The Law and Grace. Day forty...
In the 1919 World Series, the Chicago White Sox lost the series to the Cincinnati Reds. Eight White Sox players were accused of contributing to the team's five losses in exchange for money from gamblers. Although never convicted, the eight men were banished forever from professional baseball.
As mentioned yesterday, one of the men in my classes described rebellion as, “Playing for the other team.” And what better illustration of the consequences of rebellion than this example from baseball.
Everybody associated with the White Sox in this World Series lost big time—including those players who rebelled against their team.
It is the same with those who rebel against the Lord.
There's no way to win—no matter how things appear—when we rebel against the commandments of the Lord.
While we are no longer under the law in the new covenant, we are not free to ignore God's intent in the law. Otherwise, He would not have said in His Word:
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. (Hebrews 10:14–18 NKJV)
This is a major mistake we make in pursuing a life in God's grace.
When we look at the law of the old covenant as if it has no relevance to us under the new covenant we are rebelling against God. God used Paul to give us great clarity in understanding the difference between living under the law and living in God's grace. And Paul says this about the law.
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. (Romans 7:22 NKJV)
In Paul's inward man (his spirit) Paul delighted in the law—in those commandments God considered important to our welfare.
Yes, the law did not—and could not—set us free from the law of sin and death. Jesus set us free from the law of sin and death.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1–4 NKJV)
But for those of us living under grace to reject the law as having no relevance, is a gross disregard for one of the best ways to understand the character and nature of God.
I know this doesn't go down easy.
I also know that I have no problem with the “law” as long as I agree with it. It's only when I disagree with some aspect of the law that I have a problem. But rebelling against what God is for puts me on the opposing team. And that's not a good place to be.
Have a good day,
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