7th April 2017

Grace, Not Works 

“Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.”
Exodus 12:7 (NIV)

Exodus 12 describes the events that led up to the tenth plague, known as the death of the firstborn. It’s important to remember that the Israelites were just as guilty of sin as the Egyptians were. Otherwise, there would have been no need for them to be delivered.

While both groups were still in sin, the hapless lambs were slain and the lambs’ blood smeared on the doorposts of the Israelite houses so that those within would be spared.

The Israelites had to do something to be delivered – each head of household had to get the lamb slaughtered and apply its blood to the doorposts. Not an easy task, when you think of it. Therefore, they were to be saved by works, because they had made the effort to follow the instructions to the letter.

When it comes to Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was sacrificed for us, it was completely different. Jesus went willingly to the slaughter and through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God (Hebrews 9:14). We did not have to do anything: Jesus did it all for us. Therefore, it was about grace and not about our works.

While we were still in sin and could do nothing to rescue ourselves, Jesus, our Saviour, was crucified for us. Thus, with Jesus, it was grace ­– God’s favour for us when we had done nothing to deserve such favour. 

Thank you, Father, for the gracious love of your son, Jesus Christ, who died for us that we may be saved. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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