by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker
God knows our Sin
Who likes to be confronted and have their “wrongs” pointed out to them? Most of us don’t like it all. Our offensive ways reveals to us our inadequacies and insecurities. It brings our flows into the light and we come face to face with the things we really don’t want to know about ourselves. But no matter how much we try to burry our skeletons of offensive sin in the closet of our heart so no one else knowns about them – God knows. You can hide them from the world and maybe even choose to ignore them yourself, but you can’t hide them from God.
Be sure your offensive sins will be found out
When God gave the Old Testament Law and instituted the sacrificial system, He knew our sinful natures would not be able to keep the laws and His commandments. Our offensive ways birthed themselves in the Garden of Eden – they were already there when God gave Moses the Law. So why did God give it if He knew it would be impossible for us to keep it?
7 Reasons for the Old Testament Law
1) Reveals God’s character
Leviticus 19:2 and 20:7-8 tell us that the Law reveals God’s eternal and holy character.
2) Set Israel apart
Exodus 19:5 tells us that it was given to set Israel apart from all the other nations. They were to be unique in the world their uniqueness would then bring the other nations to God – but that didn’t happen. Instead, Israel chose to be just like all the other nations, turned their back on God and chose to worship idols made of wood.
3) Uncovers our sinfulness
The law uncovers our sinfulness – our offensive ways. Galatians 3:19 says, “Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions.” But even though we learn in Romans 7:12 that the Law was good and holy it does not offer a way of salvation for Israel or anyone else. Romans 3:20 says, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” It is only through Jesus that we are able to be freed from our offenses of sin. Acts 13:38-39 says, “Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man [Jesus] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”
4) Provide forgiveness
In Leviticus 1-7 we learn that the Law was the Old Testament method that provided forgiveness of sin through the sacrificial offerings.
5) Provide Worship
Leviticus 23 shows us that the Law provided an opportunity for worship as they participated in the yearly feasts.
6) Provide Physical and Spiritual health to Israel
In Exodus 21, Deuteronomy 6, and Psalm 119, God provides direction through the Law that would bring physical and spiritual health to the nation.
7) Reveals that no one is able to keep the Law
And from Galatians 3:24 and Romans 10:4 we find that the Law reveals that no one is able to keep the Law. Everyone falls short of the glory of God. Thankfully, when Christ came, He fulfilled the Law through His death and paid our penalty for sin, taking it on Himself. Therefore, whenever we come to Him by faith, acknowledging our sin, and asking Him to be our Savior we then are seen as righteous in God’s eyes.
What the Law means for the person lost in Offensive Sin
If you have not yet asked Christ to be your Savior, then the Law reveals your sinfulness and need for a Savior. Each one of us have a choice to choose Christ or reject Him. It is only by our faith in what He has already done for us, that we can find forgiveness for our offensive ways. But if you choose to reject Christ, then when you stand before God and have to give an accounting for your life, your life will be measured against the Law – and you’ll be found guilty. As a result you’ll experience eternal separation from God in the lake of Fire, called Hell.
The purpose of the Law for the Saved person
For the person who has placed their faith in Christ, you can never lose your salvation. Since Jesus’ death and resurrection, we now live under a new covenant and the old Law does not keep us bound in sin. The blood of Jesus was washed away our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. However, the law still provides a standard to live by and it will reveal areas of sin in our lives. Essentially, the entire Bible is our instruction book for living Christ-like lives and when we fail, God will find an offensive way within us that we need to humbly bring to Him and seek His forgiveness.
Today’s Revival Prayer
Father, we come before you now, asking you to reveal any offensive way with us. The things that no one else knows about, the things we may not even be aware of ourselves – bring them out into the open. Father, forgive us, cleanse us, and make us new. Show us you mercy, grace, and undeserving love and teach us how to live our lives so that you are honored and glorified in every word, thought and action. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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