Dead to the Law, Living for Another

Romans 7:4 “Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah, so that you may belong to another—to Him who was raised from the dead—that we may bear fruit for God.” (HCSB)

What is most interesting about our passage and about life in general is that our habits and behaviors are truly about relations. Hammer of JusticePart of what it means to be made in the image of God is that relationships are what is most central and defining of our existence. We see here that the way God changes us is firstly by changing our relationship to the law. Our passage says that we were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah. Meaning that in order for our lives to change our relationship to the law has to end. What? How could this be? In order for me to enjoy God and be changed by His love I have to have no relationship with the law which tells me to do good? Yes!

Bruised Reed

Hope for Us, the Bruised and Weak

Isaiah 42:3 “He will not break a bruised reed and He will not put out a smoldering wick;” (HCSB)

If you could summarize Jesus ministry to sinners in a sentence what would you say? Would you say something like what we have in our passage? Who is Jesus? Well according to our passage He is someone who does not throw away broken pieces of grass and doesn’t put out smoky candles. That is to say he is someone who does not cast aside and despise us in our brokenness. Have you ever seen yourself that way, Christian?

Glowing Jar

Christ's Finished Work Brings Joy

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.” (HCSB)

Imagine if a glass jar were able to speak, what would you expect it to talk about? If you could ask this jar to explain to you what brings it the most satisfaction, what do you suppose would be its answer? We find rest and peace in the finished work of Christ, not in our outward piety, the perception of others…It wouldn't say that flying through the air brings it the most joy, it wouldn't say that swimming in an open ocean is what fulfills its longings! The jar would say that the way it's fulfilled is when it is used for its purpose, to carry and store away whatever its owner pleases.

I Never Knew You

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!” (HCSB)

When I was growing up in my small church in Frewsburg, NY, I was always told about how important it was for Christians to know Christ. In fact, that very concept is used often in our evangelism. How many times have you asked, or have been asked, “Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?” From a Christian perspective it seems like a great question to ask, but in reality that question has humanistic undertones. When we refer to the verses I have quoted out of the New Testament book of Matthew we see four words that stick out; “I never knew you.The glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way God has chosen to get to know you.” What is the indication here at the end of these three verses? This tells us that no matter how much we think we know about God it is worth nothing if He does not know us. Think about the implications of that!

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