5 April 2013 by Donna Uning CM-
Every Wednesday night, a group of professionals who share God’s love would gather at the Mastermind center, Kuching to share testimonies, hold bible studies and fellowship.
Tonight’s bible study is led by Bro Louis Ng. Bro Louis Ng, who is a lawyer by profession told the crowd, “Today, I’m going to talk about God’s law.”
Romans 7:7 tells, “What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet.’”
God’s law is not to give us law and order, like the Malaysian law. “God’s law is given to show His standard,” he said. “It’s such a high standard. It reveals our hopelessness, and it is impossible to pass,” he added.
When we look at God’s way, our own way is not good enough. All men are under the law and bound by God’s law. God’s law is always there. In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus said, 17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
People say that God’s law is not relevant because we are saved by grace. We are, but Jesus did not abolish the law.
Romans 7:1-3 tells, “Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
It is an illustration of how humans break free from the law. God always works by principle. God is a God of principles. There is a way around it. Jesus says our relationship with the law is like that of a husband and wife. Your husband is the law and you are under it. You cannot break free; your husband or law is very demanding in his requirements.
The law is good; the problem is the wife or us, we cannot comply, he said. How do we get out? The law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. “We are the bride of Jesus,” he reminded. Verse 7:2 tells, “If the husband dies … ” If the law doesn’t die, the husband does not die. The wife must die, when we believe in Christ.
Romans 6: 3-4 tells, “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
It is the way to escape death; Christ comes to break the power of the law. Under the law, sin has a death penalty. For Christ, God resurrected Him. He is risen from the dead and we are no longer under the law. When we believe in Jesus, we are baptized into His death.
“It is really interesting how God provides the mechanism,” ended Bro Ng. There was also a question and answer session, as well as other speakers. The night also saw many testimonies. The group is headed by Ps William Leo.
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