Law and Grace

Grace is divine favor extended to those who stand guilty and condemned to die before divine law. The necessity for divine grace arises from the sinner’s inability to satisfy the demands of the law, except by his or her own death. Were it possible to change or abolish the divine law, there would be no need for grace. The sinner cannot bridge the gulf that his or her transgression of the law has made; the sinner cannot restore himself or herself to favor with God. Law and grace are not contrary to each other. They are not mutually exclusive. Grace offers salvation from the penalty of the law, through the righteousness of Christ. It preserves both the honor and the majesty of the divine law and government, while giving life to those who have violated the law and rebelled against the governm...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.