The Bible is categorized into twofold mandates; it is the Old Testament and the New Testament. Mutually are vital, going through the Old Testament you witness Jesus concealed and the New Testament is Jesus revealed. Furthermore, the old covenant is the place where we know about the ten commandment and many other commandments. But the ten that we know mostly about are the ones that are habitually used to make us attentive to how flawed humanity or Christians are.
John 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses; Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,” I can concur that this verse shows so vividly how the two differ. The former was given through Moses and the latter came through Jesus. Simple and straight forward yet people want to enforce the former mandate into Jesus. John 1:14, “… the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth,” Grace is Jesus, Grace is not a subject, Grace is not a curriculum, Grace is a person and His name is Jesus.
Exodus 32:28, “The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died,” after Moses came down from Mount Sinai and displayed before them the mandates that God had demanded from them, God’s law was so perfect that three thousand fell and breathed their last. The law makes you aware of your shortcomings, no matter how hard you can run to the law, it will not make you perfect or help you out of trouble and condemnation, and instead it shoves you into the pit of condemnation.
Acts 2:41, “Then they gladly received his word and were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls,” dissimilar to the former, the latter came with life and saved three thousand in an unveiling of the Holy Spirit of truth. This is to intensely segregate the Law from Grace. The law brought death while Grace brought life. That is the crux of what Jesus is, He came to safe and not beat. However, the law demands from us, the ultimate perfection that God wants us to perform.
There are six hundred and thirteen laws in the Bible one of which includes Leviticus 19:2, “become Holy as Yahweh is Holy.” This goes to postulate that in the Old Covenant, you had to, by your own effort work at being Holy as God is Holy. Not forgetting that if you missed just one, you had fallen so short of being Holy. I like the way Pastor Robert Morris said it, he said, “God says here is a test, it has 613 questions, you can take it, by the way you have already failed or you can take my Son’s grade, He already took the test and got an A+.”
So ladies and gentlemen, we already have an A+ in God’s side. Jesus took that test with us in mind. He took that exam so that He can get that distinction and gracefully hand it to us. That A+ is one of the greatest gifts we could have ever asked for. This is just a tip of the ice burg, I will continue on deliberating between the two in the next articles.