You can always tell a preacher who loves to preach the law, because his ministry is impersonal. John 1:17 tells us that the law was given through Moses. There is an implication of distance and anonymity in this statement, especially when you read the rest of the verse, “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. The law was given, but Grace came in person.
A preacher who teaches based on the law of Moses, summed up in the ten commandments, cannot afford to be known by his congregation since he is not as good as the standards he teaches. He may choose to have several bodyguards to keep his members away from him! He doesn’t want them to get to know him in person, because he cannot afford for them to see his humanity.
He can preach a good sermon, but he has never, like Ezekiel (in Ezekiel 3:15) sat where the people sit in life and felt their pain. In fact every time the law is preached there is a veil that comes over the hearts of the hearers, preventing revelation from being birthed in their hearts; and this veil is only taken away when Christ is preached. (2 Corinthians 3:7-18)
When church leaders teach the ten commandments in their church, and berate their members for falling short of God’s standards, they may believe they are offering a way of salvation to their hearers, but 2 Corinthians 3: 6-7 lets us know that they have a ministry of death to the people they serve! The message saps every last bit of courage, strength and hope from the hearts and souls of the listeners, as they are forced to admit that they are not all that!
The ministry of showing people what great sinners they are from the pulpit, is an Old Covenant ministry. True there was at one time glory attached to that type of ministry, but that glory is now fading, because God has initiated a new way of doing things.
When God sent Jesus he showed us without ambiguity that the only way we can profoundly touch another life unless is to give people, not just a message, but ourselves.
When Jesus came to bring a revelation of grace and truth, He didn’t bring a sermon, He embodied it. He came so that the Word would be seen in the flesh, not just once, but for years as He dwelt among us.
Anyone who thinks on that for a moment or two can never conclude that he or she is insignificant, when the Lord of Heaven confined Himself to a human body for all eternity, just for us! Not a single one of us is insignificant to the redemptive plan of God.
God has invested His whole self in us. If our lives were a company on the stock exchange, God has bought all our stocks and is confident of a return. We are God’s hope in this generation, and He is rooting for us! He is on our side and He believes wholeheartedly that we are able to make it through the challenges to fulfill our divine purpose.
The church of Jesus Christ is the most precious thing on the planet. We have a glorious future, since our Savior was sent to take away every area of shame in our lives. We need no longer meditate on what we don’t have, what we aren’t good at, what mistakes we made and where we fall short. Instead we can meditate on this one game-changing fact: Christ Himself is now IN us, and in every situation we are equipped to win!
There is a revolution going on in the church of Jesus Christ. Soon, the teachers of the law, whose goal is to make themselves appear better, higher, and more important than the ordinary man will fade completely away! Jesus will take center stage once again, and be restored to His rightful place in the world!
Remember, once Jesus takes His rightful place, SO WILL WE, His people, emerge in our rightful place, because AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD! That is how God has set us up to win.