Grace requires surrender.
(Galatians 3:21-29) 21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian [ nanny, nurse, tutor], 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male
and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
– The law reveals our powerlessness. Grace invites surrendering.
If it is only by faith that in Christ that we become a partaker of God’s promise to Abraham, then what use is the law?
Are we teaching against the law of God? God forbid.
(Romans 7.12) So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
The function of the law is not to grant salvation but to convince the necessity of salvation. No one can be justified by trying to keep. The law condemns, it does not save man.
(Galatians 3:21) […] if a law had been given that could give life […]
The Judaizers would say, “Keep the law, and you will have life.” But Paul’s counter-argument says, “If that would be true, then justification would come bu the law, and not by faith.”
God’s goal through the law is our failure. Our incapacity to keep the law should cause us to believe the promise. The purpose of the law is not to improve us but to reveal us.
Whenever we relate to God based on our deservedness, we are putting ourselves under the law. We cannot live under two different principles: either we are in the law or in grace.
(Romans 6:14) For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Don’t be saved by grace, but then turn to the law to sanctify yourself. The New Covenant of God’s unmerited favor began. The Old Covenant of human works is over.
(Hebrews 8:13) 13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming
obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
– Why then the law?
“If God knew that the law was incapable of saving, what is the purpose of the law?”
– Why then the law?
– To reveal the image of God.
(1 John 3:4) Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
We were made in the image of God. His character should be our character. The law was given to reveal to man the character of God and how deep we fell from that glorious image.
(Romans 3:23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
The law is a thread rope given by God. But Himself, by His grace, can pull us up in Christ.
The purpose of the law was to denounce sin and to show what is against God. It demonstrates that we cannot be who we were created to be. Shows our reality. It aks for our honesty. The law was given to be broken and thus reveal to us our condition real condition.
(Romans 3:19-20) Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
– Why then the law?
– To guide us to grace
The law was a tutor.
(Galatians 3:24) So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
I had a nanny. Her job: protect me against myself. One aspect of the law is to protect the sinner from himself and from others. The problem is that the law only tames the beast. It is powerless to change nature.
(Galatians 3:26) for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
You are a child of God now. In Christ, you were made a son. Now, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control are fruits of your new spirit. And against such things, there is no law. Only Christ can do that.
(Galatians 5:22-23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 3:24) […] the law was our guardian until Christ […]
You were a very sloppy employee or trainee. You had a tutor. What was the tutor’s job? To show your incapacity. You were literally “Mr. Clumsy man.” Everything would be fine if you would just be quiet. But as soon you tried to do something, your clumsiness ineptitude will manifest. The demands are reasonable. The problem is incompetence. The tutor demands the right things to do; remember, the law is good and eternal. But the worker is limited. But God sends His perfect Son to do the work for us. And once the work is done, we receive the merit and even the reward. “But that is cheating!” Not if you are honest with the boss. If you humbling say, “Boss, I could not do it. Your Son did it for me.” The boss will say, “I wanted the job perfectly done, and now it is finished. That is what it matters. Because you honored my Son, I acknowledge you.”
The more we honored the work of the Son, the more effect grace has over us.
– Why then the law?
– To become, in Christ, promises
Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I
will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
(Ezekiel 36:27) And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
(Colossians 1:26,27) the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Because of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, we became capable of keeping God’s commandments. The fact that Christ dwells in us the law is a promise.
“I command you: You shall not kill.”
Under grace, we hear God’s promise: “I promise you! You shall not kill.”
(Romans 8:3,4) For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
If we are dependent on the Spirit, we will overcome sin. Our part is to surrender to His life in us. Put aside all self-sufficiency. Surrender and overcome.
– Put on Christ
(Galatians 3:27-28) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The gospel is not only a matter of going to heaven but a matter of God coming to us. Heaven is into our hearts. Because of grace, we have the promise that we will not fall. Keep trusting the power of Christ in you.
Grace is not a doctrine to learn but a person to receive.
(John 1:17) For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The law was given because it is “a thing”, e regulations, a system o conduct.
“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. It came because it is the very person of Jesus.
Let us be a more gracious and kind church.
-I do not condemn, go, and from now on sin no more
(John 8:10-11) Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
Grace and truth came in Jesus Christ. That should always be our answer to the brokenhearted.
-For whom is the law?
(1 Timothy 1:8-11) 8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not
laid down for the just [that law is not appointed for the righteous person, the one in right standing with God] but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
The impious, ungodly, and unbeliever have to listen to a lot about the law. The saved and righteous have to listen a lot about the grace. The purpose of the law is to make the ungodly realize that he needs the Lord Jesus.
– The need for a parachute.
“Two men are seated in a plane. The first is given a parachute and told to put is on as it would improve his flight. He’s a little skeptical at first because he can’t see how wearing a parachute in a plane could
possibly improve the flight. After a time he decides to experiment and see if the claim is true. As he puts it on he notices the weight of it upon his shoulders and he finds that he has difficulty in sitting upright. However, he consoles himself with the fact that he was told the parachute would improve the flight. So, he decides to give the thing a little time. As he waits he notices that some of the other passengers are laughing at him, because he’s wearing a parachute in a plane. He begins to feel somewhat humiliated. As they begin to point and laugh at him and he can stand it no longer, he slinks in his seat, unstraps the parachute, and throws it to the floor. Disillusionment and bitterness fill his heart, because, as far as he was concerned, he was told an outright lie.
The second man is given a parachute but listen to what he’s told. He’s told to put it on because at any moment, he’d be jumping 25,000 feet out of the plane. He gratefully puts the parachute on; he doesn’t notice the weight of it upon his shoulders, nor that he can’t sit upright. His mind is consumed with the thought of what would happen to him if he jumped without that parachute.
Instead of preaching that Jesus improves the flight, we should be warning the passengers they’re going have to jump out of the plane.
(Hebrews 9:27). And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” (Ray Comfort, Revival’s Golden Key)