The Purpose of the Law

The Purpose Of The Law…

The purpose of the Law is to define sin, to reveal its nature; and that is why we are without any excuse at all. The law is in our hearts, but that’s not clear enough, so God made it explicit. He has defined it, He has underlined it, He has shown it plainly in the written Law.

The Law was given to pinpoint sin, to define it, to bring it out of its hiding-place and to show its exceeding sinful character. Nothing shows the exceeding sinfulness of sin as much as the Law itself does; and once a man has seen the real meaning of the Law he sees the sinfulness of his own nature.

What The Law Doesn’t Do…

The Law was never given to save people. The purpose of the Law is to show people that they can never save themselves.

Once a person has understood the Law, and its spiritual meaning and content, he knows that can’t keep it. What’s the summary of the Law? It is: “You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength; and you shall love you neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

How We Are Saved…

Has anyone done that and kept the Law? No, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). That’s what the Law says. It shows us our utter helplessness and hopelessness, and so it becomes “our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ,” (Galatians 3:24) the only One who, by the grace of God, can save us, and deliver us, and reconcile us to God, and make us safe for all eternity.

– Martyn-Lloyd Jones

What Are Saved From?

As Christians we tend to speak our own language. For example, we’re always asking people if they’re saved, and we assume they know what that means. But what does it mean to be saved? What are being saved from?

“Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. – Rom 5:9

We’re saved from the penalty of sin. We sin when we disobey God. Romans 3:23 describes sin as falling “short of the glory of God,” while 1 John 3:4 refers to it as “lawlessness”. We sin in three ways:

1) In Thought (1 Jhn 3:15, Matt 5:28)
2) In Word (Matt 5:22)
3) In Deed (Rom 1:32)

Acts 17:31 teaches that He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness. This judgment is separation from Him in hell.

But our text tells us we’ve been “saved from God’s wrath through Christ” This means we aren’t judged for our sins, we’re pardoned from them. This is possible because our text also tells us we’re “justified by His blood.” 2Corinthians 5:21 explains that Christ “became sin” for us so that we might become “righteous in Him.”

Christ paid for our sins on the cross and, as a result, when God looks at us He sees us “in Christ”. In other words He sees that Christ has paid for our sins and Christ’s perfection is credited to us. We are saved from wrath through Christ.

Could I Actually Make Jesus Happy?

“Therefore, I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” – Romans 12:1

I want to try something new; something perhaps a bit radical in the idea that it may not be the usual way in which I’ve learned to mortify sin in my life.

What am I speaking about? I am speaking about a thought that has just passed through my mind. I do not remember who said the following words – I think it may have been Matthew Henry – he said that…“we are made for his pleasure and praise.”

Now here are my thoughts. Could it be that when we are fighting sin, we should think about the fact that it pleases the Lord when we do what he wills, rather than just doing his will out of an obligation or a fear of punishment?

I am sure that each motivation may work and therefore have its place, nevertheless the idea of pleasing God inasmuch as to make the Eternally Glorious One happy with a finite and insignificant speck of dust, is very appealing to me. More than just appealing, it is both enticing and exciting.

Again, the thought that I, being as small as I am in relation to life and everything else, could actually make King Jesus happy is stunning to me! I look forward to putting my thoughts into practice.

Terrence Theodore, blogger, A Pligrim’s Progress

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The Unpardonable Sin

In Matthew 12:31-32 we read about “The Unpardonable Sin”. Many Christians wonder what this sin is and wonder if they have committed it. Let’s explore these passages and see what we can learn.

Matthew 12:31 – “And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”

First we learn that God can forgive every sin. 1 John 1:9 confirms this “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Then we discover that “blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” The Spirit reveals the gospel to us (1 Peter 1:12). The gospel is the truth that Jesus paid for our sins and that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). In other words, the gospel is God’s offer of forgiveness for our sins. Blasphemy against the Spirit occurs when someone rejects the gospel.

That brings us to Matthew 12:32:

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

It’s one thing to speak out against Jesus because you don’t understand who He is. Before he understood the truth, Paul acted in “ignorance and unbelief” (1 Timothy 1:12-14).

But to speak out against Jesus after a person understands who He is means that the clearer the truth becomes the more he hates it and turns away from it.

Simply put, the only sin God can’t forgive is the sin of not asking for forgiveness. And since a Christian is someone who has accepted the gospel message he or she cannot commit the Unpardonable Sin.

David Was Afraid Of God

“David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”
– 1 Chron. 13:12

There was no reason for David to be afraid of God, if he conformed to the rules laid down in Leviticus. There it was expressly ordained that the Ark should be carried on the shoulders of the priests, because the cause of God must proceed through the world by the means of consecrated men, rather than by mechanical instrumentality.

David ignored this provision when he placed the Ark on the new cart. He disobeyed the distinct law of the Divine procedure. What wonder that Uzza was struck dead! Fire will burn if you persist in violating its law.

Obededom, on the other hand, studiously obeyed, so far as he knew them, the Divine regulations, and to him the Ark was a source of blessing; just as fire will toil for us in our furnaces and grates, and be the greatest possible benediction to human Iife, if only we carefully conform to its ascertained and immutable law.

God is to us what we are to Him. To Pharaoh, blackness and darkness; to Israel, light and help. To the difficult, He is difficult.; to the merciful man, merciful.To one of the thieves, the cross of Christ was the savour of death unto death, because his heart was unrepentant; to the other, the savour of life unto life, because his heart was soft and believing You need not fear God so long as you walk in his ways and do his will.

He is to be feared only by those who violate his law. God is a consuming fire. He will consume the evil of our inner life. But let Him be welcomed into your life and home; let the Ark, which is the symbol of his presence, dwell within; bring up your children to minister unto Him; and you will be blessed, with all that you have.

– F.B. Myer