The Law of God
A Sermon on Acts 7:37-38
This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. (ESV)
Man, in his pride and sin, believes that he can obey all that the Law of God commands and obtain his own righteousness. But as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues with Acts 7:37-38, this is a complete misunderstanding of what the Law is and why God gave it to his people. For God never intended for his people to obtain righteousness by the works of the Law. Nor could the blood of animals ever atone for sin. But, as the apostles taught, God gave the Law in order to convict men of their need for salvation and redemption. For the whole of the Law points not to man and his ability to do what God commands, but it points to the need of a Savior. It points to one who can obey the Law for those who cannot. This man is Jesus Christ. He came to fulfill all that the Law required. The sacrificial system looked forward to his death on the cross as a sacrifice for all who would believe. This is the Gospel: Jesus Christ saves men who cannot save themselves. He stands in our place before God so that we may have life and fellowship with him. And by believing in Jesus we have new life and true life in his sacrifice for us.