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purpose of the law

If you understand the purpose of the old Law, found in the Old Testament, it is helpful to us in understanding and accepting the statements in Hebrews 8 that the old Law is now “obsolete” and no longer applies to those IN Christ.   Of course, we have not done a very good job in allowing the Law to stay that way, but the fact that we are no longer under the rules of the old Law does not necessarily mean that we are living fully alive in the new.  Chapman is right.  We have dragged too much of the old into our present expression.  There is no life in that!  We were never supposed to carry the old Law into our new life in Christ.  James 2:10 warns us (my paraphrase):  “if you are guilty of violating any one part of the old Law, you are entirely guilty for sinning against ALL of the old Law.  The simple solution is not to play by those old rules…period!”

So, what was its purpose?  If it produces death for us, why did God allow and establish the Law in the first place?

THE LAW IDENTIFIED SIN – You would think that is a good thing right?  Paul tells us that once we clearly saw the explanations of good and evil, right and wrong, it produced inside of us an appetite and desire to do what we were told not to do in the first place.  Not good.

THE LAW PRODUCED BROKENNESS – Why?  Because we can NOT keep the Law.  I hear all the time that people want to be holy.  They are thinking they can act holy externally in hopes that it will produce holiness internally.  That is the way most Christians think.  Good luck with that.  In the book of Galatians, Paul mentions that the Law was our tutor.  We think “teacher” when we hear that word.  Paul is not picturing a teacher, but a truant-officer.  The (paidagos) had the responsibility to round up the kids and keep them on the path to school.  If they got off the path, he had a long stick and he would whack a stray kid to keep them on track.  The job of the law was to whip your butt every time you broke the rules.  Sooner or later the message is bound to sink in that you are in deep yogurt because you can NOT keep the Law!  Fortunately, Galatians 3:25 tells us that we are no longer bound to the old Law!

THE LAW DROVE US TO GRACE! Jesus said, “Blessed (happy) are the poor in spirit (the broken)”. Why?  Because they’ve stopped trying to earn God’s love by trying to keep the rules and regulations of the old Law.  They fully realize that they can NOT be righteous in their own efforts.  They have no other choice than to accept the free gift of grace and enjoy the pure and simple truth that GOD IS LOVE.  When that truly washes over your life, it changes you from the inside out!  We get off of our works treadmill and move into real Kingdom living.  God is patient with us and will allow us to work ourselves into more death, but we can stop with all that at any time and choose responsible freedom that brings life, joy and peace in the Holy Ghost!

That is a lot of good-news, in fact, too much good-news for most of the church.  I know, I used to live there.  But, I have found that this is the better way to live.  In the new…fully alive…fully loved…full.


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  1. Michael
    September 29, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Great post Michael!

    God set us free from the multiple tentacles of the law that produce death…

    I need, we need, the church needs, the world needs the grace that produces life…


  2. Patti
    September 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for leading me into freedom with you! I dare not think where I would be today if it wasn’t for you! I love you Michael Dean Paschall and love doing life and kingdom with you!
    You truly are my BEST FRIEND!

  3. Justine
    September 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I am so thankful for shepherds that feed their sheep good cookin’. I am so thankful for a tribe and a father who introduced me to grace and not law. I am so thankful for mothers and fathers in the faith that provide their children with a better way. Love you.

  4. Bethany
    September 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I love how you can say things so clearly and concisely (did i use that word correctly?)…when I see long blogs I usually can’t read them all, but you have such a way of saying exactly what needs to be said, get your point across in so few words.
    I love you Papa Mike and love when you share your heart to teach us. 🙂

  5. September 30, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Awesome Word!!

  6. annie
    September 30, 2010 at 6:55 am

    RESPONSIBLE FREEDOM!!! i love it! thank you for leading us there and showing us the way. i love you so much!

  7. Ashley Musick
    September 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Great word Mike!

  8. Kayla Phillips
    October 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    This IS good news Mike! Thanks for sharing…as always I enjoy your truth-packed writings. I’m blessed to have you and Patti in my life to continue to speak truth, to love, & to challenge. Love you guys!

    PS – “deep yogurt” ?!? HA! you crack me up!

  9. Coylene
    October 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Thank You Mike for pastoring me long time ago and for the words of wisdom planted in my heart will stay forever. You truly are a man of God and I am so grateful I had a season with you and Patti,Nicole, and Paige(all my dear precious friends and daughters I never had)!! Keep spreading the Good News. Love and Blessings, Coylene /P.S.-Nice picture of the whole family~~~

    • October 2, 2010 at 6:32 am

      Thanks Coylene. You guys have always been a great source of encouragement to Patti and I. xo

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