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Permalink 02:23:05 am, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Trent, 289 words   English (US)

Trusty Tutor - the Law

clumsy!Ever been clumsy? I've been a real clutz at times. But I wouldn't know about that if I was only given manageable things to do, would I?

Take the top clutz in the world, and they would not know they are the least bit clumsy if they sat on their hands all day and did nothing. They need to get up and move, and do something that they cannot manage in order to learn their true condition, rather than be puffed up with the false notion that they can handle everything.

I'm really talking about pride, and self-exaltation - thinking that you are something when you are not. This is part of the human condition.

With this in mind, it makes sense when Paul wrote:

Romans 5:20 -
"Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound..."

God's wisdom was that every clutz goto the kitchen and fetch plate after plate, and glass after glass, two / three / four or more at a time, until they got the message ... they are clumsy. They couldn't get that message sitting on their hands, could they?

Ever try to manage the law ... and I mean the full law - every command (not just some manageable watered-down version) - on your own? I wasn't sitting on my hands, when I tried. I was learning. I learned that I needed a Savior!

Galatians 3:24
Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

Jesus saved me from continuing in my clutz-y trespassing. He saved me by infusing me with His Holy Spirit ... that as I walk by the Spirit, I do not as often break that which I consistently broke when left to myself.

What a relief! What a miracle!

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Comment from: Timothy [Member] ·

Ephesians 2
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created IN Christ Jesus FOR GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

And what now has the "tutor"(Law) become to those who have received the Living Word - Jesus now living in and through them?

Isn't it now a reflection or "proof" of the One, who obeyed the Law perfectly, now come to live in them?

"You shall know them by their fruit"...

Keeping the Law(10 Commmandments) is indeed the fruit of a good "branch" which is growing from the Vine, even a pruning also.(John 15:
"I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit... Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.")

The Law also reveals Christ in us and that we truly know Him:
1Jo 2:3 -
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

1Jo 2:4 -
He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not IN him.

1Jo 3:22 -
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

1Jo 3:24 -
Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and HE IN HIM. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1Jo 5:2 -
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

1Jo 5:3 -
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

2Jo 1:6 -
This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

Re 12:17 -
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Re 14:12 -
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Romans 3:31
Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Permalink 11/08/08 @ 19:33
Comment from: Adrian [Visitor] ·
There's one problem with Timothy's answer: Galatians tells us that "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things in the book of the law, to perform them." If you cross reference this quote back to Deut. 4:13-14, we find that this is talking about the Ten Commandments.

So, something that Jesus redeemed us from we are still to perform???
Permalink 11/17/08 @ 23:07
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·


Tim basically quotes a dozen passages from the New Testament ... practically all of which are written after the Lord Jesus has died and been raised to life. ... and then you say this .... """There's one problem with Timothy's answer"""

Did I understand you right? Adrian, were you saying there is one problem with the Scriptures where Paul and John were quoted ... as if to say that Paul and John were in error? I guess this would be a good time for you to pinpoint what "problem" you see and why it is a problem, if you think there still is one, okay?

You also asked: """So, something that Jesus redeemed us from [being under the law] we are still to perform?"""

Like I always say ... it is seldom "what" we do that matters. "Why" we do it matters the most.

There are those that are under the law in the sense that they are attempting to gain the approval of God by performance as if they could earn God's love by their own loveliness. By doing so, these individuals are pushing away the understanding of God's love which is given freely, and pushing away understanding of God's approval which is only found through the implantation of Life offered by the Lord Jesus Christ ... and no where else (ie, not found through works performance.) ... so nothing is gained and everything is lost in such a vain attempt, borne from prideful arrogance and self-righteousness.

Conversely, there are those, who having already believed in the ONLY Way offered to man by which He must be saved ... and through trust and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ these individuals are fully justified, forgiven and redeemed ... who now perform not because they want to gain anything, RATHER are performing in accord with what they have already gained.

Let me put this another way:

In ancient times a King has his eyes set on a maiden to marry. He knows this woman and loves her more than his own life. He seeks to marry her, but she works as an illegal prostitute, and has (by her profession) been found guilty of a serious crime against the kingdom. What will the King do to fix the situation?

The King makes a royal decree and send word throughout the land, hereby granting amnesty to all criminal prostitutes. The maiden that is beloved by the King can hardly believe it, but she accepts the King's proposal to marry and they are joined. The maiden instantly went from criminal prostitute to queen, because of the great love of her King. So, what are the chances that the queen will wander out of the castle and go back to turning tricks on the streets? The chances are pretty slim, but yet one can imagine a return to the streets if old company and doubts and fears introduce the notion or feeling that she really isn't loved, and isn't set free from her crimes ... or that she really is no better off. The danger of returning relates to how steadfast she is in believing that she is loved and believing that she really is a queen and can start acting like one!

Romans 2:4
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

The two verses above would be good verses to memorize. His kindness leads us to repentance. His grace teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness. It isn't fear that keeps you improving as you grow, but love and rest. Grace and kindness are catalysts to growth and maturity. You might even say that fear of punishment has a growth inhibiting effect.

1Jo 4:18 - Show Context
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Lets talk a little bit about maturity and failures. Sometimes growth can be frustrating. My experience is like the queen that forgets from time to time that I am loved by the King and goes back to a lifestyle that no longer suits me. But, God's love is undaunted. So, when I catch a glimpse of His eyes I see a love that can save me and take me out of the vexation of sin. And so it goes. We can only start from where we are, and we have so far to go, it does us well to take it one step at a time beginning with the step right in front of us.
Thank you for indulging me in a long-winded response.

Ripening for the harvest,
Permalink 11/18/08 @ 00:36

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