For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. Romans 4:13-15
Today’s three verses really put Law versus Faith in proper perspective. We can never be saved by the Law. The Law shows us what we should do. As Paul says, if there was no law then there would be no law breaking. You cannot break a law that does not exist. God’s Law is our guide post. It tells us what is right and what is wrong.
In Abraham’s time God’s Law was not written down on stone or in scrolls. But, God’s Law was there just the same. It was written in the hearts of everyone. Some like Abraham chose to follow God’s Law and others chose to ignore it. When Moses wrote down God’s Law some chose to obey and some chose to ignore. But obey or ignore all cannot escape the feeling when they do wrong. Some eventually harden their hearts enough that they no longer feel the guilt, but they still know in their hearts when they do wrong.
God’s Law sets our boundaries but is cannot bring our salvation. That is obtained only by faith. When legalism comes in we place law before faith and reject God’s promise. Legalists think we can follow rules and get in God’s grace. Paul tells us that legalism nullifies faith and takes us away from God’s promise.
When we put everything to following the law we will only receive wrath because we will never fulfill all the law all the time. We will transgress and when we do we will receive God’s wrath. Only by faith can we join into God’s promise. Only through faith can our transgressions be wiped out as though they never happened.
I can’t even keep man’s traffic laws all the time. How could I ever keep a holy and righteous God’s laws all the time? I can’t. I don’t have to. God has another way. A better way. It’s called faith. Don’t live without it.
Have a blessed day,