"But I don't have to... I'm under grace!"
Answering objections that God's law
(His instructions on how to love Him & our neighbors resulting in life & blessing), has been done away with.
Many Christians today are lost in the world today - one reason is perhaps what they believe is not biblical. Many hold to the traditions and teachings of men, rather than on the good doctrine of God and His word. With that said, now is the time to test what we believe and conform to His image. We need to base our beliefs and actions on His instructions that He set up so we can live a life of blessing.
"Observe and obey all these words which I commanded you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 12:28
"Jesus fulfilled the law, doing away with it, so we don't have to obey it"
Answer: Yeshua/Jesus knew there would be those who think this way, which is why Jesus said...
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Matthew 5:17
When you give and fulfil the marriage vow, does it do away with command to not commit adultery? Instead of doing away with the law, Yeshua magnified it (Isaiah 42:21) as the perfect guide for godly living. We are commanded to fulfil the law as well (Romans 8:2-4, Colossians 1:25, Galatians 6:2, James 2:8) ). If Yeshua abolished the Law, why are we called on to repent and obey the law ourselves? Why do we see so many scriptures that as believers we should uphold the law of God? Why does it say that if we "Love God we keep His commandments and His commandments are burdensome" as seen in 1 John 3:5-7?
"Doesn't the scripture say the Law was faulty (Hebrews 8:7) and the first covenant vanished away (Hebrews 8:13)?"
Answer: No (Romans 7:12). Has anyone found a fault or flaw in the handwriting of God? The scripture says the people were faulty, and God found "fault with them" (Hebrews 8:8). The scripture says that the law "was weak through the flesh" (Romans 8:3). What was faulty was us. Our decision to satisfy the flesh rather than XXXX.
The law is perfect (Psalm 19:7), but the people are faulty, or weak. So God would have His Son live within His people "that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us" (Romans 8:4,10) through the indwelling Christ. Can something "vanish away"(Hebrews 8:13) and be "established" (Romans 3:31) at the same time?
"All you need to keep is Jesus' laws, not God's law."
Answer: The scripture says there is only "One lawgiver" (James 4:12), not two. Neither do we see in scripture any prophesies that Yeshua's/Jesus' laws would replace God's.
The Lord is our lawgiver (Isaiah 33:22). Yeshua said His Law and God’s Law were the same Law (John 7:16; 10:30; 14:10; 15:10). It is our duty to obey both the "commandments of God" and "the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14).
"Were not the Ten Commandments changed?"
Answer: God said "My covenant will I not break, nor alterthe thing that is gone out of my lips." (Psalm 89:34). Was the Ten Commandments spoken from God’s lips? Yes!(Exodus 19:19; 20:1, Deuteronomy 4:10,12; 5:22-26; 18:16, Nehemiah 9:13). And this same covenant, "…shall be established for ever" and be "a faithful witness in heaven." (Psalm 89:37).
Psalm 111:7-8 confirms God’s Commandments will "stand fast for ever and ever", and Revelation 11:19 verifies that this same covenant is in heaven. Jesus said, "...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4). The Ten Commandments were out of the mouth of God, and we are to live by them.
"We only have to love God and our neighbors today, not the Ten Commandments"
Answer: No, the Ten Commandments hang from these two commands like our 10 fingers hang from our two hands. They are inseparable.
Love to God makes keeping the first four commandments (which concern God) a pleasure, and love toward our neighbor makes keeping the last six (which concern our neighbor) a joy. Love fulfills the law by taking away the drudgery and by making law keeping a delight (Psalm 40:8). When we truly love a person, honoring his or her requests becomes a joy.
Yeshua/Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).
It is impossible to love the Lord and not keep His commandments, because the scripture says...
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and his commandments are not grievous" (1 John 5:2-3).
"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:3-4).
Yeshua Himself said, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (John 14:21,).
"If a man love me, he will keep my words" and "He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings" (John 14:23:24).
Deuteronomy 13:3-4 is how God tests you to see if you love God with all your heart and all your soul: The same test was used in the Old Testament as it is in the New Testament:
Deuteronomy 13:3-4, "...for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him."
"The Ten Commandments were given to Jews, so gentile/foreign believers don't have to"
Answer: Actually, they were given to the stranger as well. The scripture is clear that there were not two laws, but the same law applied to both Israel and strangers (Exodus 12:49, Isaiah 56:6, Numbers 9:14; 15:15-16,29-30, Psalm 18:44).
Leviticus 24:22, "Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God."
God ruled over all the kingdoms of the heathens, not just the kingdom of Israel (2 Chronicles 20:6). The Lord is, "the governor among the nations"(Psalms 22:28), and not just the governor among Israel.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (notice it does not say "jews" here, but man...all men).
This is also proven by the fact that there can be no "sin" without the "law":
Romans 3:20, "...by the law is the knowledge of sin."
Romans 4:15, "...where no law is, there is no transgression."
1 John 3:4, "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
Scripture says both Jews and Gentiles are under sin (Romans 3:9), and the "world" is guilty of breaking God's Law. If God's law was only for Israel, how could God bring judgment upon Gentiles and heathen nations for not keeping His law? The fact that God has punished Heathen nations throughout the Old Testament is proof that God's Law was binding upon the stranger as well. This fact alone proves that all nations were to keep God's Law.
Many believe that the laws contained in the Ten Commandments applied only to Jews, and not to the foreigners. This goes contrary to all the evidence in scripture. For example, God told the Philistine king of Gerar, king Abimelech (i.e., a heathen, foreigner, and stranger), the following...
"...Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife. But Abimelech...said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?" (Genesis 20:3-4).
If the laws contained in the Ten Commandments, such as adultery, did not apply to the foreigners, how did this heathen king not only know it was a sin against God, but why did God threaten this man with death if he did not let this married woman return to her husband (Genesis 20:7)? The answer is, because there is one law for both the heathen and believers, the same law, God's Law.
