Perfecter?

Can something that is perfect be made “perfecter”? By the very definitions of perfect, the answer to that question is a resounding NO!

1.conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.
2. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement: There is no perfect legal code. The proportions of this temple are almost perfect.
3. exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose: a perfect actor to play Mr. Micawber; a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.
4. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings: a perfect apple; the perfect crime.
5. accurate, exact, or correct in every detail: a perfect copy. (dictionary.com)

Which leads me to the question, “If the Law of the Lord is perfect as it states in Psalm 19:7, can the law become “perfecter”? And this leads me to the question that is the point of this post, “Has the Law been done away with?”

I am not sure why this has become such a hot topic when Jesus’ own words in Matthew 5:17-18 make it perfectly clear that His coming did not destroy the Law.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly I say to you, till Heaven and Earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

If God is the Word (John 1:1) and He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6), and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), how can people legitimately say His Word has changed? I could go on and on and on with scriptures that support the fact that the Law is still for today, but let’s get to the crux of the matter.

Herein lies the problem. People who practice “lawless” Christianity don’t understand one very important key principle. They don’t understand the purpose of the Law. You see, the Law was never intended for salvation. Even the Jews leaving Egypt were saved by the blood of the lamb. No one can be saved by keeping the Law. And if you try, the Law becomes burdensome and salvation becomes unattainable.  “For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

The purpose of the Law is to point out our sins so we can confess them and be cleansed. (1 John 1:9). His Law is there to clearly outline His Standard as we seek to live our lives in obedience and gratitude for The One who is worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. His Law is there to guide us as we pursue (notice the action verb) holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14) His Law is there to show us The Way as we work out (again, action involved!!!) our own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

Take some time to read Psalm 119. It is full to the brim of the author delighting in the Law of the Lord. “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is truth.” (Psalm 119:142)

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