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Mountain of Law versus Mountain of Grace Mountain of Law versus Mountain of Grace

Mountain of Law versus Mountain of Grace


Billy Graham spent his life preaching the gospel. Through his famous evangelistic crusades, he spoke directly to an estimated 215 million people in 185 countries. Countless millions more were reached through radio, television, books, magazines, and the internet. He said: “Our eyes ought to be on eternity and heaven—on the things that really matter.”

Graham committed his life sharing that good news of salvation found only in Christ. Today’s reading puts the gospel in terms of spiritual geography—a mountain of law contrasted with a mountain of grace. The “mountain” to which believers have come is not Mount Sinai, full of smoke and fire and the fearful voice of God (vv. 18–21). Instead, it is Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, where God dwells (vv. 22–24). On Mount Zion we will find joyful angels, the church and “the spirits of the righteous made perfect,” as well as “Jesus the mediator of a new covenant” made with His blood.

There is no reason to return to the bondage of sin. There is no incentive to try to please God with the feeble efforts of our own righteousness. We must accept that Jesus is the mediator, and He has made a way for us to know God. For example, the blood of Abel demands justice because he was an innocent victim. Even greater is the blood of Christ, also an innocent victim, which has redemptive power to forgive our sin and ensure our eternal future with God.

If God’s voice demanded attention under the old covenant, how much more so now (vv. 25–27)! With greater revelation comes greater responsibility. After all, when the end times come—described as all the shaking—only the kingdom of God which cannot be shaken will remain.

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BY Brad Baurain

Dr. Bradley Baurain is Professor and Program Head of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Moody Bible Institute. Bradley has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He has just published his first book, On Waiting Well. Bradley taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Bradley and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Northwest Indiana.

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