As a matter of fact, for those who believe the Old Testament was given to the house of Israel only, scripture says the New Covenant was given to the "house of Israel" only as well (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10; 10:16)!!!
Does that mean the New Testament does not apply to believers in Christ just because it was given to the house of Israel? Of course not. And why not? Why does the New Testament apply to all people; Jews, gentiles, and believers alike? For the same reason the Old Testament applied to all people as well. Because it is Truth!
Because the same law is for both Israel and strangers! Besides, "Israel" is not a specific nation or race, it is all those who believe in God. All Christians are "Israel" and "Jews" today (Romans 1:16; 2:28-29; 9:4-8; 10:12, 1 Corinthians 10:2-4, Galatians 3:16,26-29, Colossians 3:11).
Many people believe that the following laws were given to Jews only, but scripture says otherwise. In Old Testament times, non-Jews were also partakers of, not only God's Law, but the Mosaic laws as well. God wanted the "foreigner/stranger" within their gates to do the following:
to be circumcised (Exodus 12:48);
to keep the 7th day sabbath (Exodus 20:10; 23:12, Deuteronomy 5:14);
to keep the yearly solemn fast (Leviticus 16:29);
to keep the 7th year sabbath (Leviticus 25:6);
to observe the feast of weeks (Deuteronomy 16:11);
to observe the feast of tabernacles (Deuteronomy 16:13-14);
to not eat blood (Leviticus 17:10,12);
to not eat animals that die of itself or is torn (Leviticus 17:15);
to keep God's statutes and judgments (Leviticus 18:26);
to not eat of the holy thing (Leviticus 22:10);
to be stoned to death if he blasphemeth the name of the LORD (Leviticus 24:16);
to be put to death if he comes near the tabernacle (Numbers 1:51; 3:10,38; 18:4,7);
to not eat leavened bread during the feast of unleavened bread; (Exodus 12:18-20);
to keep the passover (Exodus 12:48, Numbers 9:14);
to make burnt offerings to the LORD (Numbers 15:14);
to not commit any sexual sins (Leviticus 18:26)
to be forgiven as the children of Israel were forgiven (Numbers 15:26);
to be cut off from among his people if he does something presumptuously (Numbers 15:30);
to use the ashes of the heifer as a purification for sin, and it was to be a statute for ever (Numbers 19:9-10);
to go to the cities of refuge when one kills by accident (Numbers 35:15; Joshua 20:9);
to eat and be satisfied (Deuteronomy 14:29);
to rejoice before the Lord (Deuteronomy 26:11);
to hear, learn, and fear the LORD your God, and do all the words of God's law (Deuteronomy 31:12);
to have no idols (Ezekiel 14:7);
Jews were commanded to treat strangers:
as one born among them (Leviticus 19:34);
to judge strangers righteously (Deuteronomy 1:16);
to love strangers (Deuteronomy 10:18-19);
to share tithes with the stranger (Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12-13);
to do no violence to the stranger (Jeremiah 22:3);
to give strangers their inheritance depending in what tribe they were sojourning with (Ezekiel 47:23);
Strangers also stood on the side of the ark and heard all the words of the law (Joshua 8:32-35).
Isaiah 56:6-7, "Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people."
The fact that God has punished Heathen nations throughout the Old Testament is proof that God's Law was binding upon the stranger without the gates of Israel as well. If God's Law was not binding upon them, why would God punish them for breaking His Laws?
The stranger within thy gates
God's fourth commandment (Exodus 20:10) tells us briefly "who" must observe this law, but there are certain people not mentioned. For example, it says, "Thou, and thy son, and thy daughter...", but "wife" is not mentioned in this commandment! Does that mean the "wife" did not have to keep the sabbath day holy? No, of course not. The wife had to keep it just as much as the husband did. This fact shows that just because certain people are notspecifically mentioned in this commandment, it does not mean they are excluded from keeping the Sabbath.
Likewise, just as God's fourth commandment mentions the man but not his wife, the fourth commandment mentions strangers within their gates, but not outside their gates. And just as in the case with the man and wife, in which the Sabbath pertains to both of them (even though the wife is not mentioned), the same is true with the stranger within the gates as well as without the gates (even though the stranger without the gates is not mentioned).
Some may believe that the phrase "the stranger within thy gates," (God's fourth commandment) or "the stranger that sojourneth among you" is limited to only those strangers within the gates (i.e. strangers who soujorneth among them), and excludes all strangers without the gates. But, when we compare scripture with scripture, these phrases pertain to all strangers, whether inside or outside the gates.
For example: Adultery
Does adultery (and all the other sexual sins in scripture), only apply to Jews, or to all strangers as well? If that phrase is limited to only strangers that sojourneth among them within their gates, then we must say adultery (God's seventh commandment) and every sexual sin in scripture, is not a sin for the stranger if he is not sojourning with them and is outside the gates of Jerusalem. Leviticus 18 lists every sexual sin that God considers an abomination. After all these sins are revealed, look what God says:
Leviticus 18:26, "Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:"
Scripture shows us that this phrase does not exclude strangers who are not sojourning among them, because God shows us, in His Word, that His law forbidding adultery applies to the heathen as well. God plagued Pharoaoh and his house because they were treating Abraham's wife as an unmarried woman (Genesis 12:11-20). God told King Abimelech (the Philistine king of Gerar, a heathen) that adultery was wrong, and that the penalty for committing adultery was death (Genesis 20:1-7; 26:7-11). Therefore, the phrase "any stranger that sojourneth among you" does not exclude the strangers not sojourning among them.
How about God's second commandment, forbidding idols? Is this limited to only Jews and those strangers sojourning in Israel, or does it apply to everyone?
Ezekiel 14:7-8, "For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD."
