Discipleship – Level 3 Lesson 8

Level 3 Lesson 8

THE PROPER USE OF GOD’S LAW
By Don Krow

One day Joe and I were talking to Bill and Steve at the lake. The question was
brought up, “How could people possibly be held accountable before God who have never
heard of God or Jesus Christ?” I said, “Bill, suppose you went to visit Steve at his home,
but he was gone and his wife was there. If you entered into an adulterous affair with her,
would you feel guilty for violating your friend’s wife? Even though you had never heard
of the Ten Commandments or read the Bible? Where did that sense of guilt and feeling of
accountability come from?”

You see, God has given every person, through the Law and your conscience, the
ability to sense right and feel guilt for your wrong. The Law and the conscience are the
self-judging functions that either accuse or excuse oneself in regard to one’s conduct
(Rom. 2:14-15).

Bill had been telling me up to that point what a good person he was. He didn’t
really see any need for the Savior. I turned to Exodus 20 and began to read to Bill the Ten
Commandments. “Bill, has God always been first in your life, and have you always loved
Him more than anything in the world? If not, you have broken the first commandment”
(Ex. 20:3). “Have you ever exalted anything before God? If so, you have broken the
second commandment” (Ex. 20:4). “Have you ever used the name of Jesus Christ as a
four-letter word? You are guilty of breaking the third commandment.” (Ex. 20:7) “Have
you always set aside a day to honor and worship God? You have broken the fourth
commandment” (Ex. 20:8). “Did you always honor your father and mother in your
youth? You have broken the fifth commandment” (Ex. 20:12). “Have you ever become
extremely angry with a person? You have broken the sixth commandment” (compare Ex.
20:13 with Matt. 5:21-22). “Have you ever looked upon a woman and lusted after her?
You have broken the seventh commandment” (compare Ex. 20:14 with Matt. 5:27-28).
“Have you ever taken something that did not belong to you? You have broken the eighth
commandment” (Ex. 20:15). “Have you always told the truth? If not, you have broken the
ninth commandment” (Ex. 20:16). “Have you ever had a desire to have what belongs to
someone else? You have broken the tenth commandment” (Ex. 20:17). “Do you see why
Jesus said He came to save sinners?” (Mark 2:16-17).

The problem with thinking we are good enough, or trying to be good enough to go
to heaven, is the fact that we have all broken the Ten Commandments. James 2:10 tells us
that whoever keeps the whole Law yet fails to keep just one point is GUILTY of breaking
the Law. The Law was never meant to make you righteous but only to reveal your sin
(Rom. 3:19-20).

We all need a Savior! The word “Savior” has the idea of one that can rescue you
from the penalty of sin. Jesus rescues the perishing so that they might have eternal life
(Matt. 1:21).

183  To be good enough to go to heaven, we must have a righteousness that equals
God’s (2 Cor. 5:21). The good news of the Gospel is that not only will Jesus forgive your
sins, but He is offering—freely—His very own righteousness to us as a gift (Rom. 5:17:
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive
abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus
Christ”).

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read Mark 2:16-17. Who did Jesus come to save? ____________________________

2.  Read Romans 2:1. When we judge others, what are we doing to ourselves?
___________________________________________________________________Why?
________________________________________________________________________

3.  Read James 2:10. If we keep most of God’s Law but just miss the mark on a few
things, what are we guilty of? _______________________________________________

4.  Read Galatians 3:10. If we are going to be righteous by keeping God’s Law, how
much of it do we have to keep? _______________________And how long must we keep
these commandments? _____________________________________Do you see why we
cannot be saved by trying to be good enough? __________________________________

5.  Read Galatians 2:16. Justification is the gift of righteousness, supplied by God, that
brings a person into right standing and relationship with God. Justification of sinners is
offered through faith in Jesus Christ and is accomplished once and for all through His
death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4 and Rom. 4:25). What is a man not justified by?
____________________________________________________ How is a person saved?
______________________________________ How many people will be justified by the
Law? ___________________________________________________________________

6.  Read Romans 6:14. As a Christian, you are: A. under the Law.  B. under grace.

7.  Read Ezekiel 18:20. If you were under the Law, what would be the punishment for
your sins? _______________________________________________________________

8.  Read Romans 4:6-8. Under grace, what three things does God do with your sins?
________________________________________________________________________

9.  Read Romans 5:1. Now that we are justified, what benefit do we enjoy?
________________________________________________________________________

10.  Read Romans 5:9. Now that we have been saved by Jesus’ blood, what will we be
saved from? _____________________________________________________________

11.  Read Romans 10:4. Christ ended the Law as a means of obtaining
_____________________________________________________________ before God.
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12.  Read 1 Corinthians 1:30. God made Jesus Christ to be our _____________________,
_______________________________, ____________________________________, and
_______________________________________________________________________.

