January 13, 2014 – 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.   Then, I looked at the picture for a few minutes longer and grieved 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 we are following a false messiah aka the lawless one.

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

There are two laws in Scripture and one we do 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.  We are condemned to death, physically and spiritually, forever.  We need a way out of this spiritual battle of knowing what God commands, but always falling short and sinning.

Recently I asked a college student who was visiting our home to define ‘sin’.   His response was first, one of utter confusion, and then he said, ‘doing bad things.’  Of course, 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, His teachings and instructions called Torah.  When we do break God’s Torah 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 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 spiritual death and separation from God for our sin wage (Romans 8:1).  We have been set free from the law of breaking God’s commandments and the consequence of spiritual death.  That is the first part of the good news of the gospel.  What’s the second part?

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

Nehemiah 9:29 “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.”

1 Kings 8:61  “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.”

“I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me” and that includes ‘keeping His law’.  

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