Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 4:25am
The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ was not killed just because satan and some people wanted Him dead, His death was planned by God the Father so that He could redeem mankind from sin (1 Peter 1:18-21, 1 John 2:2). Sin separated mankind from God, when that happened God promised that there was going to be a Seed of the woman that was going to destroy what satan did by getting Adam and Eve to disobey Him (Genesis 3:15). When God had a man to bring this Seed through He proclaimed blessings over this man, Abraham, and his Seed (not seeds). The Bible tells us that the Seed God was talking about was Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16).
We learn from the Bible that the Law was introduced after the promises God made to Abraham and it did not nullify the promises. THE PURPOSE of the Law was to make mankind understand their sinfulness (Galatians 3:16-19). The Law aroused sinful passions in their bodies (Romans 7:5). It introduced knowledge of sin, and then sin hijacked the Law to produce all manner of evil desires in mankind (Romans 7:7&8). Before the introduction of the Law sin was dead, sin came alive when the Law was introduced (Romans 7:8&9). The way to destroy the power of sin in your life is to dissociate yourself from the Law as the New Testament tells us to (Romans 7:6, Romans 6:14, and Galatians 4:30).
The Bible calls the Law the ministry of condemnation and death (2 Corinthians 3:6-7&9). Verse 7 tells us that Paul was talking about the Ten Commandments as we know that those were the only laws that were written on stones. As you subject yourself to the condemning voice of the Law you will not enjoy your relationship with God because you think He remembers your sins, even though He does not (Hebrews 10:16-23).
When we have this understanding we can see what happened in Exodus 19. Remember that we use the New Testament to interpret the Old Testament. In Exodus 19 we see God wanting to continue dealing with His people without the Law but they told Him that they would do everything He tells them to do. When they told Him this, God changed His tone toward them (Exodus 19:3-13). Verse 5 tells us that God repeated what He said to Abraham (Genesis 17:1-2,10), Israel didn’t respond the way Abraham responded hence God gave them the Law (Exodus 19:7-25, and chapter 20). Abraham didn’t look at his capability to meet God’s standard but focused on the ability of God to fulfill His promise.
God wanted to continue dealing with Israel the way He dealt with Abraham; by grace and mercy (Romans 4:13&16). Jesus took care of the penalty that was supposed to come to all mankind because of the sin of Adam (Romans 5:17-21). He nailed the law at the cross (Colossians 2:13-18). We have been legally set free from the Law (Romans 7:4-6). God is not counting our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
When God removed the Law from His dealings with us He was not saying we can live as we wish. In the following articles we will talk about how God gets us to live right without the Law.
(To be continued…)