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    The Law - Does it Still Apply?

    The LAW - Does it Still Apply?

    Romans 3:20 (NKJV)
    Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    Galatians 3:23-25 (NKJV)
    But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
    If the law did not exist, we would not know what God considers sin. Romans 3:20 says it this way, "...for by the law is the knowledge of sin."

    In Galatians 3, the bible shows us that the law is our tutor until faith is revealed. Let me put this in a way that is more understandable. When we were children, our parents established rules to guide us and control us in our conduct with the hope of training us into learning to do what is right and just. When we broke those rules, we faced certain punishment. This punishment was not meant to destroy us but to demonstrate that seeking our own way that is contrary to our parent's way will bring a certain pain of punishment.

    To avoid this punishment or chastisement, we learned to do according to all the rules they imposed. As we grew up in this training, we eventually learned their purpose behind the rules and came into agreement with those rules. When we became adults with children of our own, we see the selfish and self-centered nature of our children and realize they NEED rules to be established to curtail their self destructive nature.

    When we became adults, we learned that we no longer needed to follow our parents rules because we no longer opposed them but came into agreement and follow them because they are right and just. THIS is because faith has come and we obey, not because we must but because we choose to obey. Where before, we resisted the rules, now we gladly obey them because instead of seeking to please ourselves and our selfish ways, we seek to please God in all His ways.

    However, if we rebel against Him, we then step away from the "covering" of His grace and place ourselves into subjection of the law with its penalties unless we repent and come back under the "covering" of grace. If we fall while under grace and choose to pick ourselves up to continue in obedience, we do not fall under condemnation. Just as a small child first learns to walk, because their muscles are not strong enough nor coordinated to maintain balance, they fall but are encouraged to get up and try again.

    We know as parents, that it is through repetition that the muscles learn and become coordinated to walk. God understands this very same principle. He knows that to walk in the Spirit is the same in that our spiritual muscles are not yet strong enough or coordinated enough to maintain our spiritual walk. So when we fall, He provides for this through the confession of our sins and we are forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness.

    More grace is given. But if we rebel and turn back away from obedience, certain chastisement is to be expected for He chastises every son to come into the obedience of Christ. It is the law of God that then comes into play in our lives once again until we are trained in righteousness and faith is then revealed once again in us. We choose to walk in obedience to His Spirit and His word.

    So, in light of all this, the law remains our tutor or school master until faith is revealed in our lives. This process applies to every area of our lives. Just because we have faith revealed in one area does not mean we are walking in faith in all other areas. Where we still disobey or seek our own way instead of His way, then the law remains our tutor, for faith has not yet been revealed in that area. This is a progressive revelation in our lives. We are not yet made perfect in every area all at once neither CAN we be perfected all at once but little by little are we perfected until we have grown in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, until we come into a full man, full of wisdom, having our Spirit man come into complete obedience to God and all of His ways. Then and only then can we stand ready to punish all disobedience when our own obedience is made complete.
    Exodus 23:30 (NKJV)
    Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land.

    2 Corinthians 10:6 (NKJV)
    and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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