Law Versus Grace
I Kings 2:1-3; John 1:17
June 24, 2007
INTRODUCTION: This evening, I am going to briefly discuss with you the differences between the O. T. Law under Moses and N. T. Grace under Jesus Christ.
I confess, my sermon is by no means a treatise on the subject; rather it is a short homily on two of the most important issues in Scripture.
QUOTE: The famous evangelist, D. L. Moody, simplified it by this statement: "The Law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out."
The truth of the matter is that what Moody said is exactly right. The purpose of the Law was to reveal our sin, to hold us accountable before God. N. T. grace, on the other hand, reveals God's love, mercy and forgiveness through His Son. In Galatians 3:24, we are told: "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Let me give you a brief outline...
I. THE GIVING OF THE LAW
1. Our text in John 1:17, tells us, "The law was given by
Moses." Of course, we understand that the Law was really given by God—He gave it to Moses to give to the people.
2. We all remember the story in Exodus—the giving of
the Ten Commandments to Moses. The Lord brought him up to Mt. Sinai and there under that holy cloud filled with lightening and thunder, God emblazoned and inscribed in tables of stone the immortal law of God.
a. Exodus 31:18, "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."
3. But, why did God give the Law—why did He give Moses and Israel Ten Commandments? And let's be reminded, He give an additional 613 commandments
on top of that—all the civil, ceremonial and dietary laws.
a. Let me give you a few reasons for the Law...
A. By the Law, man was made aware of his sin
1. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7: 7, "I had ...
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