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purpose of the law

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You say if we are no longer under the law, then what was the purpose of the law? Good question and the Bible answers that. We are told in scripture, that the law is for the lost. In Romans 3, He says "Now we know whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law. So that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law. Rather, it's through the law we become concious of sin." The purpose of the law was to make the lost conscious of sin so they would come to Christ for salvation living in a new way of life no longer under the law that kills but being guided by the spirit that gives life. Now, 1st Timothy says "We know the law is good if one uses it properly." Guys, it's like a hammer people manufacture a hammer with the intent of people using it to do something constructive with. Build a home, a dog house, whatever it might be. You can take that hammer and put it into the hands of a skilled carpenter and he'll build something productive for you. You take that same hammer and put it in the hands of a murderer and he'll hit you in the head with it. It's not the fault of the hammer, it's whose hands it's in. There's nothing wrong with the law as long as it's used properly. But to use the law to hit people in the head was not the reason God designed it. God did not design the law for the righteous, He designed the law for the unrighteous. The law shows a man his need for salvation. As we talked about earlier, Christ came to this earth with a mission. He was headed to a cross and to an empty tomb in order to take away the cause of spiritual death and to give spiritual life eternally. That cross had to be an eternal function in order to give you eternal life. Because if every sin that was ever committed in this world was not placed on Jesus, and He gave you life, the next time you sin, you'd die. You'd have a "Dracula Theology" where you're alive today and dead tomorrow. And alive today and dead tomorrow. And the reason you and I have eternal life which is what salvation is is being saved from the consequence of sin being death, by the gift of God which is eternal life. And the reason you have life eternal is because the eternal consequence of the cross where He took away the cause of spiritual death. Before Jesus came on the scene, or before Jesus came on your scene, before you were saved, either one we were, or you were held prisoner by the law, "locked up" under the law. Under the law the wages of sin is what? (audience, "death") Death. It's not a paddling, it's not going to the woodshed. It's not being out of fellowship, it's death. And we don't want to teach those kinds of absolutes. We'd rather people to be politically correct and not make it quite so harsh. But the wages of sin is death and all have sinned, and all have fallen short of the glory of God, and all of us are born into this world under the death sentence of the law. So we're told the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ. How come? So that we might be justified by faith because no man will be justified in the sight of God through obedience to the law. 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 Jesus Christ, so we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by observing the law. No man will be justified through observing the law But we're justified by faith in Christ Jesus The law is like a mirror, you look into a mirror, and it shows me that my face is dirty. But have you ever tried to wash your face in a mirror? It's gonna smudge it. You can't get your face clean by a mirror. You look in the mirror,and the mirror says My face is dirty,I'm filthy. Then you hear a tapping on your shoulder and you turn around and there's Jesus, and He says, "Bob come to me,and I'll cleanse you of all of your unrighteousness". The law has done its work, the mirror has done his work and now Jesus is ready to do His work. I found that the very commandment Paul said that was intended to bring life, actually brought death, I thought it was going to bring me life, but I found out something, It brought me death, that's what the law can do for you, kill you. If a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would have come from the law. But it can't. No man will ever be declared righteous through the law, and the law's standard is perfection, 100 percent perfection. and that's what James said in James 2:10, "Whoever keeps the whole law," and this doesn't mean today, it means from the day you were born 'til the day you die, You've kept the whole law and yet you stumble It doesn't even say you did it intentionally, you just stumbled in one point, you're guilty of breaking all of it. Any one of you want to stand before God, because of your obedience to the law? Anybody in here? Here's another encouraging word from Jesus, "Be Perfect" (cough) Say what did you say Lord? "Be perfect" How perfect? As perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect Okay Lord, I'll give it a whack (laughs) Is that encouragement? That isn't encouraging, that buries you. That was His mission, to show me, "Bob - My standard is perfection". And I say, "there's no way, there's no way". He says, "now you got it", now you're ready for the cross". "Now you're ready for new life". If you stood there and said to me "good, I've got it" You wouldn't be to the cross. The purpose of the law was to show us we can not do it. The bible says it's the grace of God that teaches you to say "no" to unrighteousness, not the law of God. But we're afraid to do that because now I have to trust You and the Holy Spirit, instead of me being your Holy Spirit. You know what Paul said? "God's grace is sufficient for me, "For the grace of God," look at this passage, I just quoted it, "The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It (the grace of God) teaches us to say 'no' to unrighteousness and to worldly passions and to live self controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope of our Savior." Now folks, is this not what we should be desiring for ourselves and for our people? That people learn ah, to be godly people? ah, to restrain worldly passions? To live self controlled, upright, godly lives? Isn't that the kind of goal we'd like for everybody? Well the bible says its grace that teaches you that. But my friends, grace has to teach you that. It's something you have to get a hold of. That's when you have to say, "I'm living in the grace of God and I am not ashamed of the grace of God." And let the grace in you teach you to say "no" to unrighteousness and to live self controlled, upright lives while we wait for the while we wait for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. "He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you and My power is made perfect in weakness. in weakness, therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness so that Christ's power may rest in me," folks, that is totally unnatural talk. I never used to understand that. I never could understand that. How can you glory in your weakness? We are told to go and get strong aren't we? uh, uh we name our strong football teams after big bears and cowboys and Indians Who is going to name their football team the "Seattle Sheep"? But you see our idea of power is totally different than God's, because the the most powerful person that ever walked on the face of the earth is identified as what? "the bear of God"? "The Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world." We stand in the grace of God "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Do you have peace with God? "Through whom we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we now stand. We rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God" Look at this folks, Romans 8:14 "because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God". Are you a son of God? Then be led by the Spirit.

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Duration: 9 minutes and 55 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Producer: ptp
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Posted by: newcovenant on Jul 27, 2008

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