Psalm 23 – Part 1
November 16, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 2
November 18, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 1
November 16, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 2
November 18, 2013

Law Voids Faith

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“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect.” Romans 4:13-14

A couple of days ago we talked about mixing law and grace. Most preachers are still teaching that from the pulpits. What does Paul say?

Paul says that we are made heirs of salvation and receive the benefits of the cross, through faith, just as Abraham did. For Abraham it was credited or counted as righteousness. Jesus had not gone to the cross. So for Abraham it was on the books waiting for the fullness of time. Abraham was not under the law, as it hadn’t been given yet. He was under grace.

Paul’s argument is then, that if you could become an heir by the law, and the faith Abraham had and the promise given him would be a waste. It would void faith.

Law and faith don’t mix. Law requires behavior-based obedience. It does not require faith. Faith is new covenant. We can only receive by faith. We don’t receive by keeping the law. If we try to keep the law, we void faith. If we void faith, we receive nothing from God. Without faith, we can’t please God. (Hebrews 11:6) We can’t keep the law and have faith at the same time.

You can’t mix faith and law. To do so makes the blessings of Abraham of no effect in your life. The promises we have through Abraham are ours as his spiritual seed in the faith; but we can only receive the same way Abraham received—by faith.

So if you want to live by the law, then you won’t be living by faith. Without faith then you will operate only in dead works and not please the Father. Because, like oil and water, faith and grace don’t mix with law.