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Understanding God's Love For Us

The Author and Finisher of Our Faith

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Romans 2:12-15

2 Cor. 3:2-3, 3:7-8

Romans 3:27

Romans 7:14

Romans 8:1-2

Acts 28:23

I Cor. 3:12-15

Psalm 1:1-3

Psalm 19: 7-11

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Understanding God's Love For Us ... Part III (As Seen in God's Laws)

This study will cover the 'Six Laws' that Paul wrote about in the Book of Romans. It is my prayer that we will begin to understand more about our relationship with our Father and His love for us as we learn more about the the relationship between 'faith' - 'works' - 'law' - 'grace' ... I strongly suggest that you read Lesson #20 before reading this as it lays the foundation for the material in this lesson.

Many Christians have had the attitude that the concept of the 'law' has a negative connotation. But the Lord administered both law and grace in both Testaments, and God's Law is in no way negative, which we will see in this study.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote about six laws, each one influencing our lives as Christians.

THE MOSAIC LAW ... (commonly referred to as the Torah - or the Law of Moses)

The Ten Commandments are at the heart of the Law of Moses, but actually the first five books of the Bible are considered to be the Torah. Paul writes:

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 1 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. Romans 2:12-13.

The Mosaic Law was written by God Himself and was said to be 'glorious' even when it was a 'law of death'

"... and how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?" II Cor. 3:2-3, 3:7-8.

That law revealed the righteousness of God, setting the standard of God's requirement's. It showed us the difference between good and evil. His nature and character is written in the law. The law also shows God as our Creator, and that we are accountable to Him. While the Mosaic law teaches us how holy God is, it also teaches how we can never live up to that holiness or righteous. It reveals our need. It shows us the curse of our sinful nature and state and prepares us for His plan to deliver us from the curse. Paul uses the Law of Moses to show that God's law is spiritual and pure, but we are carnal. Romans 7:14. He further emphasizes that we cannot deliver ourselves because we are carnal and cannot perfectly obey the holy law of God. Paul tells us that Messiah has done that for us and lifted us out of the curse and made us holy with the sacrifice of his own shed blood. Paul revered the law and understood that Jesus had fulfilled the law for us in our place.

And don't forget that the Gospel was preached by early believers from the five books of the law and the prophets. The law and the writings of the Prophets was used to prove that Jesus was the Messiah, the Savior they had waited for, 'The Promised One.' There was no New Testament as we know it now; it had not been gathered together in one work, or even all written at the time of the early spreading of the Gospel Message.

... "And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. Acts 28:23.

It has been said that without the first five books of the Bible, the Four Gospels would be inadequate representations of the Messianic ministry, which is to redeem mankind from eternal death. In the Law of Moses is found the foundation for the Plan of Redemption. It was not just a set of strict regulations, but it was written to lead us to Life itself. If we look at it that way, we can see clearly the great Love of God for us in the Law.

THE NATURAL LAW ...

"Indeed, when Gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law unto themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing, now even defending them." Romans 2:14-15.

This law is written by God on hearts and minds. As stated before, God created within us a capacity for His laws to be received in our innermost being. Though this place has been corrupted and filled with all kinds of evil, spiritual rebellion, and self gratification because of the fall it still remains and awaits the work of the Holy Spirit to those who are open and desire to know the God who created us. It is the avenue which God uses to call us to Himself. This is the Natural Law within us.

THE LAW OF WORKS ...

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Romans 3:27.

The first two laws mentioned are creations of God. The 'law of works' is a creation of man. It is, as stated previously, an attempt to please God and to establish our own righteousness. These works can appear to be righteous works but are a belief in what we can do ourselves, apart from God. We work to gain favor, or to 'keep our salvation' or to feel better about ourselves, more 'spiritual' because of our acts of devotion, prayer, service, and outward behavior. We can look good on the outside and for appearance sake have a show of righteousness, but if what we do is in and of our own efforts it is carnal, the motive is not right and those works will be burned up in the fire of judgment, though we will be saved, but suffer loss. I Cor. 3:12-15. (See Lesson 20)

THE LAW OF FAITH ...

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Romans 3:27.

