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Permalink 08:57:38 pm, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Pam, 1482 words   English (US)

A Better Hope: Drawing Near To God

The Law is Holy, Righteous, Perfect, and Complete. The Law will never pass away. It cannot for it is Spiritual as God is Spiritual. The Law is of and from God. The Law is Powerful but it does not have the power to make man righteous or give him eternal life. Everything that human beings are is contrary to the Laws of God and the Law brings death to man as it continually points out where we fall short of God's holiness but does nothing to impart that to us which would enable us to become like God and like His Law. The Law can't make us Spiritual. In this fashion, the Law makes clear to human beings their need for God.

God gave the Law to the children of Israel through Moses as a Covenant. God knew that if they kept His Law they would be a holy and prosperous nation. However, the Covenant of the Law was broken even before it was put into force for the children of Israel did not even love God enough to seek after Him or trust in Him. Instead, they decided to do things their way and make for themselves a golden calf to worship and even their method of worship was vile to God. The Covenant of the Law was broken because it was dependent upon the righteousness of man to keep it in force. Therefore, it failed because everything that man is contradicts the Law of God.

God however, loves His children is long-suffering toward them and in seeing our weakness sent His own Son to pay the penalty of death imputed to man under the Law so that man might be returned to God and in Christ made holy. For it is belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Son of Man and accepting Him as our own Savior that makes us alive to God by quickening to life that in us that is spirit that our spirit might commune with the Spirit of God and by that communion be made holy as God is Holy. In Jesus we are drawn near to God as outside of Christ we are far from Him and dead to Him not even seeking Him out that we might have Life. Jesus is our High Priest forever, making intercession for us to God for our sin with His very own blood. In Christ Jesus, we are no longer under the Law and the curse of death that it imputes to us. The Covenant of the Law has passed away. Hebrews 7:18-19 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect(or complete); on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.---And--Hebrews 7:22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Jesus is not contrary to God's Law. He is God's Law in bodily form. Jesus is the perfect man being all God and all man. Jesus is the first man born by the Spirit of God, the only begotten Son of God. Being Spiritual as the Law is Sprititual, He is of the same substance as the Law and the Law is of His own nature. In Him, we too are born again through the Spirit becoming adopted Sons of God, receiving a new nature that is not contrary to the Law. This is a better Covenant for it does not depend upon the righteousness of man to be held in force, it is held in force by the Righteousness of God. This Covenant is completely the work of God through His Son Jesus Christ. Hebrews 8: 7-13 For if the first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah---"not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My Laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember them no more." In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."

Hebrews 9:15-17And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives."---The New Covenant did not come into effect until the death of Christ. When Christ walked the earth in human form, the Old Covenant of the Law was still in force. His death put an end to that Covenant. That does not mean the Law has passed away. It cannot pass away, it is eternal. Rather we are no longer under the Law and under the curse of death that the Law imputes to those made of flesh and blood. Jesus died to put away sin, once and for all and our sins are no longer counted by the Law. Those of us in Christ do not live according to the Law but we are hid in Christ. Though through faith in Him we have been born again and received a new, spiritual nature, we still reside in bodies of flesh and blood. Our new nature delights in the Law of God but our old nature still wars against it and also wars against our new nature. In our inward man, we agree with God's Law and by so doing our flesh is put to death daily as we no longer live according to the flesh but according to the mind of Christ in us. Our flesh is crucified according to the Law that Christ in us might live! All to the glory of God!

Though inwardly I love the Law and desire to obey it, my flesh wars against it and I sin. If I were still under the old Covenant of the Law, that would be death but since I am in Christ, He has become the Law for me and my disobedience is covered by His obedience. Jesus died for me and He also lives for me. This is not to be used as a cloak for evil but as the forgiveness of sin that enables me to grow into Christ. When Jesus comes for me and I am glorified, I will have become like Him and just as the Law is of His own nature so too will the Law be of my nature. This is true of all who are in Christ Jesus. In the Kingdom, the Law will no longer be taught for it will be natural to us, written into our minds and hearts by the Spirit of the Living God!

Galatians 3:19-26 What purpose then does the Law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

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Comment from: the_burning_bush [Visitor] ·
The law was something good, but we needed something deeper and more wonderful ... the law written inside those who believe.

Thanks for the reflection, Pam.
Permalink 01/16/08 @ 03:07
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Jesus is the sum total of it all! He is so wonderful that simply being near to Him transforms us from sinner to saint to Christlikeness.:0)

Permalink 01/16/08 @ 11:04
Comment from: Mrs Zeke [Visitor] ·
Pam your post reminds me of
The scripture below. We can follow every law but it won't save us. Since God's love is perfect He knows if we love first the law is no burden we follow it with joy and strength.
Be loved you are

1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Permalink 01/16/08 @ 11:11
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Mrs. Zeke,

I love that portion of scripture and it brings to mind another favorite portion: "Knowlege puffs up, but love edifies" --- As one who can tend toward the puffy side at times, this verse and the passage of scripture you quoted puts life in Christ back into perspective for me. Even if I were able with my mind to comprehend the entire Bible and it did not incite love in me, that knowlege would be worthless. Loving God and one another is what it is all about.

Thank you for edifying me this morning!:0)

Permalink 01/16/08 @ 11:36
Comment from: Mrs Zeke [Visitor] ·
Pam you are my sister so if anything I can say helps you praise God and know that I am humbled.
Be well and be loved
Permalink 01/16/08 @ 14:21

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