Article Blog

Do we have to keep the Bible's law?
You live in a community that has a set of laws. These laws are good, helping to keep the peace and ensure that your liberties are not infringed upon by others (and that you can't infringe on the liberties of others).

Do you have to keep those laws? You do if you want to stay out of jail.

Now, imagine a police officer pulls you over for speeding. You give him a good excuse, and maybe he's moved by the tears in your eyes. You are guilty of breaking the law, but after a short conversation, he decides to be merciful and lets you off with a warning. Are you going to squeal your tires and speed away? Of course not!

God also has a community. It's a little bigger than the one you live in now, encompassing the entire universe. God's law is also good (Romans 7:12), designed to keep the peace and ensure your God-given rights are not infringed by others (and that you don't infringe on the God-given rights of others).

Do you have to keep God's laws? You do if you want to stay out of hell.

Now, you've been pulled over. This time it wasn't a police officer that pulled you over. It was God Himself. You are guilty of breaking God's law. And before you could say anything, He said, “I have forgiven you. Jesus has already paid for your law-breaking. Go, and keep my laws from now on.” Are you now going to flaunt God's mercy?

This is not legalism. Legalism says, “If you keep the law, you are saved.” But God says, “Because you are saved, keep the law.”

Do you see the difference?

Your righteous works are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). That means that you've already broken the law and nothing you can do will save you from death. You could start keeping the law perfectly right this instant and for the rest of your life, but you still wouldn't be worthy of living because of the sins of your past. In order to escape that death, God has to give it to you as a gift. He can do that only because Jesus paid the price for your sins.

So, you don't keep the law to save yourself; you keep the law because you've already been saved. You keep the law as a loving response to God's mercy.

Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” That is, keep the law.

God asks us to keep His law so that nobody gets hurt. Imagine, if everybody kept God's perfect law (James 1:25), there would be no wars, no hunger, no child abuse.

Do you think it's possible to keep God's law?

By CK Lester

<< Back to Article Blog

blog comments powered by Disqus

Questions   |   Prayer  

RECENT QUESTIONS
Hey I've got a question I'm kinda sturgiling with Christianty my family is Catholic but i really don't feel like i'm Catholic and I'm planning on telling them that I would want to get Baptized again and become a prodestend how could i tell them without ofending them ?
marta, 16
In Genesis 45:8, Joseph tells his brothers "[God] hath made me a father to Pharaoh." At first, I figured that Pharaoh was really young (because Joseph was only in his early forties) but then my mom directed me to the story in Judges 17. In that story, Micah asks the Levite to "be unto me a father" (vs. 10) but in verse 11, it hints that Micah was actually quite a bit older than the Levite who was a "young man." So is the biblical "father" really like a father figure or is it more of an advisor?
Shiloh, 15
Dear MIQ Team, In the book of Job, Job talks about various constellations and one of them is Mazzaroth. When I looked it up on the internet they were saying it is something to do with a Hebrew word for zodiac... Could you please explain to me who or what is Mazzaroth? Gershom James
Gershom, 13
Dear MIQ Team, I really need help finding the full Ellen G White quote of the portion: ..."dark portions of the Orion Nebula as “tubes through which we may look into the"... This part of the quote baffles me. I really want to know the whole quote. Thanks, Gershom James
Gershom, 13
Dear MIQ Team, How big is the New Jerusalem compared to anything BIG in this world. I read that it could be as big as, most of Europe, 1/3 of the United States... But what are the dimensions of the New Jerusalem, and how do they relate (area wise) to the world? Thanks for Any Answer Ahead Ahead of Time , Gershom (P.S. I really hope this question does not confuse you, I tried to simplify it the best I could?.)
Gershom, 13


Copyright 2010   |