The law and sin are mutually inclusive, which means they complement each other, and that one cannot survive without the other. That’s right! Sin cannot survive without the law. The law is the breeding ground on which sin finds existence, thrives,nourishes and grows; without the law sin becomes non-existent.
1) Proverbs 12:18 The tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs: 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life. Proverbs: 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters.
THE SHEMA: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD, is the great cry of Judaism. It is an affirmation and declaration of faith in one God, Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 4.
Jesus makes the same declaration that was made in the old testament when questioned by a scribe on what the first commandment is, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord,” Mark 12:29.
And as much as there is only one God, there is only one Mediator: God Himself, in the person of Jesus the Christ.
Thomas, Peter and especially Mary, though blessed, are not Mediators. For the Bible says in the Book of First Timothy Chapter 2, and verse 5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. And the Book of Hebrews Chapter 12, verse 24: And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
It was the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross which was an appropriate propitiation (appeasement) for the sins of all humanity. And it is only fair that the sacrifice-Jesus- gets the right to advocate and mediate, and not anybody else.
But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? Luke 8.
The only person to whom historical distinction for having slept through a storm can be given is Jesus. He literally slept! and with that made one of the profoundest exhibitions of faith. That it is possible to sleep-rest-in the midst of the greatest tragedies of our life, if we know that God exists, and that He is in control.
JUSTIFIED BY FAITH OR BY WORKS?
Justification, Dikaiosis in Greek, is the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to him. Biblically, divine acquittal.
To be pronounced not guilty by God has always been the pursuit of religion. And, in order to achieve this, every major religion, except one, endorses the principle of works – good or bad action – to be justified on the divine scales of righteousness.
That said, this is one ubiquitous religious thinking which is deeply embedded in the human psyche, the thought, that we can get right with God with our works, that we can perform our way into God’s heart. And it is from this viewpoint the endless human saga of achieving good works to gradually earn enough brownie points with God springs from.
Psa 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
The Psalmist says: order my steps in thy word; here, King David speaks a language that is militarish in tone, he doesn’t use mild or affectionate words, but the word most esteemed in the vocabulary of the armed forces: order.
The Gospel or the Good news is that God imputes (credits) righteousness without works (Human Effort).
Impute comes from the Greek word: Logizomai, which means “to take an inventory of”.
Rom 4: 6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Matthew 18:3 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Except ye be converted like little children, Jesus didn’t say except ye be converted like Abraham, Moses or David.
If anyone of us would like to know what God’s love is like, what we could do then is sit with this chapter, and if we are ready for truth, God will show us what His love is like, and the lovelessness that is there in each one of us.
Gilbert Tuhabonye was born on November 22, 1974, in the southern county of Songa in Burundi, a small mountainous country in east central Africa. He is the third of four children. His parents were part of the Tutsi tribe and were farmers by profession.
His love of running was forged early. Gilbert loved to run everywhere. He ran to the valley’s edge to get water for his family.