Faith Establishes the Law

Since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Romans 3:30-31

In chapter 3 of the book of Romans, Paul takes us to the conclusion that we are justified by grace through faith without the deeds of the Law. Some people may mistakenly think that the Law was annulled by faith and grace. But the issue cannot be treated so lightly. The Law shows us sin that condemns us and shows us that our only way out is grace. And we are led to grace through faith, which, according to Romans 3:31 establishes the Law.

Throughout the New Testament it is very clear that the justification of sinful humanity is reached by grace, not by works of the law. We got to the grace putting our faith in Jesus Christ, who paid with His death on the cross for all our sins. Be rescued from a life sentence in hell through faith, does not authorize us to blatantly violate the Law, but confirms that all that the Law prohibits is sin and sin destroys our relationship with God.

Messages to the seven churches which are in Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea are presented in Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation. Those messages were directed to believers who had recognized Jesus as their Lord and Savior at some point in their lives. However, the Lord found deviations in some of them and confronted them summoning them to straighten their way not to miss.

The Lord calls for repentance to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5: Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. The warning to repent brings the consequences of ignoring what the Lord says.

The church at Pergamum is ordered repentance in Revelation 2:16: Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. The same applies to the church of Sardis in Revelation 3:3: Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

Finally, the Lord rebukes vigorously to the Laodicea church in Revelation 3:18-19:  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Clearly, breaking the Law after being touched by grace through faith is not in the plans of God. The Lord rebukes the churches confirms what Paul wrote in Romans 3:30-31: faith does not invalidate the Law but confirms it. Being justified by faith in Jesus Christ, our best response to His great love, His forgiveness and His infinite mercy is resigning irrevocably to sin and confirming the Law. God bless you.


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