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Amazing Law

Watch Amazing Law
November 9, 2020
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Pastor Robert shares that although we are released from the law; we can relate to it as a master; mirror; map; and measure for our lives.

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  • During the earthlyministry of Jesus,
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  • He declared, "I didn't cometo abolish the law,
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  • but to fulfill it".
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  • We have all fallen shortof the law,
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  • yet through Jesus' fulfillmentof the law we are now
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  • the righteousness of God.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris,as he opens the Word to show us
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  • the only way to now relateto the law is through Christ
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  • and His perfect sacrificeon the cross.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS:I want to ask you to turn
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  • to two passages of Scripture.
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  • We'll begin in Matthew 5,and then we're going to go
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  • to Galatians 3.
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  • And we're in a series called"Amazing Grace",
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  • and the title of this messagemight shock you a little bit,
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  • but the title of this messageis "Amazing Law".
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  • I want to show youhow amazing the law is,
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  • and why God gave the law.
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  • Why did he evengive the law?
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  • And, if we've been releasedfrom the law, as Romans 7 says,
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  • then how do we relate tothe law, and why did
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  • God give us the law?
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  • So, we're going to talk aboutthis, but the law is amazing.
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  • Now, the law, according toJewish tradition, would be
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  • divided into two categories,the moral laws of God
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  • and the ceremonial laws of God.
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  • Gentiles then divide thosetwo categories as well.
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  • Under the ceremonial lawswould be the ceremonial laws,
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  • and then the dietary laws.
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  • The ceremonial would includethe feasts, and the sacrifices,
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  • and things like that,and then the dietary,
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  • you know, the things thatwere clean or unclean to eat.
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  • And then under the moral lawsof God,
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  • Gentiles normally divided intotwo categories, the moral laws
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  • being the Ten Commandments,and then the judicial laws.
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  • We get our laws about murderand manslaughter from the Bible.
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  • That's from the Bible.
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  • God tells the differencebetween murder and manslaughter,
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  • and He gives judicial laws.
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  • When you includethe Ten Commandments,
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  • and you take the laws inLeviticus and Deuteronomy...
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  • the word Deuteronomy meansthe second law,
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  • or the law the second time.
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  • So, God's like, I'm goingto give it to you again,
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  • in case you missed itthe first time,
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  • to make sure you get this.
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  • When you add those together,all of the laws, the moral,
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  • the judicial, the ceremonial,and the dietary laws,
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  • there are 613 lawsthat God gave, 613.
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  • But why did Godgive these laws?
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  • I want you to understand,the law is not bad.
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  • God wants us to livemoral lives.
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  • As a matter of fact, when Jesusis saying that there are
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  • going to be many peoplecoming to me, saying, you know,
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  • Lord, Lord, didn't we do all ofthese things in your name?
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  • He said, I'm going to say,"Depart from me, for I never
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  • knew you, you whopracticed lawlessness"...
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  • you who practiced lawlessness.
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  • Now again, we're not marriedto the law, but do you know
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  • what happens when we doget married to Jesus?
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  • Listen very carefully.
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  • He writes Hislaws on our heart.
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  • So, we're going to talk aboutwhy God gave us the law.
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  • Am I building someintrigue for you here?
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  • Okay, never mind.
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  • All right, so.
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  • You have to understand thatthe only way that the Jews
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  • knew to relate to God wasthrough the law
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  • and law keeping.
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  • That's the only way they knewto relate to God,
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  • until Jesus showed up.
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  • And the Bible says thatJesus was grace and truth.
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  • He didn't do away with the law,the truth of God's law,
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  • but grace showed up also.
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  • So, Jesus had to make someclarifying statements about
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  • the law, and we're aboutto read some
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  • clarifying statements,all right?
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  • Paul, by the way, had to makeclarifying statements
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  • also about the law.
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  • It's a lot in Romansand Galatians.
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  • All right, so here He is,Matthew 5, look at Verse 17.
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  • Matthew 5:17, "Do not thinkthat I came to destroy
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  • the law or the prophets.
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  • I did not come to destroy,but to fulfill.
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  • For assuredly I say to you,till heaven and earth pass away,
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  • one jot or one tittle"...now, we've compared that to,
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  • you know, the dotting of an Ior the crossing of a T.
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  • It'd be similar to that,but "one jot or one tittle
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  • will by no means pass fromthe law until all is fulfilled.
