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Amazing Law

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November 14, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Amazing Law

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  • During the earthly ministry of Jesus,
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  • He declared, "I didn't come to abolish the law,
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  • but to fulfill it".
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  • We have all fallen short of the law,
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  • yet through Jesus' fulfillment of 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 relate to the law is through Christ
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  • and His perfect sacrifice on the cross.
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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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  • We went to Galatians 3 last week.
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  • If you remember, Galatians 3 started out on foolish Texans,
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  • and was written directly to us.
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  • So, we'll go to Matthew 5, and we're going to take
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  • a passage from Jesus, out of the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • And we're in a series called "Amazing Grace",
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  • and the title of this message might shock you a little bit,
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  • but the title of this message is "Amazing Law".
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  • "Amazing Law".
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  • Now, last week we talked about our amazing new husband,
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  • that we were married to the law, but now we're married to Jesus.
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  • But, I want to show you how amazing the law is,
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  • and why God gave the law.
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  • Why did he even give the law?
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  • And, if we've been released from the law, as Romans 7 says,
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  • then how do we relate to the law, and why did
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  • God give us the law?
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  • So, we're going to talk about this, but the law is amazing.
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  • Now, the law, according to Jewish 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 those two categories as well.
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  • Under the ceremonial laws would be the ceremonial laws,
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  • and then the dietary laws.
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  • The ceremonial would include the feasts, and the sacrifices,
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  • and things like that, and then the dietary,
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  • you know, the things that were clean or unclean to eat.
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  • And then under the moral laws of God,
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  • Gentiles normally divided into two 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 murder and manslaughter from the Bible.
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  • That's from the Bible.
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  • God tells the difference between murder and manslaughter,
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  • and He gives judicial laws.
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  • When you include the Ten Commandments,
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  • and you take the laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy...
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  • the word Deuteronomy means the second law,
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  • or the law the second time.
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  • So, God's like, I'm going to give it to you again,
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  • in case you missed it the 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 laws that God gave, 613.
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  • But why did God give these laws?
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  • I want you to understand, the law is not bad.
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  • God wants us to live moral lives.
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  • As a matter of fact, when Jesus is saying that there are
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  • going to be many people coming to me, saying, you know,
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  • Lord, Lord, didn't we do all of these 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 who practiced lawlessness"...
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  • you who practiced lawlessness.
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  • Now again, we're not married to the law, but do you know
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  • what happens when we do get married to Jesus?
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  • Listen very carefully.
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  • He writes His laws on our heart.
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  • So, we're going to talk about why God gave us the law.
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  • Am I building some intrigue 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 that the only way that the Jews
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  • knew to relate to God was through the law
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  • and law keeping.
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  • That's the only way they knew to relate to God,
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  • until Jesus showed up.
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  • And the Bible says that Jesus 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 some clarifying statements about
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  • the law, and we're about to read some
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  • clarifying statements, all right?
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  • Paul, by the way, had to make clarifying statements
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  • also about the law.
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  • It's a lot in Romans and 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 think that 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 I or 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 from the law until all is fulfilled.
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  • Whoever therefore breaks one of the least
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  • of these commandments, and teaches men so,
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  • shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven."
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  • Now, notice He doesn't say he goes to hell, so this
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  • apparently is a believer.
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  • He's called least in the kingdom of heaven.
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  • "But whoever does and 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 He wants us to live immoral lives.
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  • He wants us to live moral lives.
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  • There is a real popular trend 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 that morality is not objective,
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  • that there is not an absolute that we base it on,
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  • but it is subjective to each person.
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  • Each person can decide what's right for him or her.
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  • That's what subjective morality is.
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  • Just a few weeks ago, we had Dr. Ravi Zacharias,
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  • and he's speaking at one of these Ivy League schools,
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  • and he was taking questions.
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  • And one of the questions from the audience was,
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  • this young student said to him, "I just want to ask you
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  • a question.
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  • Why are you so afraid of subjective morality"?
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  • Why are you so afraid of that?
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  • I want you to listen to his answer.
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  • Here's what he said.
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  • He said, "Do you lock your doors at night"?
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  • And the student said, "Uh, yeah".
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  • He said, "You're afraid of subjective morality,
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  • and you should be".
