Revelation Now (new)

Law And Grace

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Jac Colon


Series Code: RNN

Program Code: RNN000009

00:18 In 1980, the United States' Supreme Court
00:25 ruled that it is no longer constitutional
00:30 to post the Ten Commandments on the classroom wall.
00:36 And then just a short time ago,
00:40 we watched the unfolding saga of Judge Roy Moore,
00:46 chief justice of the state of Alabama Supreme Court.
00:51 Moore against the United States government
00:55 and the issue was a monument of the Ten Commandments
00:59 in the Alabama court house.
01:03 And once again the Ten Commandments lost
01:07 and I can still see those US marshals
01:11 rolling out that big stone monument of the law of God.
01:17 And it kind of gives us a window,
01:20 an insight into the major battle outlined
01:25 in the Book of Revelation for the end times.
01:30 As we've learned the real issue
01:32 is the challenge of God's authority
01:34 as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
01:38 Satan, that dragon wants to establish himself
01:42 on God's throne but he knew that before
01:45 he could ever secure the allegiance
01:47 of any man or woman on this earth,
01:49 he had to somehow undermine the authority of God
01:53 as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
01:58 And we saw how the theory of evolution
02:02 has made inroads into almost every fabric of society
02:06 today undermining God's authority.
02:09 But long before that, Satan knew that there was
02:12 another major obstacle in the way
02:14 before he could ever pave the way
02:17 for undermining God's authority with the theory of evolution,
02:21 he knew that God has established the monument,
02:24 a memorial, a reminder carved through the channels of time,
02:30 the Sabbath day pointing to God
02:33 as the Creator of the heavens and the earth
02:35 and he knew that as long as men and women
02:37 remembered the Sabbath day, they would never,
02:41 never give their allegiance
02:44 to the beast instead of the Creator.
02:50 And so as we learned, it began to attack the very law of God
02:54 because Daniel 7:25 says, in the last days
02:58 that little horn who is the beast or the antichrist
03:01 would try to change God's set times and laws
03:06 and we saw dramatic unfolding of that prophecy
03:09 when the little horn, the Medieval church of Rome
03:13 officially decreed the Sabbath has been changed
03:16 from the seventh day to the first
03:18 attacking the times, set times and the laws of God.
03:24 And I hope you're beginning to see how all of this
03:26 fits into the picture of Revelation.
03:30 Because it was just a preview of the prophecy in Revelation 12,
03:35 "When the dragon saw he had been hurled to the earth,
03:38 he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child."
03:43 And in verse 17, "The dragon was angry at the woman
03:47 and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring,
03:51 those who obey God's commandments
03:53 and hold to the testimony of Jesus."
03:55 At the end of this section describing that war,
03:58 he says in Chapter 14:12,
04:01 "This calls for patient endurance
04:03 on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments
04:07 and remain faithful to Jesus."
04:09 So the law of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ
04:12 are like bookends on both sides of this chapter
04:17 unfolding the war between the dragon
04:19 and the people of God.
04:20 The object of the antichrist attack is the law of God
04:26 and the cross the gospel of Jesus Christ.
04:34 It saddened me to know that our country
04:41 would oppose the Ten Commandments of God
04:49 but it saddens me even more when I see the war
04:56 against the Ten Commandments
04:59 sounding from Christian pulpits.
05:05 Now you say, I've never heard it
05:08 from a Christian pulpit, you have.
05:13 Haven't you heard that the Ten Commandments
05:15 were for the Jews and in the New Testament,
05:18 we don't have the Ten Commandments, we have love,
05:21 haven't you heard that the law was Old Testament,
05:24 New Testament is done away with.
05:26 Haven't you heard that we're saved by grace
05:28 through faith in Jesus Christ
05:30 and since we were under grace and no longer under the law,
05:34 then we're no longer obligated to obey the law.
05:39 Billy Graham heard it.
05:42 In his article, this was from the Dallas Times
05:48 in Herald Newspaper, 14 July, 1995.
05:55 Question to Billy Graham,
05:56 Some religious people I know tell me
05:58 that the Ten Commandments are part of the law
06:00 and do not apply to us today.
06:02 They say we as Christians
06:04 are free from the law, is that right?
06:07 Answer, Billy Graham.
06:08 No, it is not right
06:10 and I hope you'll not be misled by these false opinions.
06:15 Billy Graham heard it that the law has been done away with
06:18 and he called it a false opinion.
06:21 But didn't Jesus say that I give you
06:25 a new command that you love one another?
06:30 And that you love the Lord your God
06:32 with all of your heart and all of your soul?
06:36 Well, John says in the little book of 2 John,
06:41 only one Chapter, so 2 John 5, he says,
06:44 "Now I'm not writing you a new command
06:46 but one that we've had from the beginning,
06:50 I ask that we love one another."
06:54 Now Jesus said, I give you a new command
06:58 that we love one another.
07:00 John says, I'm not writing you a new command
07:04 but one that we've had from the beginning.
07:09 Jesus said love the Lord your God
07:10 with all of your heart, this is new.
07:14 John says this is not new.
07:17 So who is right, Jesus or John?
07:23 They're both right.
07:26 You say, how can they both be right.
07:29 Jesus said is new, John said it wasn't new,
07:32 the truth is it wasn't new.
07:35 When Jesus said, love the Lord your God
07:36 with all of your heart and all of your soul,
07:38 He was quoting the Old Testament,
07:39 Deuteronomy 6:5, wasn't new.
07:45 When Jesus said, love your neighbor as yourself,
07:48 He was quoting the Old Testament,
07:50 Leviticus 19:18, it wasn't new.
