Pristine Grace

The Law of the LORD
Part 3
by Scott Price
The Law of the LORD

"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31 

    The LORD is pleased when faith is placed in a proper object. God demands faith in His Son without any mixture or competition with any other gods or idols, even if they be imaginary. His law states that "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). He associates this command with is His name when His word says; "Thou shalt worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God" (Exodus 34:14).

    The self righteous are always trying to please God by the deeds of the law. This idea of works for salvation is what is called "living after the flesh". The twisted idea that we can keep the law, even after salvation, to satisfy, establish, or fulfill the law in God's sight is a ridiculous idea to say the least. That would be putting our faith in our law keeping instead of in Christ, the actual law keeper.

    True, God-given faith does not look to itself but rather outside itself to Christ. True faith will exclude itself as being the ground of salvation and will look to Christ and the righteousness He established as being the only ground. True faith is a means of salvation, not a condition and realizes that Christ met all the conditions that are required for salvation. Faith does not propitiate, redeem, atone, or remit sin, but will see ONLY the BLOOD and RIGHTEOUSNESS of CHRIST does. This is what true faith looks to for pleasing God. In other words, faith looks to Christ to establish the law not themselves to establish it by their deeds in some way.

    The believer does not think he can satisfy the strict demands of the law, even by the power of the Spirit working in him. This is a legalistic view of fulfilling the law through faith. Do you know of any believer that can keep the law like Christ did? That is the only obedience that a holy God will accept. GOD DEMANDS NOTHING LESS THAN PERFECTION!

    The Antinomian view is the idea that grace cancels out the law, instead of the gospel view that says grace reigns through righteousness which SATISFIED the law. This is the only way the God can be just and the justifier of the ungodly. What a wise plan of salvation!

    We can only fulfill the law through faith when we look to the Christ Who actually fulfilled the law for His people by obedience to it and paid the penalty for the transgression of it. Only Christ, the God-man mediator could do such a thing. Repent of your own efforts at law keeping or fulfilling. He alone saves and preserves His people.