LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Above the Law?

He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
(Romans 3:30 – ESV)

Although we are not under the Law we are not above it either, but rather we are more in tune with its spiritual components, a heart circumcised to believe and obey, trusting in Him and glorifying His name through our obedience; not being saved by it but being saved we fulfill it. Justification does not mean to be righteous or to make righteous but to declare righteous, for the Christian we are declared righteous based on the perfect righteousness of Jesus the Messiah. He has fulfilled the Law for us and by our faith we establish that fact.

The Law still has purposes, for the non-believer and also for the believer. It is designed to lead people to the gospel of Christ (Galatians 3:19-23) and also to indict what is not in accord with the gospel (Galatians 2:14). Using the Law lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8-9) means using it to convict people of living out of accordance with the gospel. It is for those that don’t know it and for those that should know better. That is why we use both, we give the Law to the proud and grace to the humble, both Christian and non-Christian.

Through faith or by faith means that our faith is not the ground or that we are saved on account of our faith, but that it is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). God is absolutely holy and just, and so any justification, any declaration of righteousness, any acquittal of guilt, must be on a just basis; it must be right to do so. The penalty of the Law had to be satisfied and Christ paid that for us, and so God declares us righteous not on some whim, but because of Christ, and it is a just declaration. We are guilty but Christ pays the penalty, and then God is just in justifying the ungodly (Romans 4:5), declaring us righteous, because of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our account (2 Corinthians 5:21).

As we see in Romans 3:24-26, the substitutionary atonement is the reason we can be justified by faith. It is faith in the person of Jesus and His finished work on the cross. With the wonderful doctrines of substitutionary atonement and justification by faith you can rest assured of your salvation, and as you cling to Christ in faith, you can conquer those voices that tell you tomorrow morning that you are a hopeless case. You don’t have to remember the names of the doctrines to remember who and what they are about. Jesus Christ dying for your sins and giving you a right standing before a satisfied God. By abiding in Christ by faith, you are not above the Law; in Christ you have fulfilled it.

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5 Comments:

Blogger mark pierson said...

"Using the Law lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8-9) means using it to convict people of living out of accordance with the gospel. It is for those that don’t know it and for those that should know better."

Powerful!

December 19, 2007 7:15 AM

 
Blogger Susan said...

I think this is key:

"By abiding in Christ by faith, you are not above the Law; in Christ you have fulfilled it."

Abiding is the key. That is what I am learning these days.

December 19, 2007 8:05 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Good lesson> By taking Scripture at face value and literally, you have mined gold in these last two posts. Praise God that Jesus fulfilled the law for all who come to him in faith......

December 19, 2007 8:51 AM

 
Blogger donsands said...

Christ was crucified, and we with Him.
Christ rose, and we with Him. And nothing can alter what Christ has done for those He died and rose for.

Some think they can use this truth, and go through life crying to all: "I am under grace, and though I'm a sinner, and I sin all the time, because that's the way I am, you cannot judge me"!
I have a deep feeling that these types will have a more than rude awakening on Judgement Day.

The pure and simple truth of salvation bears fruit of righteousness, godliness, kindness, love, joy, and temperence, and makes us say, "Thank you Lord, and Father, for saving me. Help me to trut in You alone, and to seek Your kingdom and righteousness first. Amen."

Thanks for such a concise teaching on salvation JD.

December 19, 2007 9:09 AM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

The Latin phrase means "no man is above the law"...

December 19, 2007 11:18 AM

 

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