07:54 So why did he say I give you a new command,
07:56 love one another
07:59 because it was new to them.
08:06 You see they have lost sight of the fact
08:08 that God's commandments are laws of love.
08:16 It's easy to overlook this if you don't know Greek.
08:20 Because in Greek there are two different words for new.
08:24 Neos, new, Kainos, new.
08:28 Neos, brand new. Kainos, new to the person.
08:35 Now, about a year ago, our car broke
08:43 and I had to go by a new car.
08:47 Now when we buy a new car,
08:50 we don't go into the dealer showroom
08:53 and look at all these brand new shiny vehicles
08:57 with two miles on the odometer.
09:01 We go next door to the preowned car lot.
09:07 They don't sell used cars anymore, you know that?
09:10 They're preowned cars.
09:13 So we go to the preowned car lot
09:16 and pick out a new car, Kainos,
09:22 because it's new for me.
09:25 And when we drove that new little Toyota RAV4 home,
09:30 my neighbors saw me just turning into the road
09:33 and he says, oh, Jack, you got a new car.
09:36 Yeah, man, I got a new car.
09:37 Kainos, new car.
09:42 But it wasn't neos, brand new,
09:47 because it was preowned.
09:50 And so Jesus said, I give you a new command, kainos.
09:57 John says I'm not writing you something new, neos,
10:02 that you love one another.
10:05 So you see it was new to them,
10:08 they had lost sight of the fact
10:11 that God's law is the law of love.
10:16 In fact, John goes on to say,
10:18 I'm not writing you a new command, neos, new,
10:21 but one that we've had from the beginning, it's kainos new.
10:25 I ask you that we love one another
10:27 and this is love that we walk
10:29 in obedience to his commands.
10:31 What is love?
10:32 Love is obedience to the commandments of God.
10:36 In other words, in mathematical formula is
10:38 love equals obedience to the commandments of God.
10:42 But in the very same letter, 1 John 4:16,
10:46 the Bible says God is love. God is love.
10:53 Love is obeying the commandments.
10:58 Now I learned in algebra I think it was.
11:03 Long time ago that two things that are equal
11:08 to a third thing have to be equal to each other.
11:13 Isn't that right?
11:15 You don't understand that is right.
11:18 Check your books.
11:20 Two things that are equal to a third thing
11:22 have to be equal to each other.
11:25 Now if God is love and love is obeying
11:32 the commandments of God and two things equal
11:35 to a third thing have to be equal to each other.
11:38 God is love, obeying the commandments of God is love,
11:41 then obeying the commandments
11:43 is some kind of a description of what God is like.
11:49 And since he made us in his image,
11:52 it describes what love is like for us.
11:57 You see we learned that God functions with laws.
12:00 When he created the universe, he had physical laws,
12:03 the law of centrifugal force, the law of gravity,
12:05 the law of centripetal force, all these physical laws
12:09 that hold the universe together.
12:11 And if one of those laws fail,
12:13 then the whole thing comes crashing down.
12:16 But when he made the man and the woman,
12:18 he made them according to certain laws.
12:22 And he says this is the way I made you
12:24 and he defined those principles, those laws of love,
12:28 it was like a circle and he said if you stay inside the circle,
12:31 you're gonna have peace and joy and happiness,
12:34 but if you step outside of the circle,
12:36 you're gonna break and you're gonna suffer
12:39 and a lot of other people are gonna get hurt too.
12:43 That's the purpose for God's laws not because He's mean,
12:46 He doesn't want us to have fun,
12:48 but He knows that if we step outside of the circle,
12:50 we're gonna get hurt.
12:53 He loves us and He wants us to enjoy
12:55 love and peace and happiness.
12:57 His law defines love for us.
13:01 Paul made that clear in Romans 13.
13:06 Romans 13, he says,
13:08 "Let no debt remain outstanding,
13:10 except the continuing debt to love one another,
13:13 for he who loves his fellowmen has fulfilled the law."
13:19 Now if we would have stop here, we can say well,
13:21 you don't have to obey the law,
13:22 you just need to love one another.
13:25 But Paul didn't stop there, so we shouldn't either.
13:29 He goes on to say,
13:32 "He who loves his fellowmen has fulfilled the law."
13:35 Well, how come? Because, verse 9,
13:37 The commandments, do not commit adultery,
13:39 do not murder, do not steal, do not covet
13:41 and whatever other commandment that may be,
13:43 they are all summed in this one rule,
13:45 love your neighbor as yourself.
13:49 Love does no harm to its neighbors
13:51 therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
13:56 So Paul is saying that if we love one another,
13:59 we're fulfilling the law.
14:01 He's not saying you don't have to do the law.
14:04 He's saying the commandments, thou shalt not murder,
14:06 covet, steal, these are the Ten Commandments
14:10 and they're all summed up in this one rule,
14:12 love your neighbor as yourself. What does that mean?
14:14 We need to do a little math again.
14:16 You have to know some math to understand the Bible.
14:19 What does summed up mean? It means added together.
14:23 So if you take the commandment
14:24 that says thou shalt not lie and add to it,
14:27 thou shalt not steal and add to it,
14:29 thou shalt not kill, and add to it,
14:32 thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
14:35 and add to it, honor thy father and mother and add to it
14:38 any other commandment that may be,
14:41 it equals love.
14:47 What happens if you take one away?
14:50 And you don't have love anymore?
14:53 Does a man really love his neighbors
14:55 if he's having an affair with his neighbor's wife?
14:59 Does he love his neighbor?
15:00 He says Hallelujah, neighbor, oh, praise the Lord,
15:02 I love you so much while he's slipping his wallet
15:05 from his pocket, is that love?