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  • Whoever therefore breaksone of the least
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  • of these commandments,and teaches men so,
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  • shall be called least inthe kingdom of heaven."
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  • Now, notice He doesn't sayhe goes to hell, so this
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  • apparently is a believer.
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  • He's called least inthe kingdom of heaven.
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  • "But whoever doesand teaches them" -
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  • does and teaches them,"he shall be called great
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  • in the kingdom of heaven."
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  • So, God is not saying Hewants us to live immoral lives.
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  • He wants us to livemoral lives.
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  • There is a real populartrend today, especially
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  • among the younger generation,in what's called
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  • subjective morality.
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  • Subjective morality is thatmorality is not objective,
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  • that there is not an absolutethat we base it on,
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  • but it is subjectiveto each person.
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  • Each person can decidewhat's right for him or her.
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  • That's what subjectivemorality is.
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  • There may be someone whodoesn't believe it's wrong
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  • to put a bulletbetween your eyes.
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  • So, you have to haveobjective morality,
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  • which is the Word of God.
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  • It's based on God's Word,all right?
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  • So, let me show youthe four purposes of the law.
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  • Here's number one.
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  • The law is a master.
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  • The law is a master.
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  • Now, I told you if you wantedto put a marker at Galatians 3,
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  • Galatians 3:24-25 says,"Therefore the law
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  • was our tutor".
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  • Now, this word inthe Old King James
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  • is translated schoolmaster.
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  • "To bring us to Christ."
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  • "The law was our tutor tobring us to Christ,
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  • that we might be justifiedby faith.
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  • But after faith has come,we are no longer under a tutor."
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  • So, the law is a tutorto bring us to Christ.
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  • This Greek word, tutor,we just read it twice.
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  • It's only in the New Testamentthree times.
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  • It refers to a manwho took charge of a boy.
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  • He was hired, or he was a slave,and his responsibility
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  • was to take charge of a boyduring his school-age years,
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  • from 6 to 16.
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  • This was in aGreek household.
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  • And his responsibility wasto get that child from home
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  • to the teacher.
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  • He was not the teacher,as we think of a tutor.
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  • His job was to get him fromhome to the teacher,
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  • and then back from the teacher,back to home, safely.
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  • Now, I want you to thinkabout this.
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  • The law, his job...the law'sjob is to bring us
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  • to the teacher.
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  • That's his job.
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  • He's a master, the schoolmaster,or teacher.
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  • I don't know about you, butI was always afraid of teachers,
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  • always; probably becauseI was a bad student.
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  • And I used to have this teacherthat walked around with a ruler.
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  • Any of you havea teacher like that?
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  • And she would just kind ofshow up at your desk and say,
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  • “When wasthe American Revolution?”
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  • [laughter]
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  • And pop! She would justpop you, like that.
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  • The law's job,is to bring us to Jesus.
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  • Now, what does the law dofor us after we get saved?
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  • Now this might shock you,but listen.
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  • Here's what the law is stillsaying to me, to this day.
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  • You still need Jesus.
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  • You still need Jesus.
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  • That's what the law does!
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  • The law is the teacher,you know, that walked around
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  • with the ruler.
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  • But, what if you were in herclass and you heard about
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  • a teacher.
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  • Maybe you were in collegeat this time.
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  • You heard about this professorthat would come
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  • and actually kneel downat your desk, and would explain
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  • to you very gentlyand very kindly,
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  • and help you understand,and would stay after class
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  • and spend time with you, andeveryone in this class got As.
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  • What would you do?
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  • Transfer!
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  • Right?
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  • That's what I'm telling you.
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  • We transfer from the lawbeing our teacher
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  • to Jesus being our teacher.
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  • So, the law is a masterto bring us to Christ.
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  • Here's the second thingabout the law.
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  • The law is a mirror.
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  • It's a mirror.
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  • James 1:23-25, "For if anyoneis a hearer of the Word
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  • and not a doer,he's like a man observing
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  • his natural face in a mirror,for he observes himself
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  • and goes away, and immediatelyforgets what kind of man
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  • he was.
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  • But he who looks intothe perfect law of liberty",
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  • to me that's truth and grace,"and continues in it,
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  • and is not a forgetful hearerbut a doer of the work,"...
