I can do all things includes ALL things …

The other day I saw this photo pass by on Facebook.  On the top it showed a picture of a man with the words:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  

Below the man, it said,  “But we can’t keep the law.”

My first reaction was to laugh because I have actually heard these exact two statements come out of the same mouth.   I looked at the picture for a few minutes longer and prayed for those who believe these two statements to be congruous.  Either Messiah Yeshua strengthens us to do all things or He doesn’t.  If he doesn’t strengthen us to do all things including obeying the commandments of God, then we have a faulty view of his purpose in living, dying, resurrecting and ascending to heaven, or worse, we are following a false messiah, the lawless one.

LAW 1: Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death….”

There are two laws discussed in Scripture.  The first one we keep flawlessly–the wage of sin that leads to death.  As offspring of Adam who sinned in the Garden, we all sin.  There’s no way around it.   We have no power over sin.  Our flesh is weak, our minds are warped and our spirits are dead.  When we are born, we are condemned to death, physically and spiritually, forever.  We need a way out of the spiritual battle of knowing what God wants, but always falling short and sinning.

Recently I asked a college student who was visiting our home to define ‘sin’.   At first, he was utterly confused, then he said, ‘doing bad things.’   I asked him to define what he thought was bad.  He put on his thinking cap and I could see the wheels turning.  He concluded, “I honestly don’t know what’s good or bad.”

I asked my son to read 1 John 3:4 from his Bible. “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”  My son explained to his friend that sin is breaking God’s commandments. When we break God’s commandments on a consistent basis, we are considered lawless and sinning.

This agnostic young man’s response:  “Well, that’s makes everything easy.”  Yes, it’s all much easier when we use God’s Word to define the terms, isn’t it? Sin is breaking God’s commandments and called lawlessness.  Period.

By putting our faith in the shed blood of Messiah and his death as a substitute for ours, we are no longer condemned to death and eternal separation from God for our sin wage (Romans 8:1).  We have been set free from the law of sin and death.  That is truly the good news of the gospel!

Law 2: “Through Messiah Yeshua the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

The all-powerful Spirit of God that raised Messiah from the dead has been put in us and gives us  life. Through the power of the Spirit, we are made alive to do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  This includes having the “righteous requirement of the Torah … met in us who do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”  (Romans 8:11).  Through His Spirit, God wrote His Torah, his righteous requirements on our hearts and gave us the power to obey them.

“But we can’t keep the law” is just an excuse for willful disobedience to God’s laws and a sinful lifestyle.  “But we can’t keep the law” mocks how Yeshua as a man lived his life, how he accepted death and the purpose for his resurrection and ascension.   Saying  “but we can’t keep the law” means you don’t believe the Spirit that was put inside you is powerful enough to transform your stubborn stony heart into a flesh, obedient heart. “But we can’t keep the law” is a declaration that you have no choice except to remain in a lawless condition.  Every time these words are spoken, the man of lawlessness says ‘another one bites the dust.’

“You warned them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’ Stubbornly they turned their backs on you, became stiff-necked and refused to listen” (Nehemiah 9:29).

“And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time” (1 Kings 8:61).

“I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me” and that includes ‘keeping His law’ (Philippians 4:13).  

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