GRACE vs TORAH (LAW) Herschel
Romans 6:14b – “ … for you are not under law but under grace”.
You often hear the argument that we are not under law but under grace but what does it mean to be under grace and does this mean we no longer have to obey the Torah (the five books of Moses: Gen – Deut)?
The context of this text is crucial.
Romans 6:14 (in full)
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
So, what is the immediate context of Romans 6:14b – “ … for you are not under law but under grace”? Has the context to do with the Torah of Moses, or the law of sin? Read Romans 6 in its entirety and allow the word of God to speak to you.
Then, let's define what sin is according to the Bible.
1 John 3:4
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness (Torahlessness), and sin is lawlessness (Torahlessness).
Therefore, if there is no Law then there can be no sin.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid! Nay, I would not have known sin, but through the law; for I would not have known lust, except that the law had said, “Thou shalt not covet.”
And what about God's grace. What is this exactly? Put simply, it is His unmerited and undeserved favour that we receive as the result of our Saviour's redeeming sacrifice.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The obvious conclusion that we can logically arrive at is that:
THE OPPOSITE OF LAW (TORAH) WAS NEVER GRACE!
THE OPPOSITE OF LAW IS LAWLESSNESS!
SIMILARLY, THE OPPOSITE OF GRACE WAS NEVER LAW (TORAH).
tHE OPPOSITE OF GRACE IS DISGRACE!
May our minds be renewed by the washing of the word and not by our own, or taught, prejudices!