30. The Law Established Through Faith 1

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31).

Paul makes it very clear that the gospel is the “power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16), and Peter declared that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12.) Therefore no one is justified through the works of the law. 

Faith frees us from the ‘ceremonial law’ but not from the ‘moral law.’ To think otherwise is to totally misunderstand what the New Testament teaches.

The Relationship between Faith and the Moral Law
The law is being overthrown in our churches because preachers will not speak on the subject. In fact those who do are thought of as legalists. Not preaching it reveals that the preacher is “unskilful in the word of righteousness” (Hebrews 5:13.)

The moral law was given to convince people of their sin and awaken them to their need of Christ. Not to preach it is actually undermining the gospel. If we faithfully preach Christ we must make use of the law. We must proclaim all His promises, warnings, and commands – all that is written in the Scriptures. By preaching the whole Biblical message we preach Christ without overthrowing the law.

Upholding the Moral Law by Faith
The law is overthrown by those who say that faith replaces the need for holiness. They think that that Christian liberty means freedom from obedience and holiness. This proves that their judgement is perverted.

Through the merits of Christ we are accepted by God on the basis of free grace. Grace pardons the one who believes, and enables that faith to work by love and leads to obedience and holiness. 

The foundation of our faith is that “a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” (Galatians 2:16.) This truth does not exempt us from any kind or degree of holiness once we are saved.

The Power of Grace in Keeping the Law
The law is overthrown when a believer refuses to obey God. Paul says, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15.) We need to consider this thoughtfully.

As believers we are not under the ceremonial law and traditions. We under the curse of the law. Nor are we bound by dismay and slavish fear. Being in Christ we have God’s grace ruling in our hearts which causes us to obey Him out of love.

Surely our lives have changed sins we have come to Christ! God forbid that we should continue in our old ways. Does not God’s moral law teach us that we are to walk holy in this sinful world?

We should examine ourselves concerning sins of omission. How diligent are we to listening to the word of God and obeying it? We claim to have the faith that conquers the world, but how lazy we are about following Christ! We need to “Remember therefore from whence [we are] fallen, and repent, and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5.)