God’s Grace in Romans | How We Establish The Law |
We saw from our last discussion Paul’s conclusion on justification, that a man is justified by faith without the works of the law.
Then he continues;
Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:Romans 3:29
God is the God of both the Jews and Gentiles. He is the God of the whole earth. He is the Creator, preserver and governor of both the Jews and Gentiles.
And by covenant, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and not just for a select few.
The middle wall of partition between the Jew and the Gentile has been broken down through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
All men have access only through faith in the cross of Jesus;
Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.Romans 3:30
Then the apostle concludes this chapter, after showing that God’s way of justifying sinners has nothing to do with the works, by making a very profound statement concerning the law;
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:31
Is the law then useless? He answers, God forbid!
So if the law is not made void, what do we do with the law since we don’t earn justification by it?
We hear “we establish the law”
Now the question we all have to ask on how we are to establish the law is this, what is the purpose of the law?
You can’t establish what you don’t know the purpose. You can only fulfil a purpose known to you.
Therefore, what is the purpose of the law?
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. Romans 3:19
God gave the law that ” that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
The law was not given to give life nor righteousness, but it was intended to reveal sin in man, and his inability to live up to God’s standard of righteousness, so he would run to Christ for justification.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.Galatians 3:24
When we admit the sentence of the law, that by our works we are sinners in need of a saviour and run to Jesus for grace, we establish the law, just like the apostles did (Acts 15:11.)
After we are justified by faith in Christ, “we are no longer under a schoolmaster,” for we have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 5:21.)
Nevertheless, the law is not totally useless, we still use the law after we are saved, however, is not to be justified by, but it is to establish it’s purpose in the lives of the unrighteous, (those who are not yet made righteous in Christ.)
“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man,…”1 Timothy 1:8-9
God’s method of showing people their need is through the law. But, the law is powerless in making provision for that need. It is the gospel that provides the power to produce salvation. (Romans 1:16)
So to establish the law is simple, admit its sentence of condemnation, run to Christ and be justified freely by grace, then use the law to help others see their need for Jesus.
Gracious father, thank you for Jesus who has come and has given me an understanding heart. Today I know your heart of love toward me. I rest in the loving arms of Jesus.
All you have ever desired for me in life is to rest and live in your love through faith in Jesus. I reject the spirit of condemnation, I receive joy in the Holy Ghost and Walk in divine strength.
In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “ My Child, I am for you, who can be against you? I did not spare my son but gave him for you even when you did not know me, how shall I not with him freely give you all things?
Those tongues of condemnation and the charges against you are not from me dear child. I have justified you and have given you this salvation in Christ, knowing your weakness I gave him to be your intercessor.
All you need say to yourself my beloved is that, I love you, and have made you more than a conqueror. “
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.Romans 8:31-34,37
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jafas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church