Grace is Not More Law By Another Name
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded . By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Romans 9:11 For the children being not yet born , neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast .
I love the above verses because they shows why righteousness under Jesus cannot be obtained by obedience as it was under Moses. Grace is distinguished from law and its demand for obedience. Grace is not a pseudonym for law, pseudonym meaning a name meant to hide a true identity. If grace means obedience to prescriptions (laws) then grace is, in fact, a false name, hiding the fact that righteousness is actually an achievement of the human will.
Grace and faith are closely akin. Grace is what you receive because God is faithful to his promise without regard to mankind's faithfulness. The law of faith above is the reality that God cannot lie and must remain faithful to His promise and His purpose.
Hebrews 6:13-18 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying , Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie , we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us
All attempts to make God's promise to all mankind through Abraham contingent upon what men do is a repudiation of God's faithfulness, a subversion of His will, and a denial of the meaning of grace.