"If those who are of the law are heirs..."
Text: Romans 4:14
THE MOSAIC LAW
Moses was arguably one of the most revered personages in the history of Israel. He was the one who received the law from the hand of God! Carefully, Moses taught Israel how to regard the Law. The Law may be broadly categorized thus:-
1. Moral Law
This was well summarized as “The Ten Commandments”. The Decalogue was given to Moses twice (Cf. Exodus 32, 34. In a fit of anger, Moses broke the first set of tablets God gave to him).
2. The Judicial Law
These laws were upheld by the courts established in the land. These laws were well documented in the Book of Deuteronomy.
3. The Ceremonial Religious Law
These laws regulated the practice of organized, formal religion in the land (Cf. Leviticus)
REGARD OF THE LAW
How should the Law be regarded? All Jews were taught the following things about the law. Three things may be highlighted:-
1. There must be knowledge of the Law.
2. There must be reverence for the Law.
3. There must be careful observance of the Law.
CAN THE LAW BRING ABOUT JUSTIFICATION?
The answer, as far as the apostle Paul was concerned, was a definite “NO!” Justification can come about only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!
CAN THE LAW PRODUCE HEIRS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS?
Paul was just as clear and as vigorous in making the following answer.
“For if those who are of the law are heirs,
Faith is made void and the promise made of no effect.”
There was no question as to what Paul meant when he wrote these words. The Law cannot produce heirs! True heirs must be traced to those who possessed faith as Abraham did! True heirs of Abraham are those who believe in the promise made to him! If the law could produce heirs, then the promise of God given to Abraham would be rendered “of no effect” and “faith is made void”!