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.
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