Grace Overrides the Law

Peter was criticized by the strong legalistic party of Jewish leaders in Acts 11:1-18  because he had shared God’s Word with the Gentiles. Peter patiently explains what had taken place while he was in the city of Joppa. That he had a vision and the Holy Spirit was telling him to share God’s Word with the Gentiles. When he shared the Good News with them, they also received the power of the Holy Spirit.

Since God gave the Gentiles the same gift of the Holy Spirit that He had given the Jewish believers, Peter said this affirmed that it was pleasing to God that they share His Word with the Gentiles. There is a difference between law and grace and because of the grace of God and the gift of His Son, there is a new paradigm in which grace overrides the law. All this is Good News for us.

Father God, Your Way works; changing people for the better through the Holy Spirit and that is Good News. It is up to us to simply tell the story as Peter did and give the facts. When people hear the facts, contention no longer exist and people no longer argue over minor matters but put more focus on what is truly important; Your grace and sharing about it with others. Amen!

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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2 Responses to Grace Overrides the Law

  1. oldpoet56 says:

    Very good post sir. As I know that you know, the Old Testament is simply the ‘Law’ to the Jewish people only and the New Testament is the passing away of ‘the law’ to one peoples and the beginning of salvation through the grace of God to all people of the Earth. To me it is amazing how little of these issues that most Christians seem to have knowledge of.

  2. oldpoet56 says:

    Reblogged this on Truth Troubles: Why people hate the truths' of the real world and commented:
    The Old Testament is ‘the law to the Jewish people’. The New Testament is the law of the grace of God to all people of the planet, not just to our Jewish brothers and sisters. Please consider reading this mans post for more information on the love and grace of God toward us all.

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