Grace is Higher than Law
“And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God” (Acts 13.43 ESV).
God has made two covenants throughout time with His people: The Old Testament Covenant of Law and the New Testament Covenant of Grace. Both covenants fulfill the redemption plan of God that He put in place when He gave us free will. Two trees were in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil represents free will. The Tree of Life represents Jesus Christ. Together both trees fulfill the amazing plan of God for His people. The Covenant of the Law is a set of rules that God designed that were humanity’s only shot to achieve holiness on their own. However, even with the many rules of holiness, a system of sacrifice and redemption through the blood of animals was created because God knew His children would fall short. Once humans exhausted all effort to achieve holiness on their own, the time of Grace became ripe. Grace is higher than law. Grace is not an excuse to do whatever we want. Grace is the ability to achieve God’s perfect standard even in our sinful state. The blood of Jesus continually washes over our best efforts, making them holy and pleasing to God. Grace sets the highest standard, knowing that Jesus has achieved it on our behalf.
“And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4.6 NLT).