15:08 See, love is defined by the law of God
15:14 and if you take away one, it doesn't equal love anymore.
15:20 James made that crystal clear in the little book of James 2.
15:26 James 2:10, "Whoever keeps the whole law
15:31 and yet stumbles at just one point
15:36 is guilty of breaking all of it.
15:40 Because he who said do not commit adultery
15:42 also said do not murder.
15:44 And if you do not commit adultery
15:45 but you do commit murder,
15:47 you have become a law breaker."
15:50 So according to James, love only happens
15:55 when we obey all of God's commandments
15:59 and if we just break one,
16:01 it's the same as breaking them all, why?
16:04 Because the commandments are like a circle,
16:06 they define what love and peace and joy
16:09 and happiness is for us.
16:10 And if we just step outside of the circle by breaking one,
16:13 we don't have love anymore,
16:14 we suffer and other people get hurt.
16:17 You see God isn't out there just trying to prevent us
16:21 from enjoying life, He's out there trying to help us
16:24 to enjoy life to the fullest with love.
16:29 And if we just break one,
16:31 we're guilty of breaking them all.
16:34 And then he makes a fascinating statement to the church.
16:40 James said in verse 12,
16:42 "Speak and act then as those who are going
16:46 to be judged by the law that gives freedom."
16:54 Interesting, he refers to the Ten Commandments says
16:56 the law that gives freedom because folks,
16:58 you're only free to the degree
17:00 that you bring your life in harmony with the law of God.
17:04 If a person steals, is he free?
17:07 If one commits adultery, are they free?
17:12 If one murders, are they free?
17:15 Your freedom only comes to the degree
17:17 that we're in harmony with the way God made us to live.
17:21 If we break one, we're guilty of breaking them all
17:24 but look at this other piece.
17:25 It says speak and act as those who are going
17:28 to be judged by the law.
17:33 So James sees the time when God's Christian believers
17:40 are going to be judged and the standard
17:43 of that judgment is the law of God.
17:47 Now why is that?
17:48 Because God as we learned is gonna make
17:51 this world over again.
17:52 There'll be a new heaven and a new earth.
17:59 He's gonna make it all over.
18:02 And he's gonna let us into the city
18:05 and we're gonna live there.
18:09 But only those who trust Him enough
18:13 to live within inside of the circle
18:19 because God is not gonna let this mess happen all over again.
18:27 That's why He selected us to who can go in.
18:35 So does God still want us
18:38 to order our lives according to the law?
18:43 Ask Jesus, can you trust Him?
18:47 Jesus, is this true? Matthew 5.
18:53 Jesus, everybody is trying to say
18:55 that we're under grace now, we're not under law
18:57 because you abolished it when you died on the cross,
18:59 is that true?
19:01 And Jesus said, verse 17,
19:04 "Do not think that I come to abolish
19:06 the Law or the Prophets."
19:09 Is that hard to understand?
19:13 Do not think I've come to abolish the law.
19:18 I haven't come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
19:22 So don't even think of I've come abolish it.
19:24 We ought to be able to stop right here and be done.
19:28 Don't even think it.
19:30 If somebody says to you you're not in the law anymore,
19:31 you don't have to obey the Ten Commandments,
19:33 don't even think that.
19:35 Why not? Because Jesus said don't think that.
19:39 He said I haven't come to abolish the law.
19:41 I've come to fulfill them.
19:42 What does it mean?
19:43 He came to fulfill them, because we've learned
19:45 that God expects us to be perfectly obedient to law,
19:48 break one, you break them all.
19:52 He wants us to be perfectly obedient
19:54 but he also knows that we can't do it
19:56 because we've all already broken the law,
19:58 we've all sinned and even if we try,
20:00 even our good deeds are like filthy rags compared to God.
20:04 He knows we can't do it.
20:06 So Jesus came and He kept the law for us.
20:11 He fulfilled it perfectly.
20:13 He never sinned, not one moment
20:15 and He became sin for us, He took our sin
20:18 and gives us His righteousness
20:20 through the cross of Jesus Christ,
20:22 He gives us His perfect obedience to the law.
20:25 No, He didn't come to abolish it,
20:26 He came to fulfill it.
20:30 So He could give it to you.
20:33 So when God says, why should I let you in to that city.
20:36 You say, because of the perfect obedience
20:39 that Jesus gave to me and God says good enough.
20:45 He didn't come to abolish, and He came to fulfill it.
20:49 Verse 18, "I tell you the truth,
20:50 until heaven and earth disappear,
20:52 not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen,
20:54 will by any means disappear from the Law
20:57 until everything is accomplished."
21:01 The heavens is still here, the earth is still here,
21:06 not one dot of an eye, not one of cross of the T
21:09 is gonna change the law of God
21:12 until everything is accomplished.
21:16 "And anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments
21:18 and teaches others to do the same will be called
21:20 least in the kingdom of heaven."
21:23 I was having a discussion with one of my friends
21:26 and he said you're wrong, Jac,
21:30 God doesn't expect us to keep the Sabbath anymore.
21:33 And I said, oh, why not?
21:37 He says because we're under grace,
21:39 we're not under the law.
21:42 I said, oh, okay, well, if I'm under grace
21:47 and that lets me break the fourth commandment
21:48 which is the Sabbath,
21:50 then I should also be able to come steal your car tonight
21:52 while you're sleeping.
21:56 He says no, you can't do that.
21:58 Said why not?
21:59 You said the Ten Commandments are done away with,
22:02 and we're under grace now, so why can't I steal your car?
