Is the law of God the rulebook of a harsh task master to His slaves? Or is it an expression of the love and nature of God to a people who He desires to know Him?
Honor God's Law
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Where this command is found:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
The command to Honor God’s Law is derived from Jesus’ instruction to not think that He came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. Psalm 19:7 tells us that the Law is perfect. There is nothing wrong with the Law of God. There is something wrong with us.
That is the point. The Law shows us that we come drastically short of being able to live up to God’s righteous demands. This puts us in a perfect place to realize we need a Savior—not just initially for salvation, but also daily for our sanctification.
Psalm 1 shows us the importance of meditating on God’s Law day and night. But why meditate on the Law? One reason is because as we treasure God’s Law within our hearts, we are reminded of our inability and the utter weakness of our flesh. This reminder causes us to cast ourselves in total dependence upon Jesus and His ability to fulfill the Law in and through us.
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There are two common responses we have to the Law of God: we summon our will power to try to do the Law; or, we assume it “doesn’t apply to us”, and we throw it out. But what is God’s purpose for the Law?
ave you ever felt like there is a discrepancy between the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the New Testament? This “discrepancy” is based on the wrong assumption that God did away with His Law when Christ came.