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One of the main things I want to communicate to you today is the importance of living a lifestyle of holiness according to the law of God. And even though we fail to live up to the standards of God's law, God still loves us 100%. We use the phrase ''law and gospel''. Why so much confusion over whether or not we should live according to the law or according to the gospel?
What's the difference and how do we make sense out of it all?
Let's understand some basic truths about the Law:
The word Law in the Bible can be used to explain the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch), it can also be used to identify the ten commandments and finally it can be used to identify the entire scriptures. In the passage we are looking at today the law is also called God's testimonies, God's ways, God's precepts, God's statutes, God's commandments, and God's righteous rules. So, let's say that the Law represents the entire Scriptures.
A summary of the law is found in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 when Jesus quotes these verses in Matthew 22:37-40
''You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.''
In order for man to enter into heaven and have eternal life he must obey this summary perfectly, all the time, in thought, word and deed. Since no man is able to obey this summary perfectly, he is found guilty of breaking the law and condemned to death.
But God, who is rich in mercy has chosen to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, live a perfect life, perfectly obeying the law in every thought, word and deed. He then went on to pay the penalty of death in our place and be raised from the dead.
1 Peter puts it this way:
''For Christ also ...
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