Book of the Month – Destined to Reign Ch. 2

Chapter 2: The Law has been fulfilled.

  • The greatest call in your life is to be a worshipper!
  • It is all about Jesus and His finished work.
  • The more you appreciate the finished work of Jesus and all that He has done for you to reign in life, the more you will worship and glorify Him.
  • John 1:17—For the law was GIVEN by Moses, but grace and truth CAME by Jesus Christ.
  • In contrast, grace CAME by and as a person; it implies being personable, but the law was GIVEN; this implies distance and impersonal.
  • You cannot have a relationship with two pieces of stone.
  • Grace is not a teaching or doctrine, but a person and you can have a relationship with a person.
  • God is not interested in JUST MERE obedience and submission.
  • God longs to have an intimate relationship with you.  This is what makes Christianity unique.
  • When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are made holy and righteous by His blood ONCE and for ALL!
  • You can enter boldly into His presence without any guilt, condemnation, or expectation of punishment.
  • Because of the cross, the price for sin has been paid.
  • Our God came, died a cruel death on the cross and paid the full debt of sin with His own life so that you and I can reign in life today.

Chapter 2: Jesus fulfilled the law

  • Christianity cannot be reduced to an impersonal list of do’s and don’ts.
  • Jesus’ death has FULFILLED the righteous requirements of the law of the old covenant.
  • The Word of God says that the “handwriting of requirements” has been nailed to the cross.
  • Jesus came to fulfill all the requirements of the law on our behalf, so that the way to God is now opened.
  • Jesus said,” I have not come to abolish the law, but to FULFILL it.”
  • He came and FULFILLED every requirement of the law PERFECTLY on our behalf.
  • All that we were unable to do, He did on our behalf.  So by Jesus, the law has been FULFILLED.
  • When the devil comes to accuse you with the law, and shows you how you have fallen short and failed, all you have to do is point to the payment that Jesus made on the cross.
  • Christ is your TITLE DEED.
  • The law has no hold on you anymore.

Chapter 2: The devil has been disarmed.

  • Colossians 2:14-15–having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
  • On Mount Sinai, God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone.
  • Thus the term, “handwriting requirements,” is a reference to the Ten Commandments.
  • The devil then armed himself with the law to accuse and condemn man.
  • God didn’t give the law to arm the devil, but the devil, knowing that the law was AGAINST man, took advantage of it and has been using it against man.
  • The law ALWAYS condemns and keeps man away from God.
  • The devil uses it as his weapon to further alienate man from God.
  • Jesus has FULFILLED completely the righteous requirements of the law, the devil cannot use the law to condemn you every time you fail.
  • No one can blot out God’s own handwriting, but God Himself can and did.
  • If you insist on being under the law, you are actually arming the devil again.
  • Don’t subject yourself to the old covenant system.
  • Every teaching that says, “We have to keep the law to be blessed by God,” is putting the weapon of the law back into the devil’s hands.  Instead of resting in God’s disarmament, people are rearming and remilitarizing the powers of darkness.
  • Make no mistake, the law is HOLY, JUST and GOOD.
  • But the law has no power to make you HOLY, JUST and GOOD.
  • The law was designed to EXPOSE man’s weaknesses, sins, and our inabilities to be holy, just and good.
  • Understand, that no amount of keeping the law can make you holy.  Only the blood of Jesus can do that.

Chapter 2: The Purpose for the law.

  • God gave the law for one purpose, and that is by the law, the world would have the knowledge of sin, and recognize their need of a Savior.
  • Without the law, there would be no sin.
  • No sin or recognition of sin equals NO NEED FOR A SAVIOR.
  • The law was given to bring man to the end of himself, so that in despair, man would see his need for Jesus.
  • The law was not designed to make you godly, but to EXPOSE your ungodliness.
  • The devil has taken this and kept it over people’s heads all the time, so that they will constantly feel condemned and guilty.
  • The devil is the master legalist who constantly reminds us of how unworthy we are.
  • He is known as the accuser of the brethren.
  • The devil is using the law to make us conscious of all our shortcomings.
  • Jesus, who knew no sin, has been condemned on our behalf on the cross.
  • Through Jesus Christ, we are now made righteous apart from the works of the law.
  • Righteousness is a gift.  It is not a reward for perfect obedience to the law.
  • We are clothed today not in our own righteousness, which is self-righteousness, but with the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
  • God sees us as righteous as Jesus Himself.
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