Are you PAINTED in a corner?

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It’s kind of awe-inspiring when you realize that the religious sect in the days of Jesus called Pharisees, had to memorize The Torah. The Torah, or The Pentateuch, is the first five books of the Bible, and is also referred to as The Written Law. It was so extensive in order to show the world:

(1) the unapproachable holiness of God (Exo. 19:10-25);

(2) the enormous sinfulness of sin (Rom. 7:13; 1 Tim. 1:8-10);

(3) the essentiality of obedience (Jer. 7:23-24);

(4) the universality of Man’s failure (Rom. 3:19-23); and

(5) God’s grace in providing a way of approach to Himself through typical blood sacrifice, preparing for the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world (Jhn. 1:29).

To illustrate the purpose of the Law consider this example. A college grad goes on a interview in hopes of landing the job of his dreams. To give him the best possible chance he makes sure that his resume, attire, and his conversation is “tight”. Now after a short while the interviewer arrives and ask the hopeful college grad about his educational background. Shockingly, though the college grad has an extensive education – he starts talking about how he had to fight in grade K, finger painting in 1st grade, napping in 2nd, etc! The grad’s college education encompasses earlier grades (represents the Law, an earlier revelation of God to Israel) which must’ve prepared him for college. Why shouldn’t he tell his prospective employer about the excellence of his college education (i.e. God’s salvation by faith)?

No doubt there is someone reading this who is trying to figure out some “appropriate” answer to this query, probably because they have experience being painted in a corner due to being typecasted, misled, or through their own fear. Unfortunately they can’t adopt a “new view”, which would require maturity and a concession of ineptitude.

Mat. 9:16 reads, “no man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the gament, and the rent is made worse.” 17 “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”

Now the purpose of the commandment (new view of God, i.e. love) is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law (old view, i.e. traditions), understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.” But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully (Rom. 5:16-20, 7:1-7)*, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person (Psa. 85:13)*, but for the lawless and insubordinate (Gal. 5:19-21)*, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust (I Tim. 1:3-11).”

Gal. 3:19 states, “wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till The Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid; for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Chist, that we might be justified by faith.”

*References.

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