Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Words of Comfort: Draw the Bow of God's Law

An arrow may be sharp and straight, but it’s useless without the bow. It’s the bow of the moral Law that gives the arrow of the gospel its thrust. It sends it directly into the target of the sinner’s understanding. If an unsaved person doesn’t understand that he has seriously sinned against God, he won’t see his need of a Savior. That’s why we must put time and effort into the preaching of the Law (the Ten Commandments). It’s when a doctor takes the time to explain the symptoms of a terminal disease, that his patient begins to desire the cure. When we use the Law to show the seriousness of the disease of sin, the sinner begins to understand that the gospel is the only cure. To speak of the cure without mentioning the disease, makes the cure senseless. That’s why Jesus carefully expounded the Law to bring the knowledge of sin (see Mark 10:17, Matthew 5:17-37), and why Paul used it many times in Scripture (see Romans 2:20-22, see also, What Did Jesus Do? Livingwaters.com). The evangelistic use of the moral Law was the key to the successful gospel proclamation of John Wesley, Whitefield, Luther, Spurgeon and many others down through history. To fail to use the Law to show sin to be “exceedingly sinful” has tragically resulted in filling the Church with false converts, and at the same time it has dissipated our ability to be salt and light in our nation. America is like a ship in a dark storm, with no moral rudder. May God help the Church to be the lighthouse to show the way. To become familiar with the principles of biblical evangelism, please listen to “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “True and False Conversion” on Livingwaters.com.

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