If you think God will bless you and is happy with you when you obey Him, and then curse you and is angry with you when you fall short and fail, you are probably listening to a voice teaching the law.
Now, that message may sound convincing, but it’s a dangerous teaching because it nullifies the finished work of Jesus. The law is man-oriented and says, “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image.… You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:3–4, 7). Grace is God-oriented and says, “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.… I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10, 12).
The law is man-centered whereas grace is Jesus-centered. The law focuses on what you must accomplish; grace focuses entirely on what Jesus has accomplished. Under the law, you are disqualified by your disobedience; under grace, you are qualified by Jesus’ obedience. Under the law, you are made righteous when you do right; under grace, you are made righteous when you believe right. Take a look at the following, which lists the key differences between law and grace.
LAW: Given impersonally through Moses, a servent of God
GRACE: Came personally through Jesus, the Son of God
LAW: Reveals what man ought to be
GRACE: Reveals Who God is
LAW: Results in miracles of death
GRACE: Results in miracles of life
LAW: The letter of the law kills
GRACE: The Spirit of grace gives life
LAW: Demands righteousness from sinfully bankrupt man
GRACE: Provides righteousness as a gift to man
LAW: Old, inflexible wineskin
GRACE: New, intoxicating wine
LAW: Sins remembered and visited by God
GRACE: Sins forgiven and remembered no more by God
LAW: Dispenses blessings and curses
GRACE: Dispenses only blessings
LAW: Man-centered—what you must do for God
GRACE: God/Jesus-centered—what God will do for you/what Jesus has done for you
LAW: You are disqualified by your disobedience
GRACE: You are qualified by Jesus’ obedience
LAW: You are justified by your works
GRACE: You are justified by faith
The afore are key differences between law and grace.
Beloved, aren’t you glad the Lord Jesus came and died for your sins on the cross so that you can now come under God’s glorious grace and experience the breakthroughs you need?