John 1:17 is one of my favorite scriptures. It captures the essence of both the old and new testaments in one verse:
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
But, It All started in the Garden!
When I was a child hearing the story of Adam and Eve eating the apple, I pictured the two of them hiding behind a tree and God walking in like an angry parent that had a belt in His hand. However, when I got older and got closer to God, I realized that wasn’t how it happened. Here is a more accurate scenario:
Adam and Eve eat the apple, realize they are naked and cover themselves with fig leaves. When they hear God coming, they hide. When God finds them, He hurts for them. He feels the way loving parents would feel if they just found out that their beloved son has broken the law and is going to have to spend time in prison. They would not berate their child. They would actually take his place if they could. God did banish them from the garden but it was not out of anger.
Two things prove God was not angry but instead was hurt for them. First, God didn’t leave them in their outfits of fig leaves; He killed an animal and made them clothes out of the animal skin. Second, just like the loving parents in the paragraph above, God wanted to take their place and He did. His thought was, “I’m sorry you did this to yourself son, but I’ll find a way back to you and I’ll make everything right again!”
Then His plan towards salvation started. First He gave the law through Moses; then grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The Real Purpose of the Law
The law was never meant to make man good enough but was only a shadow of the things to come (Hebrews 10:1). I believe Galatians 3:23-25 gives the best explanation of the purpose of the law:
“But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
The law kept man until Jesus came but once Jesus came and fulfilled the law, we no longer needed to be under it. That does not mean the law went away. It just went from being over us to being in our hearts and minds, as it says in Hebrews 10:16:
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.”
Then Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ
What started in the Garden after the fall, Jesus completed on a cross on Calvary.
I just have to say it again… What a mighty, awesome God we serve!
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Yours In Christ,
Founder of PrayingProphet.net