(The following is a free excerpt from the book “ALL Old Testament Laws Cancelled” by Greg Gibson)

Objection: “But We’re Not Under Law, But Under Grace”

Yes, we’re not under law, but under grace. But, what does that mean? (By the way, the Bible never contrasts law and gospel. But, it contrasts law and grace twice.) Here are the 2 key passages…

    “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Rom. 6:14-15).

    “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (Jn. 1:16).

What do those 2 passages tell us about law and grace? Here are 3 clear facts about law and grace…

    1. The relationship between law and grace is a contrast, not a comparison. (See the word “but” in Rom. 6.)

    2. In John 1:16, law and grace refer to 2 different times in redemptive history: Law was from the time of Moses – Christ (~1445 B.C. – 30 A.D.) and grace is from the time of Christ – the end (~30 A.D. – the end). Therefore, not under law, but under grace refers to redemption accomplished for the corporate Church in the 1st century, not the time of Moses.

    3. In Rom. 6:14, law and grace refer to 2 different lifestyles: sin vs. obedience. (Most in Israel were characterized by sin, but all in the Church are characterized by obedience.) Therefore, not under law, but under grace also refers to redemption applied to individuals in the 1st – 21st centuries.

Some historic Dispensationalists believed there was no grace during the time of law. But, that view is easily disproved by a simple, concordance topical word study…

    “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen. 6:8).

    “…you (Moses) have found grace in My sight” (Ex. 33:12).

    “Toward the scorners He is scornful, but to the humble He gives grace” (Prov. 3:34).

And, some modern Antinomians believe there is no law during the time of grace. However, that view is also easily disproved from a concordance…

    “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).

    “I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts…” (Heb. 8:10).

    “He will bring forth justice to the nations…coastlands shall wait for His law” (Is. 42:1, 4).

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you….” (Mt. 28:19-20; cf. Jn. 14:15, 14:21, 15:10; Acts 1:2; 1 Th. 4:2; 1 Cor. 7:19; 1 Jn. 2:3, 3:22, 3:24, 5:2-3; 2 Jn. 6; Rev. 12:17).

Therefore, just as there was grace during the time of law, so there is law during the time of grace. There are grace and truth in the Old Testament, and law in the New Testament. Whatever it means to be under grace today, does not exclude laws.

So then, what exactly does it mean to be under law vs. under grace? It probably means to be under the authority of one of 2 covenants…

    • The covenant from ~1445 B.C. – 30 A.D. vs. the covenant from ~30 A.D. – the end
    • The covenant characterized by sin vs. the covenant characterized by obedience
    • The law covenant vs. the grace covenant
    • The Old Covenant vs. the New Covenant

Why then, is the Old Covenant called “law,” and the New Covenant called “grace?” Here is the likely reason…

Old Covenant “sanctification” blessings were based on law (works), while New Covenant blessings are based on promise (grace).

(Excerpted from the book: “ALL Old Testament Laws Cancelled”
24 Reasons Why All Old Testament Laws Are Cancelled, And All New Testament Laws Are for Our Obedience, by Greg Gibson, pp. 109-111.)

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