22:05 Well, in the New Testament,
22:07 He did away with the Ten Commandments on the cross
22:09 but He brought back nine.
22:14 Did Jesus do away with ten and bring back nine
22:19 in order to get rid of one?
22:22 Something doesn't square up here.
22:25 Don't think I've come to abolish the law,
22:28 not one dot of an eye, not one cross of the T
22:31 not one holy day that I blessed is gonna change
22:36 as long as the heavens and the earth are still here.
22:42 Verse 21, he explains it,
22:43 he says, "You've heard that it was said to the people long ago,
22:46 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders
22:49 will be subject to judgment.
22:51 But I tell you anyone angry with his brother
22:55 will be subject to judgment."
22:57 Was Jesus doing away with the commandment?
23:01 Thou shalt not murder?
23:08 Was He saying in the Old Testament
23:11 it was the sin to murder but now in the New Testament,
23:16 those laws have been done away with,
23:18 it's okay to murder, just don't angry at him first.
23:22 Is that what He was saying?
23:26 What was He saying?
23:28 He was saying you think that you've obeyed the law
23:31 because you've never murdered anybody.
23:34 But I'm telling you,
23:39 have you ever got angry at your brother?
23:43 Then you're guilty of murder.
23:45 Was He doing away with the law?
23:47 No, He was lifting up the law, wasn't He?
23:51 He was showing that the spirit of the law is much higher
23:56 even than the letter of the law.
23:59 Keeping the letter of the law isn't enough,
24:01 God wants the spirit of the law in us.
24:04 It's not enough not to murder,
24:05 don't get angry, wow,
24:07 that's a whole different ball game.
24:11 And He makes it even clearer, verse 27,
24:13 "You have heard that it was said,
24:14 'Do not commit adultery.'
24:16 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully
24:19 has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
24:24 Is that what Jesus saying.
24:26 In the Old Testament it was a sin to commit adultery,
24:32 but I'm telling you now in the New Testament,
24:34 since we're not under the law anymore,
24:35 we're under grace, you can go ahead
24:38 and sleep with another man's wife
24:39 or another woman outside of marriage,
24:41 just don't look lustfully at her.
24:45 Is that what He was saying.
24:47 No, He was taking that same law from the Old Testament,
24:52 Ten Commandments and saying,
24:53 you think, you have obeyed the law of God
24:58 because you've never slept with your neighbor's wife,
25:01 I'm telling you.
25:02 Have you ever looked at a Playboy magazine?
25:06 Then you're guilty of committing adultery.
25:10 He wasn't doing away with the law.
25:12 He was lifting it up.
25:14 He was making it so high that no one could ever say,
25:18 "God you've to save me now because I kept the law."
25:21 The spirit of the law is so much higher
25:23 than the letter of the law.
25:25 Jesus was doing away with the letter of the law
25:27 and amplifying it making it bigger and bigger,
25:30 and higher and higher.
25:31 So that the only way you and I can ever be saved
25:33 is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
25:38 He wasn't doing away with the law.
25:41 Don't let anyone tell you, "Oh, the law has been done away
25:44 with nailed to the cross."
25:45 "Don't even think that" Jesus said.
25:48 But didn't Paul say, didn't Paul say,
25:51 "There were not under the law, we're under grace."
25:54 Didn't Paul say that the law has been nailed to the cross,
25:57 done away with?
25:58 Didn't he say all these things?
26:00 Paul did write some difficult texts.
26:06 Hard to understand.
26:08 And even Peter, said that.
26:11 Did you know that, Peter said,
26:13 "Our brother Paul has written to you
26:16 about salvation in letters that are hard to understand?"
26:24 Now if Peter had a hard time understanding
26:26 and that we shouldn't be surprised
26:28 if we have a difficult time,
26:29 with some of the things Paul wrote.
26:33 And furthermore Peter said,
26:35 "That these men twist and distort the writings of Paul
26:41 to their own destruction."
26:43 And he called them 'lawless men.'
26:46 Interesting, lawless men that means,
26:48 they try to teach the law has been done away with
26:52 by twisting Paul's writings to their own destruction,
26:57 even if that has nothing to do with them.
27:00 And I think we should follow that.
27:02 If anybody tries to tell you the law has been done away with.
27:05 You can know that's a false prophet
27:09 because Jesus said otherwise.
27:10 Now how do we understand some of those things
27:12 that Paul wrote?
27:13 I'm going to show you three texts
27:15 that I call difficult texts.
27:18 And those three texts will give us a key to unlocking
27:24 all of the other difficult writings that Paul wrote.
27:27 Now I'm going to start with the easiest one.
27:30 Romans 3:28, "We maintain that a man is justified by faith
27:37 apart from observing the law."
27:41 So how are we saved?
27:43 We're saved by faith.
27:45 Not by observing the law
27:47 but by faith apart from observing the law.
27:52 Now if that was the end of the letter,
27:54 we could say, well, you see,
27:55 Paul is saying that since we're saved by faith,
27:58 we don't have to observe the law,
27:59 may be we could make a case for that.
28:02 But it isn't the end of the letter.
28:04 Because just in two more verses down in verse 31,
28:07 "Do we then nullify the law by this faith." Not at all.
28:11 Rather, we uphold the law.
28:14 So look at what Paul is saying.
28:15 We're saved by faith apart from observing the law
28:19 but this faith apart from observing the law
28:22 does not nullify the law at all.
28:23 No, it upholds the law.
28:30 So what's the key?
28:32 The key is this.
28:34 You may not understand
28:35 how Paul got from verse 28 to verse 31.
28:42 You may not be able to trace step by step, all of his logic.
