Grace and Law

November 13, 2009 at 8:02 Leave a comment

When we are redeemed a desire flows out of us to obey the law of God.  James says,Speak and act as these who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment.”            James 2:12-13

Acts 5:32 says, We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

The Law is the perfect representation of God in words, Jesus is the perfect representation of God in the flesh.  Both of them bring us freedom.  

When we were redeemed we were given the Holy Spirit.  As the Holy Spirit matures us we begin to desire to keep God’s law.  The passage from Acts says, as we attempt to obey the Holy Spirit is active helping us to obey.   My experience is that when I was confronted with a sin I set out to try to destroy it.  As I started an imperfect plan to end this sin in my life the Holy Spirit moved me along until I conquered it.

As we keep God’s Law we become a better image of God, his likeness show on us.  There is another benefit when we  keep the law – freedom, peace, and rest. 

Examples:

An angry man is no longer harsh with his wife any longer.  He trusted in the work of Jesus Christ and when confronted with how he is should treat his wife his attempts lead him to obey through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Another man struggles with sexual sin and through years of trying to stop the Holy Spirit gives him victory of that sin.

A woman has a hard time submitting not only to her husband but to everyone else also.  As God points out her pride, and she begins to practice submission she will be rewarded with power of the Holy Spirit to learn how to submit.  Then she will find freedom, peace and rest.

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