Charity: The fulfilling of the LawBro. David Chancellor
7/29/2001 6:00 PM
1 Timothy 1:5-11
"Now the end of the commandment is charity..." We want people to see the love of God in us - a pure heart, a good conscience and faith unfeigned. Some people have lost sight of God's purpose for their life. The law is good if used for the proper purpose. The law is for the lawless. God's intent is that our lives be regulated, that there would be something within us that would regulate how we live. Our society feels only obliged to the law of the land, and that is becoming more and more wicked.
Paul desired that the people of Israel would be saved. This is just as true now as it was then. All of mankind needs salvation. Any soul that doesn't have things right between them and God isn't going to make it. Having a zeal toward God and talking about God is not the same thing as being saved. We must believe in God and his saving power if we would be saved. "... For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth." The doing of the law made the Israelites a special people to God. Christ was an end of that. Just living by the law isn't enough. It won't bring life to the soul. You won't find righteousness in the law, but in Christ, since his coming.
The Pharisees were covetous, but they felt they were all right because they could justify themselves by the law. When John began to preach repentance, the law and the prophets were no longer the means of acceptance with God. John began preaching a work in the heart. The message was different. It spoke of forgiveness and a new life. Men have to press over things in order to get what they need for their soul.
Christ didn't come to destroy the law, but TO FULLFILL IT. It was fulfilled when he said, "It is finished," as he hung on the cross. When he was here, it was not yet fulfilled, thus he spoke to a people still under the law. We, however, come after the fulfilling of the law, yet, God didn't leave us unregulated. "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." The righteousness of the law is not good enough for the kingdom of God. God didn't send a lower standard, rather a higher one.
The law was nailed to the cross and we aren't here to bring it back. Yet, something is needed to direct our lives. The law of the land is there to protect the people from each other. God's plan is for your life to have something to keep you in place. God has a way of recognizing those that are his.
The law was nailed to the cross, but is now written in the heart. It is for us, not against us. It is now being applied internally, working out, instead of being externally applied. Men today have thrown away the old law. There are no amendments to God's law. We aren't interested in getting the old law. The answer to mankind's problems is for them to get true salvation in the heart. If a man's religion leaves him unregulated, his religion is not of God. We need the seal of God's Spirit on our life. This is what will cause our life to be what God would have it to be. Christ knew that his leaving would be important. People need the law written in their heart and mind that they can live as God would have them live.
Salvation is in God in the heart. We need God in our heart and life. It isn't in any great marvelous act. People would do it, if that was what it took. The plan of salvation is repent, confess, forsake and believe. It is the work of God in the heart. He didn't intend we go back to the law. He wanted us to have the new and better way. If we accidentally harm someone, we want to make it right. Restitution is in order. There is a desire to do right, a pure heart, a good conscience. We have a genuine love and concern for our fellowman. God didn't turn us loose, but established a higher standard for us. Christ came to establish the new law and fulfill the old law.