Paul was not taking a big risk when he boiled the whole law down into one command. The Old Testament does give us the basic laws, although Biblical law and its applications are found in both Testaments. Pursue the law for Christian growth, and in so doing, please God. "Love is from God" (1 John 4:7). The promises of God are for today – not yesterday. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus. If you live your life on the basis of spiritual pep pills that give an immediate emotional charge and specific practical guidan… The Holy Spirit tells us through the apostolic memoirs and writing. Second, love is the outworking of genuine, saving faith. Fourth, therefore, the Mosaic covenant is not fundamentally different from the Abrahamic and New Covenants, for we should obey the commandments of all three from the very same motive—not to win God's favor, but because we already depend on his free grace and trust that his commands will lead to full and lasting joy. Scripture knows what it is. Whether or not you have the patience to look with me for half an hour at Galatians 3:15–18depends in large measure on the way you live your life. And so the time of controversy in which we find ourselves is not bad; it is a good occasion to test whether there is really grace within us or not. Is there a way to know which promises of God are for us today? Send me a message and I will add it to the list. Considered as a covenant, the law was designed as a prison, to keep the people locked up so that their sins would not get out of hand (3:22– 23). The law of God is often equated with Old Testament law. ." Only in Jesus Christ can these things be gained, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4 ESV). Many of you might have one of your own. It can refer to the whole Old Testament, as in Romans 3:19 (where the preceding quotations come from the psalms and prophets). So Exodus 14:31 says, "And Israel saw the great work which the Lord did against the Egyptians, and the people feared the Lord; and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.". Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. God is not going to give you a promise and then say, “You know, maybe I didn’t mean that.” And when He does answer, He wants us to give Him glory and praise because He truly has worked on our behalf. God never promises to keep us from the storms of life, nor to take us around them or to take us above them but He does promise to go with us through them. Where would we be today, or in a thousand years, if God were not rich in mercy? Knowing the fall made us stubborn enough to believe we can get right with Him by doing enough good works to “outweigh” our bad ones, God gave the Mosaic law to Israel in order to refute this belief. 3:19) to imprison “everything under sin” (v. 22). Only God's grace can save us . that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." I think we can illustrate the way this works by our present situation here at Bethlehem. 1 Timothy 1:8-10 ESV / 70 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. Sin is inherently destructive-both to the perpetrator and to those affected by the perpetrator. One of my very great desires for our church is that we be a people who understand the law of God and fulfill it in the Spirit of love. God knows the future and can tell Abraham what will happen. The crucial text here is Romans 13:8–10. My guess is that there is a good deal of confusion in our minds when we read on the one hand in Romans 6:14, "You are no longer under law but under grace," but on the other hand in Romans 3:31, "Do we then overthrow the law by faith? It was designed to show us our sins and point out our need for a savior. We may change our minds as we age, or our situation changes or we get more information. It is deeper than labor and prior to labor and enables labor. In Hebrews 6:13 it says, "For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself." When God makes a promise to his people, it will come to pass. Further down in Galatians 5:22, love is called the fruit of the Spirit. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. The exodus was a sign that God would take care of Israel in the future. Love does not pout, is not self-pitying, does not use ultimatums to get its own way. Therefore, love is the fruit of the Spirit and the outworking of faith. Thus, the law was only temporary, and pointed forward to the new covenant, when sin would be restrained, the penalty paid, the Spirit poured out, and the progress of evil reversed. By no means! (Matthew 16:18), I will never leave you nor forsake you. Where there is no faith uniting the heart to God, there is no true love. We follow the law by obeying it but we can only be truly free when we believe in Christ who is the law Himself. He says: That little phrase "as if" or "as though" is tremendously important. The Bible is filled with the promises of God. THE PROMISE TO DAVID In the Psalms David says that God had made a special promise to him. Yet some people become discouraged because they fail to see results after asking for His assurance. . What then was the law’s purpose? There are 11 promises from Scripture that God wants each of us to know today. (See also Numbers 14:11, 20:12; Deuteronomy 9:22–24.). That day, I just “happened” to have brought in my little promise Bible. The meaning of the sign is that God is for you and will work for you and take care of you if you will only trust him. Here are the key passages: Galatians 5:6, "In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love." We’re on a mission to change that. The Law, in Calling for Love, Calls for Faith. But many will still say that the law did not call men to be justified this way, it called them to earn God's blessings through works, and in doing this it showed men their total inability and drove them to the Savior. For us it has been fulfilled by Jesus (Matthew 5v17). The keeping of the Law is an impossibility to man in the flesh; no one can be justified before God through it. "Is the law then against the promises of God? The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God The third meaning of the term law is not a different part of the OT, but the OT understood in a different way. Fifth, we should delight in God's law, meditate on it day and night, and sing of its value unto all generations. . I must buttress my faith with some promises. Today, the law teaches us that Jesus is the foundation of all the laws, His life and His teaching are the fulfillment of God's love for humanity. All these sins come from not believing God. But there is no Greek word for legalism, so when Paul wanted to refer to this distortion of the Mosaic law, he often used the phrase, "works of law" (e.g., Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16, 3:2, 5). 