Devotionals by Bob Christopher, Bob Davis and Richard Peifer

The Law Points Us to Jesus

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“The law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian” (Galatians 3:24-25).

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In February 2013, my mom had a major medical scare. Shortness of breath and overall fatigue landed her in an emergency room one evening. Now, Mom is not quick to run to a doctor at the first sign of an ache or pain. She doesn’t even like to take aspirin. But she knew she needed to be in that emergency room.

The physician on call wasn’t sure what was going on inside Mom, but she knew it was something serious. She checked Mom into the hospital and scheduled a cardio angiogram for early the next morning. The angiogram showed a total blockage around Mom’s heart. As soon as the radiologist saw it, he knew she needed surgery immediately. They rushed her to the operating room to perform emergency bypass surgery.

The surgery was successful, and she has since recovered nicely. That never would have happened apart from the angiogram. That X-ray helped her team of doctors diagnose her problem, which led them to the solution.

The angiogram wasn’t the solution. It was powerless to do anything at all to repair Mom’s heart. She needed the skilled hands of her surgeon to fix the problem.

I share this story because it illustrates the nature and purpose of the law. Its purpose is much like the purpose of an angiogram. The law diagnoses our spiritual problem, but it cannot provide the cure. Read what Paul had to say about the law: “No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin” (Romans 3:20).

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What does the law show us? Our sin. This is what God designed it to do. It is a spiritual tool in his hands to draw our attention toward Jesus Christ. The law can’t save us. That is Jesus’s job. The law points us to him. Here is the purpose of the law in crystal clear language: “The law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian” (Galatians 3:24-25).

The reason God gave the law was to show you your need for Jesus, to help you diagnose your problem. Now that you are alive in Christ, you are no longer under the supervision of the law.

In Him,


Bob Christopher

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About Bob Christopher, Bob Davis and Richard Peifer

Bob Christopher
: Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Bob grew up in a Christian home and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. During his high school and college years, Bob’s deepest desire was to be “God’s guy” and yet he struggled with the question of how to live the Christian life.

His "roller-coaster" experience in living the Christian life eventually led him to a bible study where he discovered what he was missing—the life of Jesus Christ.

Bob says: “Salvation isn’t a self-improvement program. Salvation is receiving and experiencing new life altogether. It’s a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love and truth”.

Bob Davis: In the summer of 1977, at the age of 33, Bob Davis met the living Christ and invited Jesus to take control of his life. Much of his first five years in Christ found Bob attending Bible conferences and seminars, listening to Christian radio, and performing volunteer ministry services.

Bob spent many years in the fields of broadcasting and audio production for Christian radio and as a result of this work, the message of grace penetrated his heart and he embraced his new life in Christ.

Bob says: “I thank God I’ve had the opportunity to serve these many years. It has been an incredible journey of learning, growth, and opportunity for ministry.”

Richard Peifer: Born in Riverside, California and raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church, Richard grew up with a keen understanding of and desire to keep The Law. Even with a degree in Ministerial Studies, Richard had to face the truth – he knew lots of theological and biblical facts, but there was no reality of the abundant life Jesus promised. He left ministry and spent the next twenty-six years in the high tech industry.

During this time, Richard and his wife, Lois, studied to discover what they really believed. The more Richard learned about the love and grace of God, the more he wanted to help others leave the bondage of legalism and rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus.

Richard says: “This statement by James Ryle has been the undergirding message of my ministry: Grace is the empowering presence of God, enabling me to be who He has called me to be and to do what He has called me to do.”

Andrew Farley: Andrew is a member of the Basic Gospel board of directors, senior pastor of Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and bestselling author of five Christian books. Andrew is a weekly contributing host of Basic Gospel and shares the life-changing message of the finished work of Jesus Christ in a calm, sometimes comical, always passionate way.

Andrew says: “Basic Gospel Radio proclaims the finished work of Jesus Christ and the beautiful, liberating implications of what it means for us to live under God’s new covenant of grace.”

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