Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”
God upholds his laws, Psalms 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul”. Charles Finney said, “God’s righteousness and perfect purity of character are revealed in His law”. The law was designed to call to attention the state of the heart which is the real value in God’s sight” No one is saved by the law, the bible says, Romans 3:20 “By the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified”, the law is just the mirror. I have never seen a mirror clean anyone. Charles Finney also said, “Ever more the Law must prepare the way for the Gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the church with false converts…Time will make this plain.” And the bible continues to highlight the purpose of the law, Galatians 3:24, “Wherefore the LAW was our school master to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith”. To quote CharlesSpurgeon, “The law cuts into the core of the evil, it reveals the seat of the malady, and informs us that the leprosy lies deep within. Oh how the man abhors himself when he sees all his rivers of water turned blood, and loathsomeness creeping over all his being”.
This was not a smiling case for Isaiah because never has the law ever painted a good picture. It condemns, leaving you helpless in need of a Savior; it does not justify, all it does is leave you guilty. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE LAW. DL Moody said, “The law can only chase you to the cross, no further”. To further quote Charles Spurgeon, “Having thus removed the mask and shown the desperate case of the sinner, the relentless law causes the offence to abound yet more by bringing home the sentence of condemnation. It mounts the judgment seat, puts on the black cap, and pronounces the sentence of death. With a harsh unpitying voice it solemnly thunders forth the words, “Condemned already.” It bids the soul prepare its defense, knowing well that all apologies have been taken away by its former work of conviction. The sinner is therefore speechless, and the law, with frowning looks, lifts up the veil of hell, and gives the man a glimpse of torment. THE SOUL FEELS THAT THE SENTENCE IS JUST, that the punishment is not too severe, and that mercy it has no right to expect; it stands quivering, trembling, fainting, and intoxicated with dismay, until it falls prostrate in utter despair. The sinner puts the rope around his own neck, arrays himself in the attire of the condemned, and throws himself at the foot of the King’s throne, with but one thought, “I am vile”; and with one prayer, “GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER.” Isaiah felt the same way and said “woe is me, for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips”. Though people take the laws of God lightly, God values His laws. His righteousness is not cheap and reduced to man’s level. Check out what it cost Him to redeem the law breakers and you will understand the values of His laws.
Romans 3:23, is frequently used in witnessing “For all have sinned…” yes we have all sinned but look at Isaiah’s response, he first acknowledged his personal sin before the corporate (Woe is ME). I believe that as long as sinners put their sins as corporate, they will never see their sins as exceedingly sinful. The law makes the sin abound (exceedingly sinful) shutting one’s mouth without any avenue of justification. Romans 3:19, “Now we know that whatsoever the law says, it says to them that are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” I can see Isaiah’s mouth being stopped as he sees himself guilty before a holy God. I’m not sure if many people I witnessed to back in the days saw the righteousness of God to stand and declare their guilty state before God and not me. To make this point clear, here is an analogy I love by Ray Comfort, I’m driving on the highway doing 75mph on a 55mph, it feels good and looking around me, everyone is doing it. Though I know it’s wrong, it doesn’t sound or feel wrong when I am going with the flow. As I continue to drive, suddenly the law (cop) makes his way in my lane flashing his lights. All of a sudden I can’t believe that I am doing 75mph when I should be doing 55mph. My conscious accuses me because God gave me one to show when I am doing wrong. He stops me and now I have to answer to the law. What made me feel bad about what I was doing? It’s when the law showed up and it showed me how serious it was to break it, and now my sin abound becoming exceedingly sinful. It was sin when I saw what I was doing, but it appeared to be more serious when the cop showed up. At this point either I am going to use an excuse that everyone is doing it or my mouth is stopped and I plead for mercy. Finney said, “hence God must bring them first under a felt sentence of death (under the law), but this does not make them righteous, it only prepares the way of bringing them to Christ”. This is how Isaiah was stopped; he first talked about his own personal sin then talked about corporate sin. It’s at his point of conviction and repentance that God gave him grace and mercy. The bible says, “Him that much is forgiven, loves much” (paraphrased) and this becomes his fruit of salvation. The highway of sin, everyone is doing it, who is not given to lust, stealing, using the Lord’s name in vain? When God’s law makes its way in the fast lane, the sinner observes his conscious speedometer and all it does is accuse or excuse him. The law makes judgment reasonable. To continue, Blessings Ev
- Submitting To God’s Righteousness, Part 1of10, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Submitting To God’s Righteousness, Part 2of10, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)