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Organizing the Inside – Day 298 Do Your Rules Impede Their Faith?

Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
Galatians 2:16
(NLT)

Simply put! There is nothing that anyone needs to do to be made right with God, except have faith in Jesus Christ. NOTHING!! Christians are constantly putting stipulations on others about how to be made right with God, converting back to the law. We cannot put people under bondage because we know the law. Many principles found in the law work, but doesn’t faith work better? Indeed there is a more excellent way; God’s law is now written on our hearts. Does that mean we shouldn’t learn from the written law? Absolutely not, but false teachers teach the law to manipulate others and they also suggest that by following the law one is made right with God. Those who teach such untrue doctrine will indeed be held accountable for their works and words.

For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, Romans 4:14 (NLT) because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. Romans 4:15 (NIV)

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”  Romans 7:7 (NLT)

We are made FREE in Christ.
If we teach that by obeying the law we are made right with God, what is faith for.  Christ came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17) When I first gave my life to Christ I cut up my miniskirts. I took great pride in wearing long-sleeved shirts and high collar necklines. I wanted to please God by obeying someone else’s ideas about how to be made right with Him.  I wanted to obey all the “Christian rules that I was supposed to follow” I took my cues from those who preached and the message that their lifestyle brought. Eventually, the notion that I had to do all kinds of “acts” and “good works” in order to please God became overwhelming. 3How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 4Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?  Galatians 3:3, 4 (NLT) I knew I had a relationship with God; my faith was strong and He’d answered many prayers. Troubled by the law, (the position it seemed to hold in the church) my faith was perhaps impeded. As years went by with all my errors, poor choices, mistakes and outright disobedience, God never left me and He never once cursed or forsook me. I began to realize that this walk was a walk of faith and not of laws, rules and regulations. I was made the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… Romans 3:22a (NIV)

I began to distinguish the difference between the Word of God and the traditions of men. I rediscovered my faith, which had never left me; but it was now clear to me that it was (only) through Jesus Christ. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) I sometimes wonder if my life, growth and encouragement was slowed down by those who chose to teach the law instead of the message of grace.

17But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! 18Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. 19For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Galatians 2:17-21 (KJV)

For those who are teachers, I understand the desire to have people “act right” and the sincerity of some who only want others to “live right.” We will see clearly and understand this matter also when we see Christ face to face. Meanwhile, as I grow (in my understanding of His love and grace) I go forward. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12 (NIV)

Be careful those among us who teach following the law as a means of being right with God. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1 (NIV) If you have ears to hear, then hear what the Spirit is saying to the church!

Satan is the accuser of the brethren, this is not our role. We are not to condemn and accuse anyone in Christ, but are to reconcile others to Christ. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 2 Corinthians 5:18 (NIV) God knows those who are for Him. He also knows and understands far more than any of us the place which His law truly holds in today’s modern church.

In conclusion, God knows and He sees all hearts. His Word is able to penetrate and discern the motives of men. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

May the message of God’s Word and our faith in Him through Jesus Christ be the overriding theme we live by. May no other foundation be built again, may no other gospel be preached to men. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters and he lives in all of us. Colossians 3:11 (NLT)

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9 Comments»

  Ann Fuller wrote @

When I was finally saved, I came to know that it was faith in Christ and his death on the cross that brought me to Him and even my faith was given to me by Him. So I could do nothing, no works at all, to earn Him and my eternity with Him in Heaven. Before I was saved, I thought it was all up to me – to be good, to keep the law (what man had set down for me to do). But finally, I was taught, understood and embraced that only Christ could pay the price for my sin and bring me to him. Of course faith without works is dead; but faith comes first. First I must have faith in Him. This is such an important message today. I appreciate this work you do, every day, for the Lord. I thank Him for you and what He is doing through you.
In His grip,
Love,
Ann

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hey Ann,
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I like what you said about how you learned faith requires action. Yes! Have faith in God. His work is complete through Jesus Christ. I’m all smiles thinking about His glorious love toward us. Certainly we don’t deserve it, but He gives it anyway. How awesome is that? Thanks again Ann for your comment.

  Steven wrote @

“We are made FREE in Christ.”

That leaves the question, “free to do what”? Am I free to murder, beat my wife and kids, lie, cheat, steal, live a homosexual life style?

What is the purpose of being set free?

  Liz Mason wrote @

We are free to live for Christ and are no longer slaves to sin. We are free to love God and serve Him in the newness of life through Jesus Christ. So on the contrary, no longer do we “not kill” because we are trying to obey the law, we do not kill because we have His law written on our heart. Because of Christ and the love of God living on the inside of us we are free, to obey His law which our hearts do indeed love. I appreciate your question and comment…so glad you stopped by to share a comment.

  Steven wrote @

“we are free, to obey His law ”

That’s what I believe! Shalom 🙂

  Junior wrote @

Yes once again good post sister Liz, you are correct the law is a school master Gal 3’24 to lead us to Christ and because of Jesus sacrifice we now are set free to become Rom 1’1, John 14’15 slaves of righteousness Rom 6’18 to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ GOD BLESS

  Liz Mason wrote @

Thanks for stopping by Junior, I like the verse you pointed out “slaves of Jesus Christ, chosen by God…” Romans 1:1 Amen!

  Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation wrote @

Liz, cut and dry. It is through Jesus Christ. Through our faith. Not baptism, not by good deeds or going to church but by believing in our hearts and walking in faith that we are in Christ. When we live in Christ we are not our own anymore. So we don’t kill and steal because the commandments are to no longer do these things. However, if you are doing these things then you are living double-minded. Yet, you still can go before His throne and be forgiven. Most importantly, God is a God of judgement His word does not go null and void.

We must always be prepared to give scripture to the lost and confused. It is why we are here. Thank you Liz for sharing the good news of the Lord. I receive it.

A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥

  Liz Mason wrote @

Yes, you’re right Shenine. (1 Peter 3:15) We can be confident in sharing His message of truth because it will perform what He sent it to do. (Isaiah 55:11) It is good for reproof and teaching correct doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:16) I appreciate you taking time to post your thoughts, thank you for your comment.


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