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  • now, watch this carefully,"this one will be blessed
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  • in what he does".
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  • The one who readsthe perfect law of liberty,
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  • the moral laws of God,through the eyes of grace...
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  • the one who does this,and he reads it
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  • and he doesn't forget it,it's a mirror.
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  • It shows him who he really is,and he does what's in the Word,
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  • everything he doeswill be blessed.
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  • I mean, that's incredible.
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  • So, the law reflects themoral standards of God.
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  • All right?
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  • The law reflects themoral standards of God.
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  • In other words, if you wantto know if something is good
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  • for you or bad for you,you could read the law.
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  • The law will help you.
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  • For instance, letme say it this way.
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  • Adultery.
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  • Let me use Texan languagejust for a minute:
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  • Is God for it or again it?
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  • That means “against” -- against,for some of you foreigners.
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  • Is He for it or again it?He's again it, right?
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  • He's against it.
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  • Why though,is He against it?
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  • Let me tell you why.
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  • Because He's for people,and adultery hurts people.
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  • That's why.
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  • Is He for or against stealing?
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  • He's against it, right?
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  • Why is He against stealing?
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  • Because He's for people.
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  • Is He for or against lying?
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  • He's against it.
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  • Why?
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  • Because lying hurts people.
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  • This is what Paul said,the way he said it, Romans 7:7.
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  • He said, "I wouldnot have known".
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  • "I would not have knowncovetousness unless the law
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  • had said,"You shall not covet."
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  • So, see, the law helps usunderstand the morals of God,
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  • and if we walked morally,through the power of
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  • the Holy Spirit, throughthe grace of Jesus Christ,
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  • it's going to help our life,then, not to have trainwrecks,
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  • not to have car wrecks.
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  • So, that's why he gives usthe moral; it's a mirror,
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  • it reflects the moralstandards of God.
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  • Now, let me explain this to you.
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  • The law reflects the parametersof God's desires,
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  • but it does not reflectthe parameters of His love.
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  • This is very, very importantto understand.
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  • The law reflects the parameters,or the boundaries,
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  • of God's desires,but it does not reflect
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  • the boundaries of His love.
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • Does the world, everyone inthe world... does everyone
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  • in the world keep God's law?
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  • No.
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  • But, does Godlove the world?
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  • Yes.
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  • His desire is that peoplewouldn't steal,
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  • that people wouldn't lie, thatthey wouldn't commit adultery.
  • 00:11:47.565 --> 00:11:51.202
  • That's His desire.
  • 00:11:51.302 --> 00:11:52.570
  • But, He still lovesthe person who lies,
  • 00:11:52.670 --> 00:11:56.374
  • and He sent His Sonfor that person.
  • 00:11:56.474 --> 00:11:59.244
  • So, what this does is ithelps me understand
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  • how I relate to other people.
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  • Let's say that you havea grown child who's not walking
  • 00:12:05.083 --> 00:12:08.153
  • with the Lord, and thatgrown child says to you,
  • 00:12:08.253 --> 00:12:12.056
  • do you disagreewith my lifestyle?
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  • You would say, well, it's notmy desire that you live
  • 00:12:14.425 --> 00:12:17.195
  • that way, because accordingto Scripture, you've got
  • 00:12:17.295 --> 00:12:21.299
  • a car wreck headed in frontof you, you've got a train wreck
  • 00:12:21.399 --> 00:12:23.601
  • in front of you.
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  • But, I still love you.
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  • I love you with all of my heart,and God loves you.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • It's like when the womanwas caught in adultery.
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  • Remember, the Bible says,John 1 says,
  • 00:12:34.846 --> 00:12:36.681
  • Jesus was full of grace andtruth - grace and truth, okay?
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  • She's caught in adultery.
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  • They said, the lawsays stone her.
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  • What do you say?
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  • He never disagreedwith the law.
  • 00:12:45.824 --> 00:12:47.625
  • He did not disagreewith the law.
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  • He did disagree with Pharisees'added laws
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  • and interpretations sometimes,but He didn't disagree
  • 00:12:52.497 --> 00:12:54.833
  • with God's law, never one time.
  • 00:12:54.933 --> 00:12:56.701
  • Here's what He said.
  • 00:12:56.801 --> 00:12:57.936
  • They said, the law saysstone her, what do you say?
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  • He said, you're right.
