If the law does nothing to bring righteousness, what exactly does the law do? Why did God give it? Is it God’s way of heaping a bunch of rules on us?
1. The law points out sin.
The law is there to point out our sin.
It cannot give righteousness.
The law was not designed to “heap rules” on us. It was designed for the opposite. Bring us to realize we cannot be our own remedy to our sin. That way we give up the rules.
2. The Remedy is Christ.
The written law was only good until the Living Law came.
He is the One who can remedy our sin.
- Because he lived out the perfect life we were to live.
- Because he died the death we were to die.
- Because he resurrected, defeating death in a way we could never defeat it.
In Christ alone we find righteousness. He will always lead us into the rightoeusness of the law. But it is because we are following him, not following the law.
3. Pointing people to the law isn’t a good salvation tactic.
In fact, it is the worst tactic out there. In fact, in doing so, we probably point them towards a “law salvation” (which is no salvation at all, Paul’s whole point of Galatians).
We must point them to Christ. The One who followed the law for us. Point them to the…
- Love of God,
- Grace of God,
- Mercy of God,
- Righteousness of God,
- Life of God.
All (and so much more) in Christ.
Instead of pointing people to what is wrong with them…point them to everything that is right in Christ!
Oh, and while you’re at it…point yourself towards everything that is right in Christ too!
Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 3:19-20.