Richard Agee

Question: What is the relationship between law and grace?

Question: What is the relationship between law and grace? Some say verses such as the following suggest grace abolishes the Law, “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Rom. 6:14 NASB).

Food for thought from the recorded discussion

The real question is not, “What is the Law?” The real question is, “What is grace?” What is “favor”? How do we apply it to each other?

Is grace a substitute for the law? The Bible says that Noah found “grace” or “favor” in God’s eyes (Gen. 6:8)? [χάρις, Strong’s lexicon No. 5485, is translated grace or favor  in the Greek translation (Septuagint) of Gen 6:8, is the same word for grace as in Rom. 6:14.] How did Noah get “under grace”?

How does sin “have dominion over” or “master” us? We can’t understand grace without an understanding of sin, law, propitiation (appeasement) and substitution.

You can’t have grace without substitution. Who was the substitute? Yeshua is the grace and favor of God.

 “… because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”  Rom. 3:20

What does Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) teach us about substitution and being “under the law” (see Leviticus 16)? How is this shown in Rom. 3:25?

How do we love God (Deut. 6:4-5; cf. John 14:15, 23)? How do we obey the Law?

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