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  • But, the one who's without sin,let him cast the first stone.
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  • And of course,none of them were.
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  • By the way, He qualifiedHimself as the only one
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  • that could have cast a stone,because He was without sin.
  • 00:13:10.215 --> 00:13:14.452
  • But, when everyone walked away,He said to this woman,
  • 00:13:14.552 --> 00:13:16.354
  • "Does no one condemn you"?
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  • She said, "No one, Lord".
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  • Listen to what He said now,grace and truth,
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  • grace and truth.
  • 00:13:22.160 --> 00:13:22.894
  • Here's what He said.
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  • "Neither do I" -that's grace.
  • 00:13:23.795 --> 00:13:25.730
  • "Go and sin no more" -that's truth.
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  • He said, I don't condemnyou either,
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  • but don't continuein this lifestyle,
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  • because it's bad for you.
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  • Don't do this.
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  • That's grace and truth.
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  • So, the law is a mirror.
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  • Here's number three.
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  • The law is a map.
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  • The law's a map.
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  • It shows us which way to goif we want to have a good life,
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  • a joy-filled life.
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  • Psalm 119:105, "Your Wordis a lamp to my feet
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  • and a light to my path".
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  • All through Psalm 119, itsays, your Word, your laws,
  • 00:13:57.562 --> 00:14:01.666
  • your precepts, your statues...all say this is the roadmap.
  • 00:14:01.766 --> 00:14:08.006
  • It would be like this:I'm reading the roadmap,
  • 00:14:08.106 --> 00:14:11.776
  • I'm reading God's map,and I'm walking this way,
  • 00:14:11.876 --> 00:14:15.213
  • but I'm looking at the map,and I get right here,
  • 00:14:15.313 --> 00:14:17.515
  • and the map would say,“STOP”, because
  • 00:14:17.615 --> 00:14:19.784
  • there's a precipice there.
  • 00:14:19.884 --> 00:14:21.986
  • And then the map would say,“TURN RIGHT”, okay now,
  • 00:14:22.086 --> 00:14:24.455
  • “KEEP WALKING THIS WAY”,see what I'm saying?
  • 00:14:24.555 --> 00:14:26.691
  • Adultery is a precipice, and Goddoesn't want you to fall off,
  • 00:14:26.791 --> 00:14:32.530
  • because you'll get hurt,your family will get hurt,
  • 00:14:32.630 --> 00:14:34.732
  • your friends will get hurt,another family will get hurt,
  • 00:14:34.832 --> 00:14:37.001
  • their friends will get hurt.
  • 00:14:37.101 --> 00:14:38.603
  • That's why God says it.That's why God gives us a map.
  • 00:14:38.703 --> 00:14:41.773
  • So, God's word is a map.
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  • If you want to know how tobe married, it's in the book.
  • 00:14:43.675 --> 00:14:46.577
  • If you want to know how toraise kids, it's in the book.
  • 00:14:46.678 --> 00:14:50.648
  • If you want to know how torun your business,
  • 00:14:50.748 --> 00:14:53.051
  • it's in the book.
  • 00:14:53.151 --> 00:14:54.786
  • God gives us a map of howto live a joy-filled life.
  • 00:14:54.886 --> 00:14:59.490
  • Now, listen to me.
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  • Here's how good Satan is.
  • 00:15:00.358 --> 00:15:01.693
  • He's turning it around.
  • 00:15:01.793 --> 00:15:03.628
  • Satan has convinced many people,if you do something
  • 00:15:03.728 --> 00:15:07.632
  • and it's fun,it must not be God.
  • 00:15:07.732 --> 00:15:12.170
  • And God is saying,no, no, no, no.
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  • I'm telling you that livingwith the same woman
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  • for your entire life,and loving her,
  • 00:15:18.076 --> 00:15:20.411
  • and laying your life downfor her, is the way
  • 00:15:20.511 --> 00:15:23.147
  • you'll experience joyon this earth,
  • 00:15:23.247 --> 00:15:25.750
  • not going from personto person to person
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  • and heartache to heartacheto heartache.
  • 00:15:27.919 --> 00:15:31.022
  • So, it's a map of howto go the right way.
  • 00:15:31.122 --> 00:15:32.557
  • Here's number four:The law is a measure.
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  • It's a measure.This is number four.
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  • The law is a measure.
