept them.
See, many people think that having faith means that you just believe in the messiah and that’s it. But that is sooooooo wrong.
Faith is not an emotion; faith is an action. That’s why the good book says “Faith without works is dead” because when you believe in something, it propels you to act accordingly to what you believe in. For example: the reason you fill out job applications and go on job interviews is because you have faith that someone will hire you to work for them. Although you don’t know for sure if you will get the job, it’s your faith that propels you to act!
And it’s no different with the messiah. If we say we have faith in Him, then our lives will prove it. As John said “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person (1 John 2:4).
So if anyone tells you that they believe in the Messiah, but that God’s law is done away with; they are liars and the truth is NOT in them. The commandments are apart of God’s law, and the messiah said those who practice lawlessness (habitually break the law) will not have eternal life (Matthew 7:21-23). This proves without a shadow of a doubt that if you live a lifestyle of breaking God’s laws, no matter how much faith you claim to have, you will NOT inherit the Kingdom. And that’s real!
The Messiah did not die on a tree to give you permission to habitually sin, He died to atone for your sins, which is The Most High’s grace for when you do slip up and sin. But the laws of God have never changed. They still stand today and they will continue to stand until Heaven & Earth pass away!
I pray this article has blessed you with knowledge of the truth. Shalom!