Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. [Romans 3:31]
Yesterday we explored the awesome grace of God as we briefly surveyed the 10 Commandments and found that we definitely stand condemned, but by the mercy of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, we have salvation.
Praise be to God!
The question before us now (and one that the apostle Paul answers) is this:
If we are saved by grace apart from the Law, does that mean that faith in Jesus nullifies the Law.
Basically, the implication here is that since we are saved by grace through faith, why worry about the Law. Why obey the 10 Commandments when God will forgive anyways? Why bother learning these Laws? The apostle Paul, in response to these questions, would slap you you up across the head and say ” You idiot” (but say it with all love of course) it’s because we are saved apart from following the Law that we are free to obey the Law with all joy in order to show love to our neighbor and to God.
You don’t abandon the Law because you are saved, but rather follow the Law because you are saved. Just read Psalm 119 and you will discover the joy the author has in learning and following God’s Law. He’s not seeking salvation but rather wants to learn more and glorify God.
Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. (vs 24)
The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes. (vs 64)
Teach me good judgement and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. (vs 66)
And there are many more such verses. The Law of God convicts us of our sin and therefore our need for a Savior (Jesus Christ). But the Law also shows us how to love God and neighbor. As Tom Brokaw once said, They are not called the 10 suggestions. They are Commandments. This is a holy tension; this grace and Law thing, but one that makes sense through faith.
If your faith is truly found in Jesus Christ, then said faith will find joy in obeying God for God is worthy. When one foolishly tosses the Law away because they are saved it makes me wonder if they are really saved at all.
So give praise to God for salvation through Jesus Christ and then seek to learn God’s righteous decrees more and more. Seek to know Him better through His Commands. Seek to honor God more through your obedience.
May God be praised and obeyed; served and worshiped; honored and glorified; always and forever. Amen.
May God bless your day 🙂
The Pastor -|—