Scripture shows us that this phrase does not exclude strangers who are not sojourning in Israel, because God shows us, in His Word, that His law forbidding idol worship applies to the heathen living outside of Israel. The fact that God has punished Heathen nations throughout the Old Testament is proof that God's Law was binding upon the heathens without the gates of Israel as well. If God's Law was not binding upon them, why would God punish them for breaking His Laws?
Was it God's will that the stranger outside the gates not learn about and fear God, and observe the words of the law?
Deuteronomy 31:12, "Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:"
Scripture shows us that this phrase does not exclude strangers who are not within thy gates because God shows us, in His Word, that it is God's Will that strangers outside the gates hear and learn and fear the Lord God, and observe His Law.
Leviticus 18:26, "Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:"
Does this mean that these sexual sins are an abomination only for the strangers that sojourn among them, and not to the strangers in other nations? No, it does not have that meaning. This is proven by reading the context:
Leviticus 18:24-30, "Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God."
As we can see, it was an abomination for the heathen nations as well to commit these sexual sins. Now let's look at Leviticus 20.
Leviticus 20:2, "Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones."
Does this mean that it is not a sin for strangers who are not sojourning in Israel? No, this phrase does not have that meaning.
But are not strangers under a different law?
Even though scripture says God's Law applies to all men, and that there were not two laws, but the same law applied to both Israel and strangers, believers and non-believers (Exodus 12:49, Leviticus 24:22, Isaiah 56:6, Numbers 9:14; 15:15-16,29-30, Psalm 18:44), some claim that sometimes, a stranger would not be under God's law, and only the children of Israel would be under God's Law, while the stranger was not.
To evidence this, they use the following scripture. It is against God's Law for a believer to eat an animal that dies by itself (Leviticus 17:15; 22:8), but at the same time, believers are commanded to give it or sell it to an unbeliever (Deuteronomy 14:21). Another example is usury. Believers are forbidden to charge usury to another believer (Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:36-37, Deuteronomy 23:19), but at the same time, God commands believers to charge usury to unbelievers! A final example is that of being a bondmen (meaning a lifelong slave). Believers were forbidden from buying, selling or having bondservants that were also believers (Leviticus 25:42). However, believers were commanded to buy, sell, and have bondservants who were unbelievers (Leviticus 25:44).
But, the confusion is cleared up when we understand that this was the Law of God. When God said, "An Israelite cannot eat something that dies of itself, but the stranger can", this is the law of God, and both the stranger and Israelite was under this law.
Let me demonstrate with a hypothetical example.
In the State of Maine, we can say all people must obey the traffic laws of that State. The Law of Maine says "Those 14 years of age and older can drive a car, those under 14 years of age cannot drive a car."
Let us take 2 people. One is 23 years old, the other 13. Does this mean the 13 year old is not under this specific law of Maine, just because the 13 year old is told something different than those 14 and older? No, it does not. This is Maine's Law, and both the 13 year old and 23 year old are bound to obey it. The 23 year old is allowed to drive, the 13 year old is not. Both these regulations are part of the Law of Maine. And all people in Maine are bound by this traffic law. Maine's law is for both those over 14 as well as those under 14.
Likewise, God's Law says the Israelite cannot eat an animal that dies of itself, and the stranger can.
Let us take 2 people. An Israelite and a stranger. Does this mean the stranger is not under this specific law of God? No, it does not. This is God's Law, and both Israelites and strangers are bound to obey it. The Israelite is not allowed to eat, the stranger is. Both these regulations are part of the law of God. And all people in Israel are bound to obey it. God's Law is for both Israelites and strangers.
You see, different people might be regulated differently by God, but all people were under the same law; God's Law. No exceptions.
"We don't have to obey God's law because Romans 3:28 says man is justified by faith, without the law"
Answer: Does this mean God's Law is abolished? Does this mean we can make God's Law void? Paul answers this question a few verses later:
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."Romans 3:31
Paul certainly did not understand being justified by faith as synonymous with doing away with God's law. On the contrary, we are to "establish" the law in our lives, which means to keep it. Paul even states that its not about going to church but doing the law that justifies us...
"For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;" Romans 2:13
Paul continued and taught that what matters is keeping the commandments of God no matter if you are Jew or foreigner...
"Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters." 1 Corinthians 7:19
We are under grace, not the old law (Romans 6:14), we are free from the law!"
Answer: Paul answers this question in the very next verse:
Romans 6:15, "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."
He also answers it in the first 2 verses in this chapter:
Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
Paul certainly did not understand God's grace to do away with the law or to free us from keeping the law. God puts us under grace when we accept Yeshua/Jesus as our Saviour. Does that mean the law has been done away with now? Does that mean we can sin all we want to now? Does that mean we can now kill and steal and commit adultery?
Please cross reference Romans 6:14 with Galatians 3:13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law," not from obedience to the law. The curse of the law is death (Romans 6:23), and there’s a curse upon those who transgress the law (Galatians 3:10). Christ tasted "death for every man"(Hebrews 2:9). Thus He redeemed us from the curse of the law (death), and in its place provided eternal life!
You see, Yeshua did not make us free from the Law, but made us "free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2). "Is the Law sin? God forbid!" (Romans 7:7). The law itself is not the curse, because of John 7:49, "But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed."
Let us look at Romans 6:14 more closely:
"...for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
About the structure of Paul's language here, this is an excellent example of an ellipsis, a figure of speech where certain words not directly expressed are understood. Other scriptural examples illustrate how we are to interpret these words.
For example, in John 6:27, Yeshua used this construction when He said...
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life..."
Plainly, Jesus didn't prohibit working for physical food (2 Thessalonians 3:10, "...if any would not work, neither should he eat.") but He showed where we should place the emphasis, i.e., spiritual food should take precedence over physical food.
Similarly, in 1 Peter 3:3-4, Peter said...
"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart..."
