The Contrast between Law by Moses vs. Grace by Jesus (Part 2)

by Creflo Dollar | 26 May 2019

Summary

To properly understand the Bible, we must rightly divide and correctly analyze what we read. What was true under the law may not be true under grace; one of the most important distinctions we must make is understanding the difference between sin as an action and sin as a noun. If we fail to differentiate between the act of sinning and the old sinful root of a man, we can be born again but think that we are still sinners when we commit a sinful act. Although being born again makes our spirits sinless and perfect, we may still continue doing sinful things until we get into the Word of God and let it renew our minds. Sin has dominion over anyone trying to live under the law. However, when we are under grace, we are no longer under its authority. As believers, we can be thankful that we have been delivered from the results of our fruitless self-efforts under the law, and made recipients of changed lives through Jesus Christ.

  1. What is true in our lives is determined by whether we live under the law or under grace.
    1. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
      1. Jesus ushered in a major contrast between the law and grace.
      2. What was true under the law may not necessarily be true under grace. We cannot lump both covenants together without causing major confusion in our lives.
    2. Rightly dividing the Word leads to right-believing and right-living. If we wrongly divide the Word, the opposite is also true. Many churches teach the wrong thing.
      1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
      2. Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15, AMPC).
    3. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man (2 Corinthians 7:1, 2).
      1. This was written by the apostle Paul, the same man who, before receiving his new, sinless nature, had wronged many people. However, after being born again, he could truthfully declare this.
    4. And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles…As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison (Acts 8:1, 3).
      1. Saul was actually Paul, before he was born again.
      2. On a spiritual level, Saul is the old, sinful man inside us before we are saved. After being born again, we are new creations. Like Paul, we have no association with our past.
  1. When we are born again, our spirits—which are our real selves—become new creations.
    1. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
      1. When we get born again and become a new man, the old, sinful man dies.
    2. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13).
      1. We do not need to do anything to be born again; we simply believe.
      2. To be sealed means the good cannot get out and the bad cannot get in.
      3. We are spirits possessing souls and living in physical bodies. Our new, born-again spirits are perfect and flawless; one-third of us is immediately perfected.
      4. Our new spirit is sinless, but unless we renew our mind, we will still engage in sinful acts.
    3. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified…For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:10, 14, 26).
      1. Our born-again spirit, which is our real self, is the part of us that is immediately perfected. However, we will not understand this until we get in the Word and begin renewing our minds.
      2. Most people wrongly divide verse twenty-six and think that if they sin, there is no more sacrifice for their acts of sinning.
      3. All sin is willful. The truth is that rejecting Jesus as the final sacrifice for sin is the “willful sin” to which this verse refers.
  1. We may sin by our actions, but our new spirits are sinless. We are perfected by faith.
    1. Getting born again perfects our spirit; our new spirit is the part of us that now cannot sin. At the moment that we receive salvation, this sinless status only pertains to our spirit, not to our soul or our body.
      1. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect (Hebrews 12:23).
      2. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God (1 John 3:9).
    2. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12).
      1. Jesus only needed to make one sacrifice for sin for all time. When we believe, our redemption is for all eternity.
    3. When we are in Christ, the old man is gone; we get in Christ by believing in His sacrifice for our sins.
      1. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
      2. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).
  1. Jesus Christ takes away the root of sin and replaces it with the root of righteousness.
    1. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28).
      1. The only way we can call ourselves perfect is when we are in Christ.
    2. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Romans 6:1-13).
      1. In the Book of Romans, the word “sin” is used forty-eight times, but only eight times as a verb. In chapter six, it is used as a verb only once. This is significant.
      2. As new creations, being “dead to sin” means being dead to the body of sin.
      3. When we still had the old man in us, we were not free; we had no choice but to sin, because we had the root of sin. With the new man in us, we now have a choice of whether or not to sin. When we sin, it is because we want to.
      4. When we are tempted to do something sinful, we can reckon that we are dead to our old, sinful man.
      5. When we get born again and delivered from our old, sinful nature, our old way of thinking remains. This mindset will reign in our mortal bodies until we renew our minds.
    3. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:14-23).
      1. We do not sin more because we are under grace; grace actually teaches us how not to commit sin.
      2. The Greek translation of the word “obey” means to hearken, pay attention, and listen.
      3. A doctrine is a teaching. We can either pay attention to sin unto death, or to obedience unto righteousness.
      4. “Sin unto death” is the doctrine that comes from Adam. “Obedience unto righteousness” is the doctrine that Jesus teaches.
      5. To be holy means we are uncommon, set apart from the unsaved world. This means that when others are sick we are healed; when others are broke, we are prosperous; when others are sad, we are cheerful.