Psalm 103:19—“The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.”
Romans 3:31—“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
Revelation 12:17—And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went
to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:7—“The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
6 - THERE ARE PROMISES FOR THE OBEDIENT
Psalm 119:165—“Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Isaiah 48:18—“O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.”
7 - THE SACRIFICIAL LAWS WERE ABOLISHED AT THE CROSS
Colossians 2:14—“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” (Hebrews 10:1-16).
Colossians 2:17—“Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”
God uses the law to do for the sinner just what needs to be done. The sinner must realize that he is a sinner. The heavy hand of the law must be laid upon him, and he must be arrested in his course. Notice the following carefully:
1. It gives a knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20—“By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 7:7).
2. It brings guilt and condemnation.
Romans 3:19—“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
3. It acts as a spiritual mirror.
James 1:23-25—“If any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 2:9-12).
Without the law, the sinner is like a man who is afflicted with a deadly disease that he doesn’t know he has. Paul said, “I had not known sin, but by the law” (Romans 7:7).
9 - WHAT IS THE LAW UNABLE TO DO FOR THE SINNER?
The law cannot forgive. Law does not possess the power to forgive those who
transgress its precepts. Only the Lawgiver can do that. Jesus died to redeem us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). The law cannot keep the sinner from sinning because “the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7).
The law only shows the sinner where he needs to change; but the law, itself, cannot change him. And so let us get three facts about the law very clear.
1. It cannot forgive or justify.
Romans 3:20—“By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight.”
2. It cannot keep from sin or sanctify.
Galatians 3:21—“Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by the law.”
3. It cannot cleanse or keep the heart clean
(Romans 9:3, 7-8).
The law is limited in its ability to do all that needs to be done for the sinner. A wound cannot be sewed up with only a needle. The thread of the gospel must do that.
10 - WHAT DOES THE GRACE OF CHRIST DO FOR THE SINNER?
When the law of God and the Spirit of God have made the sinner conscious of his sin, he will then feel his need of Christ and go to the Saviour for pardon. The publican found it so (Luke 18:13-14). The woman taken in adultery felt condemned and ashamed. She needed sympathy and forgiveness, and Christ was ready to grant these to her. Then He said, “Sin no more.”
If we confess and put away sin, He will forgive (1 John 1:9). This is grace, or unmerited favor. This gracious love of Christ awakens love in the heart of the sinner, and he then desires to serve and obey God. Here are four elements of the saving grace of Christ:
1. It forgives and justifies.
Acts 13:38-39—“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Luke 18:13-14).
2. It saves from sin, or sanctifies.
Matthew 1:21—“She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
1 Corinthians 1:30—“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and
3. It inspires faith.
Ephesians 2:8-10—By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not
of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should
boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
4. It brings God’s power.
Romans 1:16—“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Forgiveness of sin and power over sin came through the exercise of simple faith in God’s promises and a full surrender of the heart to Him.
11 - HOW DOES A SINNER SAVED BY GRACE RELATE TO THE LAW?
1. The law becomes the standard of his life.
1 John 5:3—“This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.”
2. He permits Christ to fulfill in him the righteousness of the law.
Romans 8:3-4—“God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
3. Christ writes the law in his heart.
Hebrews 8:10—“This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people” (Psalm 119:11).