In this passage, Peter didn't forbid putting on apparel - surely women were to adorn themselves with clothing, but he placed the emphasis upon women's inward adorning, the adorning of their spirit!
By the neglect of common sense we can have Paul saying, "I want you to sin a lot so that you can get a lot of grace." Or women saying, "I cannot adorn myself with clothing." does not make sense and it conflicts with the rest of scripture.
If we are to no longer obey the commandments of God, then why do we see passages where obeying His law and commandments are seen in the tribulation and present in the New Millennium?
Please read the following scriptures...
"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12
"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and many enter through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14
"Many nations shall come and say 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Micah 4:2
"The Jews were saved by the law in the Old Testament, today Christians are saved by grace"
Answer: Not true. No one has ever been saved by the law.
All who have been saved, in all ages, have been saved by grace alone (Isaiah 45:22). This "grace was given us in Yeshua/Jesus before the world began" (2 Timothy 1:9). The law only points out sin. Christ alone can save.
Noah "found grace"(Genesis 6:8); Lot found grace (Genesis 19:18-19); Moses found grace (Exodus 33:17); the Israelites in the wilderness found grace (Jeremiah 31:2); and according to Hebrews 11, Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Joseph, and many other Old Testament worthies were saved "by faith."
They were saved by looking forward to the cross; we are saved by looking back to the cross. The law is necessary because, like a mirror, it reveals the "dirt" in our lives. However, the law has no saving power. It can only point out sin. Only Yeshua, and He alone, can save a person from sin.
"The letter of the law kills, but the spirit gives life 2 Corinthians 3:6 - so the law does not apply to believers today!"
Answer: The reason the law kills is that "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23; 5:12). All have broken the law. And the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
The reason the Spirit gives life is that it enables us to keep the law and not sin (Romans 8:4, Galatians 5:16).
Yeshua's/Jesus’ obedience gave us the power to be righteous and keep the Law (Romans 5:19). As Paul said, "I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died [that is, the law condemned him as a sinner]." "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is ... not subject to the law of God" (Romans 7:9; 8:7, 8).
"Doesn't 2 Cor 3:7 teach the law, written on stone was to be done away with?"
The passage says that the "glory" of Moses' ministration of the law was to be done away, but not the law itself. Read the whole passage of 2 Corinthians 3:3-9 again, carefully.
The subject is not the doing away with the law or its establishment, but rather, the change of location of the law from "tables of stone" to the "tables of the heart." Under Moses' ministration the law was on stones. Under the Holy Spirit's ministration, through the Messiah, the law is written upon the heart (Hebrews 8:10). Yeshua's ministration of the law is effective because He transfers the law to the heart of the believer (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26). Also read about the New Covenant and where the law is to be written...
"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel (foreigners are grafted into via Romans 11) and with the house of Judah... I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Jeremiah 31:31-34
When the law is written on our circumcised hearts, then keeping the law becomes a delight and a joyful way of living because the believer has true love for both God and man.
"Christ is the end of the Law! according to Romans 10:4
Answer: "End" in this verse means purpose or object, as it does in James 5:11. The meaning is clear. To lead men to Christ - where they find righteousness - is the goal, purpose, or end of the law.
In the 7th chapter of Romans, Paul gives us the result in his own case. It drove him to confess that the law was holy and good, and he ought to obey it; and there it left him in distress, and crying...
"The good that I would, I do not, but the evil that I would not, that I do."
The law was not able to convert him, and he cries out, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
Just here, the love of God in sending his Son, Yeshua/Jesus, is presented to his mind, and that did the work. In the next chapter he explains it...
"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, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit."
Paul continues throughout his writtings that we are no longer slaves to wickedness but to be slaves unto righteousness. Thus if breaking God's law is sin which results in death, then obeying His law brings life and blessing as His word states numerous times.
Christ is the end of law in regards to showing we were once slaves to wickedness. After salvation God wants us to obey and be the pure and spotless bride when the bridegroom returns.
"My conscience is my guide"
The scripture speaks of an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:22), a defiled conscience (1 Corinthians 8:7, Titus 1:15), and a seared conscience (1 Timothy 4:2) - none of which is safe.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" Proverbs 14:12
God says, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool" Proverbs 28:26
See also Genesis 6:5; 8:21, Numbers 15:39, Deuteronomy 11:16, 1 Kings 8:61, Psalms 58:2; 66:18, Proverbs 3:1,5; 16:5, Ecclesiastes 8:11, Jeremiah 17:5,9, and Matthew 15:19.
What we do know is that we need God's law in our lives and its important to know so we can do His 'good works'...
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complet, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
"Colossians 2:14 teaches God's law ended at the cross!"
Answer: Many people assume that these "ordinances" that were "against us" and "contrary to us" were God's Ten Commandments. But how is God’s Law "against us" and "contrary to us"? And why would Yeshua/Jesus spend his life preaching God's law and commandments if they were "against us" and "contrary to us"? Besides, Paul spoke of God’s Law as holy, just, and good many years after the cross (Romans 7:7,12).
In reference to the "handwriting of ordinances...nailed...to the cross"(Colossians 2:14), the Greek word translated "handwriting" is cheirographon, and this is the only place the term is used in the scripture. It meant a handwritten record of debt, or what we would today call an IOU. In contemporary apocalyptic literature, this word was used to designate a "record book of sin," meaning a written account of our sins.
Paul was not saying that God's law was nailed to the cross.
What was nailed there, he said, was all record of our sins. Because God's law required the death penalty for sin (Romans 6:23), this record is what "was against us, which was contrary to us", not the law itself. He has forgiven us all our sins (Ephesians 1:7), and redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). Christ has utterly wiped out the damning evidence of broken laws and commandments which always hung over our heads, and has completely annulled it by nailing it over His own head on the cross. It is the evidence against us, not the law itself, that was nailed to the cross, enabling us to be forgiven.
