The law was a tricky thing. Its usage for the safety of the Jewish nation was undeniable. Through the law, introduced by Moses, they were able to understand who they were as a people. They could understand God’s holiness and what it meant to be righteous. They could govern themselves through history and avoid falling to the annals of time as a society. The law positively perpetuated, maintained, and defined Judaism. It made sense that Paul became a Pharisee, as they had a high view of the law. This is why Paul vehemently attacked Jesus’ followers. Jesus taught adherence to the character of God and relational solidarity, rather than the letter of the law and legal justification. Yet, on the road to Damascus, Paul was forced to acknowledge that following the law, alone, had led him astray. As man makes all things into idols, for all the benefits it had brought, the law of Moses had been mistaken for God himself. However, its purpose was always to point to God and not to itself. The law is good when it is understood as a parameter to keep men in line with God’s character and to reconcile men and God together. Apart from this, the law is tantamount to a bully with impossible demands. This was never its intended application.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts