I have been shipped a new computer, set up with my information, ready to use. It’s six years newer than my old computer, having 4 times storage space, 4 times the memory capacity, 4 generations newer processor than my old computer. I actually carry both of them to work back and forth and shared with my manager, “This machine is amazing! Thank you!”
Without hesitation, my old computer is always the first I pull out to do any work. Why? Religion. I am so used to my older computer that I think very little about adapting to the new computer. My old computer would have to die in order for me to truly stop using it once and for all. It’s easier for me to simply grab it and put up with it rather than transition to something that is much more reliable.
This is the struggle that happens to Christians stuck between law and grace, stuck between “Do” and “Rest”.
For as long as we’re trying to learn grace, we’re also rushing to do law hoping to get it off our list. The only problem is that you can’t do law once and be done with it unless you’re dead, dead to the law.
That’s what Christ brought us, free to us, costly to him. Christ brought us death to the law so that we stop trying to do something that we have never been able to do and will never be able to do. Christ came and did the law. He did it and also voluntarily took upon himself our punishment for not having been able to do the law. He died and was done with the law once and for all. He resurrected not to go back and do the law again but to sit down and rest.
Because of Christ, we now have no obligation to the law of Moses. Zero obligation. No, we don’t have an obligation to uphold it because Christ upheld it for us already by what he did. He did what the law required on both ends. He did what the law commands for obedience and suffered what the law commands for disobedience. That’s what is meant by FULL-FILLING the law. Christ fulfilled the law of Moses. By faith in Christ only do we uphold the law. It is never by doing what the law says do we ever uphold the law.
Until we leave this body of flesh, we will always be led by our legal flesh, our rule-based mind, to DO with the belief that unless we DO we won’t get any rest. When we leave this world, we will surely see grace with the naked eyes in the highest definition ever. We will see grace as Jesus sees grace.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)
It is ungodly to long for law when we have grace. Thank God that Christ died for the ungodly.