  • 00:15:38.763 --> 00:15:41.733
  • It shows me how I'm doing,keeping the moral standards
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  • of God.
  • 00:15:44.869 --> 00:15:45.937
  • Now, remember, remember,when we get saved, we're not
  • 00:15:46.037 --> 00:15:48.106
  • married to the law anymore,we're married to Jesus.
  • 00:15:48.206 --> 00:15:49.507
  • But, remember,He says in the new covenant,
  • 00:15:49.607 --> 00:15:51.909
  • I'm going to write my lawson their heart.
  • 00:15:52.010 --> 00:15:55.513
  • So, there's an internal compassthat God gives me to be able
  • 00:15:55.613 --> 00:15:59.517
  • to walk morallyso I can enjoy this life,
  • 00:15:59.617 --> 00:16:02.286
  • again through my relationshipwith the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:02.387 --> 00:16:04.155
  • Let me say it this way.
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  • Before I got saved,I was a liar.
  • 00:16:05.523 --> 00:16:08.626
  • I was a liar.
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  • I lied.
  • 00:16:09.961 --> 00:16:10.461
  • I told lies, okay?
  • 00:16:10.561 --> 00:16:11.796
  • After I got saved, someonewas asking me about something
  • 00:16:11.896 --> 00:16:15.099
  • and I said to them,"Well, I have a problem
  • 00:16:15.199 --> 00:16:17.235
  • with exaggeration".
  • 00:16:17.335 --> 00:16:20.772
  • And you know what God's Wordsaid to me?
  • 00:16:20.872 --> 00:16:22.874
  • No, you havea problem with lying.
  • 00:16:22.974 --> 00:16:25.309
  • I remember, so I go fromlying to thinking, well,
  • 00:16:25.410 --> 00:16:27.512
  • I just have a problemwith exaggeration.
  • 00:16:27.612 --> 00:16:28.946
  • I remember, then onceI became a preacher,
  • 00:16:29.047 --> 00:16:31.549
  • I remember thinking,I just embellish things.
  • 00:16:31.649 --> 00:16:35.153
  • But God's Word saysto me, no, you lied.
  • 00:16:35.253 --> 00:16:39.323
  • I remember one time,I said to Debbie, I said,
  • 00:16:39.424 --> 00:16:41.692
  • "You know, God's reallyconvicted me in an area
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  • of my life.
  • 00:16:43.761 --> 00:16:44.595
  • I think I have a tendencysometimes to
  • 00:16:44.695 --> 00:16:46.764
  • exaggerate when I preach".
  • 00:16:46.864 --> 00:16:48.433
  • She said, "You think"?
  • 00:16:48.533 --> 00:16:52.003
  • And so, I said, "Well, I wantyou to help me in this area".
  • 00:16:52.103 --> 00:16:54.505
  • So, you know, a few weeks later,we get in the car and I said,
  • 00:16:54.605 --> 00:16:57.208
  • "How was the message"?
  • 00:16:57.308 --> 00:16:58.109
  • She says, "Great, great".
  • 00:16:58.209 --> 00:16:59.177
  • She said, "But you know,you asked me to help you
  • 00:16:59.277 --> 00:17:00.945
  • in the area of exaggeration,and you said, you know,
  • 00:17:01.045 --> 00:17:04.649
  • we had 50 people savedlast week... and we had 7".
  • 00:17:04.749 --> 00:17:11.989
  • And so, it was a helpfulreminder to me
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:15.626
  • that I'm not to embellish,I'm not to exaggerate,
  • 00:17:15.726 --> 00:17:19.097
  • because here's whatit actually is.
  • 00:17:19.197 --> 00:17:20.698
  • It's a lie.
  • 00:17:20.798 --> 00:17:22.733
  • So, I have a measurein my life.
  • 00:17:22.834 --> 00:17:24.402
  • Now, you need to understandthat law keeping is not
  • 00:17:24.502 --> 00:17:29.240
  • the measure of truespirituality, though.
  • 00:17:29.340 --> 00:17:34.412
  • Now, hear me clearly on this.
  • 00:17:34.512 --> 00:17:35.646
  • Law keeping is not the measureof true spirituality.
  • 00:17:35.746 --> 00:17:39.217
  • If law keeping had been themeasure of true spirituality,
  • 00:17:39.317 --> 00:17:44.388
  • then the Pharisees would havebeen the most spiritual.
