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06/01/2017

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Out Of The Shadows


"What, then, was the purpose of the law?" (Gal.3:19). "The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming...." (Heb.10:1) "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so we may be justified by faith" (Gal.3:24).

As we complete this series of devotionals about the Law, we find that the Lord used this system to picture "in types and pictures," the more glorious system which was to come. "Now these things happened to them as an example..." (I Cor.10:11). My 2nd verse this morning helps to explain this. Note these things; (1) The wanderings in the wilderness were symbolic of God's people under the New Testament, (2) The temple and the tabernacle were types of the church under this dispensation, (3) The sacrificial lamb under the law was but typical of the Christ, the lamb of God, (4) Hagar, Ishmael, Sarah, and Isaac are used by Paul (Gal.4:22-31) to illustrate the two systems, (5) Moses was a type of Christ (Deut.18:15) who was to come. With this in mind, surely, one who would understand the Christian religion must understand the law of Moses. My 3rd scripture this morning helps to understand another important point... Jesus was born as a Jew and came to the Jews. We notice as the church came into being the Jews were the 1st to receive the gospel of Christ. Why? The law was instituted to become our tutor (schoolmaster in KJV) to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith... The world just wasn't ready to receive Christ and His gospel. This tutor or schoolmaster was to train and educate people and lead them to Jesus. Regular folks like us, by allowing the 1st covenant to tutor us, became prepared for the 2nd one.... :"He takes away the 1st in order to establish the 2nd" (Heb.10:9). Under the present dispensation, which is a better one, we must obey Christ instead of Moses. We must give an attentive ear to Jesus and the inspired words of the apostles. Inasmuch as the law has ceased, no one today should attempt to go back to it as a rule of faith. Paul put it this way; "You who have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace" (Gal.5:4). Make no mistake.... We serve a all wise and an Almighty God... It so great being a Christian....

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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