Law vs Grace? Law and Grace Coexisting? Or Law Fulfilled by Grace?
“For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.” (Rom 10:4)
What law did for Israel, Christ Himself does for the church. God’s will is no longer expressed to his people in a code of laws, but by his Spirit through his Son and the Scriptures. Paul argues in Galatians 4 that being under law is just as much bondage as is bondage to sin.
This doesn’t mean in any way that obedience to God is irrelevant, but that it isn’t the quality of our obedience that matters.
“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
All that to try and say that I don’t believe law and freedom co-exist, at least not in the sense of a written code.
But at the same time, I don’t believe that the “holy, righteous, and good” law of God should be understood to be fighting against grace. The revelation of the Law was both an expression of grace in itself and an outgrowth of the grace God shared with Israel in the Exodus. The law had a beautiful purpose in the mission of God – a purpose wrecked, like everything God created, by sin. My sin.
What the law could never achieve, Jesus Christ has achieved, is achieving, and will bring to fulfillment in His time. I love him because he first loved me, and I will strive to walk by the law of His Spirit (Rom 8).
Why? Because he was a descendant of David with reference to the flesh, who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, King Jesus our Lord. (Rom 1:4-5)