March 12, 2018: SOAP #3021: Deuteronomy 19-21; Galatians 3 Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 3:21 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. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is […]

March 12, 2018: SOAP #3021: Deuteronomy 19-21; Galatians 3

Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 3:21 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. 22 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.

Observation:      How terrible is sin?   Look at the law!   Look at the sacrifices required"death.   How holy is God?   Look at the law!   It is so perfect that 'all have sinned.'   When paying for sin, even His Son did not get a special deal.   How wise is God?   Look at the law!   God used the law to teach us the terribleness of sin.   God used the law to set the parameters for the sacrifice of His Son.   How loving is God?   Look at the law!   At great personal sacrifice, God paid for my sins!

When the law was given, God already knew that it would never bring about the righteous required for us to live in His presence.   So, before the law was given, God had made a promise to provide the necessary sacrifice"the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ.

Application:    The law tells me how I have sinned and what the consequences are.   The law can condemn me, but it can never bring me into righteousness.   The righteousness God promised only comes as I put my faith in Jesus, that His death is the sacrifice needed to atone for my sin.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, the more I understand your working with man, the more I am amazed at your holiness, your wisdom, and your love.   You have dealt with my sin in holiness and love.   And in your wisdom, you have sent your Holy Spirit to live in me.   Thank you! Amen

Pastor Leon
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