2:2 It does not seek to avoid a brother who differs, it does not wear a scowl, it does not spread rumors or speak evil of a neighbor, it does not close its ears to the evidences. And what a terrific opportunity we have to prove to ourselves and to the world that our peace is not based merely on sameness. So I invite you to read these words anew, words … # 7 - Promise … But it is not synonymous with labor. It defines right and wrong. well, because sometimes it isn't as obvious as it should be. The second point was that love only comes out of faith in God's promises. not of works lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9). That's why Paul can say in 1 Corinthians 13:3, "If I give away all I have and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.". Third, therefore, the law did not teach us to try to produce meritorious works, but only taught us to trust the gracious God of the exodus and to live out the obedience of faith. After all, the Israelites continued to be the children of Abraham and continued to keep the Abrahamic covenant by believing the promises. The second point was that love is the outworking of faith. The third point, therefore, is that the law did not call for meritorious works, but for the obedience which flows from faith. (See Romans 3:31; Matthew 23:23. Today, God still wants to be close to us. The law does two things: It shows negative things and positive things. Before the Flood, sin progressed so far that God made the decision to destroy the world. The point is this: to whatever degree we achieve this divine love for each other, it will be owing to faith in the liberating promises of God. The point is this: to whatever degree we achieve this divine love for each other, it will be owing to faith in the liberating promises of God. Love is more than religious practices and humanitarian services. Promises of God. Romans 3 teaches us that law tells us our duty, that is, what we are obliged to do. Today, Christ has sent the Holy Spirit so that the hearts of all His followers may be touched, allowing them to fully love others and love God, fulfilling the law that God put into place at the very beginning of the story. The people would likely have associated the setting of Ezekiel’s vision with Isaiah’s heartwarming restoration prophecy.Isa. The key passage is Romans 9:30–32. The main goal of this lesson is to teach that ‘God always keeps His promises.’ This weeks craft also includes a free printout rainbow listing seven of God’s promises to us. The answer is that love is not in the world. Therefore, when the ten commandments begin, "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Today, he still addresses us by his Spirit. The Mosaic Law did not state a penalty for failing to tithe. Fourth, therefore we must obey the OT commandments the same way we obey the NT commandments—not in order to win God's favor, but because we already depend on his free grace and trust that his commands will lead to full and lasting joy. There are three significant decisions we will probably make by the end of January: whether to buy the house next door for future expansion or parking, whether to amend the church covenant, and whether to call an assistant pastor for educational and young adult ministries and a children's worker in September 1982. God does not make any promises that He does not intend to keep. The law was not designed to replace the promise. So the first point in our nutshell theology of the law is that the law is fulfilled in us when we love our neighbor. I want to try to vindicate Moses from this misunderstanding by giving you a biblical theology of the law in a nutshell. But sometimes he simply used the word "law," as when he said, "You are not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:14). Knowing the fall made us stubborn enough to believe we can get right with Him by doing enough good works to “outweigh” our bad ones, God gave the Mosaic law to Israel in order to refute this belief. If love is what the law aimed at, and only faith can love, then the law must teach faith. Pursue … Here's what I will do: I'll mention the five points I want to make, then go back and give their biblical basis, and then sum them up again. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. The Law “was added because of transgressions” (Gal. But it can be shown from Paul's teaching and from the law itself. And if I am all taken care of, then it feels very natural to want to take care of you, to look you in the eye and smile and want only your good. Israel has arrived in the wilderness of Sinai three months after the exodus from Egypt. These promises are sealed by the highest authority, God's word. We know that in the Old Testament, God speaks to us in the Son. Since only perfect works could merit salvation from a perfectly holy God and nobody can achieve that, the law simply makes us aware of our sin and misery and pronounces our condemnation. We will close by singing the beauty of God's law with Psalm 19. Romans 8:3, 4 teaches that the law itself is powerless to produce this kind of obedience. Lesson: God’s Promises Main text: Psalm 145:13 Description: God is trustworthy and faithful in all that He promises us.His promises do not rely on us; they rely on Him. The Law’s condemnation does not fall on us, because “the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). Paul says that the law was added “because of transgressions” (Galatians 3:19). The Book of Exodus (the name means 'departure') tells us about these events. God’s mysteries are unsearchable and inscrutable. If any law could give life to us, we could become acceptable to God by obeying that law. First came