An Unholy Mixture
Listen to Paul on the relationship between grace and law.
Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. (Romans 11:5-6 NKJV)
Grace and law do not mix. It is either one, or the other, but never both.
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7:4 NKJV)
Trying to have a relationship with Christ and the law at the same time is like a married man having an affair. It is spiritual adultery. That’s why we had to first die to the law in order to be married to Christ.
Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. (Galatians 4:30-31 NKJV)
A born-again child of God, the son of the freewoman (grace) should have no fellowship with the bondwoman (law). Law and grace should not live in the same house.
We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (Galatians 2:15-16 NKJV)
The law cannot justify us. Salvation is wholly the work of God. It is by grace alone.
This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:2-3 NKJV)
Neither can the law sanctify us. We are not “perfected” by self-effort and law-keeping, which is what God refers to here as “the flesh.” We grow up into mature sons and daughters in the same way we are justified–by relying completely on grace through faith!
Child of God, avoid the unholy mixture of law and grace. You are no longer under the law of commandments–not for justification and not for sanctification. You do not need the law any longer. You are now “in Christ.” He is your life, your sufficiency, your all in all. Your spiritual growth will happen as you take your eyes off yourself and off the law, and fasten them on Jesus continually. You are married to Christ. Keep your eyes only on Him. Draw nigh to Him. Fellowship with Him exclusively. And He will impart life to you and you will bear His fruit in abundance.
Yes, indeed, as you draw nigh to Him, by grace through faith, without regard to the law, you will bear His fruit, in abundance.