FREEDOM IN CHRIST
Sunday, June 25, 2017
  Job 3-4 | Acts 7:44-60

“‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.’” —Matthew 5:17

The purpose of the law is to reveal God’s character, and the effect of the law reveals our failure to keep the law, but this does not provide a solution to our need. Other than being of academic interest, the law is of no practical consequence, other than to create an awareness of ?guilt. It still leaves us drowning in sin and struggling to stay afloat.

The law’s highest function is that it “was our guardian until Christ came,” or as other translations say, “our tutor, disciplinarian or schoolmaster to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24). Paul writes, “…know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:16). In other words, the law cannot save us.

The relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ to the law is in being the fulfiller of the law. Jesus does not just speak of a vicarious fulfilling of the law on our behalf, though that is certainly true in regard to the ceremonial laws of the Old Covenant. In addition to the moral law, given in the Ten Commandments, God also gave the ceremonial law to Israel, which involved rituals and regulations whereby a person could approach God. They were mediated through the priesthood and largely involved the presenting of sacrifices and offerings. When Jesus became sin for us, purchasing our salvation by His blood, the regulations of the Old Covenant were rendered null and void. Never again would God require a blood sacrifice, and the ceremonial law was abolished.

However, in regard to the moral law, Jesus declared its permanency: “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). The law is more certain than the earth on which we stand and the heaven we anticipate. It will outlive both heaven and earth, as it is consistent with the character of God, and God does not change.

To fulfil the law of God is to restore the glory of God. Paul writes, “To them [the Lord’s people] God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Christ in us gives ?freedom from the law and He alone is our means of fulfilling the law.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for fulfilling the law of God and giving us freedom from laws impossible to keep. ?Help me to yield my life entirely to You. Thank You, Lord.


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