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Propitiation, Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Getting from Law to Love: Part 2

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The last time I addressed this, we discovered what the law really is – a commandment with a penalty attached to it if we fail to obey. We discovered law didn’t begin with Moses, but in the Garden of Eden: “And the LORD God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ " (Genesis 2:16-17). We even discovered that the Law of Moses excelled at revealing sin. But it could not give man what he really needed – life:

Galatians 3:21-24: “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”

Once a law is breeched, there is a debt owed to the lawgiver in the form of a penalty. Because of this, laws stir up our flesh. They’re routine sources of conflict. This doesn't mean laws are bad; they just reveal the rebellion that dwells in our flesh. Think about it. Who likes to be punished? And who likes to owe anyone anything? No one does! So whether a Jew is guilty of breaking the Law of Moses or a gentile is guilty of rebellion and disobedience to God, there is a great conflict between God and mankind. Can this conflict ever end? What do you think?

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