The 'Law of Faith' is opposite of the law of works. The law of faith is our response to God's righteousness, His truth, His Grace, His Plan of Salvation. Faith believes that God has made a way for us, when we had no way, we had no power within ourselves to be reconciled to Him. Faith trusts in the work on the cross and believes that the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection, His atonement, His shed blood and that His perfect holiness was enough to redeem us and transfer us into eternal life. Faith believes that He Who began a good work in us will finish it. Faith believes that He is able to keep us. True faith will produce good works, the fruits of the Spirit ... and will show that we are in Christ as new creations. This is the 'FAITH and WORKS' that go together. These are the works of gold, silver, precious stones .. which will stand the test in the fire. These works are a demonstration of our faith and are an evidence of our salvation. This is another show of God's love for us, for He gives us the measure of faith that is necessary to believe and to walk with Him in newness of life. Again, what great Love the Father has for us!

THE LAW OF SIN

This is a law which is in us because of the fall and is the cause of our greatest battles. It has influence in our physical and carnal being. Paul comments on this law of sin in this passage:

"But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin" Romans 7:23-25 ... There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2.

Since we have the battle in our flesh that wages war between the godly desires in our spirits and the demands of our fleshly nature, we must learn to run to the arms of our Lord and trust in His Grace and power to deliver us. Only God can deliver us from spiritual death and evil domination. Our flesh has yet to be redeemed, but as Paul stated, we now have Jesus who delivers us, ever making intercession for us because we're covered by His blood now. Our new self, our renewed mind and heart are toward God, but our carnal nature is toward the law of sin. But we have been freed from the consequences of the law of sin and death. And as we grow in the Lord, (our sanctification process) we're more able to turn to the Lord in our battles with the laws of sin in our members. The only way to meet the requirements of God's law is through the blood of Jesus. We are now 'In Christ' meaning that we partake of all the benefits of the covering of our sin, which Jesus bought for us as our representative in the covenant. We cannot meet those requirements by our own efforts. God our Father knew this and made provision for us. Again, what a great love!

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who fills us and enables us with the power to walk in the Way of the Lord. He comes into our spirits and abides in us and it is His presence which makes us connected in a real and tangible way to our Savior, Jesus. This empowers us to grow and do the works of God. He directs us to the Grace of God, giving us a real and intimate relationship with the Father. The Spirit draws us nearer to our Lord, teaches, counsels, reprimands, guides, equips us for service, and speaks to us of the Father's will and plan for our lives.The Holy Spirit gives us the law of LIFE in Jesus and frees us from the law of sin and death. The law of the Spirit is the law which sustains us and keeps us, taking us into the portals of heaven, here and in the eternity to come.

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11

The Lord even provides us (fills us) with the fruits of righteousness. (the effects of being filled with His Holy Spirit) These fruits are by and through Jesus within us and us in Him. They are the evidence of our sanctification and come from a renewed heart. Our Father does not only want to save us and set us free from the law of sin and death, and reconcile us to Him. He wants us to take part in bringing forth His Glory in the earth and building up the church by our fruitfulness. To Him, each one of us is special, His prized possession and He loves us so much. He gives us gifts and things to do; equipping us to do them. With our righteousness (our right standing with Him) comes good fruit .. the fruit of the Spirit.

Ponder these passages which speak of God's laws:

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3."

The Law of the Lord is pure and precious and should be revered. We will love the Lord with all our heart and soul and, through Jesus our Lord, we fulfill all that our Father commands. He's written them on our hearts for the converting of our souls and renewing our minds, and we will heed His precepts when we love Him and are born of the Spirit, new creatures. He, through the Holy Spirit, speaks of the things Jesus taught and commanded us, reminding us to trust in the Lord and do His will. The Lord cares so much for us that He's placed all these laws so that we may be redeemed and reconciled to Him for eternity. What greater Love is there?

I pray these three lessons on Understanding God's love for us has helped us see more clearly the provision our Father in Heaven has made for us, and the mercy, grace, and love He's extended to us.

Many thanks to Clarence Wagner, Director of 'Bridges for Peace,' for his commentary on this subject and his permission to incorporate them in my lessons.

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Love in Christ,

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