Isn’t it amazing how even now, thousands of years later, most still have no idea what the Law of God was really for? The deception Adam brought into the human race is so deep rooted. Even after being saved there are so many living with the idea that they can actually keep the commandments. Let me just say, “You can’t!” The reason I can say that is because no one can! God’s plan was actually the opposite. He gave us his Law in order for us to see our need of Jesus Christ. The truth is the Law can only reveal our sin, condemn us for it, and show us our need for a Savior. Romans 3:20 tells us “Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in his sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”
You might ask “If he didn’t expect us to keep his Law why did he tell us to?” This is where we have to see things from his perspective. If he didn’t give us the command to perform we would never attempt it. Seeing how we are so deceived into thinking we are independent and can make ourselves like God he uses the Law as a mirror. He holds up this perfect, holy and righteous standard and tells us to have at it! Of course he has always known we couldn’t perform up to such a perfect standard but he wanted us to know it. Since we are so stubborn, prideful, self righteous and sure of ourselves, we set out to do it only to discover we can’t. This leads us to the real point of his plan and that is we might cry out to Jesus Christ to save us. Paul wrote to the Galatians “The Law has become our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”
This is the way God sets us free in his Son. We look at the perfect Law of God, exhaust ourselves trying to live up to its standard, and eventually find ourselves in a heap at his feet pleading for mercy. Because of the work Jesus Christ did on the cross dying for our sins and giving us his righteousness purely as a gift we can walk away free from the just and fair charges placed against us. “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that he might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…”
You see, our problem from God’s perspective wasn’t just that we were being bad and breaking his law. No, from God’s viewpoint we were in fact dead! God had already told Adam, in the Garden, before he ate of the forbidden tree. “The day you of it you shall surely die.” That is exactly what happened. Adam ate and died in his spirit. The life of God was no longer within him therefore he and we have a much bigger problem than disobedience. We need to be made alive. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life!” He didn’t say he came so you would obey all the rules, right? Paul said, “For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.” You see God wants to fix our real problem by bringing life into our dead spirit. This is what Jesus being raised from the dead really means.
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead to enable us to receive his very life. It isn’t just that he washes us from our sins it’s about Christ in us the hope of glory! He is the way, the truth and the life! I pray we will start to understand he doesn’t just give us life– He is our life! From God’s vantage point when we place our faith in Christ we are saying, I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.”
“For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”
Written by Louie