Obeying God's Commandments is Falling from Grace
Obeying is Falling from Grace?
Now many believers think that God's law is not applicable today because the bible says the following..
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. "
So does one verse taken out of context prove that if you obey God's instructions you have fallen from grace & thus going to hell? I don't think so but let look at what the book of Galatians is really talking about.
The Galatians were being falsely taught to keep God’s Law as part salvation. These false teachers belonged to the “Circumcision Party” - Galatians 2:7-12; 5:12 and “Works of Law” as seen in Galatians 2:16;3:2;3:5;3:10. These teachers were promoting the false doctrine that required Gentiles to be circumcised and justified for salvation.
What Paul was doing was confronting this false teaching this is seen in here...
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the 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."
Paul continues to address this throughout the book of Galatians. So when we see that this one verse is not rebuking those who obey from the heart but those who promote a works salvation, it clears up the misconception that if one obeys God's instructions you are not falling from grace. If we search the scriptures we see that Paul taught that one should be obedient from the heart AFTER salvation.
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12
"For I delight in the "law of God" after the inward man:" Romans 7:22
"But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me
into captivity to the "law of sin" which is in my members."
The Messiah even said in Matthew 5:17-19...
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy, but to
fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
till all (law and prophets) be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments,
and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do
and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Jesus even stated that not one of God’s commandments was to be “abolished” or “put an end to” until all of the Law and Prophets are fulfilled and Heaven and earth pass away. Heaven and earth passing away by being made new is the last prophetic event foretold in scripture. Isaiah 65:17 "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away..."
Please note that this event has clearly not yet happened.
One problem is that many believers think 'fulfill' means to do away with. “Fulfill” in Matthew 5:17 is pleroo, G4137 from G4134; means to make replete, to fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full, fully preach, perfectly supply. So Jesus came to fully preach and teach us the full meaning of God’s law.
The Galatians made the mistake of applying the false doctrine which taught that they must be circumcised for salvation. This is legalism, not simple obedience from the heart AFTER one is a new creature in Christ.
1 Timothy 1:8 "But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully..."
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.”
John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.”
1 John 2:4-5 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”
1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
2nd John 1:6 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.”
In Galatians Paul was simply trying to bring the Galatians back into God’s grace through faith and teach against the error of using the Law of God FOR salvation. Nowhere in Galatians does Paul teach that we should NOT keep the Law of God in heartful obedience AFTER salvation. If he did, he would be contradicting himself, God, the Messiah, and numerous other passages in scripture.
So when if some says that obeying God is 'falling from grace" point them to the scriptures for the truth.