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Closing Time for Planet Earth

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three ways:

First, we can get rid of the law. We can do away with the rule which forbids driving through stop signs. That would mean I am henceforth free to run more stop signs and hit more cars! “I am free from the law.”

Second, I can suffer the penalty myself. I can go to court, perhaps go to jail. This is done to pun- ish me for breaking the law and convince me not to disobey it any more. The law stands and the sin is punished.

Third, someone else can pay the penalty for me. But, although he may pay the penalty for my past transgression, he is not thereby abolishing the law! I am still required to obey it.

Under this third plan, which is God’s way of solving the sin problem in my life, the One who paid the penalty for my sin, Jesus Christ,—also helps me obey the moral law as, by faith in His righteous merits, I daily walk with Him.

Christ did not die to take away the law, but to help me obey it. He died in my place on Calvary; and He lives today in heaven to strengthen me, by His enabling grace, to obey His moral law. Sin is the problem, not the law! Sin is rebellion against God; the law is the foundation of God’s govern- ment. There is a great difference between the two!

Which do you want to get rid of? If you want to get rid of sin, you are on God’s side of the question. If you want to get rid of His law, you are on the devil’s side.

God’s plan is for His earthly children to live clean, moral lives, in obedience to the Ten Com-

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