Tuesday, July 20, 2010
THE LAW BRINGS DEATH
THE LAW BRINGS DEATH
©2010 Narrowgate Publishing
“The law was added so that the trespass might increase.”
Brothers and sisters, we have been subtly obeying legalistic creeds and curriculums for generations in increasing measure. As a result, the churches are full of sin and corruption, and men and women reel under the loads of guilt and oppression that God never intended them to have.
Why? Because we have misunderstood the purpose and application of the Mosaic law.
God intended the law to lead us to Christ by exposing our sinfulness. Before the law, Abram and his heirs were justified by faith. During the law’s time of application, all God’s men and women lived and were justified by their faith. (Read Hebrews 11, which is a list of many of these Old Testament saints). After Christ came, the law was made moot. It was completed, for which reason our Lord hung on the cross and said, “It is finished.” He had gone to hell and back for us, destroying sin’s power over us. That is what Romans details for us. This release from the law, and the power of sin, for sin has no power over dead men.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with Him
so that the body of sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
Think about this. Never has any man been justified by keeping the law. If it were possible, then Christ would not have needed to die. That is why Jesus had to confront the Pharisees, who had convinced themselves they were righteous because the outside of the cup looked good. Jesus told them that didn’t matter. He exposed the inside of the cup, which was full of greed and corruption. The law was always meant to lead men to faith. It’s always been about faith!
We set ourselves up for failure, brothers, by holding onto even one or two provisions of the law. Because what happens next is human nature. We add to them. We judge ourselves, even in subtle ways, by our outside adherence to these things. The way we do church, for instance. The way we worship. The way we dress, or act. The way we talk. The music we listen to. The activities we engage in, or don’t engage in. Notice something about all these? They are all outward things. Not one requires a clean cup inside. No wonder we can go along together in our churches, even as leaders, without anyone knowing the inside of the cup is full of private sin, or private pain.
It is time we left the old covenant behind us. The New Covenant is our life. This freedom in Christ is about our death, and His life in us. It is not about us and the way we like to do things. It is about death of the old man, and resurrection, and confession, and repentance. It is about openness, and love. It is about sharing, and giving all. It is about God doing the impossible in us. It is revolutionary, because it cannot be done in our own strength—only the strength of the Spirit within us. It is Christ in us living His life. In other words, Christ and His Spirit are absolute necessities to live the New Life.
All law is left behind if we are to enter the Narrow Gate, Christ by faith.
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