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  • Because, when you say, well, morality is what's right in
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  • every person's eyes, there may be someone
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  • who doesn't believe it's wrong to put a bullet
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  • between your eyes.
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  • So, you have to have objective 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 you the 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 wanted to 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 in the 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 to bring us to Christ,
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  • that we might be justified by 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 tutor to 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 Testament three times.
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  • It refers to a man who 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 boy during his school-age years,
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  • from 6 to 16.
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  • This was in a Greek household.
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  • And his responsibility was to 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 from home 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 think about this.
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  • The law, his job...the law's job 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 was thinking about this today.
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  • John, you grew up Catholic, is that right?
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  • And, did you ever get popped by the ruler?
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  • Oh, yeah.
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  • Have you gone through freedom ministry?
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  • Okay, all right.
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  • So, but how old were you when you accepted Christ?
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  • 18, okay.
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  • So, what was the law doing for Pastor John
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  • before he accepted Christ?
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  • So, here's what the law was doing.
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  • The law was saying you need to do this, you need to this,
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  • you need to do this, you don't need to do this,
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  • don't do this, don't do this, do this, do this, do this,
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  • don't do this, don't do this.
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  • And I'm talking about the moral laws of God now,
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  • all right?
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  • But, let me sum up what the law was saying to John
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  • before he accepted Christ.
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  • You need Jesus.
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  • You need Jesus.
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  • That's the law's job, is to bring us to Jesus.
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  • Now, what does the law do for 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 still saying 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 her class and you heard about
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  • a teacher.
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  • Maybe you were in college at this time.
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  • You heard about this professor that would come
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  • and actually kneel down at your desk, and would explain
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  • to you very gently and very kindly,
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  • and help you understand, and would stay after class
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  • and spend time with you, and everyone 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 law being our teacher
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  • to Jesus being our teacher.
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  • So, the law is a master to bring us to Christ.
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  • Here's the second thing about 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 anyone is 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 immediately forgets what kind of man
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  • he was.
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  • But he who looks into the 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 hearer but 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 reads the 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 does will be blessed.
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  • I mean, that's incredible.
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  • So, the law reflects the moral standards of God.
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  • All right?
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  • The law reflects the moral standards of God.
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  • In other words, if you want to 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, let me say it this way.
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  • Adultery, 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?
  • 00:11:36.170 --> 00:11:37.260
  • 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 would not have known".
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  • "I would not have known covetousness unless the law
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  • had said, "You shall not covet."
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  • The law reflects the parameters of God's desires,
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  • but it does not reflect the parameters of His love.
  • 00:12:02.270 --> 00:12:08.020
  • This is very, very important to understand.
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  • The law reflects the parameters, or the boundaries,
  • 00:12:10.250 --> 00:12:14.050
  • of God's desires, but it does not reflect
  • 00:12:14.080 --> 00:12:17.240
  • the boundaries of His love.
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • Does the world, everyone in the world...does everyone
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  • in the world keep God's law?
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  • No.
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:28.260
  • But, does God love the world?
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  • Yes.
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  • His desire is that people wouldn't steal,
  • 00:12:32.050 --> 00:12:34.120
  • that people wouldn't lie, that they wouldn't commit adultery.
  • 00:12:34.150 --> 00:12:38.040
  • That's His desire.
  • 00:12:38.070 --> 00:12:39.150
  • But, He still loves the person who lies,
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  • and He sent His Son for that person.
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  • So, what this does is it helps me understand
  • 00:12:46.080 --> 00:12:50.000
  • how I relate to other people.
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  • Let's say that you have a grown child who's not walking
  • 00:12:52.000 --> 00:12:55.020
  • with the Lord, and that grown child says to you,
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:58.290
  • do you disagree with my lifestyle?
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  • You would say, well, it's not my desire that you live
  • 00:13:01.120 --> 00:13:04.050
  • that way, because according to Scripture, you've got
  • 00:13:04.080 --> 00:13:08.080
  • a car wreck headed in front of you, you've got a train wreck
  • 00:13:08.110 --> 00:13:10.170
  • in front of you.
  • 00:13:10.200 --> 00:13:11.190
  • 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 woman was caught in adultery.
