The Law (1 of 2) by Brian Fletcher

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The Law (1 of 2)
Series: John
Brian Fletcher
John 6:22-40


Intro: WyldLife kids running around to get a free ice cream sundae

THE LAW
The whole theology of Jesus' day was a works oriented theology. In order for the people to believe that Jesus was who He said He was they DEMANDED a sign of work. Even after he just showed them a miraculous sign by feeding over 5k people with 3 loaves of bread and 2 fish! [And walked on the water]

They asked Jesus ''what must we do to do the works God requires?'' Their ASSUMPTION was that God actually required a work from them. This was how their religion was structured at the time. It was built on a series of rules and laws that they had to obey in order to please God. Now this was a misunderstanding of what the Scriptures were about. The religious leaders thought that the Scriptures were about doing good things and obeying laws in order to please God and gain eternal life.

Some of you may say, ''Well isn't that how the Old Testament was structured with all those laws about eating and the temple sacrifices, and the 10 Commandments, etc.?'' No. Those laws were never meant to gain access to God or to gain his favor or to atone for our sins, or to gain eternal life.

There were 3 Categories of Law in the Old Testament:
1. Ceremonial Law: given to the nation of Israel containing different types of ordinances, partly for worship but also to prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings and benefits. We find these mainly in Leviticus and then some great interpretation of how Christ fulfilled these laws in the book of Hebrews.
2. Judicial Law: given to the nation of Israel as they were governed mainly under a ''theocracy'' which meant they had no king or ruler, but God Himself was king and ruler.
These two types of laws from the OT have since ceased to be in effect and we are not bound to keep them.
3. Moral Law: summarized in the 10 Commandments and we are still obligated to keep this law. Not in order to jus ...


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