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Friday, April 25, 2014

How the Law Helps Us to Know God

Ten days ago I asked how the juxtaposition of the Law being written on the hearts of the people and their knowing God were related in Jeremiah 31:33 – 34.  Here’s how.
How does knowing the Law help me know God?  Thoughts at DTTB.
Read 2 Peter 1:3 – 4.  Note that the purpose of the promises is so that we can become partakers of the divine nature.  How does that work.  Both the promise of God and the Law of God are based on His nature and character.  In a sense they flow from whom He is.  When we accept God’s promise we are trusting His Word.  His Word is a reflection of His character.  We all know people who when they promise something they deliver.  We all know those whose promise is empty.  By their word, and the way in which they honor or dishonor their word we have come to know what they are like, their nature.

God’s Law was given to demonstrate that we are different from Him.  He does not murder, He does not bear false witness, He does not covet.  We do.  The Law leads us to understand that we are not like Him and if we want to be in His presence we have to have to be changed.  Galatians 3:24 tells us the Law leads us to faith in Christ.

So think of it.  If the Law were written on the hearts of the people.  The nature and character of God would be written on their hearts.  They would not need someone to tell them about God.  His nature is in their hearts.

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