Friday, February 9, 2018

Challenging Christ

Challenging Christ
Luke 10:25-29

The lawyer in Luke 10:25-29 was known as an expert in the Talmud or the Law. He was trying to test Jesus and so cuts to the chase in asking Christ an extremely important question, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answers with a question, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” The lawyer is smart and attempts to challenge Jesus. He answers with, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

This could sound as though Jesus was teaching salvation by works and what the lawyer could do to inherit eternal life. If you want to be saved under the law, then do this. It is impossible for us to be saved by keeping the law. We cannot keep the law perfectly that’s why Christ came and died for our sins on the cross. We can do nothing to inherit eternal life it has been done completely, totally and entirely by Christ for us.

The lawyer was desiring to justify himself and prove confidence in the law. He asked, “Who is my neighbor?” He skipped the part about loving God and went directly to the neighbor. This was a clever trap that the lawyer set for Christ. He was trying to make the law achievable. Jesus upheld the absolute meaning of the law trying to get the lawyer to admit his failure in upholding the law flawlessly to the point of perfection. Can we love God or our neighbor purely and wholly? No, we are but sinners, hopeless before Him. If it were not for His mercies made new every morning (Lamentations 3:21-24), we could have no possibility of entering heaven. If it were not for His grace (Romans 3:20-24), to justify us by faith, we would be utterly and entirely without hope. Christ is the assurance of our eternal life.

Lord, thank You for my eternal security.

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