|1 John 3:4||"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: |
for sin is the transgression of the law."
2. PURPOSE OF THE LAW
Why was the law given in the first place? Do we need moral laws?
|Romans 3:20||"... for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
|Romans 7:7||"What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. "|
3. TYPES OF LAWLESSNESS
Sin is lawlessness. Sin is breaking divine law. From the Biblical viewpoint lawlessness, disobedience and sin are three words meaning the same thing. The two words 'sin' and 'disobedience' are interchangeable. Broadly speaking, sin may be divided into two categories:
4. ALL OF US ARE BORN WITH A LAWLESS NATURE
Few people would admit to being lawless or sinful. Nevertheless, it is true to say that sinful tendencies are inherent in every human mind and make-up. The Bible says:
|Romans 3:23||"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"
|Romans 5:12||"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"|
|Romans 8:7||"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
|Jeremiah 17:9||" The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"|
5. EFFECTS OF LAWLESSNESS (Sin)
Individual lawlessness produces guilt, pain, mental disorders, family break upheavals, disease and finally death. On the national and international scale, lawlessness repels the Spirit of God and results in all kinds of social, political and natural calamity: poverty, vandalism, revolution, war, freak weather conditions, famine, disease epidemics, earthquakes and disasters of all kinds: disasters which most people believe happen 'purely by chance.' The truth is, few things happen 'purely by chance.' For everything there is a cause; and that cause is more often than not linked to moral degeneracy. Read Deuteronomy chapter 28 where the amazing link between a nation's moral behaviour and its welfare is explained in detail.
6. JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY REMEDY FOR SIN
Lawlessness (sin) cannot be pampered, educated or somehow coaxed to quietly go away or even to change its nature. For sin is an incurable spiritual malady: a moral form of AIDS with which Satan has infected mankind. Indeed, sin must needs be totally rooted out of the human mind, else it will destroy civilisation. Sin is not just another social problem. Sin is a spiritual problem and nothing short of a spiritual cure will get rid of it. Jehovah (Yahweh), for that is the name of the God of Israel, must either overcome and annihilate sin, or sin will overrun the universe.
Yahweh's agent for the annihilation of sin and the salvation of mankind is
none other than His only begotten Son Yeshua (Jesus). Jesus conquers sin in the believer by
creating in him/her a new mind, a new outlook, a new person. The old sinful
mind is not somehow patched up and coaxed along. No, it is confronted, slain
and buried. In its place is put a new mind, a new outlook, a new person, a
new creation. And this new creature or convert (which could be you!) is born to
move in accordance with the requirements of the Father's law. Believe it or
not, that is the reason why Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) came to this
earth. He came to make his followers obedient to his Father's law. To be sure,
he came to save mankind from the consequences of sin - which is eternal death.
But over and above that initial task, his main reason for coming to earth was
to empower the repentant believer to be obedient to his Father's law. This
objective is mentioned in the following verses.
|Romans 8:3-4||"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the
flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin,
condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be
fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
|Matthew 1:21||"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
|Hebrews 8:10||" For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:"|
7. THE LAW CANNOT SAVE THE SINNER
You will have noticed at point 6 that salvation comes through Jesus Christ. In other words, Yahweh's law, perfect though it is, cannot save a single sinner. It cannot make a lawbreaker obedient. No law can. Like a sacred signpost on the highway of life the law of the Most High can only point the way to life. It has no more power to change a sinner's character than a traffic sign has to move a motorist to his destination. The law can only point the way to right and wrong. That is all it can and was designed to do.
The purpose of Yahweh's law, in short, is to define sin, to make the sinner
aware of what is wrong and what is right; and to point the way to salvation
- to Christ!
|Galatians 3:24||" Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith"|
Do you think you have the courage to acknowledge and accept the truth of this first lesson? If you do, then this Course is most certainly for you.