Law or Grace? Day 3
What is the result of mixing law and grace?
Slavery! God has set us free from the law of Moses! If we try to obey its commandments, we will find ourselves trapped resulting in slavery to sin! Grace frees us from trying so hard to please God. Grace is what empowers us to live the righteous life we have tried so hard to do on our own, but just couldn't!
Trying to follow the 10 commandments results in slavery to sin. Don't believe me?
Galatians 3:2 Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. (New Living Translation)
If we focus on the 10 commandments, it produces slavery to try to please God. We are trying to earn God's favor by our behavior. We cannot accomplish this in our own strength!
There's no relationship with God in trying to obey the 10 commandments, which is why God gave them in the first place! The Israelites did not want a relationship with God. Instead, they asked him for rules to obey. So God gave them rules.
Paul pleads in the book of Galatians to live in freedom, free from the law. A balance of law and grace does not work.