Why should we keep the Law? Isn’t salvation free?

images-6The Bible is very clear that if the law could have been canceled or changed (Matthew 24:35), God would have immediately made that change when Adam and Eve sinned instead of sending His Son to die in the sinner’s behalf to pay the penalty of the broken law. If God could have saved His Son, He would have. But the Law could not be canceled or changed. Christ’s death established the Law “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31).

But keep in mind that no one can be saved by keeping the law “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight” (Romans 3:20). Salvation comes only through grace, as a free gift from Jesus Christ, and we receive this gift by faith, not by works “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). The law serves only as a mirror to point out sin in our lives “By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). Cleansing and forgiveness from in come only through Christ.

Here is the good news, Christ not only pardons repentant sinners, but He restores in them the image of God. He brings them into harmony with His law through the power of His Spirit. “God sending his own Son … That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:3, 4).

God Himself cannot change His law “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17, 18). But He made a blessed provision through Jesus to change the sinner so he can measure up to that law “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts” (Hebrews 8:10). With God’s grace, the believer will confidently say, “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

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In His service,

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