The Law came by Moses—Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
The Law says: This do, and thou shalt live.—Grace says: Live, and then thou shalt do.
The Law says: Pay me that thou owest.—Grace says: I frankly forgive thee all.
The Law says: The wages of sin is death.—Grace says: The gift of God is eternal life.
The Law says: The soul that sinneth, it shall die.—Grace says: Whosoever believeth on Jesus, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on Him shall never die.
The Law pronounces condemnation and death.—Grace proclaims justification and life.
The Law says: Make you a new heart and a new spirit.—Grace says: A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.
The Law says: Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them.—Grace says: Blessed is the man whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sin is covered; blessed is the man to whom God will not impute sin.
The Law says: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.—Grace says: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He first loved us, and gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
The Law speaks of what man must do for God.—Grace tells of what Christ has done for man.
The Law addresses man as part of the old creation.—Grace makes a man a member of the new creation.
The Law bears on a nature prone to disobedience.—Grace creates a nature inclined to obedience.
The Law demands obedience by the terrors of the Law.—Grace beseeches men by the mercies of God.
The Law demands holiness.—Grace gives holiness.
The Law says: Condemn him.—Grace says: Embrace him.
The Law speaks of priestly sacrifices offered year by year continually, which could never make the comers thereunto perfect.—Grace says: But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever; by one offering hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
The Law declares that as many as have sinned in the Law, shall be judged by the Law.—Grace brings eternal peace to the troubled soul of every child of God, and proclaims God's Truth in defiance of the accusations of the calumniator. He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment (condemnation), but is passed out of death unto life.
"By grace are ye saved."—The Evangel.
Has any man ever kept God's whole law? A newspaper reporter announces a modest claimant to this. The Philadelphia Public Ledger some time ago contained a news dispatch from a Western city reading, in part, as follows: "The `perfect man' has been found. . He was testifying as a witness in disbarment proceedings.... `I neither smoke, chew, drink, nor swear,' — testified. 'I never have broken a moral law or a law of God.' ... `You admit, then, that you are a perfect man?' asked the defense counsel. `I do,' answered—, `as nearly perfect as a man can be."' A newspaper item like this is amusing, as it is intended to be. But it goes deeper than that. Doubtless there are others who actually believe they have kept the law of God. Of course, when this man admitted that he was only "as nearly perfect as a man can be," he admitted that he was a lost soul. For not "near perfection" but absolute perfection is the only standard that can satisfy the righteous requirements of a righteous and holy God. And God's Word tells us that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." The consequence? "The wages of sin is death." Yet there has been one Man who never broke the law of God. That Man is the Son of God, Christ Jesus. He kept the whole law for all of us, and then He bore the lawbreaking sins of us all, offering His own perfect righteousness if we will take self as a gift.—Sunday