Faith In Christ Overrules:
Faith – One thing important to note is that the law was the schoolmaster. And because of that it has to be done away with in order for faith to come. Actually no one has the ability to demise the law from the scene. I mean to be able to fulfill the demands of the law, by rightly interpreting it and establish its purpose. Remember, the law couldn’t make anyone righteous because righteousness cannot come by the means of the law.
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
Also see Romans 3:20.
Jesus Fulfilled The Demands Of The Law:
When Jesus came He said something concerning the law and his relationship with it. And on the cross He said something about it and again after His resurrection He also said something about it. The statement He made at the beginning of His ministry about the law rightly showcases what His mission was.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
The statement above speaks volume about the regard Jesus has for the law. And in a way it exposes the fact that He has come to bring the law to logical conclusion. This gesture will definitely liberate humanity from the entanglement of the law. It is obvious that the work of the law was to expose the weakness of man and not to bring him to perfection.
“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
Faith Frees Man From The Clutches Of The Law:
As a result, inasmuch as the law is concerned, every man stands guilty because no man was able to fulfill its demands. Interestingly the statement of Jesus signifies that it was for this purpose He has come. And for this reason he was born under the law in order to free them that are under the law.
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
The situation stands that the continuous existence of the law implies that no man will ever be qualified to be called a son to God. This is because the law is a barrier to that effect. Apostle Paul writing to the Romans says that
“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
People Under The Law Are Not Under Faith:
Now the whole of that chapter was devoted “to them that know the law”. In order to unfold the intricacies of what it means to live under the auspices of the law. He emphasizes to them the fact that living under the law means one being caged in a place. And unless the cage is being broken freedom is not foreseeable. But the situation here is a very delicate one for the one who is in the cage. This is because he has no ability or what it takes to free himself from the cage. And as a result he continues to be under a perpetual bondage.
The only solution to this perpetual and miserable condition is faith. Faith becomes the most needed and necessary factor in bringing people out of the bondage of the law. And that was what the message of Christ brought to humanity. Apostle Paul therefore echoed to his audience that the acceptance of the finished work of Christ means freedom from condemnation. Recall that the only thing the law offers is condemnation.
This is possible because Jesus went to the cross and on the cross he exclaimed “it is finished”. Meaning the demands of the law (the old covenant) has been fulfilled. Thereafter, when He resurrected He made it known to His disciples that
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
Faith Was Ushered In Through The Death Of Christ:
The fulfillment of everything written in the law and prophets means that He interpreted all that is written concerning Him. And as a matter fact concluded the demands and thereafter ushers in faith. By reason of what He has done, the message of His finished work became the power to save man. This is because by this message, salvation is offered to mankind. Therefore, what the Law of Moses could not offer to man, the message of Christ has offered man on the platter of faith
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
Hence faith becomes the vehicle through which man is made righteous without the law and salvation is obtained. On that note, faith overrules the law because in the presence of faith the law is rendered ineffective. And if the law is rendered ineffective by faith; it also implies that faith as well overrules the power of sin because sin is powered by the law.
“But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”
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