Summary: To begin to receive God’s Grace, His word, the nature of Christ, we must believe His word
Seeing the Bible as Law – Means me doing the best I can to comply with God’s standards, as my head understands them, set out in the scriptures. In other words me trying to keep God’s commandments. That’s the Old Covenant which man by human nature couldn’t keep.
Seeing the Bible as Grace - Means my believing: That the words of the Bible are living seeds containing the life and nature of Jesus Christ in dormant form. (Just as natural seeds contain the life and nature of plants in dormant form). That these words are God’s grace, which His Spirit will speak to me, reveal to me, and, as I believe them, write them in my heart. That these living words will transform me into their likeness, so imparting the nature of Christ, for He is God’s grace. This is the New Covenant which, with Christ in me now doing it, I can keep.
To begin to receive God’s Grace, His word, the nature of Christ, we must believe His word:
The Law is God’s word initially written on stone and which is now written with ink on paper.
Grace is God’s living word lifted off the paper and written by the Holy Spirit on our hearts.
2 Cor 3:3 And you show that you are a letter of Christ …written … by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts ESV
Our relationship with God began, and we were born again, the moment we believed in our
Hearts, not our heads, the first words of the gospel of grace brought to us by the Holy Spirit:
Acts 20:24 ...The gospel (God’s words) of the grace of God.
1 Pet 1:23 Being born again of incorruptible seed, by the word of God (believed)... KJV
Eph 2:8 For by grace (by God’s words) are you saved through faith... KJV
That’s initial Grace; God wants us to have abundant Grace, as we believe more of His words
2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto every good work.
Rom 5:17 ...Those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ (Grace has to be received).
But we could only receive God’s initial Grace, His word, when we believed that word with
our hearts. Natural seeds only spring to life when planted in soil, our hearts are the spiritual
soil in which the spiritual seed of God’s words spring to life. In order to receive more Grace,
more of Christ’s nature, more of God’s words, so that we can reign in this life over all our
spiritual enemies, we must believe those words, not with our heads, but with our hearts.
Without such further belief there can be no more Grace and hence we cannot please God.
Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of (our) faith that it might be (that it can be) by (God’s) grace...
Rom 5:2 ...We have access by faith into this grace...(and there is no other way)
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (for there can be no Grace)
God can do nothing for us apart from His Grace, we can only receive His Grace by faith: