Monday, December 7, 2009
... we establish the Law.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law. (Romans 3:27-31)
Those who are truly justified by faith will be so changed in their heart, that where before they hated the Law of God, now the Holy Spirit within them will cry, "Oh how I love Thy Law! It is my meditation all the day."
We are saved by grace through faith; not of works, so that no man may boast any kind of contribution to salvation. Our salvation is all of Him, and to Him we owe eternal gratitude. On the other hand, the Law is not made void through such faith. In fact, the Law of God is established as the measure of sanctification. All who truly believe, will, over time, progressively become more and more a keeper of God's Law; not out of compulsion, but out of love and gratitude for His wonderful grace.
How can anyone who has been saved from his sin, and the consequences of sin, want to return to the pig-pen of a sinful life? The Bible says, "... sin is transgression of the Law ...)