This becomes clear when we read the rest of Colossians 2. It is apparent that other issues were involved that had nothing to do with God's laws given in the Old Testament. Among these were "principalities and powers" (verse 15), "false humility and worship of angels" (verse 18), forbidding to "touch, taste and handle" (verse 21) and "neglect of the body" (verse 23).
Further, Paul referred to the false teachings in Colosse as rooted in "enticing words" (verse 4), "philosophy and vain deceit" and "the tradition of men" (verse 8). He also referred to submitting to "ordinances" of this world (verse 20) and "the commandments and doctrines of men" (verse 22). Could Paul, who in Romans 7:12 said the law is "holy and just and good," possibly be referring to the same law here, or is he addressing an entirely different issue?
Paul answers this in 1 Corinthians 9:21, when he said, "I am not free from God's law."
"Ephesians 2:15 says the law and commandments were abolished"
Answer: This verse says only the law of commandments "contained in ordinances" were abolished, not the commandments themselves. In order to accurately understand this verse, Let's read this in its context, and go back a few verses:
Ephesians 2:11, "Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;"
First it should be noted that Gentiles, not Jews, are being addressed. Here, Paul uses a touch a irony, and his choice of words is interesting. He says you have been “called” uncircumcision by those who are “called” the circumcision. His point is that these Jews are “called” circumcised, but they are not. They're circumcised in the flesh, yes, but they're not circumcised in heart. He then proceeds to say:
Ephesians 2:12, "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:"
The word “covenants” is plural! The gentiles were strangers from any covenant of God! People sometimes forget that the New Covenant is made with the house of Israel (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10; 10:16)! This is very specific. If you say “I'm going to do this with Israel,” it might be construed in a spiritual or symbolic sense to be talking about the church as symbolic Israel. But when you use the term “the house of Israel,” you have suddenly become very specific. This verse says that the gentiles, in the flesh, are strangers from the New Covenant as well!
Ephesians 2:13, "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
Far off from whom? From God, naturally. The gentiles were separated from God, and they were also far off and separated from Israel. Now, how can they be made closer to Israel unless it involved being closer to God?
Ephesians 2:14, "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;"
By the term “both”, it refers to Jews and Gentiles. The apostle describes, 1) The conjunction of the Gentiles with Israel, (Ephesians 2:14,15) and, 2) The conjunction of both with God (Ephesians 2:15-18).
As far as “the middle wall of partition,” in Jesus' day, in the temple, there was a wall that existed in the temple. When one walked into the temple, one entered an area that was called “the court of the gentiles.” The Jewish writing of that time did not call it “the court of the gentiles.” It became called that because, after they came into this area, there was an inner area into which gentiles were not allowed to come. And so the outer part was called “the court of the gentiles,” but both Jews and gentiles mingled freely in that outer court.
Now as they went in, they came to a marble wall that actually warned gentiles against coming passed that particular point, and that the death penalty would have immediately ensued if they passed that point. But what is interesting is that Ephesians 2:14 says Christ has broken down this middle wall of partition, but at the time of the writing of this letter, the wall of partition still stood! The temple had not been destroyed, it was still there and functioning, gentiles were still confined to the outer court, and gentiles were still not allowed passed that marble wall.
Now, Paul draws this analogy out of the temple showing that we all now have access to the Father, and that middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentile was now broken down, but ask yourself this question: “Who erected the wall between Jew and Gentile?” The answer: “The Jews themselves.”
If you search the scriptures, you will not find anywhere in the Old Testament which says, “Thou shalt erect a marble wall, and it shall say on there no gentile may go beyond here or you will be responsible for his death that will immediately ensue.”
Now, there was a barrier between Jew and Gentile, as well as between God and man, and God did not erect any of those barriers. Now, the next verse has no end of misunderstanding:
Ephesians 2:15, "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances..."
The enmity that was abolished here is the enmity between Jew and Gentile. Is Paul trying to say that the law, or some portion of it, has been done away with by this statement? Well, we must also bear the following in mind. The Jews were gradually constructing ordinances and decrees (Greek - dogma) of commandments as a part of their law, which was Jewish manufactured law and tradition. And this was the source of the largest division between gentiles and jews.
Another interesting thing in this verse that must be considered is the word "abolished." This Greek word for abolished is Greek word # 2673 katargeo. If one looks at all the other verses this word appears in, something interesting appears. For example, the first time this word appears is Luke 13:7. Now, the word katargeo, the same word translated "abolished" is found in verse 7. See if you can find it.
Luke 13:6-7, "He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?"
No, it's not "cut it down", it's "cumbereth." Why is it "abolishing" the ground? Why is it doing away with the ground? Now, if you interpret the word katargeo as "abolish" when you get to this verse, it does not work! You cannot translate it that way. Well, as you study through all the passages this word katargeo appears, what it means is to render powerless, to take away the strength of something. It does not always mean annuling, such as in this verse, "Why are you leaving this tree here and annuling the ground?" That doesn't work.
So, what Paul is saying here is that Christ rendered powerless the enmity involved in the law of commandments contained in ordinances. What's under discussion here is not whether or not the law of God is abolished. Paul really does not make any distinction as to which law he's talking about.
The key part here is the word "ordinances" (Greek: dogma). The Greek word dogma occurs only five times in the New Testament: and in each case, it refers to the commandments of men! The other four occurrences are: Luke 2:1 and Acts 17:7, where it means the decrees of Caesar; Acts 16:4, where it means the decrees of the Council of Jerusalem concerning decisions about dietary and social relationships between Jews and Gentiles; and Colossians 2:14, where Paul speaks of the written bond with its decrees which has been canceled by the death of Christ. This last reference is in the context of regulations concerning eating, drinking, and festivals (Colossians 2:14-17). Similar regulations appear again in Colossians 2:20-22, where those who obey them are described as "subject to ordinances" (verse 20), or subject to dogmatizo. Paul’s rationale for this is that these regulations are but "commandments and doctrines of men" (verse 22).
