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The Law is a Tutor That Leads Us to Christ

27 May, 2010

Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 20:

“When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt.  And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.  And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes.  And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.  And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.  And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.’” (emphasis added)

This passage clearly shows that the purpose of the Law was to reflect back on redemption.  What is law without redemption?  It is vain, powerless rules that mean nothing.  What is law that follows redemption?  It is full of grace, hopeful, and the direction to please the one who loves you most completely.

There is no reason the Old Testament saints should have striven to follow the Law, if they had not seen the power of redemption (even temporal as it were) displayed by the One who wrote the Law.  In the same way, we have no reason to follow the ways of Christ (who happens to be the fulfillment of the same Law) if we have not experienced the redeeming power of His death.

The great news for those who have faith in Christ’s punishment, death, and resurrection is that we do know His redeeming power.  We know His redemption and therefore, in His grace alone we strive to please Him, our only Redeemer.  We look back to that redemption when we feel the urge to sin.  Sin is the very thing He redeemed us from, how could we want to run back to it, knowing its chains and slavery?

The impossible Law thus was made possible.  The despair of sin’s death has been turned into the hope of righteousness’ life.  To put your faith in the perfect redemption is to put your faith in the victory of the fulfillment of the Law.  To follow the Law is no longer a impossible yoke, but an “easy yoke.”  Note, however, that an easy yoke is still a yoke.  The Law is not banished.  It is fulfilled.

Grace is necessary for our fulfilling the Law, and that grace has been given only through faith in the perfect sacrifice of Christ.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    27 May, 2010 14:37

    Thank-you for continuing to delve into God’s truth and blog the wisdom you have gained from the only Living book. We can never grow tired of reading expounded truths. The first paragraph says it all (separates the cream from the milk). Keep writing.

  2. Ricky Rondo permalink
    27 May, 2010 22:53

    Really enjoy your blogposts like this. The purpose and role of the law is something that puzzles and frustrates me still and this was a great insight.

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