Is God's Law Done Away?  (part 6)

by: Wayne Schatzle

Is The Law Done Away? Part 6of 7

            In this part of the study of whether God’s Law is done away, let us look at the attitude and mindset of the professing Christian. Decades ago when I cried out to God for salvation- I knew only that I was a sinner and needed to be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. I realized what an enormous gift I was receiving and would do anything to show my gratitude. From that point my life changed and the topics that now interested me were reading the bible and any religious material I could get my hands on. I took seriously Peter’s admonition to grow in grace and knowledge. One small booklet I read changed the course of my life. It was about the need for believers to keep the Law of God. That booklet set off a study that lasted many months. In that bible study I listed every passage that showed the positives and negatives of Law keeping, actually very few scriptures showed believers were not to obey the Law, and over time I learned how to easily interpret those negative passages.

            Lawkeeping is a thorny issue, and I have learned that some can get quite angry over the prospect that they should obey some laws. Sometimes we can get too entangled in technical studies to see the big picture. What I learned early on was that God reveals Himself as a loving Father. How simple to apply my life experience as a father to help me understand how God would look at the argument. My children could not in any way EARN a place in our family- it was a free gift to them and I give them unconditional love regardless of their actions. At the same time we had rules that we expected all members to adhere to- as well as punishment for disobeying them. When we had a new addition to the family the rules were still in place, yet we never expected a baby to observe the rules, but only to grow in knowledge and learn obedience that it may be well with all the family members. Even though the kids often did not like a rule, as parents, we think of our house rules as being fair and necessary but the children do not know all the ramifications of a rule, they just need to trust that the parents know best. In addition, the rules we make are for our family only, just as God’s laws apply only to those “called by His name”, we are unconcerned if our neighbors observe our house laws.

            “Listen to the law which I teach you to observe that you may live, do not take anything away from the Word I give you and be careful to observe them for this is your wisdom and understanding. Others will say you are a wise people, and what nation is there that has a God so near and a great Law as I give you this day. Take heed that you diligently keep them and teach them to your children and grandchildren. Therefore know this day that the Lord is God over all and there is no other, you shall keep His Law that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may prolong your days upon the earth {Deuteronomy 4 paraphrased}.

            First John five reveals that the true children of God will show their love to God by keeping the Law! And contrary to popular belief- they are not burdensome. Obedience to God, not only shows our love to Him, but also shows that we trust Him as well.

            It is hard to imagine that a person truly seeking God would turn his head from the wisdom and knowledge revealed from, not only the Creator of the world, but a loving Father that wants only the best for His children.  “My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers and write them on the tablets of your heart.” Proverbs7.                                                               07/04

Written by Wayne Schatzle, director, Freedom Biblical Information Center
P.O. Box 1806, West Chester OH 45071)