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The Amish Voice 3

Long ago a story was told about a proud fishing pond

and a fish. Across the land, fishermen would come and

exclaim how clear the water was in this pond. Upon

hearing yet another positive accolade, the pond’s level of

pride began to reach flood stage. “I must be the best and

clearest pond in the world!” It didn’t take long for the old

fish at the bottom to grow weary of this overdone pride. He

had heard it for years. And he, better than anyone, knew

what was really in this pond.

Resting on the bottom of the pond, the old fish began to

rapidly flutter his fins. As he did the motion of the water

began to stir up the silt on the bottom. It did not take long

for the pond to fill up with a murky cloud.

“Stop! What are you doing to me? What have you

done? How dare you dirty me up?!” screamed the offended

pond. The fish responded in measured and striking words:

“I haven’t done a thing to you except to show what has

been in you all the time.

And that is what the law does to us. It simply shows us

the sin that has settled in the bottom of our hearts. Just in

case we forget who we really are, the law re- minds us

how desperately we need the cleansing power of our

precious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.


How do we know that the law does not justify or make a person

acceptable to God? Because the law was temporary. It had a certain

course to run and when it was run, it was to be set aside. To say that

the law was temporary frightens some believers, for they fear that

such a teaching makes way for loose living. Nothing could be

further from the truth. Note what Scripture says:

“[The law] was added because of transgressions,

till the seed should come” (Ga. 3:19).

When Jesus Christ came, the law was to be set aside. The law

was meant to have only a temporary purpose and life span. It was to

extend only from Moses to Jesus Christ, for Jesus Christ is “the

seed” to whom the promise of righteousness was given. God


intended the law to be the way of salvation.

It was only for the

temporary purpose of showing men their sin and its awfulness.

However, note:

since Jesus Christ has come, He (His

perfect life and righteous- ness) is to be the standard for

men. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law; that is, in Jesus

Christ, God gave man more than just mere words to

describe how He wants man to live. He gave man the

Life, the Person who perfectly pictures and

demonstrates the law before the world’s very eyes. Jesus

Christ is the Picture, the Living Example, the Pattern,

the Demonstration of life as it is to be lived. He is

the Perfect Picture of God’s will, the Ideal Man, the

Representative Man, the Pattern for all men.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt

among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of

the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and

truth” (Jn. 1:14).

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the

firstborn of every creature” (Col. 1:15).

Now note: since the law was meant to be temporary until

Christ came, does that mean that the law has no value for men

today? Could we just cut the law out of our Bibles and be just as

well off? No, a thousand times no! Jesus Christ

fulfilled the


; therefore, the law and its righteousness is part of His

nature. Therefore, when a man looks at Jesus Christ, he sees the

perfection of His nature, and that perfection includes the

righteousness of the law. To cut the law out of our Bibles would

be to erase part of our understanding of Jesus Christ and part of

His very nature.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or

the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to

fulfill” (Mt. 5:17).

“For what the law could not do, in that it was

weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in

the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin

in the flesh” (Ro. 8:3).

Note another point as well: the law is still in force for the

unbelieving world. Why? Because all unbelievers who have not

trusted Jesus Christ are trusting their own righteousness to make

them acceptable to God. They are still trying to become righteous

by the law. Therefore, God shall judge them by the law.

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,

and going about to establish their own righteousness,

have not submitted them- selves unto the

righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law

for righteousness to every one that believeth”

(Ro. 10:3-4).

Matthew Henry points out another fact that should be noted:


1. How can you know that the law is powerless to save


2. Since the law is powerless to justify you, why did

God give the law?

3. When the “old fish” swims at the bottom of

your heart, what kinds of things is he likely to stir

up? Which one of these things need your immediate