The Plain Fact About the Law

Although many have erroneously thought that guys can be saved by keeping the Law, the Law makes it clear this is not so. In fact, Deuteronomy makes it nauseatingly repetitively clear that keeping the Law was for Israel to get and stay in the Promised Land.

If they kept the Law things would go well for them in the Land. They would get blessings and the Land would super-abound with great things. It would be so grand that there will be NO poor people in the Land.

Imagine that! Everyone would be holy and perfect. God will smile on them and bless them ridiculously. Everyone will have all manner of good things to eat and sit on and sleep in and ride on. Awesome.

Then you keep reading. Seven verses after this grand statement comes this, “For the poor will never cease to be in the land.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hang on here God, what meanest Thou witheth thiseth?!

What He meaneth iseth thiseth: YOU CAN’T KEEP THE LAW!

3 thoughts on “The Plain Fact About the Law”

  1. We just finished studying Joshua in our men’s group at church. It struck me when Joshua said, near the end of his life, “You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.”

    Of course, they chided right back, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

    Ha! Right.

  2. Of course we can’t keep the Law … it’s not there to be kept but to highlight our inability–on our sinful own–to be holy like our sinless God.

    “What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one. Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. ” (Gal 3:19-24)

  3. Lord knows I can’t keep His perfect law.I can’t even observe the law of man, to drive 65 mph on the freeway. Jesus fulfilled the law, He’s my redeemer from the law.

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