In the Old Testament there was examples of Grace in Noah, Ninevites, God walking among men with Abraham, and many many other examples of Grace and favor. But also in the Old Testament there was circumcision and blood sacrifices. There was also ceremonial laws, (which don't apply today), Civil laws, Moral laws, Religious laws, and responsibility laws, laws on the tabernacle, and many more laws than we need to survive in life today. Also Jesus promised to come, but He had not yet come.
Today I believe we live in a more favorable time of Grace. We don't have to apply the ceremonial laws anymore, the gospel has gone further, we live in an age of enlightenment, God has been born, lived, crucified and rose again the third day just like He said He would.
The atonement is a reality in more of a real sense today than in the Old Testament times.
Also we don't have to do circumcision anymore or blood sacrifices or any sprinkling of the blood in the temple. And there is more than 1 temple- You are the temple of the living God.
What is your thoughts on Grace being more favorable now when we live than in the way back Old Testament times.
It's an interesting subject, Andrew, many books have been written on this subject. Here is an extract from Mathew Henry's commentary.
Rom 5:12 Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned. 13 There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. 14 But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, death ruled over all human beings, even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam did when he disobeyed God's command. Adam was a figure of the one who was to come. 15 But the two are not the same, because God's free gift is not like Adam's sin. It is true that many people died because of the sin of that one man. But God's grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to so many people through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. 16 And there is a difference between God's gift and the sin of one man. After the one sin, came the judgment of "Guilty"; but after so many sins, comes the undeserved gift of "Not guilty!" 17 It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God's abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ. 18 So then, as the one sin condemned all people, in the same way the one righteous act sets all people free and gives them life. 19 And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man. 20 Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing; but where sin increased, God's grace increased much more. 21 So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God's grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Apostle Paul here is describing the fountain and foundation of justification, laid in the death of the Lord Jesus. The streams are very sweet, but, if you run them up to the spring-head, you will find it to be Christ's dying for us; it is in the precious stream of Christ's blood that all these privileges come flowing to us: and therefore he enlarges upon this instance of the love of God which is shed abroad. Three things he takes notice of for the explication and illustration of this doctrine:
The persons he died for, Rom 5:5 And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. 6 For we yet being without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will with difficulty die for a righteous one, yet perhaps one would even dare to die for a good one. 8 But God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
The precious fruits of his death, Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the reconciliation.
We were without strength Rom 5:6 For we yet being without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. In a sad condition; and, which is worse, altogether unable to help ourselves out of that condition lost, and no visible way open for our recovery our condition deplorable, and in a manner desperate; and, therefore our salvation is here said to come in due time. God's time to help and save is when those that are to be saved are without strength, that his own power and grace may be the more magnified, Deu 32:36. For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond or free.
The precious fruits of his death. Justification and reconciliation are the first and primary fruit of the death of Christ: We are justified by his blood Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Reconciled by his death, Rom 5:10. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Sin is pardoned, the sinner accepted as righteous, the quarrel taken up, the enmity slain at the cross, an end made of iniquity, and an everlasting righteousness brought in. This is done, that is, Christ has done all that was requisite on his part to be done in order hereunto, and, immediately upon our believing, we are actually put into a state of justification and reconciliation.
Justified by his blood. Our justification is ascribed to the blood of Christ because without blood there is no remission Heb. 9:22. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
The blood is the life, and that must go to make atonement. In all the propitiatory sacrifices, the sprinkling of the blood was of the essence of the sacrifice. It was the blood that made an atonement for the soul, Lev. 17:11. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
That was a great answer Elijah. Since you're the only regular person to AO, these days, like me,
have a look at this study on grace, answering the question "why Jesus died"?
http://spiritualsprings.org/ss-1327.htm The study here.
Terms like this "Justified by his blood." are hard to fathom. etc. Have a read of what SOP leads, but doesn't answer, for a reason.
Let's see if egwwritings.org can..
Christ and him crucified, his love and infinite sacrifice�showing that the reason why Christ died is because the law of God is immutable, unchangeable, eternal. (The Southern Work, page 70)
The answer to why Jesus died is in the law, an amazing hidden statement of grace?
Shalom my friend
Thanks, Rob, I will study the link.