March 6, 2018
Romans 3:31… Do we then overthrow the Law by this faith? By no means. On the contrary, we uphold the law.
This section of scripture details the importance of faith. We live by faith; we live by the knowledge and wisdom of God. We trust and hope in Him. He enables us and empowers us to live the Law. The Law is perfect. It survives all the changes of men and the New Covenant, initiated by God in Jesus Christ. There are those who say, “I am under grace and not the Law.” That is not true. “I am under grace to fulfill the law.” That is true. The 10 Commandments are still as applicable today as the day God wrote them. What has changed is how we approach them. For many years, the people had to try to obey them the best they could. Jesus came and opened the door, the veil, for the Holy Spirit to live in us and we now have His input and guidance.
We laugh when someone says, “I hear voices in my head.” Usually, we say that when the voices tell us to do something stupid. It is not as funny as we have made it. Sometimes that is how I have heard the Holy Spirit… like a voice in my head. When I intuitively know the right thing to do, where does that come from? It does not come from my own thinking. I can’t think that well.
Verse 23… For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Thoughts of obedience to the Law come from God. He has written His Law on our hearts and the Holy Spirit shines light on it. He draws our attention to it. “Every good and perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights. Where else do we learn things like not to lie? As a kid I learned that a good lie kept me out of trouble. I have known some adults who have not learned any different. The Law says “Do not bear false witness.”… “Do not lie.” Wouldn’t you love it if everyone lived by that rule? It is from God.
Is there such a thing as a good lie? I don’t know but God has told me not to ever lie, so that is my law. Humanists will say that society has taught the evils of lying so we taught ourselves not to lie. That, in and of itself, is a lie. The Law of God is perfect. By grace and through faith… live it. But, know full well, that if you do obey the Law, it was not by your own strength. God did it.