Grace: the Gift of God


10.2 References:


1.  The ten commandments on tables of stone also called the covenant, was kept IN the ark.
Exodus 25:21  in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
Exodus 34:28  he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
Deuteronomy 9:9  The tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the Lord made with you,
Deuteronomy 9:11  the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.
Deuteronomy 9:15  and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.
Deuteronomy 10:2  I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark.
Deuteronomy 10:5  he wrote on the tables according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount
1 Kings 8:9; 2 Chronicles 5:10  There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone

2. This is in direct contrast with the theory of man’s evolution through survival of the fittest, where violence and death are normal!

3. “By the Law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). In Jesus’ time the terms “the law” or “Moses” referred to the complete Sinaitic laws of the ten commandments, the civil and the ceremonial law, all the additional regulations added by the Jews; and the perception at the time that salvation came from a meticulous keeping of all this law.

This is still found in Rabbinic Judaism.  It was this perception that led to the difficulty for some Jewish Christians to let go of “the law” and fully accept Christ.  Paul had a continuing struggle with this element in his missionary work. There is also the conception that Moses could present the law of God to the people, but as a human being could not offer grace and truth.  It was only God, Jehovah, Jesus Christ who provided the grace and truth to make the law effective in the lives of the people.

4.  “True sanctification means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to the will of God. We are to be sanctified to God through obedience to the truth. Our conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. We are not yet perfect; but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements of self and sin, and advance to perfection. Great possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the reach of all.”   White EG: “Transformed by Grace,” Acts of the Apostles, p. 565 5.

“By His perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God's commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.”  White EG: Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 312.