Morality vs. the Mosaic Law (Part 4)

Sept. 1, 2019 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

As we continue to compare and contrast Mosaic Law with God’s moral law, the importance of placing our trust in the correct thing comes into focus. Applying our faith toward the wrong thing gives us no results. If we have more faith in what we do than in what Jesus did, that faith will become void; the law requires our performance, and therefore cancels out faith. To see the manifestations of what God has promised us, we simply need to believe Him. The confusion over what to have faith in began in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve ate from the wrong tree. The result was that they had faith in their own efforts to provide for themselves, instead of in God; this mindset still continues today. Knowing Jesus and His grace instead of the law and its constant demand for performance enables God to work on our behalf.

  1. The lie that we must trust our self-efforts instead of God began in the garden of Eden.
    1. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil…And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:8, 9, 16, 17).
      1. The Tree of Life was the center of everything.
      2. Everything God made was good, even the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, although this tree was generally good, it was not good specifically for man.
    2. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die…And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons (Genesis 3:1-3, 6, 7).
      1. The serpent began by misquoting God; Eve also misquoted God when she responded to the serpent.
      2. The truth was twisted here; when truth gets twisted, liberty and freedom begin to slip away.
      3. It is an insult to God when we think we can become more godly by our own discipline and self-effort.
      4. The lie that Adam and Eve believed was that they had to do something to be what they already were. This is what religion tells us.
      5. True Christianity is receiving the gift of righteousness, and walking in it by faith. A gift is not earned.
      6. Religion pushes a “demand” mentality; Christianity offers us a “supply” mentality. Jesus is our supply.
      7. The Tree of Life represents Jesus; the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents the law.
      8. When Eve saw that the tree was good for food, she succumbed to the lust of the flesh. When she realized it was pleasant to the eyes, this was the lust of the eye. When she found that it made one wise, this was the pride of life.
      9. Adam and Eve noticed their nakedness, felt ashamed, and trusted in their own ability to clothe themselves. When we turn away from God’s love, shame is the result.
    3. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:15, 16).
      1. When we no longer believe the love God has for us, we will turn our backs on Him and allow ourselves to be moved by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
      2. Not believing the love of God equates to loving the world.
  1. We cannot live by faith if we are living by the Law of Moses. The law requires no faith.
    1. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them (Galatians 3:12).
      1. …As it is written, The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17).The just should be living by the new covenant, not by the law.
      2. It is impossible to live the Law of Moses by faith in God. The law is not of faith. The law tells us to have faith in our ability to meet its requirements, first, before being blessed.
    2. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect (Romans 4:14).
      1. Mosaic Law voids faith; something voided is useless and ineffectual. Faith was designed for those who live under the covenant of grace.
    3. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
      1. We need faith for everything pertaining to Christ. We fall from grace when we try to be like God without God, knowing the difference between good and evil, and trying our best to be good.
      2. Two examples of people who showed great faith were the centurion (Matthew 8:5-10) and the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28).
      3. The one thing these two people had in common was that they were both Gentiles, and neither one was under the law. They did not know Mosaic Law; they only knew Jesus.
  1. When we realize that God is our supply, we will never again feel compelled to perform.
    1. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God (Hebrews 9:13-15, MSG).
      1. God calls our efforts to work to deserve favor “dead works.”
    2. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
      1. God is our supply house. When we have a “supply” mentality, we receive; a “demand” mentality causes us to perform.
    3. Under the new covenant of grace, work is required, but we must understand what type of work God is looking for. Our work is to believe in Jesus.
      1. Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:29).
      2. Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29, NLT).

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