28:51 But even if we can't trace step by step, all of his logic,
28:58 we still have to agree with his conclusion.
29:02 Are you with me?
29:05 We're saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ,
29:08 apart from works of the law.
29:09 Does that do away with law?
29:11 No, it doesn't do away with the law,
29:12 it upholds the law.
29:13 So we have to accept Paul's conclusion
29:15 that grace does not abolish the law.
29:18 No, it upholds the law.
29:21 That's the key.
29:24 So if anyone says that Paul wrote
29:30 and since we're under grace we don't need to keep the law.
29:32 They're twisting the writings of Paul.
29:36 They're coming out with the different conclusion
29:38 than what Paul came out.
29:41 Because Paul said, "Grace doesn't abolish the law."
29:45 In fact it upholds the law.
29:48 Are you following me?
29:50 I know this is a little heavier, so nod your head,
29:52 raise your hands, say amen or something.
29:53 I need to see you with me now.
29:54 Amen. Okay.
29:57 Let me help you understand this a little bit.
30:03 Oh, years ago, we were in Mobile, Alabama.
30:10 We were doing a Revelation Now meeting.
30:12 And the day came for opening.
30:16 So early in the morning, we loaded everything we could
30:18 in a little red Ford F150 pickup truck.
30:23 Drove down to the auditorium
30:26 where we're going to be having the Revelation Now meetings.
30:30 And God, we did a lot of work, got all set up, you know,
30:34 and around noon we were kind of tired.
30:37 So we drove back home.
30:38 We were staying in a RV Park
30:39 way out on the outskirts of Mobile.
30:42 So my wife and I and our two boys
30:43 got in the pickup drove home.
30:45 And we were kind of anxious to get home
30:48 and get something to eat and get a little rest
30:50 because we needed to have opening night
30:51 at Revelation Now, that night.
30:56 So I'm driving along wide opened highway to that little RV Park.
31:04 Minding my own business when this man
31:07 dressed in a little blue suit,
31:09 white helmet, radar gun in his hand
31:11 steps out from behind a bunch of bushes
31:14 points at me and goes like that.
31:18 That means pullover, down in Alabama.
31:24 So I'm pulled over to side of the road.
31:29 Oh, man, I'm feeling sick.
31:32 You ever had that happened to you?
31:34 Not a good feeling. So he comes walking over there.
31:38 I think they teach him how to walk in police school.
31:46 He is walking over there and he has a radar gun in has hand.
31:52 And I rolled down my window and he said,
31:56 "You were doing 55 miles an hour, see that?"
32:00 "Yes, sir." You got to be polite.
32:06 "Speed limit is 45, did you know that?"
32:07 No, sir. It is.
32:09 "Yes, sir." Oh, man 45-55.
32:16 I means he had me, right?
32:18 The law said 45, I was doing 55,
32:20 I broke the law, I was guilty.
32:23 I'm condemned by the law.
32:25 I'm under the law condemned
32:28 and he whipped out that little ticket book from his pocket.
32:32 I think they teach him how to do that too.
32:38 He asked me for my driver's license stuck it in there.
32:43 And oh, man, I'm under the law.
32:46 I do not feel good.
32:48 It does not feel good to be under the law.
32:51 And he is starting to write on that pad
32:55 and he looked at my license
32:57 and he said, Tennessee. Yes, sir.
33:03 You live there? Yes, sir.
33:07 Well long you're down here for? Four, five weeks.
33:13 Military? No, sir.
33:17 Vacation? No, sir.
33:22 What you're doing here for four, five weeks?
33:32 I'm a preacher. Preacher, ah!
33:39 Oh, he is writing. I'm under the law, oh man.
33:46 And he looked at my license again,
33:48 it had a little picture on it, he looked up at me.
33:53 Looked at the picture and looked at me.
33:56 And he said, "I know who you are."
33:59 Weren't you that guy doing that thing
34:01 about Revelation over there in the auditorium? Yes, sir.
34:08 Boy he had me, I'm under the law.
34:11 It said 45, I did 55.
34:16 He tore up my ticket, gave me my license back and he said,
34:24 "Keep up the good work, preacher, but slowdown."
34:31 And now I'm not under the law anymore,
34:36 I'm under grace because out of the goodness of his heart
34:40 not because of anything I did.
34:41 But out of the goodness of his heart,
34:43 he tore up the ticket and set me free
34:45 and I do not have to pay the fine or the penalty.
34:48 I'm not under the law, I'm under grace
34:51 and it feels good to be under grace.
34:54 Amen. It felt so good.
34:59 Then we went home and rested and ate
35:02 and got dressed, went back down
35:04 for the opening night of Revelation Now.
35:07 And I drove pass that same plump of bushes.
35:11 But I'm not even scared about it
35:13 because I'm not under the law anymore, I'm under grace.
35:15 So I put my foot down
35:17 and I went as fast as I could go, passed those bushes.
35:21 I'm under grace. Do you believe that?
35:27 The law said what? 45, I did 35.
35:36 Why? Because I'm under grace.
35:41 I deserved to pay the fine
35:43 and out of the goodness of his heart he tore up the ticket.
35:46 And I'm not about to let him down.
35:52 You have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
35:56 You deserved to die, you deserved to the pay the fine
36:00 you deserve the penalty.
36:02 But Jesus Christ by His grace tore up the ticket.
36:08 And you're not under the law anymore, you're under grace.
36:12 But does it set you free to break the law.
36:17 Not at chance. It upholds the law.
36:20 I'm not going to go around lying and stealing
36:23 and killing and cheating
36:25 because He out of the goodness of His heart set me free
36:28 and I'm not going to let Him down.
