Peter sums it up when he says: “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” (1 Peter 1:13; NIV)
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28; KJV)
And from Paul comes this helpful clue, “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.” (Galatians 5:4; NLT) You know where people end who are separated from Jesus? Exactly, and you do not want to scream for eternity without hope of recovery in that place.
King David, still living in the Old Covenant, was also aware that it is only grace that reconciles him to God: “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” (Psalm 52:10; KJV)
How well do we have it! For, with Jesus, grace came to us in the world: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17; NIV)