promise, then law. Specifically, it can refer to that part of the OT written by Moses, the first five books, called the Torah. Only genuine faith is going to issue into love. This is very nearly the definition of coram Deo—to live before the face of God, under His authority and unto His glory. What can we learn about God from the story we just read?” Possible Answers: God makes big promises. First, the law is fulfilled when we love our neighbor. We can avoid frustration by understanding how Scripture teaches us to claim His promises. The path on which the Spirit comes to us is faith in God's promises; and when he comes, the fruit he produces is love. Galatians 3:5 answers, "The one who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you does so not by works of the law but by the hearing of faith." Love looks people in the eye and communicates goodwill. Now I know that hardly anyone says that God saved people differently in the OT than he does today. Is The Law Of God Valid Today? “What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise” (v. 17). We Can Count On God’s Promises … God is the Sovereign of the universe, existing supremely above all else. . Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Two major gifts of grace are the unmerited mercy God grants us by His loving nature and His spiritual law the apostle Paul said he took “delight in” (Romans 7:22). On the contrary, we uphold the law.". Trust in me now, and look to no other source for help." A promise is a covenant or declaration that one will do exactly what they say or something will happen just as … . The law was given 430 years after Abraham entered the Promised Land, and thus was added to the promise. The second point is this: love is not a work that we do on our own to show ourselves meritorious to God; it is the fruit of faith in the promises of God. Tithing was a moral obligation. First of all then, love is a fulfilling of the law. That means thinking about the Bible deliberately and consciously, seeking God's wisdom. In other words, it is something we cannot produce without God's enablement. We are now sons of God, clothed in Christ, and empowered to live righteously (3:24–27). The high mountain. It shows clearly that Paul did not believe that God ever intended the law to be obeyed by "works." This is probably the most popular view of the Mosaic law in the church today, and it is wrong. The Old Testament Law is concerned with the life of the people of Israel, who were living at a particular stage of salvation history. When you claim the promises of God, it may have come from your past, but it is always for the future. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes . Make good use of God’s law as you live your life coram Deo. So how do we become loving people? I don't feel threatened anymore. Promises like: I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Instead, love rejoices in the truth and is peaceable, gentle, open to reason. First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. 3. When we receive God’s forgiveness through our confession of faith in Jesus’ sacrificial death, the Law is fulfilled for us, and “there is no longer any sacrifice for sin” (Hebrews 10:18). Paul makes it clear in the Bible that we can hold onto God’s promises to us because we are in the family of God. What does the bible say about making promises to God though? In Hebrews 6:13 it says, "For when God made a promise to Abraham since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself." So the first point in our theology of the law was that love fulfills the law. They are above us and beyond us. When I still my heart with these things and catch a glimpse of God's bright and sovereign future, then I can love again. And He comes into our hearts by the Holy Spirit and makes them His dwelling place (John 14:23,26), if we open the door to Him when He knocks (Revelation 3:20). Someone may ask, "Well, if you can die for someone and not have love, what in the world is love?" But under the Mosaic covenant salvation (or God's blessing) is not offered freely to faith, but instead is offered as a reward for the works of the law. (Isaiah 55:10, 11). I feel like the future is taken care of. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. One of God's purposes in the exodus was to cause his people to trust him, that he would take care of them and bring them to the promised land. The Israelites were to declare before God that they had rendered the tithe and to request God’s blessing for having done so. Paul said now that the new covenant has come, we are no longer under the law’s supervision. With hundreds of promises in the Bible, how can we tell which are general promises for all of us and which promises are specific promises to a specific person? Promises of God – Which ones are for me? . Remember Peter and the walking on … The Law “was added because of transgressions” (Gal. Paul, in no uncertain terms, tells us what he thinks of the law. 3:19) to imprison “everything under sin” (v. 22). The law is a description of the obedience of faith; it is not a job description for how to earn the wages of God's blessings. We will see in a few moments how many in Israel twisted the Mosaic law into legalism. (Deuteronomy 26:12-15) God viewed withholding the tithe as stealing from him.—Malachi 3:8, 9. And this faith is the basis of the law. You shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:2, 3), God meant: "Remember how I demonstrated my love for you and my incomparable power on your behalf! So the first point in our theology of the law was that love fulfills the law. ), Now let's look at the law itself. Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God." God’s law is important to us today for several reasons. To be sure, genuine love will lead to great labor. The law was not an alternative way of salvation and was never given for that reason. God forbid. The letter kills; it is the Spirit that gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). That's what love will look like in the next three months. The idea that believers who have faith abolish or no longer need God's law was a foreign concept to the apostle Paul. 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