36:31 What a God, amen. Amen.
36:34 Don't let anybody tell you that the law was done away with.
36:38 If the law was done away with when Jesus died on the cross,
36:41 then Jesus would have to die on the cross
36:44 to prove that Satan was right when he said the law is no good.
36:48 Think about that.
36:50 No, the law is so perfect
36:53 because it's a written description
36:54 of what God is like that it can't be broken.
36:58 Only way to save us is the one equal to the law
37:01 to die for us in His place
37:04 and that's the Lamb of Revelation,
37:08 the Lamb of God. Okay, that was an easy one.
37:11 Now, we need to go to the harder one.
37:14 Are you ready? You're awake now.
37:17 Because I know several of you were wondering about this.
37:20 Some even ask in the little book of Colossians 2,
37:24 Colossians 2:13 and in the middle of the verse
37:29 I want to get a little cushioned there, a little context.
37:33 "God made you alive with Christ, He forgave us all of our sins,
37:41 having canceled the written code with its regulations,
37:44 that was against us that stood opposed to us
37:48 he took it away, nailing it to the cross."
37:55 You'd say what you're gonna do with that pastor?
37:59 I'm going to believe it for starters,
38:02 it's in the word of God, it has to be true.
38:04 You say, but that contradicts
38:05 with what we've just been learning.
38:07 No, it doesn't because this letter isn't over yet.
38:12 He has not finished, he has more to say.
38:16 But it sounds like it He canceled that written code
38:19 with His regulations that was against us stood opposed.
38:21 Underline that, "His regulation, this code,
38:24 that was against us and stood opposed to us.
38:27 He took it away nailing it to the cross."
38:30 Verse 16, though he goes on.
38:32 "Therefore do not let anyone judge you
38:34 by what you eat or drink, or religious festival,
38:37 or a New Moon celebration or Sabbath days."
38:40 Oh, wow, it's even worst pastor.
38:44 The law was nailed to the cross.
38:47 So don't let anyone judge you by Sabbath days.
38:51 How are you going to get out of that one?
38:54 Oh, I'm not interested in getting out of anything.
38:58 I'm only interested in knowing what is God saying to me.
39:04 What is He saying? Now this is a difficult one.
39:09 This is one of those verses that Paul wrote,
39:11 I think Peter might have been referring to.
39:14 But if we step back and look at it
39:16 in its big picture, then it becomes crystal clear.
39:23 In fact in 1:15 it says, "He is the image
39:28 of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
39:32 For by him all things were created,
39:34 all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
39:37 whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities
39:39 all things were created by him and for him.
39:43 He is before all things,
39:45 and in him all things hold together."
39:47 That reminds me of Genesis, the Creator
39:50 and Exodus 4, remember the Sabbath
39:53 because in six days God created all things.
39:59 So how can He start this letter
40:01 with a huge reminder of the Creator God?
40:05 And then come and nail to the cross
40:08 the one commandment that reminds us that He is Creator.
40:13 That doesn't make sense. So what is he saying here?
40:19 Let's go back, Verse 16,
40:22 "Therefore, let no one judge you by Sabbath days."
40:28 And if you're reading in the King James,
40:30 you'll notice that was even in the middle of a sentence.
40:33 That's where people usually stop but there is more.
40:37 He goes on to say, "Sabbath days
40:40 which are a shadow of things to come the reality being Christ."
40:46 So let no one judge you by Sabbath days
40:49 which are a shadow of things to come.
40:53 What does that mean?
40:55 For a moment, I want you to just forget about shadows.
40:59 We'll describe and we'll understand
41:01 what the shadow mean.
41:02 So don't worry about what it means, it's just there.
41:07 And let me illustrate it this way.
41:09 Let no one judge you by Sabbath days, which ones?
41:13 The ones which are shadows.
41:18 What's a shadow? Doesn't matter for now.
41:20 Don't worry about that.
41:23 Let no one judge you by Sabbath days which are shadows.
41:28 Now follow me. Let see.
41:31 Imagine that this plant.
41:33 Oh, yeah, here look, here are some grapes.
41:35 Can you see the grapes?
41:38 There are some purple ones,
41:40 some red ones and some green ones.
41:43 Now these aren't mine so I can't do this
41:46 but let just pretend that I could say.
41:49 Is anybody here hungry tonight.
41:52 I'm going to let you have all the grapes which are green.
41:59 Now am I talking about the purple ones? No.
42:03 Am I talking about the red ones?
42:05 Which one I'm talking about. The green ones.
42:10 So when Paul says, "Let no man judge you
42:12 by Sabbath days which are shadows."
42:17 Is he talking about Sabbath days which are not shadows?
42:23 See, now what is shadow?
42:27 In order to answer that we're going to
42:29 have to go down to the Old Testament.
42:31 Leviticus 23 and here is where it really gets deep.
42:36 So shake the cobwebs out,
42:38 you can get this, It is exciting.
42:41 And you're going to understand things about the Bible now
42:43 that a lot of people never get.
42:46 Look 23:3. "There are six days when you may work,
42:52 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest,
42:56 a day of sacred assembly.
42:59 You are not to do any work wherever you live,
43:01 it is a Sabbath to the Lord."
43:03 So you can work for six days, rest--
43:05 That's the Fourth Commandment, isn't it.
43:07 We've already learned about that.
43:09 That Sabbath day is a reminder,
43:14 it's a monument we learned pointing us back to creation.
43:21 It points us back to that great creative act of God.
43:26 And it reminds us of His authority
43:29 as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
43:31 That's the seventh day Sabbath.
