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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - July 01, 2009

God's Word Revealed: 1 Chronicles 29:29-30

First, let’s consider that it was around this time the Lord gave more Scripture. To this point, the Lord had given only the Pentateuch through Moses, as we’ve seen. This, by itself, was very important, especially because of the Law. Paul reminds us that the Lord didn’t give the Law so that man might merit his salvation as a covenant of works: “Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law” (Gal. 3:21). He gave it to draw attention to the promise He had made to Abraham: It was added to the Abrahamic Covenant: “For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made” (vv. 18-19). It was meant to be a tutor to point His people to Christ before He came: “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (vv. 23-24).

It did this in at least three ways: The moral standard of the Law – the Ten Commandments – showed God’s people their sins and so made them look to the Promised Seed to take away their sins, as it also does for us today. The ceremonial Law, through its sacrifices, showed them what their sins deserved – death – and pointed to gracious substitution and so to the Promised Seed. And the office of priest showed them the need of mediation to approach God and so pointed them to the Promised Seed who was the only Mediator between God and man. The prophecies, types and shadows, and the Law it contained were all meant to drive them to Christ that they might be saved by faith in Him.

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