Friday, October 30, 2015

Our problem: the law or unbelief?

Rom 3:20  For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

God's law tells us how we are designed to live  i.e. if we live this way we will experience the life God created/designed us for. This is a good thing, not bad. Therefore the law too is good. The law is simply God's operations manual for how 

·        mankind functions according to his design and therefore to his optimal capacity.
·        brings greatest honor to Him thereby drawing others to him. 

But in order for us to live by the law we must believe it is given by God for our good. So the problem isn't the law per se, it's our unbelief. We don't trust God so we are unwilling to obey God and his directions for us.

Because we have no faith in God we have no faith in his directions (the law) for us either.

The law simply reveals to us (brings to our conscious awareness) how we don't trust him; how we have rebelled and continue to rebel from believing God is our Creator, director, rightful owner, sustainer, provider, lover, care giver, protector; the all wise, all powerful, always present, always loving, all benevolent, beatific God.

If we knew and believed God was all of this and more for us i.e. exactly who he says he is, doing as He says; following His direction; obeying the law, would be no problem whatsoever.

Unbelief/distrust is our problem, not the law.

The heart/essence of the law brings all of this out most clearly.

Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 
The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mar 12:29-31

So are we good or worthless?

Rom 3:12  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."

We are not worthless, but we become worthless when we don't do good.

"Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear." Jesus. Luk 14:34,35

We have the capacity to do good because we are created in God's image.  But due to our disconnection from God i.e. our rebellious distrust/unbelief, we are not able to do good for we were never designed to operate without God, separated from his love for us.

We can not love as we were designed to love because we have disconnected from the source of love. We are not the source of love, God is. Love comes from God, to us and we in turn are empowered to love others, because we are loved.

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