"The power of the keys brings freedom from guilt and condemnation. In the power of the keys My mercy is renewed every morning."
Grace vs. Law
First Published November 1977
The only thing that counts is faith; faith in God and His Word and obedience to the Lord. Are you obeying the Lord? If you have the faith and the truth and the Word and obey, that is what counts!
The Christian era was a total change, and it totally outdated, outmoded and overthrew the whole works. That's the fight that the apostle Paul was having.
If the early Christians had said, "Now wait, we have to check all of this out with the Mosaic law and we still have to keep the law, it's got to check out with the scriptures, it's got to check out with the law!", they never would have broken away from the Mosaic law.
When people don't want to obey the grace they always return to their legalism in self-defense, they always go back to the law to prove their point.
When people are not willing to receive the revelations grace gives, the freedom that grace gives and the new wine that grace gives, they always turn back to their legalism and the law to prove their points, that it is not according to the law, not according to Moses, etc. When they are not willing to receive the new wine that grace gives and the new truth, they go back to their law and their self-righteousness and their old rules, "back to the book."
When people start going back to these old legalistic scriptures then they are turning their backs on the freedom of grace and the liberty which the Lord has given us and the new wine and the new truth and new revelations which are for us today, here and now, and not for Paul and his day, much less Moses and his day!
If they go back to the law even on one point they are obligated to keep the whole law. "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (Galatians 3:10) If they will surrender even one point and feel that in any one point that they have got to be bound by the law and it contradicts what the Lord has shown, then they are going to go back to the whole works and there is no stopping place.
You've either got to go all the way by grace or you've got to go all the way by law. " And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." (Romans 11:6) "But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith." (Galatians 3:11,12)
"And the law is not of faith." (Galatians 3:12) Now that's a pretty strong statement, "The law is not of faith"! That must be a slap in the face for any people who feel more bound by the old laws and the old words.
"For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise." Four hundred and thirty years before He gave the law to Moses! "Wherefore then serveth the law?" It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of the mediator. (Galatians 3:18-19)
The Lord really preferred the whole thing by grace and faith to begin with, that was His original plan, but He had to crack down with the rules because they didn't follow grace and faith and love. But keeping the rules didn't save them, the rules only showed them where they were wrong.