It is hard to comprehend but easy to experience in our culture. The idea that the worldly system is going to naturally believe the things of God are weak is something we need to consider when we begin evaluating the impact a Biblically based teaching will have in our life.
This is not asceticism. That is a form of legalism that taught people to make themselves weak and foolish in order to “suffer” with Christ. Apparently, the self inflicted pain and suffering should add to the grace that Christ provided. This self abasement is not what Paul is referring to here.
This is in reference to the humility that walking a surrendered Christian life requires in order to experience God’s amazing power and love in your life. Humility says that we don’t know everything. It also says that He does and we can trust Him with our whole heart.
Keeping these ideas in mind, we can see why Paul begins his book to the Corinthians attempting to provide a path to unity. The first insight is for us as Christians to realize that our source for wisdom and strength is God, not man. We also need to remember that we are influenced by the world all the time and should check ourselves regularly.
Be like Spider Man and grab a tall glass of water and think about it.
Could my efforts save me from the punishment I deserve in my rejection of God? My sin cannot be overcome by my hands or wisdom.
This experiment of trying to save myself has been repeated and failed in every soul that has walked the earth from the beginning of time. It is impossible to please God through my hands or intentions.
Accepting the atonement of Christ’s sacrifice is the only way to escape the wrath of a Holy God.
It’s His mercy that allows us to see the way. It is His Grace that allows us to be accepted.
Poem: “Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady – 1776
The law was given to Moses and was not an introduction of sin. It simply magnified the true nature of sin and our desperate condition of being condemned.
There is more to it though.
The Law did not create Grace. Grace was always there since the Fall of Adam and Eve. Like a good school teacher, the Law shows us what was already in existence by magnifying the nature of something through a series of laws.
The Law then shows the need for a Saviour by magnification but that need was established in Genesis by Adam and then through Abraham.
We need to be clothed in God’s Righteousness or we are condemned because HE is Holy and Righteous and that demands everything around Him to be the same. Like two magnets that oppose each, God’s righteousness pushes away unrighteousness.
But Christ’s righteousness is given to us by Grace through Faith just as in the time before the Law.
when this all comes together we can more easily see the purpose of the Law given in Exodus and properly understand it’s role in our salvation and explaining it to others.
Help me out, how do you explain the purpose of the Law in salvation?