This also appears to be the best meaning for Ephesians 2:15. Thus the "law of commandments contained in ordinances" would be the precepts of the law as they were created by man, and not God. These ordinances refer to those jewish laws which stood as a barrier and a wall between Jew and Gentile, Yeshua, in His flesh, rendered powerless and meaningless.
Now, what is interesting about this is that this verse says "in his flesh" and not "through his blood." If this passage was talking about the reconciliation of man to God, scripture normally talks about this being done through the blood of the Messiah. But where do Jew and Gentile find themselves reconciled? They find themselves reconciled in the flesh or body of Christ; flesh being the body of the church (the "church" is said to be members of His body in Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, and Ephesians 5:30, "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones").There is where we find the reconciliation of Jew and Gentile.
Therefore, this passage means that Yeshua, in his flesh, in his body, has rendered meaningless the differences between Jew and Gentile, which the Jews have created over many years by human ordinances and decrees and dogmas and traditions, which they had created. This verse, and the entire chapter of Ephesians 2, says absolutely nothing about any part of the Law of God.
"The ten commandments are not reaffirmed in the New Testament..."
Answer: Actually, they are. All ten of them.
First commandment - Exodus 20:3 > Matthew 4:10, Acts 17:29, 1 Corinthians 8:6
Second - Exodus 20:4-6 > 1 John 5:21, 1 Corinthians 10:7
Third - Exodus 20:7 > 1 Timothy 6:1, James 5:12
Fourth - Exodus 20:8-11 > Hebrews 4:3-11, Matthew 12:12, Mark 2:27
Fifth - Exodus 20:12 > Matthew 19:19, Ephesians 6:2
Sixth - Exodus 20:13 > Romans 13:9, 1 John 3:15
Seventh - Exodus 20:14 > Matthew 19:18, Galatians 5:19
Eighth - Exodus 20:15 > Romans 13:9, Ephesians 4:28
Ninth - Exodus 20:16 > Romans 13:9, Colossians 3:9
Tenth - Exodus 20:17 > Romans 7:7, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5
* Noted this is not an all inclusive list
"No one can keep the law of God, so we don't have to"
Answer: "Sin is lawlessness", and Jesus was "manifested to take away our sins", our lawlessness (1 John 3:5-6). Jesus came down to give us the power to keep the law. Satan, in order to make God’s request seem unreasonable, invented the falsehood that obedience is impossible (Phil.4:13). "He that committeth sin is of the devil" (1 John 3:8). ). All sin consists in voluntarily consenting to the desires.
Do you know who the Holy Spirit is given to? It is given only to those who obey God’s Law (Acts 5:32). Whoever transgresses the law, and doesn’t abide in Christ’s doctrine, does not have God in him (2 John 1:9). Righteousness is obedience to God’s Law (Deuteronomy 6:25, 1 Corinthians 15:34). The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). This is how we know who is of God and who is of the devil; "Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God" (1 John 3:10). Whoever disobeys God, is not of God! So simple.
Do true Christians really sin every day? The scripture says the Lord delivers us from temptation (2 Peter 2:9), so Christians cannot commit sin (1 John 3:6-9) because the wicked one cannot touch him (1 John 5:18). God gives us the power to overcome the world (1 John 5:4). John wrote these things so that we would not sin (1 John 2:1). If we hide God’s word in our heart, we should not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). Christians are to have a divine nature and be purged from our old sins (2 Peter 1:4-9).
Does God really say we should keep His commandments?"
Answer: Yes (Deuteronomy 4:2,40; 6:17; 7:11; 8:6; 10:13; 11:27; 28:1,9, Leviticus 26:15). Even after Yeshua/Jesus came into this world (Deuteronomy 18:18-19). He’s not foolish or cruel, but wise and loving. He wouldn’t give us commands and principles to live by if they were impossible to follow.
Would God command people to keep his commandments if it was impossible to do? Would God command people to sin not, if it was impossible to do? Does the Law require that which is impossible to do? Would God punish people for doing that which is impossible to perform? Was God joking when he commanded people to keep His commandments?
1 Kings 9:4-5, "And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever,"
If it is impossible to walk in all the commandments of the Lord blameless, how does one explain this:
Luke 1:5-6, "There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless."
Yeshua did not obey the law so that sinners would not have to obey. He was obedient unto death, and this is set down as our example. We are to follow in Yeshua’s steps and commit no sin (John 13:15, Philippians 2:5, 1 Peter 2:21-22; 4:1, 1 John 2:6), and keep the commandments like He did (John 15:9-10, Romans 7:25).
Will we walk in sin if we walk as Jesus walked (Colossians 2:6)?
Will we sin if we purify ourselves like Jesus was pure (1 John 3:3)?
Will we sin if we are morally perfect like our Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48)?
Yeshua instructed us to teach people to observe all his commandments (Matthew 28:20).
"Doers of the law shall be justified" (Romans 2:13, James 1:22-25). Just like Abraham was justified by works, our faith is made perfect by our works (James 2:20-22).
When Yeshua healed, he would instruct them to be obedient to the Law, and "sin no more"(John 5:14; 8:11). Would He tell them to sin no more if it was impossible to do? Sin is the breaking of the law, and He told them to not break God's Law anymore. Yeshua does not tell people to do that which is impossible to do.
"The law did not exist before Moses received it at Mount Sinai"
Answer: Wrong! Dead wrong!
The scripture tells us "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (I John 3:4).
When Adam disobeyed God in Eden he "sinned" (Romans 5:12). How could Adam be called a sinner clear back in Eden if God had no law back then to define sin? When Cain was thinking about murdering his brother Able, God warned him: "sin lieth at the door." (Genesis 4:7). How could God warn Cain he was about to sin, and then place him under a curse for murdering his brother, if God had no law back then prohibiting murder? And how did Cain, and "every one" else on "earth," know that the penalty for a murderer was death (Genesis 4:14-15) if God had no law revealing this?
