Works Versus Grace

Romans 7:6 AMP But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].

If we can really grasp what the Lord is saying in this verse we can be set free from a “works” mentality and liberated to walk in the grace of God, by the direction of the Holy Spirit!

Discharged – according to Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary it means unloaded; let off; shot; thrown out; dismissed from service; paid; released; acquitted; freed from debt or penalty; liberated; performed; executed.

Through the work that Jesus did on the cross of Calvary we have been freed from the debt of the Law. The Law called for an eye for an eye; performance to the highest standard; strict adherence to the Ten Commandments; the requirement to live a perfect life. But through the blood of Jesus we have been set free from the requirement of working to be accepted through keeping the Law. We can now live by the Spirit, according to His promptings. We live by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus!

Intercourse – a running or passing between. Communication; commerce; connection by reciprocal dealings between persons or nations, either in common affairs and civilities, in trade, or correspondence by letters; intimacy through sexual relations.

We often think of intercourse as in the sexual intimacy between a husband and wife and it is that, but we can also think of it as any type of intimate communication such as: we have an intercourse with neighbors and friends in mutual visits and in social concerns; nations and individuals have intercourse with foreign nations or individuals by an interchange of commodities, through the purchase and sale of such things, and through treaties and contracts.

In looking at that word “intercourse” in the Amplified Bible’s translation of this verse, what jumped out at me is the thought that we don’t have to be so “intimate” with the Law in working to do what is right according to it’s requirements.  The exact perfection that once was required is no longer an issue for us.  We have been released from the “tie” that bound us to the regulations of the Law.  We no longer have to worry about doing everything “just right” to please God.  Jesus fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the Law for us; He came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill it:

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

In His fulfilling the Law, He opened up a new way for us to achieve righteousness with God. It is now no longer necessary for us to work to obtain right standing with the Father, but instead we “receive” the work that Jesus did on our behalf by faith, and so we are set free to “be” who He created us to be instead of working to attain the perfection of the righteous requirement of the Law.

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

You see, Christ Jesus set us free from having to try to attain our righteousness through fleshly efforts. He broke down that wall of separation between God and man through His work on the Cross for each one of us.

Romans 7:6 AMP “…… So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].”

Now that we’ve been set free from trying to obey to the Law, we can live by the promptings of the Spirit! Praise the Lord! We don’t have to try to keep every rule that was required by the Law. We can live by the Spirit of God within us as He directs us and prompts us. We are free to “be” instead of chained in bondage to a set of rules and regulations! The rules are still there as guidelines, but are not requirements for acceptance by God. When we live by the prompting of the Spirit He will always bring back to our remembrance what pleases God, in living a life of integrity, but our acceptance is no longer based on what we do; it is based on who we are in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:13,14 NLT But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through the work of Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing He promised to Abraham, and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.

Father, I thank You for giving Your Son to die for me that I might be free from the law of sin and death! Thank You for making it possible, Lord Jesus, for me to have eternal life through Your sacrifice on the cross on my behalf. Thank You, Lord Jesus for taking the curse of the law for me and giving me life through the Holy Spirit in its place. Father, may we fully understand all that You have purchased for us in salvation. Help us to understand; give us revelation knowledge of all that we have and are in Christ Jesus. Open the eyes of our hearts to see what You see and understand Your great plan for us. Thank You, for giving us new life in Christ Jesus and for Your Spirit Who lives within us directing us and prompting us to live according to Your principles. Thank You for blessing us, Father, and for making us a light shining into the darkness to lead others to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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  1. Trackback: 120715–George Hach’s Inner Disciplines Journal–Sunday | George Hach's Blog
  2. lbaruc
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 22:42:40

    Hi… Just wanted you to know I absolutely love your posts. They are inspirational and encouraging.

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