  • 00:17:44.489 --> 00:17:49.660
  • And here's what Jesus saidto them -
  • 00:17:49.760 --> 00:17:51.129
  • you look like a cemetery.
  • 00:17:51.229 --> 00:17:54.398
  • Pretty green grassand nice flowers,
  • 00:17:54.499 --> 00:17:56.601
  • but you have dead men's boneson the inside.
  • 00:17:56.701 --> 00:18:00.938
  • So, there are people thathaven't been saved long at all,
  • 00:18:01.038 --> 00:18:04.976
  • and don't even know some ofthe things that they
  • 00:18:05.076 --> 00:18:07.311
  • shouldn't do, but they love Godwith all of their heart.
  • 00:18:07.411 --> 00:18:11.215
  • Now, they grow and they mature,but they don't know.
  • 00:18:11.315 --> 00:18:14.385
  • I remember when I wasan associate pastor
  • 00:18:14.485 --> 00:18:17.121
  • at Shady Grove Church, one ofthe things I did for part
  • 00:18:17.221 --> 00:18:21.692
  • of the time wasthe Young Marrieds' Ministry.
  • 00:18:21.792 --> 00:18:24.095
  • And so, we had this retreat,and we had these young marrieds,
  • 00:18:24.195 --> 00:18:28.900
  • and we were sitting aroundthis campfire,
  • 00:18:29.000 --> 00:18:30.568
  • and we weretelling our testimonies,
  • 00:18:30.668 --> 00:18:32.036
  • how we came to Christ.
  • 00:18:32.136 --> 00:18:33.337
  • And there was a couple therethat had been saved three weeks.
  • 00:18:33.437 --> 00:18:35.973
  • They had been saved three weeks,the husband and the wife,
  • 00:18:36.073 --> 00:18:38.643
  • and in a minute, theyguy said, "Ooh, ooh", he said,
  • 00:18:38.743 --> 00:18:41.779
  • "can I share my testimony,can I share my testimony"?
  • 00:18:41.879 --> 00:18:43.881
  • And I said, "Yeah,share your testimony".
  • 00:18:43.981 --> 00:18:46.083
  • He said, "Well, I grew up",he said, "never went to church,
  • 00:18:46.184 --> 00:18:48.619
  • didn't know God".
  • 00:18:48.719 --> 00:18:49.720
  • And while he was talking,he reached in his pocket
  • 00:18:49.820 --> 00:18:50.988
  • and he pulled his pack ofcigarettes out,
  • 00:18:51.088 --> 00:18:53.324
  • and he started packing that.
  • 00:18:53.424 --> 00:18:55.593
  • If you don't know what this is,ask a former smoker.
  • 00:18:55.693 --> 00:18:57.929
  • But, he's packinghis tobacco.
  • 00:18:58.029 --> 00:18:59.530
  • You know, he's doing like this.
  • 00:18:59.630 --> 00:19:00.731
  • He says, "And I didn't know God.
  • 00:19:00.831 --> 00:19:02.033
  • I didn't know one thingabout God".
  • 00:19:02.133 --> 00:19:03.334
  • Then he pulled a cigaretteout and stuck it in his mouth.
  • 00:19:03.434 --> 00:19:07.171
  • Said, "Then I camea few weeks ago to church".
  • 00:19:07.271 --> 00:19:14.111
  • He says, "And I heard forthe first time about
  • 00:19:14.212 --> 00:19:18.816
  • Jesus dying on the cross".
  • 00:19:18.916 --> 00:19:22.153
  • I looked around.
  • 00:19:22.253 --> 00:19:23.888
  • You should have seen thechurch people's eyes!
  • 00:19:23.988 --> 00:19:30.294
  • And one of them came to meafter and said,
  • 00:19:30.394 --> 00:19:31.963
  • "Pastor Robert, are yougoing to tell him?
  • 00:19:32.063 --> 00:19:33.998
  • Are you going to talkto him about smoking?
  • 00:19:34.098 --> 00:19:35.566
  • Are you goingto talk to him?"
  • 00:19:35.666 --> 00:19:36.968
  • And I said, "You know what?
  • 00:19:37.068 --> 00:19:39.403
  • I'm going to let the Holy Spirittalk to him about it".
