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The Law Can’t Nullify The Promise!

That’s a beautiful statement; the law can’t nullify the promise. 

This is a fundamental topic in today’s Christianity, now that religion and good works seem to replace the grace. And it’s a topic so dear to to me. It burdens my heart realizing that many of us are subjected to the law; Don’t do this, do that, must do it this way, and God has said. 

In a few lines, I’m going to explain why you must not get
engulfed in the law web. The scenario is in Galatians 3:15…
The story goes: God did make promises to Abraham (Gen 15; 22:17,18) that he(God) shall bless his(Abraham) descendants. The descendants here being those who believe like Abraham did.

430 years later, the law came into the scene, introduced by God himself! Interesting.

Now, I guess, some Galatians couldn’t connect the dots between the law and faith. 

Not delving farther into Paul’s case, what is the purpose of the law of Moses? Look at these points:
  • The law condemns you! It basically tells you this is wrong (Gal 3:19, Rom 7:7). If I told you, “thou shall not steal”, then am reminding you that stealing is a sin. If it condemns you then it won’t save you!
  • The law helped us connect to God; it acted as a guardian, preparing and leading us to Jesus Christ.  Now, you don’t need the law, you need the faith! Gal 3:24

Why is it sad to follow the law?
  •  No one can fulfill the whole requirement of the law! You break one, you’ve broken all.
  • The law has got no power to save you. Yap. It only tells you, “Bro, you’ve killed!” Then condemns you. Sad indeed.
I know there are a number of brethren who do/n’t eat a certain meal, not because the doctor described so, but their religious leader said thou shall you not.

For the same reasons, some must/n’t attend certain rituals or celebrations.

This is what the word of God, the Bible we all adore, says: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days – Colossians 2:16 (KJV)

For sure, not eating a certain meal, or putting a specified attire wont deny anyone a chance to go to heaven. Neither am I saying we disrespect our spiritual leaders.  But why punish ourselves? Meat won’t be there in heaven! (If I may joke).

In fact, I have one Bible translation that puts it better: These rules refer to earthly things that are gone as soon as they are used…they seem to be wise, but are only man-made religion. They make people pretend not to be proud and make them punish their bodies, but they do not control the evil desires of the sinful self - Colossians 2:22,23 (The Inspirational Bible).

Dear brethren, in the time of ignorance, God overlooked. It is good that we know the truth so that we can realize full potential in serving Christ. Living under the law is trying to nullify God’s promise. And as we all know, even from contemporary world, the agreement once sealed, it can’t be changed. God sealed the promise with Abraham. Chose the grace and enjoy your salvation!

You may also like to read Romans 3:19-21; 10:1-5, Mathew 12:1-5.

If you'd love to learn more about the Law ans grace, I highly advocate you read Bob Hildreth's "Let the Journey Begin!"  at begracefull.com. It's an amazing piece of article with 7 questions to guide you through understanding the roles of the law and grace. He has also written a number of articles on that line.

Blessings!