The Law as Our “Guard”
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 7 Tuesday
Did you notice how awkward and difficult it is for those who hold the false human law concept to communicate the goodness of the law. They really work so hard to help people see that God’s law is for us, because most react to it as if it is not.
It become so simple when we realize God’s law is design law, and that the written law was added as a tool we needed, to diagnose, protect and lead to Christ.
From The Remedy:
Before Christ came, we were quarantined by the written law–restrained from continual self- destruction–until Christ procured the only true cure.24 The written law was provided as a safeguard to protect us and lead us to Christ–the Great Physician–so that we might be restored to unity with God by trust in, and partaking of, Christ… Galatians 3:23,24
I can remember as a child doing a lot of those things because I was told to; and it wasn’t even because I trusted my mother. My mother led out very kindly, but very definitely; and, we knew it paid to do what was right. And she instilled habits which have been very beneficial ever since; but I have reasons now that would lead me to do most of those things anyway, I hope. And I find my mother’s advice was very trustworthy.
Isn’t this part of growing up, though? Before faith comes, we’re confined under the law. We live by the rules. And that’s why in dormitories they have to have so many. You know, if you tell the young people in the college dormitory, “You can come and go as you wish”, you know what will happen! So at least, when I was in college, we signed in, and we signed out, and the lights were turned off at a certain time, and on in the morning.
I was just looking at Romans 3:19, in regard to the law. It says that “whatsoever things the law hath said is to them that are under the law,” It’s not just talking about the Jew or Gentile. I mean, he’s talking about us. What does it mean to be “under the law?” We didn’t have much time to linger on those verses in Romans: “We are not under law but under grace”; “Christ is the end of law”, “that everyone who trusts may be justified.” That’s why we need one chapter a week, as we have done on other occasions.
But maybe this could be one of the clearest places in the whole Bible, because we could read into it our own experience growing up from childhood to maturity, which Paul makes much of in Ephesians, next time. He talks about the behavior of little children who are easily swayed to and fro, and are unified by authority and rules and regulations. But some day the only thing that will hold us together is “the unity that is inherent in our trust and our knowledge of the Son of God, and reach mature manhood.” It really deals with this next time, and we need to lay that alongside this. So let’s read on, as the group heard it in Galatia. “Before faith came,” and we don’t have time to wonder whether that’s historically, or with the Jews, or with my personal experience; whatever fits.
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