2. October 2013 06:54
Let me illustrate what I have been trying to say concerning the legislation of righteousness. I am all for having good laws and boundaries for safety and protection. I am not for anarchy but for the Kingdom of God to reign. Please don't misunderstand me.
Let's say, there is a mean angry german shepherd. He is on a chain. He has never bitten anyone. So you put up a sign and tell everyone that this is a very nice dog because he has never bitten anyone. Even though this dog is lusting after every leg that walks past his area. But the truth is this dog has not bitten anyone. Does the fact that he has not bitten anyone make this a good or (if I might say) righteous dog. Of course not. The dog has it in his nature to bite every leg he possible can. But because he bound by the chain, he has not bitten anyone. What would happen if you removed the chains from the dog. His true nature would take over.
The law is the chains that harness our sinful nature.
In 2 Timothy 1:8-11 we read,
8We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
The law is not for the righteous but the unrighteousness. God does not want to legislate righteousness but impute it and impart it into us.
2 Peter 1
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
God wants His righteousness to lead our life not the law. The law bring death but the spirit brings life.
2 Cor. 3
6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
What Jesus came to do is to remove the chains that hold the german shepherd and change our nature by giving us a divine nature. Which dog is better the one who is bound by chains yet has never bitten anyone or a dog that has a new nature and the chains are removed yet never bites anyone. Jesus came to set us free by giving us a divine nature that desires to walk in His Spirit and His righteousness.