Outline Title: The Law of Moses versus Grace

From: November 2008
Found in: The old versus the new covenant

The Law of Moses


Imposes divine standards based on God’s holiness for the purpose of revealing to man his sinfulness and making him aware of his need for divine assistance. Imparts divine life based on God’s benevolence for the purpose of making man a partaker of the divine nature and enabling the plan of God to be fulfilled through him
Given by Moses (John 1:17) Grace and truth came by Jesus (John 1:17)
Prohibits (keeps) us from coming to God (Ex. 19:10-25, Heb. 12:18-24) Bids (invites) us to come as we are (John 6:37, Matt. 11:28-30)
Condemns the sinner Redeems the sinner (1 Pet. 1:18-19, Eph. 1:7)
Shuts every mouth Opens every mouth in praise to Him
Says “Do this or die” (Rom. 10:5) Says “It is done, now live” (Rom. 10:1-6)
Says “Try, do your best” Says “Trust and rest”
Condemns the best man (Rom 3:20) Justifies the worst man (Rom. 3:24)
Says “Pay up what you owe” (Rom. 4:4) Says “It is paid in full” (Rom. 4:5, John 19:31)
Provides the basis for the imputation of sin (Rom 4:15, Rom 5:13) Provides the basis for the impartation of righteousness
Says “The wages of sin is death”(Rom 6:23) Says “The gift of God is eternal life”
Says “The soul that sins shall die”(Ezek. 18:4) Says “Believe only and live” (Rom 4:3)
Reveals man’s sin Reveals God’s love (Rom 5:6-8)
Grants us the knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:20) Grants us the knowledge of redemption (Eph. 3:1-12)
Demands obedience (You shall not) Gives us the power to obey (Ezek 36:27)
Was written on stones Was written on the hearts
Brings us into bondage (Gal 4:9, 5:1, 4:3, Col 2:8, 20) Brings us into liberty (Gal 5:1)
Produces fear Produces faith
Was done away with at Calvary Remains forever
Ends with a curse Ends with a blessing