Abraham (father of faith) lived under the promises of grace, which promises New Testament believers may enjoy (if we know what promises belong to us). Romans 4:3 tell us, for what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Abraham had a better promise than the children of Israel. They despised the gift of righteousness that Abraham enjoyed. They preferred to earn God’s respect by their good deeds. They said to Moses, Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it. Deuteronomy 5:27. By the time Moses returned from the mountain with the Ten Commandments written on stone, the people had already been unfaithful to their promise to hear it and to do it.
The promises given to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant of law are enumerated in Deuteronomy 28. The first verse in that chapter says,
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth…
Following this verse, read about the wonderful promises God offered His people. You will be amazed at God’s loving kindness. However, notice that there is a stipulation: IF thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God…See verse above. IF… That’s a big word even if it is a short word.
Now read Deuteronomy 28:15-68, which enumerates the curses that would happen to the people if they failed to obey, and they did fail…
Believers of the Gospel are heirs of better promises:
Jesus took away the curse of the law.
This is the blessing of the gospel. The curse has been forever removed. Jesus bore the curse for us. The curse of the law has been broken.
Galatians 3:13-18 says this:
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
John 1:11-13 reads:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name…
This is the basis of the better promises of the New Covenant. We may truly expect to receive the promises of Deuteronomy 28, because the curse of the law for us has been removed by our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We are forgiven.
Does that mean believers can and may sin if they wish? Yes, they can and may, but believers want to please God. We have a new nature. We love righteousness. We are new creatures. Do we ever sin? Yes, we do. Why? I suppose because we can. God did not make robots, but he did take away the curse of the law for us. (Sin has not changed. It will always bring destruction, but our forgiven status remains with us.)
You may think it can’t be that good? If it were not that good, it would avail us nothing at all, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.
We need grace. We need Jesus. We NEED to know his promises. We need to receive his promises. They are wonderful. Jesus saves… Just sayin’… There is so much more for us than many of us know… God is good. He wants to bless us to the max.