Obey The Law

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WHY SHOULD WE BOTHER TRYING TO OBEY THE LAW IF WE ALREADY KNOW THAT WE CANNOT?

This is similar to giving up before you even begin since it is impossible to reach perfection in whatever you do. Should we abandon our pursuit of greatness in a sport just because we are aware that we are very unlikely to win the Olympic competition?

Every person is guilty of breaking the law at some point in their lives, even if it is something as little as exceeding the speed limit or running a red light. It is inconceivable for many to comply with the laws of our nation. Is it thus a justification for us to conduct crimes such as murder, theft, or adultery?

Should we disregard ALL of the laws just because it is difficult for us to comply with each and every one of them? Or must we pick and choose the rules we wish to obey such as the laws that prevent us from killing or stealing a vehicle, but then cast aside the laws that we disagree with or just do not want to keep? A stance like this is an act of lawlessness.

This often-asked question seems to imply that the only time we should make an effort to be obedient to God is when our eternal fate hangs in the balance. Obedience, on the other hand, is seen as “unnecessary” given that our salvation is contingent on our faith rather than on our own actions of compliance.

BUT IN WHAT SENSE IS IT “UNNECESSARY”?

It is not necessary to disregard anything just because it is not a part of the reason; this alone is not sufficient grounds for doing so. While works are not necessary for justification by the sacrifice of Christ, they are absolutely necessary for sanctification.

Paul makes it quite clear that justification comes only through faith and not through deeds (i.e., obedience to the law). But, Paul never encourages us to sin in order to make room for more grace. Nor does Jesus ever condone lawlessness on the part of Believers. According to John, sin is disobeying the law.

1 John 3:4 — Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness.

Our capacity to be obedient, on the other hand, is something that we acquire through experience over a period of time, as we “grow up” and progress spiritually from the stage of being children to that of being adults. Our sanctification, and not our justification, is the function that is responsible for obedience. We are declared righteous because of our faith, but the degree to which we obey is what determines our sanctification. Since obedience (actions) are the fruit of justification, it is only reasonable for them to follow in its wake.

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF GOOD ACTIONS THAT GOD LOOKS FOR IN A PERSON WHO CLAIMS TO FOLLOW CHRIST?

Okay, so here is where the law comes into play; after all, “the knowledge of sin comes through the law.”

Romans 3:20 — For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Sin is defined for us by the law, and to the Believer, God says, “Do not allow yourself to be bound by sin any more.”

There is no question in my mind that,

  1. we are unable to keep the law—simply because we are not yet perfect—and
  2. if our salvation were based on our ability to keep the law, then no man could be saved—simply because no one is able to keep it. If our salvation were contingent on our ability to keep the law, then there would be no salvation at all.

Yet the fact that we are unable to and are not flawless is our fault, not a problem with the law in and of itself. The fact that the law is flawless, but we ourselves are not, presents a dilemma for us. It establishes a more elevated level of holiness than what any of us, even as Christians, are able to achieve in this life. But, this is not a valid reason to disregard the legal system as if it were flawed.

MORAL VALUES AND GROWTH

When our children grow, we teach them the value of moral living by setting an example for them. They learn the hard way that taking their brother’s toys without permission was wrong, and we may punish them when they did it. As parents, we make sure they understood that they should never be violent against their siblings or other children, and if they did, they would face consequences. We do this after coming to the conclusion that, since they are still children, they are unable to comply with these guidelines. We make sure they knew going in that if they broke any of my rules, there would be consequences, and that would continue until they were obedient.

The issue was not with the stipulations and rules. The issue was not only that they were immature, but also that they were unable to yet satisfy the requirements of the law. But what if we as parents say, “Oh, I know my children cannot obey my laws and rules, so therefore, I will have no regulations at all”? What would have happened then? Since, at the end of the day, they are my children regardless of whether or not they follow me, I will give in and let them do whatever they want.

Would it help me find a solution to my problem? If they did that, would it make them perfect?

If there were no regulations for them to violate, then they would never act disobediently. If we never told them what to do or gave them a “commandment,” then they could never break the commandment because they would never know what it was (law).

According to the words of Paul in Romans 4:14,

Romans 4:14 — For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified.

THE RESULTS

What kind of adults would such youngsters become? Would they know how to love their neighbour and be upstanding citizens in their community? Or will they grow up to be lawbreakers because they have no concept of what constitutes good and wrong?

Since I saw it, I am aware of the response. When I consider the children of some other individuals, I realise that they were not given the opportunity to learn the difference between good and wrong at a young age in an appropriate manner. Later, when the children are older, the parents make an effort to “catch up,” but the youngsters are not used to such regulations at this point. They like being able to act independently and do as they wish. As a consequence of this, the imposition of regulations later in life often ends in revolt and disobedience since the individuals’ hearts do not already contain such moral standards.

Since we are aware that children need structure in order to differentiate between good and evil, what leads us to believe that God will not use the same methodology while bringing up His own offspring to adulthood? Although our obedience may not be the only factor that determines whether or not we are saved, it is still an important part of our relationship with God. There are a lot of disobedient children in God’s family. Do not make the same mistake as them.

Blessings,Godwin.
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