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  • Remember, the Bible says, John 1 says,
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  • Jesus was full of grace and truth - grace and truth, okay?
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  • She's caught in adultery.
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  • They said, the law says stone her.
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  • What do you say?
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  • He never disagreed with the law.
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  • He did not disagree with the law.
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  • He did disagree with Pharisees' added laws
  • 00:13:36.170 --> 00:13:39.100
  • and interpretations sometimes, but He didn't disagree
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:41.230
  • with God's law, never one time.
  • 00:13:41.260 --> 00:13:43.190
  • Here's what He said.
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  • They said, the law says stone 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.
  • 00:13:53.040 --> 00:13:54.170
  • By the way, He qualified Himself as the only one
  • 00:13:54.200 --> 00:13:57.010
  • that could have cast a stone, because He was without sin.
  • 00:13:57.040 --> 00:14:01.130
  • But, when everyone walked away, He said to this woman,
  • 00:14:01.160 --> 00:14:03.100
  • "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,
  • 00:14:07.080 --> 00:14:09.010
  • grace and truth.
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:09.260
  • Here's what He said.
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  • "Neither do I" - that's grace.
  • 00:14:10.230 --> 00:14:12.210
  • "Go and sin no more" - that's truth.
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  • He said, I don't condemn you either,
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  • but don't continue in 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.
  • 00:14:23.280 --> 00:14:24.200
  • So, the law is a mirror.
  • 00:14:24.230 --> 00:14:25.290
  • 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 go if we want to have a good life,
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  • a joy-filled life.
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  • Psalm 119:105, "Your Word is a lamp to my feet
  • 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:41.200
  • and a light to my path".
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  • All through Psalm 119, it says, your Word, your laws,
  • 00:14:44.150 --> 00:14:48.180
  • your precepts, your statues... all say this is the roadmap.
  • 00:14:48.210 --> 00:14:54.080
  • If you want to know how to be married, it's in the book.
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:57.080
  • If you want to know how to raise kids, it's in the book.
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:15:01.120
  • If you want to know how to run your business,
  • 00:15:01.150 --> 00:15:03.240
  • it's in the book.
  • 00:15:03.270 --> 00:15:05.160
  • God gives us a map of how to live a joy-filled life.
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:10.070
  • Now, listen to me.
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  • Here's how good Satan is.
  • 00:15:11.030 --> 00:15:12.130
  • He's turning it around.
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:14.110
  • Satan has convinced many people, if you do something
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:18.110
  • and it's fun, it must not be God.
  • 00:15:18.140 --> 00:15:22.270
  • And God is saying, no, no, no, no.
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:25.030
  • I'm telling you that living with the same woman
  • 00:15:25.060 --> 00:15:28.210
  • for your entire life, and loving her,
  • 00:15:28.240 --> 00:15:31.040
  • and laying your life down for her, is the way
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:33.260
  • you'll experience joy on this earth,
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  • not going from person to person to person
  • 00:15:36.170 --> 00:15:38.160
  • and heartache to heartache to heartache.
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  • So, it's a map of how to go the right way.
  • 00:15:41.250 --> 00:15:43.210
  • You know I was just... I had a thought.
  • 00:15:43.240 --> 00:15:45.120
  • I've just got to give you this thought.
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  • If it weren't for people not keeping God's laws,
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:52.270
  • we wouldn't have any country and western music.
  • 00:15:53.000 --> 00:15:56.080
  • I'm sorry.
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:57.060
  • I shouldn't have...
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  • I'm sorry.
  • 00:16:01.220 --> 00:16:03.250
  • All right, here's number four.
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  • The law is a measure.
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  • It's a measure.
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  • This is number four.
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  • The law is a measure.
  • 00:16:10.190 --> 00:16:13.260
  • It shows me how I'm doing, keeping the moral standards
  • 00:16:13.290 --> 00:16:16.200
  • of God.
  • 00:16:16.230 --> 00:16:17.250
  • Now, remember, remember, when we get saved, we're not
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:20.040
  • married to the law anymore, we're married to Jesus.
  • 00:16:20.070 --> 00:16:21.220
  • But, remember, He says in the new covenant,
  • 00:16:21.250 --> 00:16:24.040
  • I'm going to write my laws on their heart.
