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(Lesson Four)

THEY ARE DIFFERENT IN WHAT THEY PROMISE

What the Law promises is just as great as what the Gospel promises-eternal life and salvation. But at this point we see a big difference: all the promises of the Law are based upon certain conditions. In other words, if I want what the Law promises, I have to obey certain commandments perfectly!!

The Law offers us food, but keeps it out of our reach. It offers us salvation and grins, "You can have it if you do what I say!!"

Completely opposite of this is the Gospel. It promises the sweet rewards of salvation without any conditions at all. It is a promise of free grace. Some people will say "But you have to believe" or "You have to accept the gift!". These things are not conditions, only invitations.


WHAT DO THESE VERSES TEACH? LAW OR GOSPEL?

LUKE 10:26-28

WHAT ABOUT THIS ONE?

MARK 16:15-16

You are right if you answered Law for the first verses and Gospel for the second. The first verses demanded something for eternal life("Do this and live") the second verses only promised free grace based upon our belief. And this belief is also a free gift that God gives us!!

Unconditional promises of grace and salvation-that's what we find in the Gospel. When the Law has put us down for the count, when we feel there is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven, then the Gospel says, "Don't be sad. I have done it for you!"