43:35 Now, just to condense things a little bit,
43:38 to make it a little easier for us.
43:39 Is it okay if I call that one weekly Sabbath?
43:44 Okay, because it comes how often,
43:47 once a week, very good.
43:49 Now, you knew that already. But look at 23:26.
43:57 The Lord said to Moses,
43:59 "The tenth day of the seventh month
44:03 is the Day of Atonement."
44:06 When is the Day of Atonement?
44:08 The tenth day of the seventh month.
44:14 What is the Day of Atonement?
44:15 verse 32, It is a Sabbath of rest for you.
44:21 So here is a Sabbath day that comes on the Bible tells us
44:26 the tenth day of the seventh month.
44:30 How often is that? Once a year.
44:35 So can I call that one a yearly Sabbath?
44:39 It's not the same as the weekly Sabbath.
44:42 So let's distinguish.
44:43 We have a weekly Sabbath and we have the yearly Sabbath.
44:46 How often is the yearly Sabbath?
44:50 Very good. Once a year.
44:53 There are lot of yearly Sabbaths in the Old Testament,
44:56 the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread
45:00 with the Passover, that was the Sabbath day.
45:03 Lot of-- yearly Sabbaths.
45:05 And it came once a year and look at the end of verse 27.
45:10 "An Offering is to be made to the Lord on that day."
45:15 Every one of those yearly Sabbaths
45:18 involved a sacrifice or an offering to the Lord.
45:25 Passover they offered a lamb as the sacrifice
45:29 and put his blood on the doorpost.
45:33 Now, follow me.
45:34 When they offered a lamb as the sacrifice,
45:38 did that lamb save anybody?
45:42 No, the lamb didn't save anybody.
45:47 The lamb pointed forward to the Lamb of God
45:53 who would die on the cross and save us.
45:58 So follow me, the lamb
46:00 that was offered as a sacrifice in the Old Testament
46:03 was a shadow of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ.
46:09 He was the reality to come.
46:12 So the lamb, the offering, the sacrifice
46:16 was a shadow pointing forward to Christ.
46:21 Therefore, the Day of Atonement,
46:23 the Passover, they were all shadows
46:27 pointing forward to the reality who is Christ.
46:32 Every one of those yearly Sabbath days involved sacrifice.
46:38 And every one of them was a shadow.
46:42 The weekly Sabbath pointed backward to creation.
46:48 It wasn't a shadow, it was a reminder
46:53 written in God's Ten Commandment,
46:56 Moral Law describing what love is.
46:59 Love to God and love to fellowmen.
47:03 And it stands forever.
47:07 So you see we have two kinds of Sabbaths.
47:10 Weekly Sabbath which is not a shadow,
47:13 the yearly Sabbath which is a shadow.
47:18 So when Paul says, "Let no man judge you
47:21 by Sabbath days which are shadows,"
47:24 he is looking at the yearly Sabbaths
47:27 and they've been done away with.
47:29 He is not talking about the weekly Sabbath.
47:32 No more than I say when I said I'm going to give you
47:34 all of the grapes which are green,
47:36 I'm not talking about the red ones.
47:38 So when Paul said, "Let no one judge you
47:40 by Sabbath days which are shadows."
47:41 He is not talking about the weekly Sabbath
47:43 which is not a shadow
47:45 because it is the eternal reminder
47:46 that the God is the Creator and we'll be celebrating
47:49 and rejoicing over that even in heaven.
47:53 So you see when you understand there are two kinds of laws
47:57 then there's no contradiction when he says,
47:59 "The law has been nailed to the cross."
48:02 It stood against us.
48:05 Those sacrificial laws where nailed to the cross.
48:08 We don't have to offer sacrifices anymore. Why?
48:12 Because, the Lamb of God Christ, our Passover has died.
48:20 You see it all fits together.
48:23 And I'll show you something else
48:24 kind of interesting if I can do it quickly here.
48:26 In Deuteronomy and it illustrates
48:28 the point in Deuteronomy 10:1.
48:31 "The Lord said to Moses."
48:32 Remember he was getting ready
48:33 to go up on the mountain top to meet God in the cloud.
48:37 He said, "Chisel out two stone tablets
48:39 and then come up with me up on the mountain
48:43 and make a wooden chest.
48:45 And I'm going to write on those tablets the Ten Commandments."
48:49 So Moses cutout the two tablets out of the stone
48:53 and he went up on top of the mountain
48:55 and he handed those tablets up to God.
48:57 And the Bible says God Himself wrote with His own finger
49:00 on those tablets of stone the Ten Commandments.
49:05 And then he said, Moses verse 3,
49:09 "So I made a ark, a wooden chest."
49:13 And in verse 4, "The Lord wrote on those tablets
49:16 the Ten Commandments and he did what God said.
49:19 He put them inside the chest." The end of verse 2.
49:25 So God wrote and let me say it a little differently.
49:28 God wrote with His own finger
49:33 on stone the Ten Commandments.
49:36 And Moses put them inside the Ark of the Covenant.
49:42 You got the picture. Now watch this.
49:46 In Deuteronomy 31:24, "After Moses finished
49:51 writing in the book the words of the law.
49:55 So after Moses finished writing
49:58 his book on the words of the law.
50:01 Verse 25, "He gave this command
50:03 to the Levites." That's the priest.
50:05 "That was carrying the Ark of Covenant."
50:07 What's the inside the Ark? The tablets of stone.
50:11 "So Moses wrote his book and he gave them this command."
50:15 He said, verse 26, "Take this Book of the Law."
50:19 The one that Moses wrote.
50:21 "And place it beside the Ark of the Covenant
50:26 of the Lord your God.
