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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Law of God

Why was the Word (Oracle, Law) of God given to us?

Some people regarded the Law as having been “nailed to the Cross “when Christ died.

But God’s Word and Law have never been nailed to the Cross. Rather, Christ died to fulfill the Law of God.

Matthew 5:17

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

That is the “our sinful nature”, which has been nailed to the Cross as the apostle Paul said;

In Romans 6:6;

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.”

And Galatians 5:24;

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”


We know that the ceremonial and sacrificial Law of Moses has been fulfilled when Jesus came to fulfill the requirement of God’s Law. That means we don’t have to burn the animal sacrifices to God anymore. 

The Book of Hebrews clearly says in 7:27;

“Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself.”


How about the “Decalogue, the Ten Commandments” which stipulates the ethical and moral standard for God’s people to abide by. Are we Christians free from the obligation of keeping this Law of God? Jesus Christ even upgraded the standard of God’s moral Law in His preaching.

Luke 6:27

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

 

Lord Jesus, we do know  that God’s Law is so holy and no one can be saved when breaking even one of them;

“All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:12)

Now we know why You came to rescue us from the curse of the Law by paying our debts on the Cross. Thank You Lord for saving us! We love You because You loved us first.

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