Gospel of Grace

I’ve been a Christian for over 10 years and yet it was only last year, 2010, that I have heard and understood  the Gospel of Grace. What is the Gospel of Grace? The way I see it, the Gospel of Grace is the real Gospel. It is the amazing good news that Paul preached. To understand the Gospel of Grace, allow me to talk about covenants. There are two major covenants in the Bible: The Old and New Covenant. The Old Covenant is a covenant between man and God. It is dependent on man’s capacity of keeping the Law.  So when you read words in the Bible that says, “If you fully obey the commands of the LORD...” followed by the reward of man’s obedience then that is an example of the Old or First Covenant. The Old Covenant was made when the Law was given to man.

What is the purpose of the Law?

The purpose of the Law is not for man to live by but the purpose of the Law is for man to realized his need for a Savior. In Romans 7:7, Paul argues,

 What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet." New International Version (©1984)

The Law’s purpose is for man to realize their sinful nature and the impossibility of redemption outside of Christ.  So since the man cannot keep their part of the Old Covenant and God found fault in the it*, God created a New Covenant, based on better promises NOT on better Laws**. 

So the Law points to Grace.What is Grace?Grace is the person of Jesus. 1 John 1:17 says,

 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus ChristNew International Version (©1984)

The Law was given but Grace and Truth came. You can give something but its another thing when someone came. Grace and Truth comes together since they are inseparable whole in the Person of Jesus. So why did Grace came? In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said,

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. New International Version (©1984)

Since the Law is like an unpassable examination, Jesus, Himself, took the exam and he passed and by His blood, God and Man (Jesus) packed a New Covenant, the Covenant of Grace, so that whoever identifies with Jesus will pass the test through Jesus.That is why, Jesus said during the communion in 1 Corinthians 11:25, 

In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." New International Version (©1984)

And in Matthew 26:28,

In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." New International Version (©1984)

In simple terms, the New Covenant is the Good News telling men that if you have Jesus, your sins are forgiven: past, present, and future. In the Old Covenant, man’s disobedience leads to forfeiting him his blessing but in the New Covenant, Jesus’ Finished Work, enabled us to enjoy the blessing of God, His riches, and His inheritance. So the question to ask in the New Covenant is, “Am I acceptable before God?” The question to ask is, “Is Jesus acceptable before God?” because as Jesus IS so are we in this world***. 


* Hebrews 8:7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. New International Version (©1984)

** Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

*** 1 John 4:17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. New International Version (©1984)