July 5, 2017 – Galatians 3:21-22

Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:21-22

 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  Romans 3:23-24

The Law, given to Moses by the Lord – is to guard our hearts and souls, before Way of Christ Jesus is given to us.  The first and greatest Law of God is of the Heart.  When Jesus was asked by an expert of the Jewish law for the most important Law. Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.

For those who care for others, and see the heart of another, are faithful to the most important two laws.  Loving God is loving others, and there is no room for anger, disobedience.  Loving another is respect and honor this person as God’s creation.

We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  I John 4:19-20.

“I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship You, Oh my soul rejoice!  Take joy, my King, In what you hear…Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.” (Klein)

Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Galatians 3:23