  • 00:19:39.503 --> 00:19:42.673
  • And I remember, when Iturned and walked away,
  • 00:19:42.773 --> 00:19:44.809
  • I had this thought.
  • 00:19:44.909 --> 00:19:46.110
  • I thought, well, what if theHoly Spirit doesn't talk to him?
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:50.715
  • And then I had this thought.
  • 00:19:50.815 --> 00:19:52.083
  • Well, if the Holy Spiritdoesn't talk to him,
  • 00:19:52.183 --> 00:19:53.618
  • why would you talk to him then?
  • 00:19:53.718 --> 00:19:56.454
  • He loved Jesus!
  • 00:19:56.554 --> 00:19:59.023
  • But, he didn't know anythingabout your body's the temple
  • 00:19:59.123 --> 00:20:00.858
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:00.958 --> 00:20:02.393
  • He didn't know that yet.
  • 00:20:02.493 --> 00:20:03.761
  • And I'm not saying that weshouldn't help people grow,
  • 00:20:03.861 --> 00:20:05.730
  • and learn, and mature.
  • 00:20:05.830 --> 00:20:06.831
  • But let me say itanother way, all right?
  • 00:20:06.931 --> 00:20:09.166
  • I've given you four Ms - youknow, the law is a master,
  • 00:20:09.267 --> 00:20:12.837
  • a mirror, a map.
  • 00:20:12.937 --> 00:20:14.605
  • You know, I've given youthese Ms, you know, a measure.
  • 00:20:14.705 --> 00:20:17.842
  • I'm going to giveyou another M.
  • 00:20:17.942 --> 00:20:19.243
  • It's not another point, butif you want to write it down,
  • 00:20:19.343 --> 00:20:21.178
  • something that the law is not.
  • 00:20:21.279 --> 00:20:22.913
  • The law is not a machete.
  • 00:20:23.014 --> 00:20:26.617
  • It's not something that you useto hack up other people with.
  • 00:20:26.717 --> 00:20:30.354
  • You know, you don't wearyour hair right...hack, hack,
  • 00:20:30.454 --> 00:20:33.157
  • hack, hack.
  • 00:20:33.257 --> 00:20:35.426
  • And you don't wear yourmakeup right...hack, hack, hack.
  • 00:20:35.526 --> 00:20:38.529
  • Or, here's one that...you don't believe
  • 00:20:38.629 --> 00:20:41.265
  • like our church believes.
  • 00:20:41.365 --> 00:20:42.333
  • Hack, hack, hack.
  • 00:20:42.433 --> 00:20:45.269
  • God never intended itto be used that way.
  • 00:20:45.369 --> 00:20:47.338
  • It's a measure.
  • 00:20:47.438 --> 00:20:49.206
  • It helps me see how I'm doing,how I'm growing
  • 00:20:49.307 --> 00:20:51.275
  • in my relationship with Christ.
  • 00:20:51.375 --> 00:20:52.910
  • Okay, let me give youlast illustration.
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:56.714
  • I have a friend,Pastor Clark Whitten;
  • 00:20:56.814 --> 00:20:58.549
  • he's spoken here before, andbeen here several times.
  • 00:20:58.649 --> 00:21:01.485
  • And, Pastor Clark tells thisstory that when he was in
  • 00:21:01.585 --> 00:21:04.221
  • seminary, in this Ethics class-- a class on ethics, okay?
  • 00:21:04.322 --> 00:21:09.293
  • They took a test.
  • 00:21:09.393 --> 00:21:10.828
  • And afterward, he said,now, the professor said,
  • 00:21:10.928 --> 00:21:12.963
  • “Let's grade our tests,but I don't want you to pass
  • 00:21:13.064 --> 00:21:15.399
  • your tests forward to me,and I don't want you
  • 00:21:15.499 --> 00:21:16.934
  • to pass your testto another person;
  • 00:21:17.034 --> 00:21:18.569
  • I want you to gradeyour own test.
  • 00:21:18.669 --> 00:21:22.540
  • Pastor Clark thought, you know,“Being the brilliant person
  • 00:21:22.640 --> 00:21:26.544
  • that I am, I knowwhat he's thinking.
  • 00:21:26.644 --> 00:21:29.380
  • He's thinking, okay thisis ethics,” you know?
