Don’t Even Try

January 14, 2009

A good friend of mine is a believing Jew. And while he loves the Lord, he wrestles frequently with the temptation to “keep” the Law. Last night, I had one of those “Aha!” moments, when God suddenly opened my heart and poured out understanding. The following is the email content that I wrote to my friend as a result of that encounter:

“I believe I just had some insight:

The Law (Mosaic, not moral) imposed certain requirements on the Jews.
Jesus fulfilled every one of them, thereby satisfying all of its demands.
He is our substitute, in that He did what we could never do.
We don’t have to keep the Law, because He did and satisfied it in our place.
Grace is a free gift to us, paid for by His keeping of the Law.
For us to seek to keep it, is to dishonor/disallow Christ’s work in our place.
He is the keeping of the lawAll we need is Him.

All we’re required to do now, is to love Him with all of our hearts.
And out of that love, will flow the keeping of His commandments.
But it’s not the keeping of His commandments that makes us righteous.
It was His keeping of the Law and offering Himself in our place that does that.
Freedom, freedom, freedom!!!!!!”

So, if you, like my friend, find yourself continually trying to measure up and earn God’s love, get it into your heart that Jesus is enough. You can’t add anything to what He has done for you. And you don’t need to. That’s why it’s called, “Good News”.
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One Response to “Don’t Even Try”

  1. Stephen Burch Says:

    Good stuff bro! “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4).


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