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As Christians do we fall under the Law?

Upon my studies, this was a question asked: As Christians do we fall under the Law?

While researching I found a biblical answer in the book:

ONE YEAR DISCIPLESHIP COURSE, ISBN 978-1-58318-117-1.

THE LAW AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN

MEMORY VERSES: Romans 3:19-24; 7:4; Galatians 3:10, 13, 24-26

There is a lot of confusion about the Law of Moses and what place it has in the Christian life, and it is essential for every believer to settle this issue on a solid Scriptural footing.

The following major New Testament passages clarify the matter:

Romans 3:19-24

1. The Law of Moses or the Old Covenant was given to show men that God is holy and that they are sinners (Romans 3:19). Men naturally think that they are righteous. They compare themselves to human standards of righteousness and one with another rather than with God’s perfect law. Men need to see that by God’s standards we are all sinners because we have broken His laws.

Take the Ten Commandments, for example (Exodus 20:1-17). Men have broken all of these. We have put other gods before the one true God (Ex. 20:3). We have made idols and worshipped them (Ex. 20:4-5). We worship and serve ourselves more than God, thus making our own selves into idols. We have taken the name of the Lord in vain (Ex. 20:7). We have broken the Sabbath and treated all days the same, neglecting to set apart even one day for the worship of God (Ex. 20:8). We have dishonored and disobeyed our parents (Ex. 20:12). We have killed (Ex. 20:13). We have committed adultery (Ex. 20:14). We have stolen (Ex. 20:15). We have lied (Ex. 20:16). We have coveted (Ex. 20:17).

The law of Moses requires perfect obedience (Deuteronomy 27:26). To break one law is to break all (James 2:10).

Jesus taught that God not only requires perfect external obedience to the Law, but internal obedience as well. To hate my brother is the same, in God’s eyes, as murder (Matthew 5:21-22). To lust after a woman is the same, in God’s eyes, as adultery (Matthew 5:27-28).

Thus it is obvious that we are all guilty of breaking the law and are sinners in God’s sight.

2. The Law of Moses cannot bring salvation (Romans 3:20).

The Old Testament cannot bring salvation because it requires perfect holiness, whereas man is a fallen sinner and cannot live up to its requirements. Thus, the Law of God can only curse us. The word “justified” means declared righteous by God. God cannot declare a sinner righteous on the basis of the Law of Moses, because it requires perfect obedience.

3. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-24).

The way of salvation is not through the Law of Moses, but through Jesus. The Law demanded that the sinner die, and Jesus died in our place (Romans 6:23). The Law demanded that blood be shed, and Jesus shed His righteous blood in payment for our sins (Hebrews 9:22). Because of what Jesus did on the cross, the believing sinner can receive the very righteousness of God through faith (Rom. 3:21-22). The believer is justified freely. This means that salvation is a gift of God that was purchased by Christ. We are redeemed by His blood. The word “propitiation” means satisfaction of a debt, and that is what Jesus did for us. He paid a price He did not owe to satisfy a debt we could not pay.

Romans 7:1-4

1. The Law is not the Christian’s rule in life (Romans 7:1-2). Christ is our new husband and Lord, and He rules our lives through the New Covenant. Our rule in life is not the Law of Moses but Christ as revealed in the New Testament Scriptures. Trying to serve God under the old Law is like a woman who serves a husband only out of fear. She cooks and cleans house because she is afraid not to. Serving God under the new Law is like a woman who serves a husband out of love. She cooks and cleans house for her master, but not because she is afraid of what he will do to her, but simply because he loves her and treats her so well and she, in turn, loves him.

2. The Law of Moses cannot condemn the believer (Romans 7:3). The believer is as dead to the Law as a wife is to a deceased husband. The Lord Jesus Christ took our condemnation upon Himself on the cross, and we are safe in Him from all fear of eternal judgment.

3. The Christian has a new power, which is the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 7:6; 8:1). The believer serves Christ through the Spirit, not through his own strength. Compare Galatians 2:20.

