July 12th


"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ"  (John 1:17).

There are many people in religion bent on doing the works of the Law.  Paul tells Christians that "by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified" (Gal. 2:16).  In that verse, Paul is dealing primarily with salvation.  Paul goes further to tells us that, "God imputes righteousness apart from works" (Rom. 4:6).  There is no life in trying to fulfill the law before salvation or after salvation.  Paul challenged the Galatians to not be foolish (Gal. 3:1).  Paul declared that if you received salvation by the hearing of faith and not by works of the law, then salvation is not maintained any differently (Gal. 3:2-3). Paul concludes by saying that the law was simply a schoolmaster or teacher.  That teacher was to show that we could not save ourselves and we needed Christ as our Savior.  The Holy Spirit finished us with the Spirit birthing as sons.  While the law was given through Moses, we are no longer under law (Gal. 3:25), but "sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26).  Every bit of this was to bring us to the "grace and truth" in Jesus Christ (John 1:17).  Then, why would we go back to something less than truth?

The Holy Spirit --the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13), takes the Word of Truth and quickens when we believe to receive Christ--the Person of Truth.  For John declares that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  We often quote that verse of scripture.  In context, that is a profound and deep statement of truth!  In the fullness of that contact. Jesus was declaring that, I ever am the way to the Father. I ever am the truth of the Father.  I ever am the life of the Father.  Truly, truly, no one ever comes to the Father except through Christ.

That ought to make us jump, shout and praise our Father forevermore.  Christ has opened up the only way to have a personal relationship and intimate loving fellowship with our Heavenly Father (Matt. 11:27).  We should be more and more thankful every day for all that we have received through Christ --the Person of Truth! V

Written by Dwight Davis


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