50:27 And there it will remain as a witness against you."
50:32 So the Ten Commandments God wrote on stone
50:35 with His own finger and put inside the ark
50:38 but Moses wrote the law on paper or papyrus
50:43 or whatever they wrote on back then.
50:47 Moses wrote it on paper
50:49 and put it beside the Ark of the Covenant.
50:53 One on stone inside, one on paper outside.
50:58 One written by God, one by Moses one stood against us.
51:04 That's exactly what Paul said in Colossians.
51:08 The law with its ordnances that stood against us
51:11 was abolished taken her away nailed to the cross.
51:16 But the one inside the Ark, he says in Hebrews 8.
51:23 It's written inside our hearts.
51:27 Same law that God wrote on stone.
51:32 It doesn't go away, paper goes away, not stone.
51:36 Now he writes on our hearts. See it all fits together.
51:42 When you recognize there are two different kinds of laws.
51:47 So if anytime you see writing about Paul
51:49 doing away with the law, you gonna say which law?
51:52 Sacrifices or the moral law, the Ten Commandments.
51:54 No, not the moral law, never
51:57 because it describes the character of God.
52:00 It describes love. God can't change.
52:05 But those sacrificial laws abolished, torn up,
52:08 nailed to the cross and everything fits.
52:14 One more, difficult text
52:17 and this is the little easier again.
52:19 Let's go back to Romans,
52:21 this time the seventh chapter, in Romans 7.
52:26 This one is the function of the law.
52:30 The function of the purpose of the law.
52:32 In verse 7, "What shall we say then?"
52:35 I'm in Romans 7:7 "What shall we say then?
52:38 Is the law sin?" Certainly not.
52:43 "Indeed, I would not have known
52:44 what sin was except through the law.
52:48 For I not have known what coveting really was
52:50 if law had not said do not covet."
52:53 So which law is Paul writing about now?
52:57 The one that says do not covet.
52:59 And which law says do not covet?
53:03 The Ten Commandments. All right so.
53:05 Is the law sin? No.
53:08 I wouldn't have known what sin was,
53:09 what coveting was except for the law that said do not covet.
53:13 So Paul the great preacher of righteousness,
53:17 the most spiritual writer in the New Testament I believe,
53:20 still needed the law to tell him what sin was.
53:26 That's the purpose of the law
53:28 is to reveal sin, its like God's mirror.
53:32 Now some of you may have noticed
53:34 when you drove into the parking lot
53:36 that we have in RV Parked at the end of the parking lot.
53:41 What you probably didn't know is that,
53:44 it used to be a greyhound bus.
53:49 It was a 1975 greyhound bus, 35 years old.
53:55 And we had it rebuilt into an RV that we could live in.
54:01 And I've had it like ten years now.
54:04 I love that old bus.
54:06 But I don't know, man,
54:07 it's just something about it, I love my bus.
54:11 And I'm not a mechanic or anything,
54:13 don't misunderstand me.
54:15 But when I goto that back
54:16 and I open those two big doors back there.
54:19 See that big engine.
54:21 Oh, man, it just does something to me.
54:24 Love that big engine.
54:27 And I don't know how to fix stuff
54:28 but I know how to check the oil
54:30 and tinker a little bit back there.
54:32 And every time I go back there and fool around.
54:34 And I go back inside the house. Dina goes, wow.
54:39 You can't come in here like that. Why not?
54:42 You've got grease all over you.
54:44 And sure enough, man, I got it on my hands.
54:50 All over my face, my arms, I'm a preacher.
54:54 I don't like grease on my hands.
54:57 So I get angry. Oh, I'm angry.
55:00 So I go back into the bathroom
55:02 and I look, oh, it's all over my face too.
55:05 Now I'm really angry what I'm going to do?
55:08 So I walkover to the wall and I yank at mirror of the wall
55:12 and take it outside and smash it on the sidewalk.
55:16 That will fix all that grease, ah.
55:21 No, the grease is still there.
55:23 I just can't see it anymore but it's still there.
55:28 Sometimes people go to God's law
55:30 and then says, "Thou shall not covet.
55:33 Thou shall not commit adultery."
55:36 Oh, wow, I don't like that. I know what I'll do.
55:40 I'll take that law and I'll nail it to the cross
55:44 and do away with it.
55:45 Now I'm under grace now. The sin is still there.
55:49 I just can't see them anymore.
55:54 Or I could do something else.
55:57 I'll look in the mirror and say, grease.
56:01 So I know what I'll do, I'll take that mirror
56:03 so I go take the mirror down off the wall.
56:07 Start washing my face off with the mirror.
56:11 Then I'll get rid of the grease.
56:15 Well, it doesn't, it makes that worse
56:20 and it ruins the mirror.
56:22 Can't see anything very good in there anymore.
56:26 You know some people do that with God's mirror.
56:31 You see the commandments and it points out their sins.
56:34 Thou shalt not lie. Oh, I have never done that.
56:38 Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
56:44 I know what I will do. I'll obey the law.
56:49 You may try to obey the law so that God can save them.
56:55 But you see when you do that, the sin is still there.
57:01 You just bring the law down to something you can do
57:06 instead of lifting it up
57:07 to what only He could do and it ruins the law.
57:14 You can't be saved by keeping the law.
57:22 You see, it's the law of God
57:27 that keeps me on my knees at the foot of the cross.
57:36 The object of the antichrist attack,
57:40 the law of God and the cross of Christ.
57:45 And if you could just do away with one,
57:52 we become lawbreakers.
57:56 Thank God for the grace of Jesus Christ.


Revised 2014-12-17