Did you know that the OT law and (Ten) Commandments are what give sin and death it’s power?
That’s right, that is what the Bible teaches. Many people are not aware that the Bible says that every time anyone teaches the Ten Commandments, sin actually INCREASES! See Romans 5:20.
The Law came in so that the transgression (sin) would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more Romans 5:20 NASB
It’s like putting up a sign on a glass window where teens walk by that says “DO NOT THROW STONES AT THIS GLASS!” What do you think they will want to do?
That’s right. Sooner or later, some rebellious kid will throw one and break the window. He may have not even been thinking of doing it until he saw the “law” or rule posted. Romans 3:20 tells us this.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20 (NIV)
This is a powerful truth to understand if we ever want to be free and have lives of peace, love and joy. Here is the real purpose of the law.
for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. Romans 4:15 (NASB)
The “law” or ANY RULE to live by such as “do this” or “don’t do that”, ALWAYS bring about God’s WRATH. Anyone who relies on works of the law or trying to “do this” and trying not to “do that” are under God’s curse. See Gal 3:10.
For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” Galatians 3:10 (NASB)
It does not matter how righteous and good the action appears. If we do it while under law, we are coming under God’s curse and will be administered death via condemnation to our inner man or heart. Have you ever volunteered or did anything where you felt pressured to or obligated in any way? How did you end up feeling? Now, you know what I am talking about. The only way you can not be cursed when you are under works of the law is to be an absolute perfect person 100% of the time. God’s perfect law is like a chain and if you break one law one time, you have broken one link and the whole chain is broken. It does not matter what you believe or don’t believe, this is a law just like gravity that applies to all mankind.
Think about this verse today. It will show you what I am talking about. If we ever want to live a life of peace, love and joy, we have to break free from all law based living and thinking.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law 1 Corinthians 15:56 (NASB)
Now, we know why 2 Corinthians 3:7 calls the Law (including the Ten Commandments) the Ministry of DEATH!
But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was 1 Corinthians 3:7
Now, does it make sense why there is ALL the talk of “stoning” people to death? “Stone” = law = DEATH! Jesus is the only one who has LIFE and he “rolls AWAY the stone (death)!”
And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb Luke 24:2 NASB
So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” John 11:38-39 NASB
Anytime in the old testament when someone sinned, they were stoned to death because they were under law. Jesus had not yet come to reveal the New Covenant of Grace. That is the purpose of the law, to administer DEATH to a sinner. All people who are under the Covenant of Law trying to earn ANY of their own righteousness are defined as “sinners” and must die under that covenant. This is the ENTIRE creation in ADAM. Not one of them will get out alive. But, hang with me because there is a GREAT ending in store.
Before I gave you the awesome ending, let’s look a little more into the ministry of “death” engraved on “letters of stone“.
In Matthew 24 Jesus and his disciples are discussing his return. He tells them something very powerful just before this that they probably didn’t fully understand what he was saying.
Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” Matthew 24:1-2
These are powerful SPIRITUAL WORDS above in Matt 24:1-2. So, what is God’s true “temple”? We (true believers) are! Jesus is telling them that in the true temple of God – the body of Christ, ALL LAW (stones) will be torn down!
So, how do we get free of the law, sin and death? Great question! I think you already saw the answer.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes Romans 10:4 (NASB)
Here is one EVEN MORE POWERFUL!
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses Acts 13:39 NASB
If you can believe that at the cross Christ took away all your sins and paid for every wrong you ever did (past, present AND FUTURE!), then something amazing has happened! The (spiritual) person you were that was under LAW DIED and you have been reborn as a New creation in Christ who is set free from EVERY SIN! This new creation person is NOT under any law and is declared as righteous (not guilty) as he is! Then, you are free to listen to him inside you as he actually becomes your life and lives from within you. Gal 2:20 He leads you in each and every waking moment to places of rest and peace even in the middle of the STORM!
Truth is, we can’t believe this ourselves, but Jesus can help us to and his father has a time for this to occur for everyone. Simply ask Jesus today to help you believe this. He is always right there to help us in our time of need and he will actually give you HIS faith! If you sincerely desire to do that, it already shows it is YOUR TIME to pass from DEATH (law) to LIFE (Grace)!
This is true peace as you are out from under ALL LAW-based thinking and begin “walking” or living by his Spirit inside you. You are free from all law and all sin forever!
Great things to think about today. Hope you have an awesome Monday.