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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 25, 2019

LAW vs GRACE

Ezekiel 18:1-20

Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die (18:4).

The Clothing Of The Soul

While Jesus was in the house of Simon the Pharisee, a street woman came in, and kneeling down at the feet of Jesus she bathed His feet with her tears and dried them with the hair of her head. The law says that she must be stoned to death, for the law knows no mercy, nor forgiveness. Mercy and grace and forgiveness is some other thing; it is something else. The law says she must die!

That law applies to all of us. In God’s sight, men are sinners; there’s a poisonous fountain in every man’s heart; there’s a black drop in every man’s veins. The trail of the serpent is in every home, and in every heart, and in every life. Reputation, degree, character – they’re a thin spider web against the piercing sword of the law. It’s a universal condemnation.



Thank God, O gracious Lord, that the Book has another great avowal: “But Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” [Galatians 3:13]. And I don’t believe there’s a more beautiful or more meaningful verse in the Bible than John 1:17, “The law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” The works of the law are a curse; but the works of Christ are a blessing!

W A CRISWELL

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