The fulfillment of the law

October 20, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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If we break the law and then fulfill the requirements to atone for the crime (pay the fine, etc…) then we are free but the law is still in effect. It’s the same in the spiritual case. There is a law that is in place. When we break that law, we will have to pay for it. If that crime is paid for, then we are free from the punishment, but the law is still in effect. In the natural, there are law-keepers and law-breakers. In the spiritual, there are only law-breakers. All of us have broken the law. Some of you may be reading this and wondering what that law is.

 

The law that I’m talking about is the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are God’s standard and each and every person that has ever lived will be held up to that standard. All of those who have broken that law will be judged and without a payment for that crime, will end up in hell. There is no amount of begging, pleading, and crying that will change the truth. Many think that they’ll stand before God and just talk to Him. They’ll tell Him that they are really sorry and actually pretty good. They don’t understand that they will be standing in front of the holy, just, and righteous God of the universe. The Bible says that we shouldn’t be afraid of man, who can kill the physical body, but that we should be afraid of the one who can not only kill the physical body but also send our soul to eternal hell.

 

The scary part of all of this is that none of us can pay for the crimes that we’ve committed. There is nothing that we can do or say that will change the outcome of our trial. There is only One person that could pay for the sins of the world. That was Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for the sins of all mankind. This does NOT mean that everyone is going to heaven. To have your sins paid for, the payment needs to be applied to your account. If you stand before God and claim to be a Christian and the payment isn’t applied to your life, you will still go to hell. The Bible says that Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it (Matt. 5:17). This means that the law is still in effect and that those who do not receive payment for their sins will be judged according to that law. Jesus said that not one stroke or letter would pass away from the law until all is accomplished. Until all of mankind is judged, the law will remain in effect.

 

But, how did Jesus fulfill the law?

 

First, Jesus fulfilled the law by following it perfectly. He didn’t break one commandment. He did what man was unable to do. He also fulfilled the law by doing what the law couldn’t. The law cannot save people and wasn’t made to. Jesus saved the world. The sacrifices of animals couldn’t wash away the sin of man (Heb. 10:4). Jesus’ blood cleanses us of our sins (Heb. 9:14). The law was only a shadow of Christ and cannot make perfect (Heb. 10:1).

 

Today, it’s still impossible for man to fulfill the law. James, the brother of Jesus, said that if you break one law, you’ve broken them all (James 2:10). Many people use Christianity as an excuse to sin. They talk about how Jesus loves you “just like you are” and how He’ll forgive you. Jesus said that there will be many who stand before Him and say “Lord, Lord” and He’ll say “depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never knew you”. Each of us (if we’re honest) knows that we are guilty of sinning against God. We know that we cannot pay for the sins we’ve committed. The only way that we can be cleansed of our sins is to accept the payment Jesus made for them. The punishment for being found guilty by the Lord is far worse than anything you or I can imagine or anything that we may have to give up to be saved.

 

The law is not over those who are truly converted and follow Christ (Romans 6:12-14). It does hang over those who are not Christians, whether they claim to be or not. It should weigh down those who don’t have their sins paid for and it should be up to Christians to make it clear that this is the truth and to help lead them to salvation. If you aren’t saved, then you are in a dangerous place. Every day could be your last and if you die in your sins, you will spend eternity in hell. Please consider where you are and know that there is a way to know without a doubt that you can be free from hell, reconciled to God, and have eternal life in heaven. What you must do to see this realized in your life, you must repent of your sins (turn from them and go the opposite direction) and put your trust in Jesus. If you do those two things, you will be saved (born again) and can know that you will go to heaven when you die.


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