The Role of the Law

I once heard a sermon titled, “The Two Ways of Salvation.” The first way presented was the way of the law.  It was suggested that in order to get to heaven, you have to be righteous.  The question was raised, “How are you doing in terms of keeping the law?”  Are you good enough to go to heaven?  The preacher then presented the other way of salvation–the way of grace.  He said that if you weren’t good enough to get to heaven by keeping the law, you could get to heaven by receiving God’s grace. While the sermon was intended to encourage people to accept God’s gift of salvation through grace, it reflected a serious misunderstanding of the nature and purpose of the Law as revealed through the Hebrew Scriptures.

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