Driving a Car and how Faith, Grace & God's Law work together for believers today.
Driving a Car and how Faith, Grace and God's Law work together for believers today.
The easiest way to explain how these three work together in a believers life today is to look at how we drive.
Everyone knows that when we drive sometimes ignore the posted speed limits; perhaps we are focused on other things, or worse we know the speed limit but choose to break the law that was intended to keep us and others safe as we travel. Whatever the case know what happens when we get pulled over for breaking the law.
You know the feeling when the police car behind you turns on its lights and siren. You begin to sweat, you might feel guilty or suddenly depressed. Some get angry because they think the laws are not needed or that their time is more important than obeying the law. So how does faith fit into this picture?
Scripture says each of us has been given a measure of faith by Yahweh ref. So we could say our driver's license is our faith, the substance of things hoped for (that we can travel and arrive at our destination without delay), and the evidence of things not seen (the 'safety' we experience when driving in accordance with God's instructions).
Now the officer walks to your door and asks for license and registration; the next question that's asked is "Do know why I pulled you over?" Some will admit to breaking he law, others will plead ignorance and try to say they didn't know the law or that it's not even applicable because everyone else is also breaking the law too. Whatever we say or feel the officer goes back to his car for what feels like an eternity. What can result is a ticket, a fine and points taken off our license. If we get enough points taken we can lose our license.
Eventually the officer comes back and to our surprise something different happens. The officer hands you a ticket; on it shows the law (that the posted speed limit is 35 mph), and our action/s which broke the law (going 10 mph over the speed limit). However the unexpected part is that it's a warning ticket. That means there is no fine, penalty or points taken off our license. Usually at this time the officer tells us to slow down and keep it within the speed limit. So where is the grace in this situation? Grace is unmerited favor, getting something we do not deserve. In this case we are not getting the fine or penalty we rightly deserve.
Now we begin to get a clearer picture of how faith, grace and the law can work together. With that said let us look at some objections that many believers have when it comes to the law...
1. "We are no longer under the law but grace; we are free from the law"
* In this scenario we have been given grace but that does not do away with the law. When people talk about liberty, are they talking about freedom from every law? Are they advocating anarchy? Does the bible support such a lifestyle? No, matter of fact Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles addresses this in Romans 3:31...
"Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law."
Another passage we see the Messiah talk about those who advocate lawlessness.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" Matthew 7:21-23
It should be noted that later in that chapter the Messiah those who know Him and are not lawless (acting as if there was no law to obey) would be like those whose house is built on the rock where the wind and rains would not destroy it. Those that continue in lawlessness, their house would fall and the destruction would be great.
2. "Jesus fulfilled the law so we don't have to!"
* In this scenario many quote Matthew 5:17 which says "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the prophets, I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." And try to say that because Yeshua/Jesus obeyed all the laws/commandments of God that we don't have to today. Yes Yeshua obeyed all the laws and commandments however this does not do away with the law. Thats like saying because the police officer has obeyed all the traffic laws, therefore we don't have to is crazy. No officer or judge would accept such a misinterpretation and neither does God. As New Covenant believers we are not only supposed to establish the law in our lives but its also to be written in our hearts and minds. Consider the following scripture that details what the New Covenant entails...
"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant... I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34
We see that the law in the New Covenant, even though Yeshua fulfilled the law, did not do away with it. We see His law is written on our hearts and minds so that our nature would not sin (transgess and disobey the law of God) but rather walk in obedience which brings blessings.
Still not convinced? We even see where God's law in the New Millennium will go forth to the world from the new Jerusalem...
"Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Isaiah 2:3
This must be very important because this mentioned again later on...
"Many nations shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Micah 4:2
So the question still stands, if Yeshua/Jesus fulfilled the law so no one else has to, then why does He bring back the law? Why are New Covenant believers defined as those whom God's law is written on our hearts and minds (Jeremiah 31:31-34)? Why are people rebuked for breaking the law? Why does the New Testament have so many scirptures stating that the lawless will be judged? Why would He send forth His law to all the earth in the New Millennium if has been done away with when Yeshua died and was resurrected? Why are there no prophesies about the law being done away with?It simply doesn't make sense. Either God's word is in error or what we believe is in error. I will let you decide on which one.
Yes we are free to continue on our way but its with a warning to stay within the bounds of the law. What many seem to forget is that Yeshua/Jesus said He did not come to abolish the law! That not even one jot or tittle would be changed. Rather Yeshua correctly interpreted God's word to the people on how they were to walk. Something to think about .
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.