- If we are saved by believing in the promise of God and not by keeping the law, what’s the big deal about the law? Why do we even have it?
- Paul’s answer:
- It was added because of sin until Jesus would come to us to fulfill the promise that He made.
- In talking about angels, they had a role to play in God’s giving of the law.
- Most of the time a mediator mediates between two parties. God did not need someone else in mediating between us.
- Should we just do away with the law? Does it go against the promise that God made? No way! It just can’t do what faith in the promise of God can do, which is bring righteousness.
- When we read the Bible honestly, especially the law, we realize that we are sinners. We can not keep the law.
- Once we acknowledge that we are sinners, we can then acknowledge our need for the promise of God- righteousness by faith to those who believe.
- Before Christ came, people had to believe God and express their faith through obedience to the moral and ceremonial law that would point to what God was going to do. Their faith was still what saved them, they just couldn’t see all that Christ was going to do.
- In that way, the law was there to teach them- a “schoolmaster”- that pointed to Jesus. It pointed to our need for a Savior.
2. Set up the Organization
There are two main ways to organize notes in Evernote- Notebooks and Tags Here are some tips for organizing your sermon notes.A note can belong to one notebook but can have many tags. Using Tags instead of Notebooks lets you organize each message in multiple ways.
- Create a Notebook called “Sermon Reference” All of the sermons notes you create will go into this notebook.
- Create Tags for every books of the Bible.
3. Get the Tools
If you want to type the notes you’ll need a laptop, tablet or phone. I use an iPad mini with a Bluetooth keyboard running the Evernote app to take notes. I also use a Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard Case for my iPad to type notes. I find that I get more notes more quickly that way than with my thumbs. If you do better taking hand written notes you can scan your notes into Evernote and organize them as well.
- Audio Recording-If you’re using a mobile device like your phone or tablet you may be able to add an audio recording of the message as you take notes for review later.
- Camera– If there is an interesting slide or visual you can take pictures and add them to the note.
- Paper– If you’re not a fast typer you can also take a picture of your paper notes or scan the paper notes you take into evernote to organize them in the same way.
- Reminders– Do you need to review a sermon you heard during the week? Set a reminder for that note for the proper day and time. I’ve used this to help me apply the message in a more meaningful way during the week.
- Podcasts, emailed devotions, other sermons you get from friends, websites etc.
- Illustrations- Personal illustrations and stories that you may right down, as well as jokes, news articles, stories, ideas etc.
- Potential Sermon Graphics
Does anyone else have a problem with will power or am I the only one? Have you ever tried to not eat an oreo that was staring you down? Have you ever said, “I’m not going to do it this time. I’m not going to do it this time. I’m not going to do it this time” and then walk into the situation and do the thing that you said you wouldn’t. We all have this problem!
The judaizers who had lead the Galatians astray were telling them that Jesus plus the good work of keeping the law is the way that they could be right with God. If that is true then we are in serious trouble, because we have to do that on our own. We have to use our will power. Thankfully, Paul obliterates this arguement in todays text.
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
This is the best news we can receive. If it were up to us to fully keep the rules to be right with God then none of us have a shot. But everyone exhibits faith in something. The person that fully leans into Christ’s death and ressurection to be right with God will be justified.
17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
This is an understandable question. Since we’re justified by faith, does that mean we stop sinning? No. Then does this justification make the one who justifies us an enabler of our sin? Paul says, “May it never be!”
Why not Paul?
18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
When we sin after we get saved it is us doing that and not God, so God is not the author of sin. In fact, God does something totally opposite after we have been justified. Look at verse 19…
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:16–21)
When we are justified by Faith in Christ that is when Christ enables us to live in a way that glorifies Him. I’m crucified with Christ and I’m still alive. It’s not me that is alive by myself- Christ now lives in me and helps me to make right choices by changing my character from the inside.
If I could be saved, and if I could live rightly outside of Christ’s death and indwelling power then Christ’s death was for nothing.
Thankfully those who are in Christ have Christ helping us not only to be saved, but to also live to glorify God! Ask Him to help you live for Him today!