13.  Read Philippians 3:9. When you go under the Law of Moses, you are trying to obtain
your own _______________________________________________________________.

14.  Read 1 Corinthians 11:1. As Christians, we are living under the law of Christ. The
law of Christ is not a set of rules to obey; it is living a life in response to a person. That
person is _______________________________________________________________.

15.  Read Romans 8:3. The Law could never save us, not because the Law was wrong,
but because in the weakness of our _________________________, we could not keep it.

Scripture to Use with Questions

Mark 2:16-17 – “[16] And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans
and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with
publicans and sinners? [17] When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole
have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance.”

Romans 2:1 – “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest:
for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the
same things.”

James 2:10 – “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is
guilty of all.”

Galatians 3:10 – “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is
written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the
book of the law to do them.”

Galatians 2:16 – “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by
the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no
flesh be justified.”

Romans 6:14 – “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law,
but under grace.”

Ezekiel 18:20 – “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of
the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the
righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

185Romans 4:6-8 – “[6] Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto
whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose
iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the
Lord will not impute sin.”

Romans 5:1 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:9 – “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from
wrath through him.”

Romans 10:4 – “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that
believeth.”

1 Corinthians 1:30 – “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us
wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

Philippians 3:9 – “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of
the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God
by faith.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 – “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

Romans 8:3 – “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the
flesh.”

Answer Key

1.  Read Mark 2:16-17. Who did Jesus come to save? Sinners.

2.  Read Romans 2:1. When we judge others, what are we doing to ourselves?
Condemning ourselves; that is, pronouncing judgment against ourselves.  Why?
Because although we judge others, we do the same things they do.

3.  Read James 2:10. If we keep most of God’s Law but just miss the mark on a few
things, what are we guilty of? We are guilty of all.

4.  Read Galatians 3:10. If we are going to be righteous by keeping God’s Law, how
much of it do we have to keep? All.  And how long must we keep these commandments?
We must always continue in them (without one slip).  Do you see why we cannot be
saved by trying to be good enough? Yes.

5.  Read Galatians 2:16. Justification is the gift of righteousness, supplied by God, that
brings a person into right standing and relationship with God. Justification of sinners is
offered through faith in Jesus Christ and is accomplished once and for all through His
death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4 and Rom. 4:25). What is a man not justified by?
186His own works; that is, the works of the Law.  How is a person saved? Through faith
(trust) in Jesus Christ.  How many people will be justified by the Law? No flesh; that
is, no person.

6.  Read Romans 6:14. As a Christian, you are: B. under grace.

7.  Read Ezekiel 18:20. If you were under the Law, what would be the punishment for
your sins? Death.

8.  Read Romans 4:6-8. Under grace what three things does God do with your sins?
Forgives them, covers them, and does not impute them (put them) to my account.

9.  Read Romans 5:1. Now that we are justified, what benefit do we enjoy? Peace with
God (He is not mad at us).

10.  Read Romans 5:9. Now that we have been saved by Jesus’ blood, what will we be
saved from? Wrath (judgment for our sins).

11.  Read Romans 10:4. Christ ended the Law as a means of obtaining righteousness
before God.

12.  Read 1 Corinthians 1:30. God made Jesus Christ to be our wisdom, righteousness,
sanctification, and redemption.

13.  Read Philippians 3:9. When you go under the Law of Moses, you are trying to obtain
your own righteousness.

14.  Read 1 Corinthians 11:1. As Christians, we are living under the law of Christ. The
law of Christ is not a set of rules to obey; it is living a life in response to a person. That
person is Christ.

15.  Read Romans 8:3. The Law could never save us, not because the Law was wrong,
but because in the weakness of our flesh, we could not keep it.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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