I hear so many confused answers on Christian ethics
and obligations. This morning I heard a man I deeply respect say we are no longer under the law. And then he stopped there, Romans says “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
And that’s true but that is not all, it goes on to say in the very next verse “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”
Can you earn a gift?
Can I earn God’s love and forgiveness? Of course not. I will never be good enough, there is nothing I can do to make myself good enough. After all if I cut someone off on the freeway tomorrow, what do I do to make it right? How about the lie I told my senior year of high school?(ok the LIES, plural). People I have hurt with my actions? How would the scales ever balance out.
See grace can’t be earned, otherwise it is not grace. Grace by one definition is unmerited favor
. It takes one of the hardest acts of man, to accept a gift. We really want to make it on our own. Our pride gets in the way, and we try to be good enough, strong enough, rich enough, wise enough. But we can’t be anything enough to earn it.
You can’t save yourself, and neither can I.
The law saves no one. The law is God’s standard. We don’t obey the law in order to earn Gods love. We obey the law because we love God.
The resurrection was a sign from God that Jesus sacrifice, his shed blood, his death was sufficient.