Jesus, The Lawgiver (part 1)
Today, with us being nearly half way through the alphabet, we continue on with the letter L (for "LAWGIVER"). Living
by God's (not man's) law is a controversial issue within the body of
Christ, because it's (with many in His Body), wrongly insisted upon,
that we are free from the law, thus, in our own estimation, we make
Jesus about mercy only, and we make Him to be One who supposedly frees us from the law. You notice I said "supposedly"? I
do so, because there is great error in such a mind set. You see,
according to the verses I'm about to share with you, Jesus is still very
much the "LAWGIVER" today. I'd also like to state, that being born again, and having a relationship with Jesus does, in no way, free us "FROM" the law, but rather, having such a relationship with Jesus, frees us "IN" the
law. There is a difference, you see! Because of His healing and
delivering power in our lives, He, by His Holy Spirit dwelling within
our spirit, has freed us (has set us free) thus enabling us to live with
the set, and/or given laws, or commandments of God. It is not by might,
nor by power that this is done, but by the Spirit of the living God,
within us (we being earthen vessels), so that we can live in obedience
to the word of God:
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts (Zech 4:6 - KJV).
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.(Mark 10:27 - KJV).
This last verse we just read shows that even the will within us, to do the Lord's decision comes from Him, via His Holy Spirit.
Remember when John the Baptist said, "He must increase, I must decrease" (John 3:30 - KJV)? He
was speaking about his inner man. He was speaking in spiritual terms.
He was saying, I (John) must come to a place in my life, where there is
less of me in charge, and more of Him in charge. I must step back, and
allow Him to be the Lord of my life. I must die to self (being self
centered), and allow Him (by the power of His Spirit), to dwell (or make
His home) in me. I must turn over the reigns of my life to Him, and
allow the "increase" (of His Spirit within), to begin! Let's look
into the verses I mentioned I wanted to share with you, at the
beginning of Today's lesson:
For the LORD [is] our judge, the LORD [is] our lawgiver, the LORD [is] our king; he will save us (Isaiah 33:22 - KJV).
From Strong's Concordance:
In the above notations, the meanings clearly show that the "LAWGIVER" is one who governs, who decrees, who is of the law, who appoints (His Truths). It's the ONE who has blessed us with His printed letter to us (the WoAre we to think then, that all of what's been shared thus far is only speaking of what we see engraved or written on paper alone (God's written word, in Book form ... the Bible)? Is God speaking only of His Truths being engraved or inscribed, on paper only? Let's turn to Rom 2:13-16, and read what He says about this:
Are we to think then, that all of what's been shared thus far is only speaking of what we see engraved or written on paper alone (God's written word, in Book form ... the Bible)? Is God speaking only of His Truths being engraved or inscribed, on paper only? Let's turn to Rom 2:13-16, and read what He says about this:
For it is not merely hearing the Law [read] that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified. When Gentiles who have not the [divine] Law do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, since they do not have the Law. They show that the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts and are operating there, with which their consciences (sense of right and wrong) also bear witness; and their [moral] decisions (their arguments of reason, their condemning or approving thoughts) will accuse or perhaps defend and excuse [them]. On that day when, as my Gospel proclaims, God by Jesus Christ will judge men in regard to the things which they conceal (their hidden thoughts). (Rom 2:13-16 - Amplified Bible).
God's Laws (His Truths) are to be engraved on our hearts (all the more reason we ought to
Up next: Jesus the LAWGIVER, Part 2
Blessings upon each of you ... Marcia