How could God tell Noah that mankind had become exceedingly corrupt and evil if there was no Divine Law that they had broken (Genesis 6:11-13)? What justification did God have for destroying the world by the Flood if the people were unaware of His law?
How did King Abimelech (the Philistine king of Gerar, a heathen) know adultery was wrong, and that the penalty was death (Genesis 20:1-7; 26:7-11)? As did Joseph (Genesis 39:9)? How did Jacob know stealing was wrong (Genesis 30:33; 31)? The answer is obvious, because God's Law DID exist before Moses, before Jews existed in the world.
God Himself said of Abraham that he, "...obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws" (Genesis 26.5).
Did you read that?
How could Abraham have obeyed God's commandments and laws unless God had already given it to him? God's law and His commandments, did exist before Moses.
As a matter of fact, there were blood sacrifices in the Garden of Eden!
After Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them in skins that were taken off animals whose blood had been poured out as a sin-offering to God (Genesis 3:21); for as we find Cain and Abel offering sacrifices to God. How did Abel know to sacrifice the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof to the Lord (Genesis 4:4) if there was no law of sacrificing and offerings?
How did Noah know to take clean animals and offer them as burnt offerings on the altar to the Lord (Genesis 8:20) if there were no burnt offering laws?
The law that says an animal must be put to death if it kills a man (Exodus 21:29) is also in Genesis 9:5-6.
How did Judah know that Tamar, being a widow, was to marry her husband's brother (Genesis 38:8,11) if this law was not revealed to them? The fact is, Deuteronomy 25:7-10 existed before God gave this law to Moses.
How did God teach the Israelites about the Sabbath? God sent manna six days a week for them to eat (Exodus 16). But He told them to gather twice as much on Friday because there would be none on the Sabbath. The scripture tells us God gave the Israelites manna to determine if they would walk in God's Law (Exodus 16:4). But Exodus 16:27 tells us the very next Saturday they flunked the test, they disobeyed God by going out to gather manna on Saturday, they didn't even obey God for one week!
So God asked them in verse 28, "How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?" The Lord didn't institute the Sabbath and then one week later cry out "How long will you refuse to keep My commands" the very first time they failed!
No, God's commandments had been around for more than two thousand years by then. People had been continually breaking God's Law from Eden onwards. Even the Israelites whom He rescued from Egypt were breaking His Sabbath Day! No wonder God said, "How long will you refuse to keep My commands?"!
The scripture evidence is that God's Law had been around for thousands of years before they were reaffirmed to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
"2 Corinthians 3:13-16 says the Old Testament was done away with"
This verse is the only verse in the entire scripture which uses the term "Old Testament." Interestingly, what Paul says here is not that Christ takes the Law or "Old Covenant" away, but that He removes the vail which conceals the fullness of its true meaning!
The veil is removed when we turn to God through the Messiah so that we can see that part of the Law which is written on the hearts of men through faith and a willingness to obey. Here is a verse by verse break down with my comments in brackets:
2 Corinthians 3:13, "And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:" [Notice the context of this passage is about the vail].
2 Corinthians 3:14, "But their minds were blinded: [the vail was preventing them from understanding the true meaning of the Law] for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ." [The true message is hidden and the vail is still untaken away in the reading of the law, but the true meaning was revealed by Christ. Also notice this verse specifically says the "vail" was taken away, not the old testament].
2 Corinthians 3:15, "But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart." [The true meaning of the law is hid].
2 Corinthians 3:16, "Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away." [When the heart shall turn to Christ, the vail, the hidden meaning of the law, shall be taken away, and the true meaning understood].
"Galatians 2:16 we are not justified by the works of the law but through Christ!"
Answer: First, let us review a little background as to the reason why Paul wrote this epistle to the Galatians.
Paul led the Galatians to Christ (Galatians 3:1). They made a good start in the godly life (Galatians 3:3) and were doing well spiritually (Galatians 5:7). Later, some Jewish teachers (called Judaizers) taught the Galatians that to be saved, one must not only believe in Christ, but must also obey the Jewish law, the sign of which is circumcision (in other words they taught 'works salvation').
Now, concerning the verse in question, Galatians 2:16, we must ask ourselves, "Which law is Paul referring to here?" Now, let's read this verse in context. Start at the beginning of Galatians 2, and you will see the context is about the Jewish law, like circumcision. The whole topic of Galatians 2, up until verse 16, is about circumcision and the Jewish law. This is the context of Galatians 2:16. This is the law that this verse is referring to, these carnal commandments of the Jewish law (Hebrews 7:16). The point Paul was making was that the Gentiles do not have to be converted to Judaism in order to follow Christ (Galatians 2:14, Acts 15:5-11; 21:21).
Paul was saying that gentiles can cast aside the law of physical circumcision and be justified by faith. But, did Paul also the commandmentsn of God could be cast aside and be justified by faith? The answer is definitely no. Further proof that Paul did not include the commandments (in verse 16) is to look at verse 17!
Galatians 2:17, "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid."
These words are an objection, which the adversaries of the doctrine of justification by faith have been always ready to make against it, namely, "That if persons be not justified by their obedience to the law, then they may live as they want in the breach and violation of the law, and freely indulge themselves in sin, and consequently make Christ the minister of sin, as if he had relaxed the duty." The apostle rejects this inference and deduction with the greatest abhorrence and detestation, saying, God forbid.
If sinners should be justified through Christ by faith without the Law, Christ would approve sinners, and should exhort them to sin by his ministry; and that it it is not necessary to observe the law in order to be accepted with God; that it pronounces a man justified and accepted who is a violator of the law; that his acceptance does not depend on his keeping the commandments; that it releases him from the obligation of God's Law; and that it teaches that a man may be saved though he does not conform to God's Law.
