5. The dispensation of the Law cont’d.
Exo. 20:1-17 “……Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and they mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” This is the Ten Commandments. A perfect man placed in a perfect environment who was given only one commandment could not keep it, how then, could an imperfect man now in an imperfect environment will be able to keep ten commandments? Many people make New Year resolutions at the beginning of the year but find it difficult to keep them as the year progresses. Apostle Paul continuously referred to the weakness and inability of the law to bring salvation. It was only a school master to lead us to Christ according to Gal. 3:23-29. It was meant to bring you to your knees so that you can look up to God for help. The help that God supplies when you cry out to him for assistance is what is called grace.
6. The dispensation of grace.
The law was meant to make us understand God’s standard, and what God expects from us but our righteousness still remains like filthy rags before God. The dispensation of grace runs from Acts of the Apostles chapter 2 to Revelations chapter 19. The key verse – John 1:11-17, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
TO BE CONTINUED……