Good evening family!!!! How is our Monday going? To those living in the same side of the world where I live; how is the break going?? For the past few days we have been treating a series tagged SALVATION and we’ve talked on three topics so far;
First Second and Third. Today, we are going to be talking about the ERA OF THE LAW. This might be quite long so…. enjoy the ride. So basically, we were able to explain what happened at the fall and God’s plan for redemption. So we know that Jesus brought redemption and salvation to us; but what happened before He
came? People ask questions like why then was the law given if Jesus is the only way to righteousness in God.
Picture this; your mum is about to travel and she gives you the keys to her house to stay there till she comes back. You move in and make yourself comfortable. You sleep in her room, cook in her kitchen, make use of her blender, gas, vacuum cleaner and what not. Now, this is seen as pretty normal to you, no harm done. Let’s assume your mother wouldn’t have wanted you to use her blender and vacuum cleaner for whatever reason best known to her but didn’t give you instructions not to use them before she left. Your using them is not wrong because you didn’t know she would mind, after all she didn’t give any rule against using them. Now let’s assume she gave instructions not to use them before she left, if you go ahead to use them, you have disobeyed and committed an offence.
So the knowledge of your wrong doing came as a result of the instructions she gave against using them. The law she gave brought about the knowledge of the sin you committed. Now let’s look at scriptures;
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.KJV
Now the law in itself is not bad. It is holy.
12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.KJV
It was given to express how God would want us to live here on earth. But remember man was a fallen being already? We already had the nature of sin in us and could not do God’s will perfectly because we didn’t have the ability to. The nature of sin in us wouldn’t let us. God also knew this. Ever wondered why punishments and sacrifices were also giving along with the law? God knew the nature we had then wouldn’t let us fulfill them. The nature of sin brings forth sinful actions.
5 For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, a the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. NIV
So when the law says “don’t do this”. The nature of sin we had in us would say “go ahead and do it, what’s the worst that could happen?” and because of this nature, it’s impossible to fulfill all the laws and not fulfilling one of them is the same as not fulfilling all of them.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. NIV
10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”NIV
For God, it’s either all or none. We couldn’t do all so it’s the same as not doing anything at all. No matter how much a person tries to fulfill the laws, he would stumble at some point and that’s why the bible records the righteousness gotten from trying to fulfill the law- self-righteousness, as a filthy rag in His sight. Frankly speaking, the only person that can meet up to God’s standard is God himself. (See where Jesus comes in?) We have all fallen short of that standard from the fall of man and that’s why no man can be justified through the works of the law before God.
11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” NIV
16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. NIV
So the law given, first to express God’s will concerning how he would have loved us to live, and also to show that we could not do it, because of the nature we had. It was to open us to the understanding that we needed to be saved, redeemed, and made righteous by God and God alone. To let us know that we were helpless to our situation and we needed someone greater who didn’t have the nature of sin in Him to do it for us. It was to bring to our awareness, the need for a Savior. That’s why we see the prophets in the scriptures prophesying about the need of a Savior and the coming of a savior because they now realized that of their own they couldn’t do it. So you see, it’s all part of God’s grand plan.
Father, thank you because we have been made perfect before you in Christ. Help us to live in this reality at every point in our lives. Amen.
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