The Law as a Tutor

What does it mean to be under the guardian or tutor of the law? This is something I’ve been thinking on. I used to have my own way of doing things where the right way was my way, and no other way was right. All other ways, though not morally wrong according to the creator, were not my way, and I could have said that someone was lost in sin because they weren’t doing things my way. Then the goodness and lovingkindness of our Lord appeared to me and over time transformed me more into his image. I no longer see things that are different as wrong, but only those things that are against the word of God specifically — those things are morally wrong. One could be so much into the law that we could say out of their own fleshly self that really *any* thing is evil. What really *is* a problem though? Definitely the deeds of the flesh of Galatians 5:19-21, rebellion, and anything that drives the sinner away from the solution (who *is* Jesus) — these things are far from God’s will, and will divide a person from God now and for eternity.

Let us not love in word or in talk but in deed and in truth.

“Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian”
Galatians 3:23‭-‬25 ESV

What? Keeping the Law?

Romans 8:2-3 and surrounding verses and even chapters give an excellent description of what we are set free from and how it has happened. “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned the flesh…”

We are set free from the law of sin and death. The law given to Moses could not do this because we could not follow it perfectly.

The law of sin and death is like the law of gravity. These laws pull us down, whether or not we believe in these laws. This law must be canceled by a greater law, like lift in an airplane overcomes the gravitational pull toward the earth, and the law of the spirit of life sets us free in the same way from the law of sin and death by canceling the power of sin and enabling us to live in holiness, just as in the Scriptures we are called “saints” who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

We could go deeper into this too…

Seek First

If we are to seek first the Kingdom, we must first seek the King.  What is his desire?  That all me should be saved.  What is he doing?  Preparing a place for his own.  What makes his heart beat more than the breath of his word in power, in love to set free the captive.

Breaking out of the mold that we have made for ourselves is necessary.  To seek the Kingdom before our own desires and tradition is not natural, which is why this must start early and continue throughout the day.

Who does the Lord love, and what has he done to show that love?  It has been said that one would do anything for love, and Jesus did exactly everything.  He laid aside his eternal glory and, “being found in the likeness of man, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied himself.  … became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”  In that emptying of himself, he didn’t make use of his God nature to remove himself from the cross, to take vengeance on his oppressors, to change the hearts of his haters, or to convert masses from their background of  pharisee-ism, thievery, imperialism, or their varying objects of worship.  Jesus simply showed the kindness of God, making known the will of the father, although many followed him as a celebrity rather than their savior.

Life apart from Christ is death.  The only true life is found in Jesus Christ, the  only savior of the world and all mankind.

What does it look like to be Jesus to this world and to mankind?  What did Jesus’ life look like on earth?  He fasted, prayed, called his disciples to himself, taught them among others, then sent them out.

Leave a comment with your input: what are the metrics we can use to measure our successfulness in living out the life of the Savior?

The Good News

The following was written up by a friend, entirely of parts of the Word of God put together.  I’m posting it here because I believe it will uplift you as only God’s Word can, and move you to repentance toward God:

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5b NIV). “Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains” (Ps. 107:10-14 NIV).

“‘[When He did this, it was] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified [that is, who are made holy] by faith in [Jesus]'” (Acts 26:18 NIV). “The blood of Jesus, His Son [that is, (one of the results of) the crucifixion of Jesus, His Son], purifies us from all sin. . . . If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. . . . The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 1:7b, 9; 3:8b NIV).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23 NIV). “The Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. . . . He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 4:14b-15; 5:12 NIV). “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit” (1 John 4:13 NIV). “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:16 NIV). “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. . . . And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you” (Rom. 8:9, 11 NIV).

“Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph. 5:8b-10 NIV). “Now if we are children, then we are heirs– heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory” (Rom. 8:17 NIV). “‘When the Son of Man [that is, when Jesus] comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. . . .” Then He will say to those on His left, “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. . . .” Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life'” (Matt. 25:31-34, 41, 46 NIV).

“‘I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. . . For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,’ declares the Sovereign LORD. ‘Repent and live!'” (Ezek. 18:30b, 32 NIV).

More coming soon, right here.

I plan to have a new site completed here in the near future with more on what I’m up to and other resources. I’m just now getting to this after quite some time of wanting to, but it looks like this site fits into my mission now to do what God is doing, and be about the Father’s business as Jesus was. He quoted from Isaiah 61 in Luke 4:18-19, saying that he had been anointed to do the will of the Father, as each one of us also ought to do the will of the Father. While God confirms his word as we preach it with signs, our goal must first be to be in right relationship with him, for it is his power that works the signs. Abide in Jesus and bear much fruit, brothers!