“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify” (Romans 3.20-21 NIV).
God has a design for everything. From the brief moments of our individual lives to the stretches of generations throughout time, God has a plan that is coming to completion. The focus of this plan is His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus binds all of history in His hands and holds us close to the Father’s heart. He is our midwife, bringing the birth of God’s completed creation to fruition. Part of knowing and receiving Jesus Christ is acknowledging our sin. The Law of God in the Old Testament was a precursor to the Law of Grace. It makes us aware of our sin and helps us realize that we cannot achieve God’s holy standard alone. Law came first, so we would openly receive grace next. The same historical precedence of acknowledging sin to receive grace happens every day in our own lives. As we become aware of sin each day, we repent and receive more grace. During the process of recognizing, repenting and receiving, we become more and more like Christ. The more we perceive our sin, the more we lean into grace. Slowly we work the salvation of Jesus we receive by grace into every nook and cranny of our being. We become lovers of God, obeying out of the freedom of God’s Grace; rather than merely subjects of God, obeying out of the fear of the Law.
“Grace means undeserved kindness. It is the gift of God to man the moment he sees he is unworthy of God’s favor.” – Dwight L. Moody