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Everyone one who sins…

July 27, 2008

breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. I Jn 3:4

This is the key verse in the series that our pastor is currently preaching on Sunday mornings. You may well imagine how convicting this series is. Our pastor is challenging us to renew our minds with the Word of God about the Word of God, most especially the Law of God.

I have never thoroughly studied this part of Scripture and am thankful for this opportunity to look deeply at these truths of God. Knowing full well that His truth reveals His perfections and my imperfections. I want to embrace the blessing and conviction of these studies.

To help us in this study, we are looking at several characteristics of God’s law. I’m blogging about these things under my Sunday Studies category for my remembrance and working out of complete thoughts from my sermon notes. May these writings be a blessing to those who read as well.

A proper understanding of God’s law comes first with having sober humility to the perfections of Who God is. He is not man who lies or deceives. He is not man unfaithful and impure. To the greatest contrary, God is light, perfectly pure and undefiled, having no corruption at all.

God is righteous, establishing and demonstrating the only standard and measure of righteousness by Himself as it pertains to all life and godliness.

God is love, manifested in His Word, His Law, and His demonstration of giving His Son for us while we were yet sinners.

There are dangers in ignoring God’s Law.

1) Where the law is not known, there is little understanding of sin and its consequences. Each one then thinks and behaves as he thinks is right in his own eyes. But man is not right apart from God.

2) Where the law is not known, repentance and conviction are slight, making the enormity of Christ’s sacrifice insufficiently understood. Each one then treats sin with casual recklessness, both in its commission and towards its expiation.

3) Where the law is not known, false confidence and presumption abound. Each one not having knowledge of God’s standard chooses for himself his own standard and measure, believing himself safe through feeling and experience rather than solid truths of God.

4) Where the law is not known, society assumes it’s worst forms because irreligion becomes general. There are no longer any social mores of propriety for each can choose his own measures.

5) Where the law is not known, the gospel itself becomes loathsome. Each one unaware of exactly what the law requires and condemns or what he needs salvation from and to, he despises even the suggestion of need of a Savior.

The next post in this series will deal with the dangers of misunderstanding God’s Law.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2008 7:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your sermon thoughts with us!

  2. July 27, 2008 9:45 pm

    Your notes make clear the necessity of knowing the law of God, which means we must read His Word with an eagerness to find out how we’re to live. And then obey it!

  3. July 29, 2008 5:05 am

    Impactful post, my friend. Can’t wait for part II.

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