Posted by: travishawkins | April 30, 2008

IS THE LAW OUR ENEMY?

I hope to write here about something more personal and important than bad movies (see last post). Have a look at these verses:

Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Psalm 16:5-7, 11

Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.

Psalm 119:91-93

So I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in Gods’ law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7:21-25

…If you are like me, you think of grace as the “good guy” and law as the “bad guy.” But is that the case? David delights in God’s law. So does Paul’s “inner being.” He asks not for rescue from the law, which his mind affirms as good, but for rescue from his sinful body. Which is not to say that flesh (or matter) is sinful…simply that it is unable to uphold the perfect law that emanates from God’s person. This is where Christ steps in to bridge the gap by satisfying the law of God for us.

When I think of the law in this way…as an extension of God’s character that governs the universe…it brings me great peace. We are not a cosmic accident. Our lives are not a succession of absurd and meaningless moments. There is a plan in place. Life makes sense if we will only assent to God’s law. And, finding ourselves unable to keep the law which our spirits affirm as “good,” we find it kept in Christ, who in turn keeps us.

Am I off base here? I never went to seminary, you know. I studied theatre.

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Responses

  1. right on man – nailed it – or used scripture to nail it – just like everything about creation is on purpose – so is the law – and so is our nature – we’re lucky to have the law

  2. Travis! So happy to find you in the blogosphere!
    I have to comment that this truth is so evident to me as a parent, child and watcher of Evan Almighty. We just posted “House Rules” this past week (I think about 7 years to late, but oh well) and we keep telling the kids that the “rules” are their to keep them safe and let them have fun. The rules make sure that everyone has fun, not just them. I know this is so cliche, but the truth keeps jumping out at me over, and over.
    In the words of Morgan Freeman (as God)- “Whatever I do, I do because I love you.”
    Thanks for thinking.
    Courtney Reichley

  3. One more thing…does your picture at the top move?

  4. Hi, Courtney! No, it doesn’t move. At least not when I’m looking at it. Hope you and Dave are well.

  5. Okay, Brennan must have slipped something in my drink. It really looks like it! We are doing well, he is golfing with all his buddies, Allen, Beck, and others. You need to come up for a visit. Davey came! (Do you feel guilt and pressure?)

  6. I agree that the law is good. Paul in the new testament talks about how the law points out that there is a good and evil. so, every man knows that some things are right and wrong, and that actions have consequences, even if they haven’t known of Jesus yet.

    course, i’m no expert, either.

  7. When you consider that the purpose of all scripture is to point us to Christ, God’s law does the same thing. The law shows us our imperfection and our need for Christ’s perfection. And, since God is good, all that comes from God is good, ergo, His law is good and performs exactly as He desires.


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