  • 00:16:24.070 --> 00:16:27.220
  • So, there's an internal compass that God gives me to be able
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:31.220
  • to walk morally so I can enjoy this life,
  • 00:16:31.250 --> 00:16:34.190
  • have a good life.
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:35.150
  • So, here's what the law does.
  • 00:16:35.180 --> 00:16:37.180
  • The law keeps me in line.
  • 00:16:37.210 --> 00:16:39.200
  • It helps me understand some of these things, again,
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:42.040
  • through my relationship with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:43.200
  • Let me say it this way.
  • 00:16:43.230 --> 00:16:44.280
  • Before I got saved, I was a liar.
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  • I was a liar.
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:49.110
  • I lied.
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:49.290
  • I told lies, okay?
  • 00:16:50.020 --> 00:16:51.090
  • After I got saved, someone was asking me about something
  • 00:16:51.120 --> 00:16:54.180
  • and I said to them, "Well, I have a problem
  • 00:16:54.210 --> 00:16:56.220
  • with exaggeration".
  • 00:16:56.250 --> 00:17:00.100
  • And you know what God's Word said to me?
  • 00:17:00.130 --> 00:17:02.130
  • No, you have a problem with lying.
  • 00:17:02.160 --> 00:17:04.260
  • I remember, so I go from lying to thinking, well,
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:07.020
  • I just have a problem with exaggeration.
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:08.150
  • I remember, then once I became a preacher,
  • 00:17:08.180 --> 00:17:11.030
  • I remember thinking, I just embellish things.
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:14.210
  • But God's Word says to me, no, you lied.
  • 00:17:14.240 --> 00:17:18.260
  • I remember one time, I said to Debbie, I said,
  • 00:17:18.290 --> 00:17:21.070
  • "You know, God's really convicted me in an area
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:23.060
  • of my life.
  • 00:17:23.090 --> 00:17:24.040
  • I think I have a tendency sometimes to
  • 00:17:24.070 --> 00:17:26.090
  • exaggerate when I preach".
  • 00:17:26.120 --> 00:17:27.290
  • She said, "You think"?
  • 00:17:28.020 --> 00:17:31.160
  • And so, I said, "Well, I want you to help me in this area".
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:34.010
  • So, you know, a few weeks later, we get in the car and I said,
  • 00:17:34.040 --> 00:17:36.220
  • "How was the message"?
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:37.190
  • She says, "Great, great".
  • 00:17:37.220 --> 00:17:38.210
  • She said, "But you know, you asked me to help you
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:40.140
  • in the area of exaggeration, and you said, you know,
  • 00:17:40.170 --> 00:17:44.050
  • we had had 50 people saved last week... and we had 7".
  • 00:17:44.080 --> 00:17:51.150
  • And so, it was a helpful reminder to me
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:55.040
  • that I'm not to embellish, I'm not to exaggerate,
  • 00:17:55.070 --> 00:17:58.180
  • because here's what it actually is.
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:00.080
  • It's a lie.
  • 00:18:00.110 --> 00:18:02.090
  • So, I have a measure in my life.
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:03.290
  • Now, you need to understand that law keeping is not
  • 00:18:04.020 --> 00:18:08.240
  • the measure of true spirituality, though.
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:13.290
  • Now, hear me clearly on this.
  • 00:18:14.020 --> 00:18:15.060
  • Law keeping is not the measure of true spirituality.
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:18.230
  • If law keeping had been the measure of true spirituality,
  • 00:18:18.260 --> 00:18:23.280
  • then the Pharisees would have been the most spiritual.
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:29.060
  • And here's what Jesus said to them -
  • 00:18:29.090 --> 00:18:30.200
  • you look like a cemetery.
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:33.280
  • Pretty green grass and nice flowers,
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:36.040
  • but you have dead men's bones on the inside.
  • 00:18:36.070 --> 00:18:40.140
  • So, there are people that haven't been saved long at all,
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:44.150
  • and don't even know some of the things that they
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.250
  • shouldn't do, but they love God with all of their heart.
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:50.220
  • Now, they grow and they mature, but they don't know.
