Grace vs Law #1
For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.(Joh 1:17 WEB)
Grace provided Thru Christ
Brothers, I speak according to man, a covenant having been ratified, even among mankind, no one sets aside or adds to it. But the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Seed (it does not say, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” which is Christ). And I say this, A covenant having been ratified before to Christ by God, the Law coming into being four hundred and thirty years after, does not annul the promise, so as to abolish it. For if the inheritance is of Law, it is no more of promise; but God has given it to Abraham through promise. (Gal 3:15-18 LITV)
When reading this scripture and follow through to Gal 4\:30; we notice an interesting point as Paul explains the difference between Law and Grace. He points out the difference between Abraham’s two sons. the one (Ishmael) born of the bondwoman, Sarah’s maidservant. The other (Isaac) who is the Son of Promise.
Both have a prophetic connotation. Ishmael representing the Law and Isaac representing the Promised One Who would come, dying on behalf of all mankind. The original plan upon God’s Heart was to create us in His image.
God’s Love is so great that He created us to be loved by Him. When He originally created man, He formed us with His hands and fingers. From Scripture we see; God created all things, through the Authority and Power of His Word.
We are certain that He calls those things which are not as though they are. We read also that without The Word of the Lord, nothing could come into existence. Scripture also tells us, our Lord Honours His Word above His Name!
What has this to do with this matter concerning Grace or Law?
I am glad you asked! Though we claim to have the wisdo0m of the sages across all the ages, we may still be missing something of vital importance! We understand from the Scripture that everything which our God created and made, was Good, Perfect and Beautiful. All these things took place well before the time of Moses and the Law
In fact, Abram was called from out of Ur of the Chaldees, to possess the Promises of God. He received God’s covenant promises of Redemption.
Historical records reveal, his house, and family were originally idol worshippers. Evidence supports Ur of the Chaldees as been the home of Moon Worship. He would thus be classified as a gentile. Soon his status would be changed, from idol worship to that of our father of faith. He would be known as God’s Friend! The father of many nations. His wife Sarai with him.
2. Name Changes
God is not a man, that he should lie; Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received the commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
During the course of time, God called him from out of his people, kindred, country, and nation. Before Abram’s time, there were no such people known as Hebrews or Israel. This only came to pass during Jacob’s lifetime. Previously we came across Abram’s call. He is instructed by the Lord to leave his people and to follow Him! Abraham was the forerunner and.father of our Faith.
When the Lord called him out of Ur he was known as the exalted father (Abram). That being the original meaning of his name. Although known as the exalted father, Sarai his wife was unfruitful, barre; she could not give Abram a son. During those days, as also today Abram sought an heir, to whom he could leave his inheritance. while living among his people he saw the fallacy of their idols.
He diligently sought after the Truth, and the Truth found him. Scripture reminds us when we diligently seek the Lor, with all our heart, we shall be found by Him; -.
As Abram walked with God, he became known as God’s friend. His life spoke of God’s Goodness toward him in the land of the living. His faith increased daily! when the time was right the Lord promised they (Abram & Sarai) shall have an heir. In the course of time the Lord changes his name from the exalted father (Abram) to that of Father of Many Nations; Father of a Multitude (Abraham). So doing the Lord confirmed His original Covenant which He made with Abraham, adding Blessing upon Blessing.
Abraham increased in wealth, becoming a very wealthy man. Though he increased in blessings, he still sought the Lord for the Promise. Through this Promised Seed all the nations, peoples of the Earth would be blessed. When they blessed Abraham they were also blessed! When they cursed Abraham they were also cursed. This even today. in our time is true. Originally the Lord promised Abraham that He would bless him. Confirming that they who bless Abraham would be blessed, They who curse Abraham would be cursed!
The Almighty always makes His Word Sure. He is still God1 Let God be God! Each man or woman, a sinner! God is not a man that He would lie, neither the son of man that He should repent_ _ _!
To be contd (Name Changes Grace vs Law).