Further Study: “The law reveals sin to us, and causes us to feel our need of Christ and to flee unto Him for pardon and peace by exercising repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. . . .
The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitory side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in [...]
As a second grader walking home from school with a couple of other boys, for some reason I cannot explain, I thought it would be a good idea to throw some rocks at a car parked near a house. The lady in the house ran outside and demanded that I go get my mother and tell her what I did and come back there. I was surprised this lady “knew” my mother, but since she did I had no choice [...]
In harmony with the book of Romans, Paul is careful to stipulate in Galatians that the purpose of the law is to define sin and not to make people righteous (Gal. 3:19, Gal. 3:21).
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Read Galatians 3:23-24. What images does Paul use to describe the purpose of the law? What do you think the images mean?
Depending on the translation, the law is identified in Gal 3:24 as a schoolmaster, taskmaster, tutor, and custodian, among [...]
What does Paul mean in Romans 10:4 when he says Christ is the “end” of the law? Does this suggest that the law has been done away with? Find out what the Sabbath School author has to say on this week’s edition of “Ask the Author.”
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The title for this week’s lesson comes from Romans 10:4-Christ is the end of the law (NKJV). Many who have been preconditioned to think negatively about the law automatically interpret the text to mean, Christ made the law obsolete. However, this reading goes against the many references in the book of Romans and other parts of the New Testament that discuss the continued relevance of the law.
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Read Romans 9:30-10:4. How is Paul explaining here [...]
Key Thought : Being obedient to the law is not in conflict with grace. Loving obedience is the result of receiving God’s grace in our lives, not the means to salvation.
[Lesson plan for Christ, the End of the Law May 12,2014]
1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:19-24.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What law was added because of transgressions? What is the Bible definition of sin? [...]
Read Romans 7:13-25. How are we to understand these verses? Is Paul talking about an unconverted man, or is this the experience of the converted? What reasons can you give for your answer?
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If you were unsure as to whom these verses refer, you are not alone. Theologians also have wrestled with this question for centuries. The person described here is someone who delights in the law of God (hardly sounds like a nonbeliever) [...]
One of the most difficult concepts for Christians to comprehend is the continued role of the law for the one saved by grace. If a believer attains righteousness by accepting the sufficiency of the life and death of Jesus, why is it still necessary to keep the law? This question provides another opportunity to repeat a key point: the law was never intended to provide salvation; its function (after the Fall) was to define sin. Yet, the Cross doesn’t [...]
Though it points out sins, the law is powerless to save us from them. That very powerlessness, however, shows us our need for Jesus, the only solution for sin.
Read Romans 5:12-21. In what way is the message of God’s grace revealed in these texts?
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Notice in this passage the constant association between sin and death. Time and again they appear in immediate relationship with each other. And that’s because sin, the violation of God’s [...]