The Law is Holy

 

*   God is Holy and what He does is Holy.

*   The Word of God is holy.

*   The Bible is Holy.

*   What God tells us to do is Holy.

*   What God commands is the Law.

*   Therefore the Law of God is Holy, that is: sacred, blameless pure, & perfect. In other words the Law of God is good.

*   However, the law of man is holey, full of holes, that is: faulty, flawed, defective & imperfect. In other words the law of man is not good.

 

(Rom 7:12 NIV)  So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.

 

So what is “Law” anyway? Simply put it is the body of rules that define proper conduct in our relationships.

 

But isn’t it law that brings about death? No! It is my failure and yours to obey the commands of God that brings about death. As far as I can tell Adam and Eve would not have experienced death if they would have just ignored Satan and obeyed God resisted the temptation of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

Obeying the laws God has revealed bring about good things but disobeying them is the cause of all the evil we see in the world today!

 

Consider these four commandments simply because it is so obvious in these commandments what God is trying to do for us.

 

(Exo 20:13-16 NIV)  "You shall not murder. {14} "You shall not commit adultery. {15} "You shall not steal. {16} "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

 

If these commandments, only, were universally obeyed can you imagine how much better the world would be? Can’t you see that these utterances of God are truly Holy? And, if God had not given us these laws, rules of conduct wouldn’t we be inclined to whine something like, “Why didn’t you say something!?” “If only you had told me, everything would have been so different!” Of course we know that statement would be a lie because He did tell us and it hasn’t done that much good has it?

 

The problem isn’t with God or the law. The problem is with us. We are the ones that get our dander up and become rebellious when someone tries to tell us what to do!

 

And when we are forced to recognize the wrong we have done, do we fess up? Unfortunately all too often we do not. Instead we use the childish argument about how someone made us do it. Maybe … Satan!? Really! What actual power does Satan have anyway? Did Satan make Eve eat the fruit? And how about the case of Job? Before Satan could do anything physical to Job he first had to get permission from God. Then consider the temptation of Jesus by Satan. The key word here is temptation! That is the real power of Satan, the power to tempt. So he said things that he hoped would put an irresistible temptation in the heart and mind of Jesus. The temptations were subtle lies offered with promises of a reward. Isn’t that what always gets us? Lies with promises of some reward. Nobody will know. What real harm will be done? Consenting adults!

 

So we see the law is indeed Holy and good. If obeyed it leads to good results and if not obeyed it leads to bad results. Simple isn’t it? Yet hear what scripture reveals

 

(Rom 3:21-24 NIV)  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. {22} This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

 

Why do we need a righteousness apart from law? Because all have sinned. And, this in spite of the fact that we actually know better.

 

Paul put it like this.

 

(Rom 7:18 NIV)  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

 

It’s like we have said so many times. Bad things happen to good people because we have choice! That is why we need to surrender ourselves to God. And why we need to acknowledge our need for His help in our lives. And why we need to actually submit to Him not just talking about it but also doing it!

 

The law is indeed Holy and good but it cannot save us because we cannot obey it. It can tell us how we should be, but it cannot make us be that way. It can show us where our failures are but it cannot stop us from failing. And it can never redeem us because it cannot pay the debt we owe. That takes a kinsman redeemer! That takes Jesus. Why Jesus? Because of all the men that ever lived He, and He alone, demonstrated His holiness by obeying perfectly… the perfect and Holy Law of God! And by His grace we are saved.

 

Let me end with a final Bible quote.

 

(Rom 6:1-4 NIV)  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? {2} By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? {3} 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.