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John 5:45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.

Jesus was speaking with Jewish leaders who had not accepted Him as the Messiah and who were committed to keeping the law (Law of Moses). In verse 45, Jesus lets them know that He won’t accuse them before the Father, but Moses, whose law they follow, will accuse them before the Father. Ultimately, what Jesus is saying is anyone who attempts to keep and live by the Law of Moses, the law itself, will accuse them before the Father.

The law consists of the Ten Commandments along with 600 additional do’s and don’ts. There are rules ranging from what we should wear to what we should eat. If we break one of the laws, we’re guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10). Romans 3:20 says, for no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Jesus freed us from the law, but there are people who still desire to live by the law. Freedom from the law is not giving us license to live recklessly, but if we’re attempting to live by the law to gain right standing with God, we’re dishonoring what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

So we have a choice. We can be accused by the law before the Father by attempting to keep all the commandments using our self-effort, or we can receive the freedom and forgiveness that came through Jesus. Just FYI, no one was able to keep the law except Jesus. Be free.

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Scriptures of the Day

September 2016
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