This is my sermon note for Faith is Superior to Law, sermon preached at New Creation Church on 10 July 2011.
I am called to live by faith and not obedience. Besides, obedience is a fruit, when I believe right, I can live an obedient life. Instead of relying on how I feel, I should wake up every morning thinking about what do I believe.
In Luke 4:25-30, Jesus referred to 2 Old Testament (OT) stories to illustrate that grace is more important than the law. Both the widow in Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian were both non-Jews and according to God’s law, they weren’t supposed to receive any blessing or healing. They are not qualified. In short, Jesus highlighted the fact that those who didn’t deserve it received the miracle of abundance and healing. And those who think that they deserve blessings got angry. How can God bless those people? Sounds familiar?
In Galatians 4:9, Paul told the Galatians who had mixed grace and law to go beyond Moses (who represented the law since God gave the law to Moses) to Abraham. The question to ask is: How did Abraham become righteous? God did call Abraham righteous. Paul also referred to the law as weak and beggarly.
In Galatians 3:29-4:7, Paul explained the role of the law in God’s plan. It was only to serve as instructions and guidance for the Jews until the fullness of time has come. The fullness of time has already arrived. Verse 4 and 5 states,
When Christ came, the fullness came. When I was reborn, I have become a full grown son together with Jesus with full rights and privileges. I am no longer a minor who still need instructions.
So, how do I manifest this truth?
Say what I want and not what I already have. If I say what I already have, how can I receive more?
But believing is not saying until it happens, it is seeing and saying it in God’s eye of reality. He sees me well and abundant. My fight of faith is to see it the way God sees it regardless of the testimony of my senses and experiences.
Most importantly, mine is not a baseless faith. My rights and privileges are based on the perfect works of Jesus Christ. See Matthew 27:26-30
26 Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him.
28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
30 They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head.
Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for being my ransom so that I live the abundant life.
This sermon note is based on my thoughts and understanding of what was preached. It doesn’t represent the opinion and stand of New Creation Church.