We will never have a firm grasp of the gospel of Jesus Christ if we do not recognize the contrast between the old and the new covenants. As Christians, we cannot simply read straight through the Bible and ignore the differences. The Old-Testament Law of Moses was true, in its time. However, when Jesus brought grace, the truth under the law gave way to the truth under grace; failure to realize this makes the Bible seem like it contradicts itself. One of the major differences between the old and the new is that although faith is not needed to live under the law, it is needed to live under grace. Before the cross, perfect performance was required in order to be blessed; after the cross, faith in what Jesus did is now the only requirement to receive blessings. The knowledge that we no longer have to work hard to be blessed, forgiven, and saved frees us from bondage to self-effort.