Law vs Grace: a Cosmic Event
by Nick Cabbiness
To encounter Law and Grace is to encounter the fundamental issue of life--not merely theologically or related to salvation--it is the very substructure of being. Inherent in every breath, is a choice for Law or Grace. Originally, Law and Grace were two sides of the same thing, Law subservient to or swallowed up by Grace. Mercy triumphed over judgment and all was well. Until the fall of Lucifer, that is, when as a response to his disobedience and for the first time in the history of the universe, Law became an outer thing--in short, Law became LETTER. Not just moral law, but the entire universe (the law of gravity, for instance) became antagonistic to all who did not respond properly to its commands. But in Christ we have the reconciliation of all things. In Him we have not only peace with God, but I am convinced we have peace with the universe as well. This, to me, is where Jesus operated on a daily basis. He performed signs and wonders not as the disengagement of physical law, but in direct fulfilment of it. I do not mean that he followed the letter of the law. No, that is what technology attempts to do, and all goes well as long as there is no violation. But with the least variance of the straight and narrow, the Law responds in a most unforgiving way and the results can be disastrous, i.e. judgment. Jesus, on the other hand, did not look to the Law at all. He looked to the person of the Father, to Spirit. What He knew on a most intimate level was that "matter" was there FOR Him. When He invited the man with the withered hand to stretch it out, Carbon, Sodium, and Potassium all bent their knee to Him in loving Grace. He did not have to manipulate them, because He knew that they were there without antagonism. What a contrast this is to the giant particle accelerators that cost billions as they hurl protons, electrons, and other kinds of particles together, attempting to create something--whereas Jesus (and Jesus in us!) does it with but a Word.