Q. Re: Sin And Iniquity You wrote, “Everyone violates God’s law now and then, whether in thought or deed, so we’re all sinners. But those who live their lives in complete disregard for God’s laws are practicing iniquity.” I’m confused about the law. Doesn’t grace, Christ’s death on the cross, end the law? So if we are not following the law (Old Testament) are we as Christians living in iniquity or are we sinners saved by grace?
A. In Matt. 5:17 Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” In other words, the Law is still in place and all prophecies will be fulfilled.
When Jesus died, He paid the penalty for every violation of the Law man ever has or ever will commit (Colossians 2:13-14). When we accept His death as payment for our sins, God is able to see us as if we don’t sin, as if we’re a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore we are sinners saved by His grace because of our faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Those who don’t accept the Lord’s death as payment for their sin will still be held accountable for every violation.