  • 00:18:50.250 --> 00:18:53.270
  • I remember when I was an associate pastor
  • 00:18:54.000 --> 00:18:56.190
  • at Shady Grove Church, one of the things I did for part
  • 00:18:56.220 --> 00:19:01.080
  • of the time was the Young Marrieds' Ministry.
  • 00:19:01.110 --> 00:19:03.200
  • And so, we had this retreat, and we had these young marrieds,
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:08.140
  • and we were sitting around this campfire,
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:10.040
  • and we were telling our testimonies,
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:11.180
  • how we came to Christ.
  • 00:19:11.210 --> 00:19:12.270
  • And there was a couple there that had been saved three weeks.
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:15.160
  • They had been saved three weeks, the husband and the wife,
  • 00:19:15.190 --> 00:19:18.060
  • and in a minute, they guy said, "Ooh, ooh", he said,
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:21.100
  • "can I share my testimony, can I share my testimony"?
  • 00:19:21.130 --> 00:19:23.130
  • And I said, "Yeah, share your testimony".
  • 00:19:23.160 --> 00:19:25.190
  • He said, "Well, I grew up", he said, "never went to church,
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:28.050
  • didn't know God".
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:29.080
  • And while he was talking, he reached in his pocket
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:30.160
  • and he pulled his pack of cigarettes out,
  • 00:19:30.190 --> 00:19:32.260
  • and he started packing that.
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:35.040
  • If you don't know what this is, ask a former smoker.
  • 00:19:35.070 --> 00:19:37.140
  • But, he's packing his tobacco.
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:39.020
  • You know, he's doing like this.
  • 00:19:39.050 --> 00:19:40.080
  • He says, "And I didn't know God.
  • 00:19:40.110 --> 00:19:41.170
  • I didn't know one thing about God".
  • 00:19:41.200 --> 00:19:42.260
  • Then he pulled a cigarette out and stuck it in his mouth.
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:46.210
  • Said, "Then I came a few weeks ago to church".
  • 00:19:46.240 --> 00:19:53.190
  • He says, "And I heard for the first time about
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:58.100
  • Jesus dying on the cross".
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:20:01.200
  • I looked around.
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:03.120
  • You should have seen the church people's eyes!
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:09.240
  • And one of them came to me after and said,
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:11.140
  • "Pastor Robert, are you going to tell him?
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:13.150
  • Are you going to talk to him about smoking?
  • 00:20:13.180 --> 00:20:15.020
  • Are you going to talk to him?"
  • 00:20:15.050 --> 00:20:16.140
  • And I said, "You know what?
  • 00:20:16.170 --> 00:20:18.270
  • I'm going to let the Holy Spirit talk to him about it".
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:22.050
  • And I remember, when I turned and walked away,
  • 00:20:22.080 --> 00:20:24.090
  • I had this thought.
  • 00:20:24.120 --> 00:20:25.180
  • I thought, well, what if the Holy Spirit doesn't talk to him?
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:30.060
  • And then I had this thought.
  • 00:20:30.090 --> 00:20:31.170
  • Well, if the Holy Spirit doesn't talk to him,
  • 00:20:31.200 --> 00:20:33.030
  • why would you talk to him then?
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:35.280
  • He loved Jesus!
  • 00:20:36.010 --> 00:20:38.150
  • But, he didn't know anything about your body's the temple
  • 00:20:38.180 --> 00:20:40.100
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:41.260
  • He didn't know that yet.
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:43.070
  • And I'm not saying that we shouldn't help people grow,
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:45.060
  • and learn, and mature.
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:46.090
  • But let me say it another way, all right?
  • 00:20:46.120 --> 00:20:48.190
  • I've given you four Ms - you know, the law is a master,
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:52.090
  • a mirror, a map.
  • 00:20:52.120 --> 00:20:54.020
  • You know, I've given you these Ms, you know, a measure.
  • 00:20:54.050 --> 00:20:57.090
  • I'm going to give you another M.
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:58.210
  • It's not another point, but if you want to write it down,
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:00.210
  • something that the law is not.
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:02.130
  • The law is not a machete.
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:06.040
  • It's not something that you use to hack up other people with.
  • 00:21:06.070 --> 00:21:09.260
  • You know, you don't wear your hair right...hack, hack,
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:12.200
  • hack, hack.