2 Corinthians 3:5-18

This passage compares the Old Covenant with the New.

1. The Old Covenant was the Law of Moses (2 Corinthians 3:7, 13). It was “written and engraven in stones.” That specifically refers to the Ten Commandments (Deut. 4:13; 5:6-22).

2. The Old Covenant was a ministration of death (2 Corinthians 3:7) and a ministration of condemnation (2 Cor. 3:9). This is because it required perfect obedience from the heart, and we being sinners are incapable of providing this level of obedience.

3. The Old Covenant has been done away in Christ (2 Cor. 3:11). It is not the believer’s rule of life.

4. The believer has a new law (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). The fact that the believer is not under the Law of Moses does not mean that we don’t have a law. In fact, we have a higher law. It is the law of Christ. We are conformed to His image (Romans 8:29). As we see Him in the Scriptures, we are changed to His image.

Galatians 3:10-14, 24-26

1. The Law of Moses, or the Old Covenant, required perfect obedience in all things; men, therefore, cannot be saved by it (Galatians 3:10-12). Because it requires perfect holiness, it can only bring a curse upon a fallen sinner. We cannot live up to its holy requirements.

2. Christ took the punishment demanded by the Law (Galatians 5:13). He died in the sinner’s place in order to provide us with eternal salvation.

3. The Law of Moses is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ (Galatians 5:24). This is the major purpose of the Law. It is designed by God to show the sinner his fallen and lost condition and to lead him to put his faith in Christ.

4. The believer is not under the Law of Moses (Galatians 5:25). The believer’s law is not the Law of Moses. The believer has a new law, which is the law of Christ. This means to be conformed to His image. The believer’s new law is also called the law of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18). By walking in the Spirit, which means obeying the Spirit and yielding to Him day by day, the believer does not fulfill the law of the flesh.

Colossians 2:13-17

1. Christ took away the Old Covenant, or the Law of Moses (Colossians 2:14). He did this by fulfilling its demands and paying the price that we owe for breaking it.

2. The believer does not follow the Old Covenant (Colossians 2:16-17). The Law contains types and shadows that point to Christ, but the believer has Christ Himself.

REVIEW QUESTIONS ON THE LAW OF MOSES

1. What are the five major New Testament passages that we examine in this lesson? (book and chapter only)
2. What is the purpose of the Law of Moses?
3. What verse says that to break one of God’s laws is to break all of them?
4. In what book and chapter does Jesus say that to hate is the same as murder and to lust is the same as adultery?
5. Why can’t men achieve salvation through the Law of Moses?
6. What verse says that without shedding of blood is no remission of sin?
7. When the Bible says the believer is justified “freely,” what does this mean?
8. What is the believer’s rule in life?
9. Why can’t the old Law condemn the believer?
10. What is the power by which the believer serves God?
11. What was the Old Covenant?
12. What does Paul refer to when he writes of that which “was written and engraven in stones”?
13. Why is the Law of Moses a ministration of condemnation and death?
14. What is the believer’s law?
15. What type of obedience does the old Law require?
16. The Law of Moses is our _______________ to lead us to Christ.
17. What is the major purpose of the Law of Moses?
18. What is the law of the Spirit?
19. How did Christ take away the Law of Moses?
20. The Law of Moses contains _______ and ___________ that point to Christ.

May we continue to search the word of the living God for answers. 

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Tuesday’s finding the needle in the haystack

Today I am jumping on board with two fellow bloggers who have been an inspiration to my blogging experience:  Giggles and Tales and A cooking pot and twistedtales

As I continue my journey with faith, there are many times I don’t always see the needle in the haystack the first time.

However today, I did.

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Not by works alone

Not works

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by 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.

Justified by the law:

  • Gal 3:11 But no man is justified (definition of justified:declared or made righteous in the sight of God) by the law in the sight of God, it is evident for, the just shall live by faith.
  • Romans 3:27-28 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Gal 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live into God.

Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my breathen, ye also also are to become dead to the law by the body of Christ.

Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, the Christ is dead in vain.

1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are we ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

My prayer for you:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Acts 2:18 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God into salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as is is written, the just shall live by faith.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Is Satan Real?

Seven Old Testament books and nineteen New Testament books refer to the existence of Satan.

Upon reading Ezekiel 28:13-19 (paraphrased) all precious stones were prepared the day you were created. You were perfect in your creation until iniquity was found in you. (God’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty) However, you corrupted wisdom by reason of your brightness. You have defiled my sanctuaries by multitudes of iniquities. I (God) will bring fire and devour you so you shall be never more.

In other words, God was proud of who he created. But pride, envy and jealousy got in this creation. Lucifer (Satan) becomes so self-absorbed that he wanted and still wants to be God. He wants all of God’s honor, glory and praise.

We read in Isaiah 14:12-17 (paraphrased) How have you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning.

Lucifer states:

  • I will ascend into heaven
  • I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
  • I will sit upon the mount of the congregation
  • I will ascend above the heights of the cloud
  • I will be like the most High!

We read in Ezekiel 28:14 Lucifer was the anointed cherub.

In Exodus 25:20 the cherubims stretched forth their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat.

In other words, this was a very important position.

Definitions:

Iniquity: grossly unfair behavior. (Evil, wickedness, wrong doings)

Annoited: chosen (blessed)

In the beginning, we know Satan decides to test his powers of wickedness and deceitfulness on Eve.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field the Lord God had made.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman (Eve), Ye shall not surely die.

Eve was being tested. God had already told both Adam and Eve the law of the garden.

Satan is still alive and working in our lives today – we read in Ephesians 2:2 according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

How do I know Satan is the power of the air? Because we read in John 12:30-32 Jesus answered and said, this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

In other words, the prince of the air and the prince of this world is Satan.  This is why as Christians were are in a constant spiritual battle.

Upon reading II Corinthians 4:3-6 the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.

Remember – Satan is beautiful, subtle and very deceitful. He wants to have all glory and power. He wants to be God. He will do anything to get you NOT to believe.

We read in Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

In Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Remember – Satan is the prince of the air and this world but by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) Satan can not hurt us.  And lastly, remember, those who believe are on the winning side.

1 John 4:4 Put your name in place of ye and you, he-God and he-devil.

Ye (Brenda) are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (God) that is in you (Brenda) than he(Satan) is in the world.

May you continue to search the living word of God to find your answers. 🙂

Why Church?

church-life

Why is it important to go to church?  Why is it important to find a good bible preaching church?

Church by definition is: a collective body of believers who profess and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling ourselves together

forsaking: abandon someone or something; renounce or give up something valued

assembling: connecting together, group who have gathered together

Notice the first word of Hebrews 10:25  NOT

In other words, don’t give up on gathering together and not connecting together with a group of believers.

Hebrews 10:25 As the matter of some is; but exhorting another and so much the mores, as ye see the day approaching.

As Christians, who follow Jesus Christ, we should love what Jesus did and he loved those who worshiped and professed their believe in him.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and be admired in all them that believe.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be one in us: that the world may believe thou hast sent me.

As Christians, we are in a constant spiritual battle with the flesh. Ephesians 2:2-5

What better way to fight the flesh, then to congregate with other believers and grow in the word of God.

We are told in Eph 6:11,13- Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 13- Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Going to a church, where the pastor preaches the word of God from the bible, will help us grow and keep the armour on and available to us. It so important to find a church where you are reading from the bible. If you don’t take your bible to church and read it together, how will you ever know if the pastor is reading the bible or ??? Why would you rely 100% on someone other than God to teach you his words?

As you read this, you may be thinking: I study, I pray and I am growing as a Christian without attending church. This maybe so, but, we know in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Why church?

  • not forsaking
  • love what Jesus loves
  • equips us with the armour of God
  • above all else – he is in the midst of them!

 

Why NOT church?