Summary: Jesus bore the curse of the law so we wouldn’t have to.
I want to make a point as we begin today – and that is that there is often more than one way to do some things. The following test is used by Anderson consulting to see if people are qualified to be a “professional.” There are only 4 questions. See how you do…
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Wrong Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the refrigerator.
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer: The Elephant. The Elephant is in the refrigerator.
This tests your memory. OK, even if you didn’t answer the 1st 3 questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your abilities.
4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it?
Correct Answer: You swim across. All the Crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
The point is that there’s more than one way to do some things. And, I want you to realize this morning, that you get to choose. There are 2 ways you can make it to heaven! Really!
The oldest way is the most popular; the way of all religions of the world, except for Christianity. It’s the way of law-keeping. The text we’re looking at today reminds us of it: *v12 (Lev 18:5).
Keeping God’s law as a way to go to heaven is called “legalism.”
So, if you’re a legalist, this message is for you today.
Through this passage, and most of the book of Galatians, when Paul talks about the Law, the word “the” isn’t there – like in v10: “People who depend on following (the) law to make them right are under condemnation.” He’s speaking about something broader than just the OT Law. He’s referring to a whole approach to God – the way of the legalist.
-To quote John MacArthur: “there are 2 religions: the religion of divine accomplishment, which is biblical Christianity, and the religion of human achievement, which includes all other kinds of religion, whatever names they may go under."
If you’re a legalist, you’ve chosen the most popular way to make it to heaven. Really, you could potentially never fear hell, never worry about the wrath of God, never fear death – if you just perfectly keep God’s law. That’s what it takes. Are you there?
One guy was! *Lk 18:18-21 Amazing, isn’t it? From his boyhood, right though the teen years, into adulthood, this guy had done everything God commanded. At least, he said he had. Strange, he still felt he needed something else.