As I’m doing my morning’s devotion, I came across this quotation, “Christ in His wisdom gave to His church in its infancy a system of sacrifices and offerings, of which He Himself was the foundation, and by which His death was prefigured. Every sacrifice pointed to Him as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, that all might understand that the wages of sin is death. In Him was no sin, yet He died for our sins. The symbolic system of ceremonies worked to one end—the vindication of the law of God.”
There continues to be a lively discussion regarding the 10 Commandments, more specifically the 4th one regarding the Sabbath. We need the 10 Commandments because it identifies sin, of which the wage is death. Nowhere in the 10 Commandments do you find anything about sacrifices and feasts. They were given to us, by Christ, to demonstrate what He would do in the future regarding our breaking the Law, which helped to reconcile us back to God.
When Christ died for our sins, those sacrifices and feasts came to an end. He “fulfilled” the law of dying in our place, but that didn’t mean the Law was done away. Each one of those Commandments are still binding upon man except when you or I break the Law, we don’t slaughter a lamb. Jesus paid it all. He is still the Vindicator of God’s Law. If you “sin” you still are worthy of death for any unrepented sin.
Think about it, if we are not under God’s Law, then there is no sin. If there is no sin, there is no need for grace. God will not serve along with us while we are in our sin. Yes, we need Christ more today than ever before. Why? Because you and I continue to break the Law but there is coming a day, according to Revelation 12:17 where those who say God’s Law cannot be kept will be kept and these people are not in Heaven but on the Earth BEFORE Christ comes. This is the group I strive to be a part of. There were men in the Bible: Enoch, Elijah, Moses and Job who were examples of hearing it pronounced, by God, they were “upright and perfect” and received what we are waiting for. Our characters must be as they were for they followed Christ. Christ told each and every one of us to be “perfect”. He would never have said it if it wasn’t possible. I’m not speaking about what you have done in the past, but what you will do today, right now! Can you not decide to be “perfect” because Jesus asked you to do so?
Once you’ve achieved this level in life, are you not, then, a keeper of the Law, because “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul…” Psalm 19.
July 22, 2014