June 3, 2012
Law (including God's) convinces us (or should) of our transgressions. Though we may not like the reminders, we need to be convicted by what sin really is. Looking at the commands of God and looking at our life, the evidence should convince us we need some help. Praise God that more than just having our sin pointed out, He has provided an adequate solution to our dilemma. God has not left us on our own to deal with sin. Are we accepting the solution He has provided?
As the writer of Hebrews was continuing to contrast the sacrificial code of the Law given to Moses with the greater and more adequate provision in Christ, we read. . .
"(1) For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. (2) Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? (3) But IN THESE SACRIFICES THERE IS A REMINDER OF SINS EVERY YEAR." ( Hebrews 10:1-3 ESV)
That is not what I want to be reminded of; my sin. How about you? The commands of God even under the old were good in providing an awareness of what sins is. (note Romans 7:7) Even those commands were good for such a purpose. ( Romans 7:12) However, what was most needed and what God had been preparing the way for was a solution. Therefore, as law convinces and convicts us of our transgressions, the GRACE we have received through the offering of Jesus on the cross should convince us of the VALUE GOD SEES in having provided the means of our redemption. Does our daily life reveal we are so convinced?
In his letter to the church at Rome Paul encouraged. . .
"(31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) HE WHO DID NOT SPARE HIS OWN SON BUT GAVE HIM UP FOR US ALL, HOW WILL HE NOT ALSO WITH HIM GRACIOUSLY GIVE US ALL THINGS?" ( Romans 8:31-32 ESV)
Are we convinced by the evidence of GOD'S GRACIOUS GOODNESS? Does that evidence cause us to more easily trust Him to provide further blessings He has promised? Are we finding peace in the power of GOD'S GRACE to save us as it also directs us away from sin? (note Titus 2:11-12) May we be so convinced of the GRACIOUSNESS of complete forgiveness in Christ that the manner in which we live continually says, "Thank You!"
Have a great day LIVING APPRECIATIVE OF THE REALITIES IN CHRIST!
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