  • 00:21:12.230 --> 00:21:14.280
  • And you don't wear your makeup right...hack, hack, hack.
  • 00:21:15.010 --> 00:21:18.010
  • Or, here's one that... you don't believe
  • 00:21:18.040 --> 00:21:20.230
  • like our church believes.
  • 00:21:20.260 --> 00:21:21.250
  • Hack, hack, hack.
  • 00:21:21.280 --> 00:21:24.230
  • God never intended it to be used that way.
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:26.250
  • It's a measure.
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  • It helps me see how I'm doing, how I'm growing
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  • in my relationship with Christ.
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  • Now, listen to me.
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  • The law is a test, but it's not to show God how well
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  • you're doing, it's not to show others how well
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  • you're doing.
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  • It shows you how well you're doing.
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  • And I want to take this a step further.
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  • Because of grace - now again, I'm going to say
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  • a statement that might be shocking, okay?
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  • The law is a test that God does not grade for believers.
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  • He doesn't grade it for 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 you miss 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 test if you want.
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  • Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you this.
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  • You actually already have been 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 that my 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.
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  • You know, God really does want 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 rules or regulations,
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  • it's for our good.
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  • God really wants us to walk in righteousness
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  • for our own good.
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  • It's like when we say to 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 you that the only way that we
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  • can live a moral life is through 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 received Jesus as your Savior,
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  • I want to give you the opportunity right now.
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  • Right now, would you just simply tell the Lord...
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  • Lord, I receive you, I trust you.
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  • Will you give control of your life to the Lord?
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  • Hey, I'm so glad if you've given your life to the Lord.
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  • I'd love to hear from you if you've done that,
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  • and I also want to remind you, I'm continuing this series
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  • next week, "Amazing Grace".
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for watching today's program.
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  • We are so glad that you were able to join us,
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  • and we hope that this message gave you a much
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  • deeper understanding of an often overlooked, and yet,
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  • very foundational truth from God's word.
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  • You've heard the famous lyrics, "Amazing Grace,
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  • How Sweet The Sound That Saved a Wretch Like Me."
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  • But do you truly understand the gift of God's grace?
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  • And what His grace fully offers in your daily Christian life?
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  • In this revolutionary eight-part series,
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  • Pastor Robert walks us through
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  • what God's grace really is by breaking down
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  • the often misunderstood relationship
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  • between law and grace,
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  • and by showing us how we can live
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  • in God's amazing grace each and every day.
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  • We want you to have a copy of this teaching series,
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  • and we'll send it to you today as our special way
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  • of saying thank you for your best gift toward the outreaches
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris ministries.
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  • And if you are able to share a gift of $45 or more today,
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  • So, please call us today, or visit us online
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  • at PastorRobert.com to request your copy of this
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  • "Amazing Grace" series.
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  • And get ready to discover the great depth, breadth, height,
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  • and inehxaustible supply of grace that God has proivided
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  • for you.
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  • Also, be sure to take a moment to share your prayer requests
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  • with us, and explore the many other resources that are
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  • available on our website to help you grow in your relationship
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  • with Jesus.
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  • We look forward to hearing from you, and as always,
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  • we're greatful for your generous support of this ministry.
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  • We sing praise, we sing praise
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  • We fill the skies with songs from our hearts
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  • We sing praise, we sing praise
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  • Till enemies know how faithful you are
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  • Oh, God, yeah
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  • 00:25:52.000 --> 00:25:59.240
  • High, we lift up your name Put darkness in chains
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  • You go before us
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  • And love is swallowing fear And all of the walls
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  • will soon disappear They are crumbling
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  • Come on let's lift it up together
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  • We sing praise we sing praise
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  • We fill the skies with songs from our hearts
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  • We sing praise we sing praise
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  • Till enemies know how faithful you are
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  • Oh, sing praise we sing praise
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  • We fill the skies with songs from our hearts
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  • We sing praise we sing praise
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  • Till enemies know how faithful you are
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  • Inside you beats a heart for ministry.
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  • A sense that you're called to serve God in a greater way.
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  • But perhaps, you feel stuck, not knowing how to get
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  • from where you are to that envisioned place.
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  • Let The King's University Online be the bridge to your calling.
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  • through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Imagine what could happen if you took the first step.
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