Christian Worldview, pt2
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW PILLAR #1: God is an absolute and specific creator.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW PILLAR #2: God is the only just and authoritative lawmaker.
All good laws come from God. All laws that need to be judged need to be filtered through God’s laws and His judgment. This is a foundation for righteous thinking.
You have to have righteousness before you can have fairness or justice. You have to know what is right. God is the only One who is allowed to say what is right. Man is futile in his attempt to pursue justice and fairness without God.
For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.
God is our judge.
God is our lawgiver.
God is our king.
It is God who saves us.
We cannot take away God’s judicial role any more then we can take away His creation role. You can’t take away His judicial role any more than you can take away His saving role. From a covenantal understanding, God’s salvation to us is to satisfy His own judgment and His own righteousness.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?
All laws come from God. That is where we get our understanding of Romans 13. The civil government does not have a free pass. Their laws must submit to God. They have delegated authority. God is the definer of good and evil.
The largest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. The theme of that chapter is the law of God is good.
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.
This is not referring to salvation; this is about precepts, walking in wisdom, understanding God’s heart and God’s design for man. God has put laws in place to save us from ourselves.
The grace of God, through Jesus, saves us from sin. God’s law, His precepts, working in our lives, saves us from each other and points people to Him.
There is a very unscriptural thinking that the opposite of law is grace—that grace and law are opposed to each other. If you don’t have law, if you don’t have righteousness, then grace has nothing to contrast it with.
Step Ladder: There is one side you walk on and one side you don’t walk on. There is normally a sticker that says, “Don’t stand or put pressure on this side.”
The law is like that. You don’t stand on it or put pressure on it to save you. But it is what makes grace work. Without the law, you don’t even know that you need grace. That’s why God is a lawgiver. It shows us our need for Him in salvation, and it shows us the way to walk with Him and please Him in grace.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Jesus said that He didn’t want us thinking like that. Yet, much of the body of Christ thinks that the law is contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That obviously has a reflection on who God is as a lawgiver.
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
This is not referring to keeping the law from a standpoint of gaining salvation, but understanding the character of God and bringing His Kingdom.
God is the only just and authoritative lawmaker, and we need to take His laws and apply them to our lives. We also need to preach about them, as they are a prophetic message to a culture that has lost its way.
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