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Devotional - week of December 23, 2007


BORN UNDER LAW

 

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law … Galatians 4:4

 

God the Father sent His son to be born of a woman. He was the God-man born into a culture living under the law covenant.

 

The law arrangement is between God’s rules and man’s flesh (Romans 8:3). It is weak because it is an arrangement of self-effort on man’s part. It calls for man to keep the laws of God out of his know-it-all attitude—his sin nature called flesh.

 

Jesus never attempted to live under the law arrangement. He couldn’t because he was born without a sin nature—flesh. Yet, He fulfilled the law because He was filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

 

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”  Matthew 5:17-18

 

Jesus then said that if man is to inherit the Kingdom of God, his righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees—those committed to keep the law. In Matthew 5:21, Jesus illustrates what He means by a righteousness that exceeds by saying that being angry with one’s brother will get one in trouble with God just as murder does. He follows this with five more statements of a righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees.  

 

Jesus could speak of a righteousness that exceeds because He knew that in His death, burial and resurrection, He would make it possible for a believer to be free of living out of his flesh and to be filled with the Holy Spirit—just as He lived.

 

However, most of us who are born again were spiritually born under law—not a covenant of law but a culture of law. Our Christian culture taught us more about doing things for God—self-effort—than permitting God to work in and through us. In our failures, we discovered our need of heaven’s resources to live victoriously.

 

Jesus made adequate provision for us to have those resources.