The Law and the Believer (Gal. 3:25)
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 7 Thursday
Read third paragraph,
“As a result of being forgiven through Christ, our relationship to the law is now different. We are now called to live a life that is pleasing to Him (1 Thess. 4:1); Paul refers to this as walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:18). This does not mean that the moral law is no longer applicable — that was never the issue. How could it be when we have seen so clearly that the moral law is what defines sin and that the moral law is what is written in our hearts?”
How do you understand this idea of being forgiven changing our relationship to the law?
If Jeffery Dalmer gets pardoned, forgiven, by the president, his relationship to the law is changed, it can no longer hold him. But do you want him as your neighbor – no!
This analogy points out again the problem with how Imperial Rome changed Christianity’s concept of law.
The president, the government, can forgive a person, and the penalty of the law can be waived – but that can only happen when we think imposed law.
A person who smokes and gets lung cancer, can have the doctor forgive them, but that doesn’t change the laws of health or their relationship to the laws of health.
When we realize God’s law is the law upon which life is built, and sin is a problem of our hearts and minds being out of harmony with that law, then we recognize legal pardon is not what is needed. What is needed is what God has provided, a remedy, thus we can receive a new heart and right spirit!
Read fourth paragraph,
“Instead, because the law is a transcript of God’s character, by obeying the law we simply reflect His character. But more than that, we follow not just a set of rules but the example of Jesus, who does for us what the law itself could never do: He lives the law in us (Heb. 8:10) and makes it possible for the righteous requirement of the law to be fulfilled in us (Rom. 8:4). That is, through our relationship with Jesus, we have the power to obey the law as never before.”
What does it mean a transcript of God’s character? What are the lessons of this metaphor? What are the limitations of a transcript?
Consider DNA a transcript of a person. Does the DNA transcript reveal things about the person?
Does the DNA transcript let us know beauty of the smile? The reaction of forgiveness when wronged, the kindness in adversity, the depth of love in action?
The law of God is a living law and cannot be truly understood on stone—in fact it was not written on stone until it was no longer written in the hearts and minds of human beings. God’s plan is to restore His design law, His living law, back into you and me where it can be seen in its full active glory!
Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10
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