Our key Bible passage today is Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Our lesson today is titled “The Law and the Christian Life, Part 1”
In this lesson we are going to study the law of God. We want to see what part the law had in our becoming Christians, and how Christ made it possible for us to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law. We will learn how to live the Christian life. Let us begin by thinking about the law of God.
When we speak of “the law of God” we mean the commandments of God.
The law came from God. On Mount Sinai God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. God wrote these commandments on tables of stone with His own finger.
In the Ten Commandments, God said: You are to love and worship Me supremely and allow nothing to come before Me; you are not to make images, nor bow down to them; you are not to take My name in vain; you are to keep My Sabbath day holy; you are to honour your parents; you are not to commit murder; you are not to commit adultery; you are not to steal; you are not to lie; and you are not to covet or desire something belonging to someone else.
But God’s law includes more than just the Ten Commandments. There are many other commandments of God in the Bible and these are included in His holy law.
God’s law is the expression of His will—it tells us what things are right and what things are wrong in God’s sight. The Bible says, “Thou shalt do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you…”
When we break God’s law, we commit sin, and we know that sin results in death. First John 3:4 says, “sin is the transgression of the law” and Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.”
Men have not kept God’s law. No one, other than the Lord Jesus, has ever kept the law of God perfectly. The Bible says, “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight….”
God’s law is good, holy, and righteous, but there are three things that it could not do.
1. The law could not forgive sin.
2. The law could not give eternal life.
3. The law could not make men good.
The law told men what they should do, but it could not give them the power to do it.
If the law could not save men or make them good, then what did the law do? The law did three things:
1. The law showed men what sin is.
2. The law condemned the sinner.
3. The law showed men that they needed a Saviour.
If we take the example of a person living in Old Testament times, we can see how the law did these three key things.
1. The law showed him that he was a sinner. Before the Law was given, a man who stole something might say that he did not know that this was a sin. But after the law was given, when a man took something belonging to another person, he knew that he had sinned. The law showed him that he was a sinner. Romans 3:20 says, “…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
2. The law condemned him to death. God’s law not only showed a man that he was a sinner, but it did something else. It condemned him to death. Ezekiel 18:20 says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
3. The law showed men that they needed a Saviour. What happened when a man saw that he was a sinner and condemned to death? He realized that he needed a Saviour!
In the Old Testament, such a person, by faith, would bring a lamb and offer it as a sacrifice for his sins. Did the sacrifice of this lamb take away his sins? No, but when he offered this lamb he was looking forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God who would take away all sins. God accepted these sacrifices in lieu of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross.
What has the law done for man? The law had shown him that he was a sinner and that he needed a Saviour. That is the most important realization that a person can come to in this life. We must pray for more people today to realize this truth and act upon it by receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue this lesson in our next class.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!