Law in the Mind, Saved by Grace & Righteous by Faith
A physical building stands on a foundation; likewise, a spiritual building—human beings who walk by faith—need the foundation of God’s plan to guide decision making and character development in accordance with the divine likeness (Pss 144:12). In God’s plan, ceremonial requirements were “…a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, …[and] can never… make those who approach [God] perfect” (Heb 10:1, NKJV). “…The substance is of Christ” (Col 2:17, NKJV). “…By grace you have been saved through faith…; it is the gift of God, not of works…” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV). “…The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17, NKJV). God wants justice, mercy, and humility (Mic 6:6-8). So it is appropriate to focus audiences on the substantive, rather than trivial issues of faith (Tit 3:9), so that everyone makes an informed, intelligent decision in matters of spirituality (Rom 14:5). “…Don’t let anyone criticize you for… not celebrating Jewish holidays and feasts or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these were only temporary rules that ended when Christ came. They were only shadows of the real thing of Christ Himself” (Col 2:16-17, TLB). “…The first tabernacle… was symbolic…. Gifts and sacrifices [were] offered, which cannot make him who performed the service perfect…, concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation” (Heb 9:1, 8-10, NKJV). The ceremonial system and its rules contained in the Book of Instruction were temporary; therefore, Paul reminded his Jewish audience of this salient point: “Until Christ came we, were guarded by the law, kept in protective custody, …until we could believe in the coming Savior. Let me put it another way. The Jewish laws were our teacher and guide until Christ came to give us right standing with God through our faith. But now that Christ has come, we don’t need those laws any longer to guard us and lead us to Him. For now we are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 3:23-26; Heb 9:15, TLB). And the laws He wants us to remember, He wrote them in our minds (Heb 8:10-11), and “…the righteous requirement of that law, [which is within us is], fulfilled in us who… walk according to the… Spirit” (Rom 8:4, NKJV). Therefore, the conclusion that God has done away with the Law written in our minds is tenuous at best, but equally reprehensible is the idea that living faith is dormant (Jam 2:17, 20, 22, & 26).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.