  • 00:21:29.480 --> 00:21:32.483
  • And so, “He's goingto take our tests up,
  • 00:21:32.583 --> 00:21:34.151
  • he's going to see if wegraded our tests correctly,
  • 00:21:34.251 --> 00:21:37.221
  • and he's going to hold upa few that didn't as examples,
  • 00:21:37.321 --> 00:21:40.591
  • and he's going to holdup a few that did,
  • 00:21:40.691 --> 00:21:43.094
  • and mine will be one ofthose that did.”
  • 00:21:43.194 --> 00:21:46.163
  • And so, he was very meticulousin his grading.
  • 00:21:46.263 --> 00:21:48.699
  • Professor would say, “Now,if you got this part right,
  • 00:21:48.799 --> 00:21:51.635
  • but you didn't say this, thenyou need to take half off”,
  • 00:21:51.736 --> 00:21:54.739
  • and so he did everything --just graded it just perfectly.
  • 00:21:54.839 --> 00:21:58.442
  • So at the end, he said,“Put your grade
  • 00:21:58.542 --> 00:22:00.811
  • at the top of the test.
  • 00:22:00.911 --> 00:22:02.446
  • He said, "Okay, everyonegot your grade?"
  • 00:22:02.546 --> 00:22:04.582
  • He said, "Okay,let's go to chapter 2.
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  • Open your books, let'sgo to chapter 2.”
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  • One of the students said,“Wait a minute.
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  • What do you want usto do with our ---
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  • You want us to passour tests forward?
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  • What do you want usto do with our tests?"
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  • And the professor said, “I don'tcare what you do with them.
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  • Let's go to chapter 2.”
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  • And they said, “Wait-wait-wait,wait a minute;" they said,
  • 00:22:19.497 --> 00:22:22.199
  • "if we don't pass our tests in,how will you know
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  • how well we're doing?”
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  • The professor said, “Oh, I seewhere you're coming from.”
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  • He said, “This test, asall tests in life are,
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  • this test was not to showme how well you're doing;
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  • it's to show you howwell you're doing.
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  • Now, listen to me.
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  • The law is a test, but it's notto show God how well
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  • you're doing, it's not toshow others how well
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  • you're doing.
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  • It shows you how wellyou're doing.
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  • And I want to take thisa step further.
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  • Because of grace -now again, I'm going to say
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  • a statement that mightbe shocking, okay?
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  • The law is a test that Goddoes not grade for believers.
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  • He doesn't grade itfor believers.
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  • Here's the reason,because there are 613 questions.
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  • And here's what God says.
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  • Okay, now I have a test.
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  • There are 613 questions on it.
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  • Oh, and by the way, if youmiss one question,
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  • you fail the test.
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  • You failed it.
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  • You get them all wrong.
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  • If you get one wrong,that's what James 2:10 says -
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  • if you get one wrong,you're guilty of all.
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  • You miss them all.
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  • Now, you can take that testif you want.
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  • Oh, by the way,I forgot to tell you this.
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  • You actually already havebeen taking the test,
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  • and you've already failed.
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  • Yeah, just so you know.
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  • You've already failed.
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  • Or, I want you to know thatmy Son took the test,
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  • and He scored a perfect score,and if you'd like,
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  • you can have His grade.
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  • That's amazing grace.That's amazing grace.
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  • You can have His grade,if you want.
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  • You know, God really doeswant us to live
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  • a righteous and a moral life,and it's not so that
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  • we just keep some set of rulesor regulations,
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  • it's for our good.
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  • God really wants us to walkin righteousness
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  • for our own good.
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  • It's like when we sayto our children,
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  • don't play in the street.
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  • Please play in the yard,because you could get hurt
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  • in the street.
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  • It's the same way.
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  • God is a great parent.
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  • But I do want to remind youthat the only way that we
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  • can live a moral life isthrough the power
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  • of the Holy Spirit,and through the blood
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • So, if you've never receivedJesus as your Savior,
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  • I want to give youthe opportunity right now.
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  • Right now, would you justsimply tell the Lord...
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  • Lord, I receive you,I trust you.
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  • Will you give control ofyour life to the Lord?
  • 00:25:06.063 --> 00:25:09.667
  • Hey, I'm so glad if you'vegiven your life to the Lord.
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  • I'd love to hear from you ifyou've done that,
  • 00:25:12.503 --> 00:25:14.605
  • and I also want to remind you,I'm continuing this series
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  • next week, "Amazing Grace".
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