What Jesus Did! 'A Stronger Grace' — Luke 16:17

Friday, September 25, 2015

"Even the smallest part of a letter in the law cannot be changed. It would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away."
— Luke 16:17
Illustration of Luke 16:17 — "Even the smallest part of a letter in the law cannot be changed. It would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away."

Key Thought

The intent of God's Law was to form a holy people who reflected the character of the holy God they worshiped. Jesus' goal was not to abolish the character and call of the Law, but to make it more real, permanent, and transforming in the lives of the people of God. What flawed humans couldn't do through the Law, God did through his Son and the Good News of the Kingdom that proclaimed his work. More than fulfilling the purposes of the Law, the Good News of the Kingdom made it stronger and more permanent. Grace does not just liberate us from law; it liberates us to the character the Law sought to define and command in us.

Today's Prayer

Father, I ask that your holy character and that your perfect will be displayed in what I say, how I live, and what I desire in my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord said these things, "The time is coming when I will make a new Agreement with the family of Israel, and with the family of Judah. It will not be like the Agreement I made with their ancestors. I made that Agreement when I took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt. I was their Master, but they broke that Agreement." This message is from the Lord. "In the future, I will make this Agreement with the people of Israel." This message is from the Lord. "I will put my teachings in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. People will not have to teach their neighbors and relatives to know the Lord. Why? Because all people, from the least important to the greatest, will know me." This message is from the Lord. "I will forgive them for the bad things they did. I won't remember their sins."

Jeremiah 31:31-34

So now people that are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. Why? Because in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free. It made you free from the law that brings sin and death. The law was without power because the law was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the law could not do. God sent his own Son to earth with the same human life that other people use for sin. God sent his Son to be an offering to pay for sin. So God used a human life to condemn (destroy) sin. God did this so that we could be right like the law said we must be. Now we don't live following our sinful selves. We live following the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-4

God made us able to be servants of a new agreement {from God to his people}. This new agreement is not a written law. It is of the Spirit. The written law brings death, but the Spirit gives life. The Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord's glory. We are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory. This glory comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:6, 17-18

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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