Lay Down the Law

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A forceful phrase backed by God's sovereignty. Many fail to see and appreciate how God's sovereignty ~ through law ~ works in and through our lives... for our eternal glory.

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Lay Down the Law

  1. 1. Living joyfully under God’s sovereignty. Psa. 103:19
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>“ Laying down the law” is a forceful phrase believed to be backed by authoritative execution. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Almighty God – throughout history – has always laid down the law . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many, however, react to such ideology with discontent coupled with rebellion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever the case they fail to see His how His laying down of law is meant to bring and keep us “in His image.” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>The necessity of this lesson: to enhance our attitude and walk in the Lord by… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeing God’s providentially ancient pattern of laying down the law . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciating how Christ’s cross laid down the (old) law. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joyfully abiding under the New Covenant “laid down” for our lives today. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Seeing God’s Providential Pattern Of Laying Down the Law <ul><li>Note the Pattern associated with God’s “laying down the law”. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God created, provided and blessed His special creation. Gen. 1:26-27 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He followed up His blessings by laying down the law. Gen. 1:28; 2:15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through God’s law life and death was set before them. Gen. 2:16-17 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Seeing God’s Providential Pattern Of Laying Down the Law <ul><li>This pattern is seen again in God’s fulfilled promise of Abraham. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God creates, provides for, and blesses His special people. Gen. 12:1-3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice the special care and deliverance He provided in fulfilling His promise. Gen. 12 – Exo. 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He follows up these blessings with His law. Exo. 19:3-6; Exo. 20-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life and death ~ like that of Adam and Eve ~ was set forth with the law. Dt. 30:15 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Seeing God’s Providential Pattern Of Laying Down the Law <ul><li>It is unfortunate when any of God’s children do not see the benefits of His providential pattern in laying down the law . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God creates, provides and blesses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He creates “walls” of safety – in the name of establishing law – so we can abide with Him. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When we live contrary to His will, however, the law provides no room for “life”: the law has been laid down. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. Appreciating How Christ Laid Down the (Old) Law <ul><li>Like the O.T. counterparts, the NT “law of Christ” follows God’s providential pattern. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are created in Christ. Eph. 2:10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re provided every blessing in Christ. Eph. 1:3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The “law” is that we should walk worthy… in Christ, our Advocate should we sin. Eph. 4:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who do not walk in the Lord will die “without” Him. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Appreciating How Christ Laid Down the (Old) Law <ul><li>Yet, God saw fit to “lay down” all laws through Christ’s fulfillment of “The Law.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God intended, by way of “law”, for man to see he could not live by it (due to sin)…even though it was meant for our good. Rom. 7:8-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He replaced the “old” law (the ministration of death) with life “in Christ.” Eph. 2:8 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 12. Joyfully Living Under the (NT) Law Laid Down Today <ul><li>Only when we see God’s providential use of law and appreciate His gracious Son who came to fulfill it are we able to joyfully live within “the law of Christ.” </li></ul>
  10. 13. Joyfully Living Under the (NT) Law Laid Down Today <ul><ul><li>No longer is there bondage to the law of condemnation. Rom. 3:19-20; Rom. 7:14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead, there is confidence knowing we are not condemned while walking in Christ. 1 Jn. 1:5-7, 1 Jn. 2:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can live and walk in service to the Lord with a reality of true and eternal freedom. Jn. 8:31-32, 34-36 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 14. Joyfully Living Under the (NT) Law Laid Down Today <ul><li>However, those who understand and appreciate God’s sovereignty do not abuse this freedom. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We strive to stand firm and not return to the yoke of sin. Gal. 5:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We do not abuse our freedom. Gal. 5:13 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead, we joyfully live in it. 1 Jn. 5:3 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Do you see and appreciate why God has laid down the law for your life? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, let it translate into a joyful service to our Almighty Creator, Provider who blesses us with eternal life. </li></ul>

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