Grace versus Law....Are you confused?
Hello Sweet Friends, I don't know about you, but as I have grown in my walk with God I have often struggled trying to grasp this idea of Grace and Love while confronted with passages that speak very boldly about living the commandments. It was even harder to grasp how He could free us from the law, but continue to teach on the necessity of obedience that felt much like "the law." Thoroughly confused, I have searched to understand and explain this notion of law and love, and I thought I might share the revelation that He has put on my heart in regards to this matter. Perhaps, it will bring you peace of mind, as well?
Under the Old Covenant, it seemed the Israelites feared God. We see this with Moses when they could not accept the radiance of his face after communing directly with God on Mt Sinai. The presence of God brought fear to the people. Fear that led them to call for a mediator. Separation. We see certain men and women that truly encountered God like Moses and David and Solomon and the prophets. We see their hearts of love for Him and their worship and adoration. However, we see the masses building idols and seeking to hear God from a distance. Fear was present. Knowing they needed a visible sign of His presence to prevent them from worshiping false idols, God gives instructions to build a dwelling place. The veil over the face of Moses was then transferred to a tabernacle that would separate the physical presence of God, in the form of a glory cloud, from His people. Like Moses, only the high priest would commune with God, and they would remain at a distance. Because it is impossible to love what you do not know, the people truly feared Him and chose to obey commandments etched in stone out of obligation. Out of fear they sought righteousness.
Now enter Jesus who comes to remove the veil and usher us into the presence leaving the Holy Spirit as our guide. As the last words were spoken from our Savior hanging upon that cross, the veil to this dwelling place was torn and we were no longer separated from God. We no longer needed a mediator. We no longer had to obey out of obligation and no longer had to live in fear, because we could KNOW Him intimately and personally through the Holy Spirit. We could now love Him as we are called to in Deuteronomy 6 with all of our being. It was His Grace that saved us and His Grace that removed the veil and said, Enough....Experience me! Experience my love for you!
So now, we no longer need a stone nor fear, because the commandments are written upon our hearts (Hebrews 8:10). The commandments are now bound to our source of love. As we grow in intimacy with Him, our love grows; as that love grows, we need no obligation to obey, because it is an act of love and desire. The fruits of the Spirit are love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, self control, goodness, gentleness, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22-23). Against these there is no law. So as we love Him, the fruit of the indwelling Spirit manifest and a person with this character would never commit any one of the commandments......it isn't possible, because the fruit isn't capable. One of kindness couldn't fathom adultery or murder. One of goodness can not covet. One of faithfulness can not bow down to false idols. I hope this is making sense, and I hope that it brings you to a place, especially in this season of lent, to say.....
Holy Spirit, work in me! Manifest yourself in this flesh. Change me from the inside out!
His Grace does not give us a free pass to live in sin, but the Grace to be freed from it! May this season we seek the Spirit to do a new thing within each of us!
Seek. Love. Follow.
In His Wings, Ro