The gospel and traffic fines

traffic fineI hate getting traffic fines.  I really hate it because it’s such an avoidable expense.  The worst thing is to get back from a good holiday and then get a R500 fine in the post for speeding.  However, you check the photo in the fine, you see that it was indeed you, it was indeed your car and you were indeed speeding. (Please, no judgement!)  You put your pride to one side, you go on to payfine.co.za, you pay the a fine, you pay the righteous requirement of the law.

Now that the fine is paid, you no longer need to pay it, you can’t be re-fined for the same offence, you have settled the debt, your conscience is clear and you have no fear of roadblocks or being summoned to court.

The Apostle Paul says that this is what, spiritually speaking, has happened to all those who put their faith in Jesus.  The righteous requirement of God’s law has been fulfilled and the fine has been paid – the good news is that we didn’t have to pay the fine because someone else paid it for us.

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To obey or not to obey?

ten commandmentsWhat place does the Law, epitomized in the Ten Commandments, have in the Christian’s life?  Are we free of the Law and not under obligation to obey it?  If we seek to obey God’s Law are we not being legalists and fundamentalist?  What does the bible mean when it says Christians are under grace, not Law?

Romans 7 answers an important question about the Law’s place in the Christian’s life.  By “Law”, I mean the law given by God to Moses epitomized in the Ten Commandments.

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