- God’s Law Is Good For It Is The Expression Of God’s Heart Which Is Love.
Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mat 22:37-39).
- The Law Makes Life Very Hard For Man; It Continually Accuses Him.
The Law causes man to live under continual condemnation because he is continually transgressing it; he is totally unable to keep it because he is a sinner. You cannot ride on a railway line with a bicycle for the line is straight and you cannot keep a bicycle moving in a straight line. Look at the track a bicycle leaves on a dirt road; it is continually swerving a little bit this way and that.
So, we see that there is nothing wrong with the railway line, (the Law which is the will of God): it is straight and is built for trains, the problem lies with the bicycle. The bicycle is wrong, therefor it drops off the line within the first meter and the rider gets hurt. Man’s sinful nature cannot keep a straight line along God’s perfect holy Law. That is most frustrating for man for he is continually getting onto the line, going forward for 10cm, falling off, then trying again; repeatedly; not making any progress.
- The Law Keeps Us In Safe Custody
It keeps us from becoming totally corrupt until we find salvation in Christ.
But before faith came, we were kept under Law, … So that the Law has become a trainer of us until Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But faith coming, we are no longer under a trainer. (Gal 3:23-25).
Another translation says the Law is our TUTOR until we are saved by faith and still another says we are kept in jail. Prison does not change a prisoner’s heart but keeps him out of mischief.
Fear of punishment keeps you from real ugly sin, but in your heart, you still lust after it.
- The Law Reveals To Us What Sin Is
because by the works of the Law none of all flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:20).
- The Law Convicts The Sinner Of His Guilt
But we know that whatever things the Law says, it says to those who are under the Law; so that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may be under judgment before God, (Rom 3:19).
- The Law Shows No Mercy At All But Expects Man To Be Perfect In Every Minute Detail Of His Doings, Thoughts And Intentions.
For whoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (Jas 2:10).
- No Man Can Be Justified (Get Right With God) By Trying To Keep The Law.
… because by the works of the Law none of all flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:20).
Therefore, having left the discourse of the beginning of Christ, let us go on to full growth, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (Heb 6:1).
how much more shall the blood of Christ (who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God) purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb 9:14).
The good deeds which man tries to perform to please God, are seen as dead works for they are polluted by the sin that is within man. If a person would bring a dead sheep, goat and cow to his king, he would stir up his anger instead of invoking his favour.
For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isa 64:6).
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The name of this study guide is: Man in relation to the law.