The idea is, "You seek to be justified by faith without obeying the law, You professedly reject that, and do not hold that it is necessary to yield obedience to it. If now it shall turn out that you are sinners; that your lives are not holy; that you are free from the wholesome restraint of the law, and are given up to lives of sin, will it not follow that Christ is the cause of it, that he taught it, and that the system which he introduced is responsible for it? And is not the gospel therefore responsible for introducing a system that frees from the restraint of the law, and introduces universal licentiousness?"
Paul answers that this conclusion is false, because Christ destroys sin in the believer; that being acquitted from the curse of the Law and justified they may be saved by Him. And Christ gives them that strength and power, through the Holy Spirit, which destroys sinful tendencies: so that this old man being abolished by the power of Christ crucified, Christ may live in them, and they may consecrate themselves to God. Therefore if any man give himself to sin after he has received the Gospel, let him not accuse Christ nor the Gospel, but himself, for he destroys the work of God in himself. Christ is not the minister of sin; but in turning away from Him, one makes himself a sinner.
If it turns out that we are sinners, or if others discover by undoubted demonstration that we lead lives of sin; if they see us given up to a lawless life, and find us practicing all kinds of evil; if it shall be seen not only that we are not pardoned and made better by the gospel, but are actually made worse, and are freed from all restraint. Is it to be traced to Christ? Is it a fair and legitimate conclusion that this is the tendency of the gospel? Is it to be charged on Him, and on the plan of justification through Him, that unrightousness prevails, and that men are freed from the wholesome restraints of God's Law? God forbid. It is not so. This is not the proper effect of the gospel of Christ, and of the doctrine of justification by faith. The system is not fitted to produce such a freedom from restraint; and if such a freedom exists, it is to be traced to something else than the gospel.
Learn hence, that the doctrine of justification by faith alone, cannot be rightly preached, except the duty of mortification of sin be urged and enforced with it; for the same faith that depends upon Christ for pardon of sin, does look up unto him for power and strength to vanquish and subdue sin; If we do not the latter, Christ will never do the former.
"Galatians 3:10-11 teaches "for as man are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, 'cursed is everyone that does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law... they shall live by faith."
Answer: Please look at Galatians 3:13. It says "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law." It does not say Christ redeemed us from obedience to the law, but only from the curse of the law.
John 7:49, "But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed."
Those who know not the law are cursed. This would not make any sense if those who know the law are cursed also. Would it?
"You have fallen from grace when you obey the law according to Galatians 5:4"
Answer: Again, this "law," in verse four, is referring to circumcision. This is proven by the previous two verses where Paul addresses only Jews:
Galatians 5:2-3, "Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law."
You see, this is referring to the same laws as Galatians 2 and 3, the laws of the Old Covenant, which included circumcision.
"Why do so many believers deny God's law that was meant for their benefit?"
Answer: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Romans 8:7).
Paul warned Timothy that the day would come when, because of their pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:12), men would no longer choose to hear the Truth, but would seek after teachers who would speak to them the things that suited the tenor of their carnal nature (2 Timothy 4:3-4). For this reason, keeping God's law has never been popular. To those who desire a way of forgetting God which will pass for remembering him, a gospel of love that requires no obedience is readily accepted (1 Peter 2:7-8).
Only eight people survived the flood, because only those eight did "all that the LORD commanded" (Genesis 7:1,5). Only Lot and his two daughters survived Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:16) because only they were righteous (2 Peter 2:7-8). Out of the 600,000 Hebrews and foreigners who left Egypt during the Exodus, all died before they could cross the river into their promised land 40 years later. Caleb and Joshua were the only two survivors of the wilderness trek from Egypt to Cannan (Numbers 26:65). Why? Because only Caleb and Joshua "followed the Lord fully" ( Numbers 32:11-12), while the others continued worshipping the gods and idols of Egypt.
This is the reason why there were few left in Egypt, because they didn't obey God (Deuteronomy 28:62). Because the earth transgressed the laws, the curse devoured the earth, and there were few men left. Yeshua/Jesus said the same about us also. "For many be called, but few chosen" (Matthew 20:16; 22:14), and there will be few that are saved (Luke 13:23-24), and there will be few that find eternal life (Matthew 7:14). Many people will do many wonderful works in Yeshua's name, but only a few will do the Will of the Father, and only those few will be saved (Matthew 7:21-23).
As a matter of fact, He had many disciples walking with him while He was here on earth, but at one point, many disciples who walked with left, and only a few remained who followed him (John 6:66).
Physical growth is a function of time. Intellectual growth is a function of learning. Spiritual growth is neither a function of time or learning, but it is a function of obedience (Hebrews 5:8-9). Transgression of the law is always a result of a lack of faith. People do not reject the scripture because it contradicts itself, but rather because it contradicts them!
Every man's destiny is to be determined by deeds done in the body (2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 2:23; 20:12-13; 22:12). If we reject God's Law, God will reject us (Hosea 4:6). Remember, we don't break God's Law… it breaks us if we disobey it!
The purpose of this page is to highlight how much we think we know versus what the bible actually teaches. This should give us pause if we are misled on these simple facts, perhaps we are misled on our beliefs. The days are short and we should have the correct doctrine and beliefs along with living a life that pleases the Father.
Its time to test what we believe and if what we believe is wrong then we need to repent, confess, ask forgiveness from the Father. In other words we need to conform to His image and not an image that comes from wrong teachings. That means we need to look at the definitions of words in the bible. To look at things like the Sabbath, the Feasts of the Lord, not to mention to die to self as much as possible.
If we are indeed the bride of Christ then we need to start living like it - we need to repent of our sin and complacency and do what pleases the Father.
Please consider this information and pray.