The Goal Of The Law Is Christ…Romans 9-11 pt 8

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.(Romans 10:3-4) 

What did Israel stumble over? What exactly was this lack of knowledge that has left her lost and estranged from God? It was no small detail that Israel got wrong, they literally lacked the only Knowledge that would save them!

Paul says that Israel was ignorant of God’s Righteousness. This means Israel was ignorant of what the Law of God truly demanded. He was not saying that Israel knew nothing about the Law, in fact she knew very much of the Law  and by the Law. The word translated ignorant, means devoid of exact  and precise knowledge.

Isaiah 53 says, “…By His knowledge, my Righteous servant shall Justify the many”.

But gradually Israel combined her incomplete knowledge of Righteousness, with a mixture of false teaching on the subject. Thus her “knowledge ” of righteousness

Israel stumbled over nothing less than the way of Righteousness, as revealed in the Law, prophets and in the Gospel. In spite of centuries of Divine teaching, dealings, temple instruction, ritual, prophecy and miracles and the entire experience of her history,  Israel has failed to attain that which she strove for, God’s Righteousness.

What were the specific points that Israel stumbled over so fatally ?

* Israel underestimated the standards of true Righteousness

Jesus warned us in the Sermon on the Mount that “Unless your Righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of God”.(Matthew 5:20)

God can only demand perfection! The Righteousness that He requires, is the Righteousness that His Righteousness requires Him to require.

What does God really demand of man? Behold the Pharisee’s boast, in the parable told by Jesus,

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.(Luke 18:10-12)

The Apostle calls this ‘ confidence in the flesh’.  The emphasis is on self effort, external observation of rites, and pride by comparison with others. This is not true Righteousness, and it literally stands in the way of salvation.

True Righteousness is absolute conformity to all of God’s Law, not just external observance in comparison with others. The Law of God is internal as well as external, and can only be fulfilled by those who Love God with all their being.It is none less than Loving the Lord our God, with all of our heart, Soul,mind and strength. Can anyone says that they do this at all times?

* Israel didn’t Know the difference between Self Righteousness and the Righteousness of God – Israel wasn’t indifferent to Righteousness. The pious Jew made much strenuous effort to attain Righteousness, especially the Pharisees. They made it their life’s goal to fulfill all of the 614 commandments of God.  A Tzadik, would make all of the pilgrimages, fast, tithe down to the anise seed, and pay any price to be separate, in order to amass a treasury of Righteousness.

Righteousness before God, to these disciples was a matter of self effort.This Self Righteousness is based on the false premise that Man in and of himself can satisfy the demands of God. One of the problems of Rabbinic Judaism is that she understates the doctrine of original sin.An has been ruined and can not by himself ever please God to satisfaction.

 

* Israel didn’t realize that God himself would be their righteousnessTime and again the teaching of Law and prophets assured Israel that the Lord Himself would be their Righteousness.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.(Jeremiah 23:5-6)

God himself would be the Righteousness of Israel, He would impute to them His own Righteousness. Knowing what He (Jesus) would do for them, would become a “justifying knowledge” to the Believer.

 

* Israel  didn’t understand that true Righteousness could only be attained as a gift of Love- But this kind of Righteousness can induce no pride, for it is not attained by self effort. All this Righteousness can ever engender would be humility.

 

This is the gospel, that what the Righteous God demands of us, He himself provides for us- His Righteousness.

We who believe and love Jesus ,sing with uplifted arms and trembling lips,”He is all my Righteousness, We stand complete in Him, and Worship Him”.

 

* Israel didn’t know that Righteousness was something we are to submit to- What a difference there is between “Attaining” and “Submission”!

The one who Attains, is the champion, and to be lauded and admired for by his striving he has conquered! No wonder proud people seek to attain their own righteousness by various religious efforts. “We Thank you Lord, we are not like these others…”.

