We Don’t Need Law, We Need Faith

Those who walk in the Spirit (believers who by faith do what God says), don’t need external human laws (those who do good by God’s standard will not violate man’s lower standard). Believers who by faith do as God says, also don’t need an external law given by God (the law was made for the unrighteous, not the righteous).

So, why did God give an external law to Israel then? or, as the KJV puts it,”Wherefore then serveth the law?” The KJV then answers, “It was added because of transgressions.”

The external, written on stone, law of Moses was given to an earthly nation made up of faithful and unfaithful, righteous and unrighteous people. Deuteronomy says if the nation keeps the laws they stay in the land; if they don’t keep it they get kicked out.

When Israel failed to keep the written law, because people love sin and darkness way more than righteousness and light and that’s what’s going to happen, the physical people were scattered and their physical temple and priests were destroyed and their religion was toasted.

People have always been saved by faith and it is only and solely by faith that we can do what God says. “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Unrighteous Israel could not keep the written law of God. Instead, as Paul said in Romans 7, the law just gave the flesh ideas of how to sin more!

The only ones who kept the Mosaic law were those who had faith, and even they didn’t keep it, which is why they did sacrifices. But only the sacrifices of the faithful counted, God got sick of the empty, ritual, rote sacrifices Israel did out of duty and judgment rolled (Read these verses).

Faith is always the key to following God, there is no other way. Laws are worthless without faith. Christians can try to legislate marriage, abortion, homosexuality, whatever pet sin arises next, but until people come to faith there is no point.

All our blathering about making laws to enforce “Judeo-Christian” ethics will merely result in the judgments Israel got to begin with. Let us learn from the things that have been written before. External laws have no power except the power to stir up sin. Faith, faith is what we need.

We don’t need faith to save our land or our nation either, this isn’t our home. We need faith to escape the wrath of God.

2 thoughts on “We Don’t Need Law, We Need Faith”

  1. Abraham was counted as righteous because of His faith, way before the introduction of the Mosaic Law. Trusting in God has always been the path to righteousness, the Law has it’s purpose to reveal to us what is just and good, as you said Jeff, the problem is with our flesh that resists the Law.

    Only those who are born-again with a new nature that is trusting in Christ can be counted as righteous concerning the requirements of the Law. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives through me, Gal. 2:20.

  2. Gal. 3:19 “The law was added because of transgressions.” The word “added” indicates “spoken.” Because of increasing iniquity, it was necessary for the Lord to speak out the principles of His law and have them written down, since it was being forgotten.

    Up until Moses’ time, there was no written record. The first five books of the Bible were recorded by Moses. Before that time, the principles of truth and history were passed down by word of mouth. Because of the relative long lifespan of people up until the flood (and even sometime after), the truth was handed down accurately.

    According to the genealogies we have in the Bible, Adam had hundreds of years to pass the truth to his grandson Enosh, who was alive for quite a while after Noah was born. Noah was still alive when Abraham was born. Abraham knew about God’s commandments, statutes, and laws:

    Gen. 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

    How did he know? It was passed down from Adam. There is no principle in the ten commandments that you can’t find illustrated before that time. The sabbath was initiated with creation, and presented to Israel even before Mt. Sinai; stealing and lying were manifest in the first sin, murder came out clearly with Cain, disrespect of parents was shown by Esau, idolatry in Laban’s household, putting others before God with Nimrod, etc. Sin is sin, it has not changed, nor has righteousness.

    Well before Abraham’s “faith was counted for righteousness,” Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen. 6:8). How did this grace look? “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9). Sin, righteousness, faith, grace, all were in existence back then, and all are still with us today!

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