Law and Faith

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Galatians 3:10-22, Psalm 61:1-8

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Galatians 3:19 “Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.”

REFLECT
God does not do anything superfluous or embark on anything that is unnecessary. Hence, the law was not given because God had nothing better to do or to make human life more miserable. Rather the law was given because of our transgressions. The law was given so that it reflects our own depravity and hence by the Lord’s grace, a recognition for repentance and the need for a Saviour. By itself, the law cannot save. Only faith in Jesus can save.

Yet, there could be times when we tried to rely on the law to save ourselves. We did so when we thought that we can rely on our own strength to help us overcome. It seemed much easier to be able to do so. In comparison, having a relationship with Jesus is difficult because it is costly. Having a relationship with Jesus is challenging because we know that whatever He said for us to obey in the Bible is good and right.

RELATE
During our church anniversary recently, many came together as a Body in Christ to give glory to the Lord for what He had done and what He is going to do. Even in the midst of the celebrations of many, God was at work in one brother’s heart.

After the service, I was given the privilege to pray with one brother to receive the Lordship of Christ. I explained to this brother that journeying with Jesus is not going to be easy. Yet, this does not deter him from wanting to give his life to Christ because he realised that He is the only way. We praise God that while the law has revealed the sins in this brother’s heart, Christ has given him grace to repent and showed him the way to salvation. Hallelujah!

REST
Thank you Lord. Even as we give glory unto Your Name, You are constantly at work in each of our hearts. We can never out-give you and can only worship Your Holy Name. Amen.

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