A LAW COVENANT OF WORKS VS THE GRACE COVENANT OF FAITH

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

grace covenant

The New Testament is a Grace Covenant of Faith. That means it was offered to man on terms of grace (based on Jesus’ work not our merit) that needs responded to by our faith. Romans 6:14 clearly states we are not under the Law but under grace. The Law was a Covenant of Works meaning it depended on what man did to gain God’s righteousness, favor, blessing, or provisions. One’s works were done to get God to do something and to merit righteousness, favor, blessing or provisions based on that work. The problem was man within himself, within his flesh, did not have the power to keep the Law. The law was given as a complete unit and to live under Law one would have to keep the whole Law. To offend in one point was to be guilty of breaking the whole Law. The Law could spell out the standard of what God considered holy, righteous, and good but it could not supply the power to meet the standard. Trying to live ones life by a works of the law approach to God would result in:
1. FRUSTRATION – Because the flesh as a power is weak to fulfill any obligation.
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin (by a sacrifice for sin), condemned sin in the flesh,” Romans 8:3. The law was weak through the flesh, which results in:
2. CONDEMNATION or guilt because the law was a ministration of condemnation.
“For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory,” 2 Corinthians 3:9. Which also results in a life under the:
3. CURSE, because to offend in one point was to be guilty of all of it, and an automatic curse would come on you.
” For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them,” 2 Corinthians 3:9.
The only response we can have is faith which is ALWAYS faith in the finished work of Jesus. Under grace, we receive a new nature and the power to live up to any of God’s moral standards. When we accepted Jesus and are under grace we have God’s righteousness, favor, and blessing by our new position called in Christ

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Posted in Always a Response of Faith, Condemnation, Covenant, Curse, Faith, Frustration, Grace, In Christ, Law, New Testament, Old Testament, Works

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