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Our Tutor to Lead Us

April 20, 2018

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Our Tutor to Lead Us

God has given us the wonderful ability  to learn.     From experience,  we know  that in our learning,  we must always start from the very beginning — a very good place  to start.     So,  we learn our A, B, C’s  and how to count 1, 2, 3.     It has to be much more  than rote learning.     We have to come to the realization  that there is meaning  to all of this — meaning that will help us progress  in all sorts of endeavors  and interests — meaning that will help us  to become grown-up  and complete — meaning that will bring satisfaction  and success  in life.

We have the same needs  for learning  in our spiritual lives.     We have been born  in sin  and are natural sinners  through and through.     We need  to learn the difference  between right and wrong,  good and bad.     God has given us  a conscience,  which many do use  to guide their living — at least to a certain extent  when they feel like it.     But,  just a conscience,  without the saving knowledge  of our Savior,  does not save us eternally.     And,  we are sinful and sneaky enough  to learn how  to work around  what our conscience tells us  and to justify  our sinful behaviors.     That is not good.

So,  back to the drawing board.     God has given us the Law — a long list  of dos and don’ts.    Paul tells us  about the purpose  of the Law  in teaching us  and about how we graduate  in Galatians 3:24-26,

The Law has become  our tutor  to lead us  to Christthat we may be justified  by faith.    

But now that faith has come,  we are no longer under  a tutor,  for you are all sons  of God  through faith  in Christ Jesus.

The Law is our tutor  to bring us down  to our knees  before Christ.     We need  to know the Law  and the severe consequences  of breaking the Law,  so that we will be enabled  to plead  for mercy  in Jesus.     Our tutor demands  a number of things  from us.     First of all,  in Leviticus 11:45 the Law demands,

You shall be holy  for I am holy.

To be holy means  to be set apart  and totally devoted  to God —  to be sanctified —  to be consecrated.     As we honestly review our past,  we know our lives  have not been devoted  to God.     We’re always wanting to live  for ourselves  without any thought  of what God wants.    Since we’re guilty  of not being holy,  we will have  to face judgment.

Then our tutor makes  another demand  of us  in Deuteronomy 18:13,

You shall be perfect  before the LORD  your God.

That instantly condemns  every single one  of us.     There’s no way  we can be perfect.     But,  the Law,  our tutor demands it,  in spite  of our inability.     We are headed  for hell.     We are not holy  or perfect.     We are condemned.     Even our conscience  had been warning us,  but we didn’t pay any attention.     That adds  to our guilt.     We don’t have an excuse.     Oh,  how we need  to be saved  from this vortex  to hell.

But,  our tutor is not done  with us.     The Law demands  in Deuteronomy 6:5,

You shall love the LORD your God  with all your heart  and with all your soul  and with all your might.

We haven’t loved God  that deeply.     How can we love a God  who is so demanding?     We need  a Savior.     Then,  the Law adds  in Leviticus 19:18,

You shall love your neighbor  as yourself.

We haven’t done that either.     We are condemned  to greater punishment  in hell.     Has our tutor,  the Law,  gotten through to us?     Do we have a clue  about the eternal suffering  we have earned  with our disobedience?     All of these laws are supposed  to wake us up  to our absolute need  for a Savior.     There is no way anyone  can be good enough  for heaven  on their own.     If anyone still has the audacity  to claim  they are good enough  to earn heaven,  they have committed blasphemy  and are incurring  even worse punishment.     Just think  of how many people  actually do commit  this sort of blasphemy.     Do we want  to join them?

God has proven  that all of His word is true  and we need  to listen up.     If we choose  to ignore our tutor,  we will not be led  to our Savior,  Jesus Christ.     The whole reason  for the Law is  to make us realize  our utter sinfulness  and helplessness.     If we haven’t learned that,  we won’t be able  to humbly turn  to Jesus  for forgiveness  and be saved.     So,  are we paying attention?     Do we know  what is going on  in the classroom  of this life?

Paul told us  in Galatians 3:24  that when we learn the lesson  of the Law  and are led  in faith  to Christ  for the forgiveness we need,  we most certainly will be  “justified by faith”.     And  when we are “justified by faith”,  we will no longer need  the Law  as our tutor.     Then,  the Holy Spirit will be enabled  to lead us  through this life  by faith  in Jesus  and the forgiveness  He has earned  for us.

Free from the demands  of our tutor  and through the Holy Spirit,  we will willingly live  according to the love  of God  in Christ.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for washing away  all my sins  in Jesus Christ.     Thank You  for faithfully tutoring me  and making me  Your dear child  by faith.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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