MANY HAD THE WRONG NOTION OF EQUATING OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW AS FAITH, NOT REALIZING THAT THE LAW IS NOT BASED ON FAITH BUT ON WORKS.
(Gal. 3:12) “The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, ‘The man who does these things will live by them’”
GRACE IS ANTITHESIS TO LAW.
THE “LAW” IS THE “OLD COVENANT”.
“GRACE” IS THE “NEW COVENANT”.
“GRACE” IS BY FAITH.
“LAW” IS BY WORK.
“GRACE” IS UNMERITED FAVOR; YOU CANNOT EARN IT, WORK FOR IT OR DESERVE IT. IT IS GIVEN FREE AND RECEIVED BY FAITH.
(Rom 11:6) “And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”
“LAW” IS DESERVED FAVOR; YOU HAVE TO EARN IT.
THE OLD COVENANT IS CONTINGENT TO YOU OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW.
THE NEW COVENANT IS CONTINGENT ON YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS.
BEFORE THIS FAITH CAME, WE WERE HELD PRISONERS BY THE LAW.
(Gal 3:23) “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.”
NOW THAT FAITH HAS COME WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER LAW.
(Gal 3:25) “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.”
SALVATION IS BY FAITH NOT BY WORKS.
(Eph 2:8-9) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
IF YOU WORK FOR IT THEN IT IS NOT COUNTED AS GRACE, BUT AS A WAGE.
(Rom 4:4) “Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.”
FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING THE WORD OF GOD.
(Rom 10:17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
FAITH IS NOT FOCUSED ON SELF; IS IT NOT FOCUSED ON WORKS, BUT ON CHRIST; HIS ATTRIBUTES, HIS LOVE, HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS AND ALL THE BENEFITS THEREOF.
IT IS THE UNVEILING OF CHRIST THAT IMPARTS FAITH.
Heb 12:2a) “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”
YOU CANNOT DETACH CHRIST FROM FAITH OTHERWISE IT BECOMES POSITIVE THINKING.
REMEMBER, THE OBJECT OF CHRISTIAN FAITH IS CHRIST!