20 July 2014

The law

If I would ask anyone, "How do you get rid of sin or deviant behavior?" I'm sure I will get responses such as, "Put people under the law and remind them of their punishment." Notice, our society has social control means to prevent deviant behavior. Churches have the Bible, which they use as a moral code to regulate people's behavior.

The truth is, The Bible is NOT a moral code. If it was, Christianity is no different than other religions or even the world itself.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

The Bible gives us the solution for sin and deviant behavior. However, the solution is not to make people obey the 10 commandments. On the contrary, the solution is to receive God's unmerited favor.

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Let's take a close look to the Law. The law was given by Moses, whom the Bible calls a servant. Let's remember Jesus is the Master of the house. He is the one who brings truth and unmerited favor. Therefore, what Jesus brings (grace and truth) is better and superior than what Moses brought (The law).

2 Corinthians 3:6-11 ... who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry that produced death -- carved in letters on stone tablets -- came with glory, so that the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective), how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be? For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness excel in glory! For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. For if what was made ineffective came with glory, how much more has what remains come in glory!

Many people divide the law. They receive redemption from some ceremonial laws but they think they can do their part by keeping the 10 commandments; at least most of them. However, when the Bible talks about the law, it talks as a whole. We cannot divide it. Therefore, the law God talks about includes the 10 commandments and it says they produce death and condemnation. On the other hand, God's grace is compared with the spirit and it gives us life. Not only that but it produces righteousness.

Let's look at the next verses and discover what is the purpose of the law.

Galatians 3:19 What then was the purpose of the Law? It was added [later on, after the promise, to disclose and expose to men their guilt] because of transgressions and [to make men more conscious of the sinfulness] of sin.../

The purpose of the law is to show our sin. The law is so strict it says if we break one commandment we are guilty of breaking them all. James 2:10

Romans 5:13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law.

In other words, sin has always existed. Even before the law. However, we didn't know we had sin.The law acted like a mirror. It only shows our sinfulness but it can't produce any change.

Ephesians 2:9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

The law was mainly written so that when we would see our sin, we would get rid of our self-righteousness and take Christ's righteousness. God doesn't wants us to boast in our works to be declared righteous, accepted and blameless. He wants us to depend on Christ's work.

Galatians 3:23-27 Now before faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

There are good news! Christ did everything right. He is the end of the law. He fulfilled every single jot of the law. So that when we believe he did, we would be called righteous. To reject his grace is to reject God's true righteousness.

Romans 10:3-4 For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.

To conclude, what must we do to get rid of sin? Simple! Receive the righteousness that comes through faith and not by works. In other words, receive grace and get rid of self-effort to be right.

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