But the one who Submits has been conquered, and humbly accepts from his conqueror what it pleases him to give him. How amazing that the one who confesses his own deep sinfulness, and submits to God, receives a gift from his conqueror, the LORD from Heaven…Right Standing with God.

Righteousness from God can never be attained by men, but only submitted to.

* They didn’t know  the goal of the Law – What is the goal of the Law of God?

The goal is not Righteousness, but the Messiah. The Law cannot bring Righteousness, it can only reveal that humanly speaking, the demand of Righteousness is reasonable but unattainable to us sinners. The law shows us that we are unrighteous and deserving of death, under the condemnation of God.

The law is designed to drive us out of ourselves unto the Messiah himself, for He alone can give us Righteousness.

 

 

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4 Responses to The Goal Of The Law Is Christ…Romans 9-11 pt 8

  1. mywordlikefire says:

    Reblogged this on My Word Like Fire.

  2. Eliza says:

    Amen! Our righteousness is as filthy rags before our Holy God.

    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6

    https://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/whose-righteousness/

  3. Beverley Markgraaff says:

    Now I need you to print this out and read it, maybe tonight in bed. Please tell me if you understand it? The first part is the scripture and then it is explained if you do not understand it I could go over it tomorrow if you pass here. This is the righteousness (born again) you get in Christ. I was blown away!!

    billrandles posted: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.(Romans 10:3-“

  4. Pat says:

    How many Christians really understand just what the Law truly is? What it means to mankind? For eternity? Few preachers even speak about “The Law”. Few speak about His Law. Most merely pass along the doctrines of men they learned in Theology school (Matthew 15:8-9.) That’s why this world is in the violent, fallen state its in today. But which Law? All 613? Certainly not the sacrificial laws as Christ Jesus is our Sacrificial Lamb. We no longer need to slaughter lambs. But by His shed blood on the cross because of the sins of all mankind (which sins?) as He was murdered by the “religious” people of His time. And He told those whom He chose “Follow Me.”

    John 12:26-27 “If anyone serves Me, he must follow (imitate) Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. 27″Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour ‘? But for this purpose I came to this hour.…”

    But…….what is it that tells us what is righteousness? What describes Christ’s character? And His love and tells us how to love Him, how He wants to be loved………and how we are to love others? How to live righteously, rightly and lovingly in this human existence? And possible only by the leading and power of the Holy Spirit.

    His Law, is described and written throughout the whole Bible –
    The Law of Liberty, Moral Law, Law of Love, God’s Law, Royal Law, Law of Love, Tables of the Covenant…and more…all are encompassed in the Ten Commandments, Ten Words,
    spoken by Gods Voice and written twice in stone with His finger Exodus 20:1-17 and in Deuteronomy…

    How we are to love God…John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”.
    First 4 commandments; how to love man – last 6 commandments. Pretty clear.

    Luke 10:27-28 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”…

    How does He tell us what to do …how to “do this” with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. What does He tell us to do so that we may live?

    “Considering how many temptations we are compassed with, and what corrupt desires we have in our bosoms, we have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. Those cannot walk aright, who walk carelessly.” Matthew Henry

    Matthew 5:17-19 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18″For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19″Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.…”

    Has all been accomplished? Are Heaven and earth still here? Christ fulfilled – manifested – His Law, When He says we are to follow Him – follow means imitate – according to Webster’s Dictionary. He died on the cross and shed His blood for the sins of all mankind. True Christians who love Christ keep His commandments and they are not burdensome, by the power of the Holy Spirit and because of His great love and our love for Him. Who we love we want to please. By faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.
    All ten, not 9!!

    Psalm 111:8 “They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.”;

    1 John 5;2 “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,”

    Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

    Revelation 14:12 “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”

    Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.…”

    Paul tells us to “strive –
    1 Timothy 4:9-11 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.11 Prescribe and teach these things.…”

    Luke 13:23-24 “And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

    The word “Strive” is written in the Bible at least 64 times.

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