Learning About Law and Grace from the Chicago Cubs

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 1.27.49 PMI am often asked by people about the relationship of law to grace in the Bible.  What is confusing is how Scripture seems to contradict itself on the value of the law.  In one verse we may read that the law is bad (Rom. 8:3), but in another that it is good (Rom. 7:7).  The answer is that the law is both of these.  The law is good in that it reveals our sin to us.  None of us can live up to the demands of the law on our own and achieve God’s perfect standard.  However, the law is weak in that it is unable to save us.  The law can only point to something greater than itself, grace, for our salvation.

A helpful way to view the relationship between law and grace is to look at the Chicago Cubs in 1988.  In that year, the Cubs traded for third baseman Vance Law and brought up a new first baseman from the minor leagues named Mark Grace.  For two straight years, the Cubs infield was anchored by Law and Grace.  When a batter hit a ground ball to Law at third, he would scoop it up and throw it to Grace at first (I chuckle at imagining Harry Caray make the call!)

In the same way, the law scoops us up and tells us we have failed to perfectly meet God’s righteous standard as written in the law.  So, it throws us over to grace whereby we can be saved, not by our own sin-tainted deeds, but by the perfect work of Christ at the cross and resurrection.  The apostle Paul explains this in Eph. 2:8-9- “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

It’s good to be informed we are lost in our sin and even better to know that in his grace, Jesus provided for us the salvation that we could not provide for ourselves.  Take a moment today and thank God for his amazing grace!

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