The law was a guardian until Christ came.  The law showed up sin for what it is but it could not save – no one can be justified by obeying the law. We are justified by faith in Christ. If we could be saved by law then Christ would not have been needed. We do not try to earn Brownie points (and salvation) by pedantically following the law. The more self-sufficient we are, the more righteous (and proud) we would be. God does not work with human pride but with humble people.

We need to humble ourselves and take up our cross daily following the one who made salvation possible – both for us and also for those faithful who served under the law (Hebrews 9:26).  Grace is something that is not earned.  Grace is a gift from God. By God’s grace, we can say with Paul:

It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Some helpful Bible references on this subject:

Galatians 2:16-21

yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.  (17)  But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!  (18)  For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.  (19)  For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.  (20)  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (21)  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Galatians 5:1-6

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.  (2)  Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.  (3)  I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.  (4)  You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.  (5)  For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.  (6)  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Romans 4:13-16

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.  (14)  For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.  (15)  For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.  (16)  That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring–not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

Hebrews 9:26

for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

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6 Responses to Why is law no longer necessary to experience God’s grace?

  1. Sothie says:

    “No longer”…….you make it sound like it ever was necessary to experience God’s Grace….IN HAS NEVER BROUGHT GRACE.The law simply define what sin is but doesn’t deal with it to the core…..if you followed it, you will have a claim on God that you followed His law…so all you will get is a reward. But that wont make you righteous in God’s eyes…by the law yes but not in God’s eyes….because you still stink with sin…….NO MAN HAS EVER ATTAINED TRUE RIGHTEOSNESS by following the law because we are incapable of pleasing God on our own…..our very desires are viral before Him…Galatians 5:17

    We have miserably failed to fight sin on our own..and thus why we have the salvation plan….that through faith in Christ we defeat sin….we wear His garments of righteousness….and thus what God sees when we are in His presence….He sees His son in us…..and keeping those garments we still need the Holy Spirit to stay clean.Its like someone whispering answers to you during an exam…..and when you pass you don’t get credit for it…He does.Thus when you follow the whisper….you are no longer subject to the law but to the righteousness of the one whispering…the Holy Spirit…God….Galatians 5:18……and thus grace because 1. you didn’t deserve the whisper 2. You did nothing for Him to whisper to you or lead you………..the root of Sin has never been delt this way till Christ.And if Christ is the true saviour on of all mankind….then NO LAW before Him(coming on earth I mean) ever saved man.And if He is the only way….then Abraham too had to wait for Him to go to heaven……Grace has been free from DAY ONE

  2. Sarah Noonan says:

    You say “The law showed up sin for what it is but it could not save” so why did the children of Israel have to keep the law then? The keeping of it would show them that they were sinning, yes I udnerstand that but what was the point of them keeping it because a)no one could keep the law and b) it wasn’t going to save them. Would they then be better off not keeping it?

    • Mag says:

      You can understand better if you read this book:He Qualifies You by Chad Mansbridge

      Reading Exodus account, you will notice that Moses seeks after God, where the children of Israel seeks after what God can do for them (eg deliver tham from Pharoah, provide food, drink etc) Ps 103:7 clearly states this vast difference between the 2 parties.

      The book of Galations describes how one should live by the Spirit by faith, rather than by the Law (Gal 3:11, v2). The former ensures that whatever done, even the attitude is correct whereas the latter see only outward actions. (eg helping a person out of pure concern or helping someone because of what one can get out of this episode)

      Gen 39:9 – Joseph understood this in his dealing with Pharoah’s wife. This was before the law of Moses was given. Yet he choose to keep himself holy by not sinning against God, even if it meant infurating Pharoah’s wife!

      • Josh Ross says:

        This is untrue. The Messiah commands us to keep the law. James commands us to keep it as does John in his letters. Try reading Psalm 119 also and checking out @fishersofmenassembly on instagram. Since The Messiah debated and exposed the law breakers of his time, never once did.he say, “by my death the law will be made void” what then gives you the right to break it? Also stop misquoting Paul. He says in acts 3 times he agrees with and KEEPS the law and teaches others to do the same. “Imitate me as I imitate Messiah”.

        • Aradragoon says:

          This.
          In fact Yeshua specifically stated that the law would not be one away with “until all things had been fulfilled. Until the Heaven(s?) and the Earth themselves had passed” nothing from the law was to be done away with. (paraphrasing this last part)

          Well the Earth is still here so the law should be kept. All of it. This means not eating pork, shellfish etc. and many other laws.

          As for sacrifices there is no temple mount to make sacrifices. Also I have looked at some but have not found whether or not Yeshua as the perfect sacrifice took away the need to make sacrifices. This is partly because I do not believe there will be a Temple Mount to make sacrifices at as in the end times this would signal the tribulation period if you believe Revelations.

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