Law before Grace (pt2)

Before I get to Galatians 3, I wanted to explain a little bit about the Law.

The Law is the instructions from God on moral behavior. God gave the Law so that people would have a guide to live by and a standard by which they might recognize God’s purity and their sinfulness. The Law is a reflection of the character of God because the Law comes from the very heart of God. Therefore the Law is good and it is pure, right, and holy. It is wrong to lie, because it is against God’s nature to lie. It is wrong to steal because it is against God’s nature to steal.

This Law by its very nature of coming out of the heart of God, and being spoken to men, is a standard for human conduct, a perfect standard. Because it was perfect, and we are not, it is impossible for sinful people to keep. It was for this reason that the Law became a stumbling block because it is an unattainable perfect standard.

The Law, then, brings about the opposite of what it requires. The Law says to be perfect, but shows you where you are not. It says to be holy but condemns you when you are not. Since it is not possible for us to keep the Law and earn our position with God, we then need the holiness of God given to us because there isn’t any way for us to get to the standards of God. Now To Galatians 3

Galatians 3:6-29
6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.
9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”
11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “The righteous man shall live by faith.”
12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “He who practices them shall live by them.”
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”—
14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it.
16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
17
What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
19
Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
20 Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one.
21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.
22
But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23
But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.
24
Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
25
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Verse 29, if we belong to Jesus Christ and are true believers we are heirs according to the promise and are no longer under the law. As believer we do not live in a purpose driven life we live in a promise driven life.(eternal life)

I love verse 19, Why the Law then?

The answer is in verse 24 the Law acts as a teacher to lead us to Saving faith in Jesus Christ

Look at verse 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? Paul says may it never be! People have the opinion that the Law is gone or should be gone, but Paul says the Law comes from God and the promise comes from God. You see they work in harmony with each other.

That is why we preach Law first then Grace, because it’s the Law the Ten Commandment that lead us to Christ (verse 24).

Look at verse 22 we are trapped in sin, the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin or to confine everyone. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

John Wesley told A young preacher, Preach 90 % Law and 10% Grace and he’s right because that’s what God’s word says. And its that godly preaching and witnessing that leads to a true repentance of our sins and the freedom from the Law and eternal life with Christ.

It says in 1Peter 5 –God opposes the proud but gives Grace the humble and again in James 4:6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Law before Grace we must be humbled before God gives us Grace

Read- 1 Tim 1:8-11

Tomorrow we’ll continue part three with What Did Jesus Do (WDJD)

race and Peace to you in Him with love
Lenny
bibleandcup3.gif

2 Comments

Filed under Lenny's Post

2 Responses to Law before Grace (pt2)

  1. Ben Lineman

    Part of that humbling process is to realize that being born again is all God and none of us. What I mean is that we cannot save our friends or family, we can not even save ourselves. It is God and God alone. That takes the wind out of my sails, it really knocks down my pride. It brings me to the place where I realize I am a sinner in need of a Savior.
    I cannot do anything on my own, it is all God’s doing. But in another sense, it is an awesome truth because if it were up to me to save myself, I would be doomed. I can rest in the fact that God Almighty saves, He is the One who takes me from death to life.

    Accepting Christ Means Rejecting All Else
    by A.W. Tozer

    The notion that we enter the Christian life by an act of acceptance is true, but that is not all the truth. There is much more to it than that. Christianity involves an acceptance and a repudiation, an affirmation and a denial. And this not only at the moment of conversion but continually thereafter day by day in all the battle of life till the great conflict is over and the Christian is home from the wars. To live a life wholly positive is, fortunately, impossible. Were any man able to do such a thing it could be only for a moment. Living positively would be like inhaling continuously without exhaling. Aside from its being impossible, it would be fatal. Exhalation is as necessary to life as inhalation. To accept Christ it is necessary that we reject whatever is contrary to Him. This is a fact often overlooked by eager evangelists bent on getting results. Like the salesman who talks up the good points of his product and conceals its disadvantages, the badly informed soulwinner stresses the positive side of things at the expense of the negative.

    Prayer
    In turning to You there is inevitably that from which I turn. Show me, Lord, that baggage and stuff I am trying to drag along in following You. For Jesus’ sake.

    Scripture
    No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
    — Luke 16:13

    Thought
    To accept Christ as Lord is to reject all else. We cannot accept His Saviorhood and deny His Lordship. It is Christ the Lord who is Savior.

    http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer/tozer.jsp?id=545

  2. Lenny

    God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble, great post Ben

Leave a Reply