Thursday, September 23, 2010

Christ Is the End of the Law. Period. (Part 1)

Christ Is the End of the Law. Period. 
  • Part 1 - The Law's Job Is Done
The “conviction of sin” that came through the law wasn’t a matter of people feeling individually “convicted” of their sins. Rather, it was a broad conviction that imputed sin to the world, whether individual people realized it or not. The ministry of the law didn't require anyone to personally appropriate it. The law accomplished everything it was meant to accomplish, apart from anybody understanding it or feeling personally convicted by it or not. A man is confined to a prison cell, regardless of whether he admits guilt or "feels convicted," but rather because through the law he has been convicted.

Here are some of the functions that the law had:
  • It condemned man (Rom 3:19, 2 Cor 3:9)
  • It imputed sin to man (Rom 5:13)
  • It brought death to man (Rom 7:9-11)
  • It confined all under sin (Gal 3:22)
  • It gave strength to sin (1 Cor 15:56)
  • It was against man and contrary to man (Col 2:14)
  • It was enmity with man (Eph 2:15)
Again, all of this applied whether anybody understood it or not or felt personally convicted or not.

And then here’s what happened to the law, after its ministry was fulfilled:
  • It was wiped out, taken out of the way and nailed to the cross (Col 2:14)
  • It was abolished (Eph 2:15)
  • It was put to death (Eph 2:16)
  • It was annulled (Heb 7:18)
  • It was made obsolete (Heb 8:13)
All of this is what happened one time, in the past, 2,000 years ago. And that was that.

Here’s the point in all this. The law had a ministry in this world (past tense). It served a purpose. Its purpose was fulfilled and completed. Speaking of its own purpose and ministry, the law could very well have said “It is finished” on the cross, right along with Christ.

With the law’s purpose fulfilled, its ministry then ceased and it was nailed to the cross. It was abolished. It was annulled. It was made obsolete. It’s no longer enmity because it was done away with. It no longer stands in the way, because it was taken out of the way. It no longer condemns or makes anyone guilty because it already accomplished that, once and for all, and now it is dead, dead, deadski.

Part 1 - The Law's Job Is Done
Part 2 - Till the Seed Should Come
Part 3 - The Law Did Not Cause an Increase in Sinful Behavior
Part 4 - The Strength of Sin Is the Law

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