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Rev 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues."

To prevent confusion, I will start out this page by saying, it is ONLY the finished work of the cross of Messiah Yeshua Jesus which saves us.

TWO DISTINCT LAWS By Bro Larry Davenport

Deu 31:24 And it came to pass, when Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, Deu 31:25 That Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Deu 31:26 Take this book of the 613 laws, and PUT IT BY THE *SIDE OF THE ARK of the covenant of the LORD your God, THAT IT MAY BE THERE FOR A WITNESS AGAINST YOU. Deu 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stubbornness: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?

Play close attention to verse 26 you see those ordinances were a testimony against us, and then we get this Colossians COL2:14, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, (Did away with) nailing it to his (Jesus') cross;" As we have already studied, God not only spoke but He (God) wrote His Law with His own finger on two tables of stone. This was done twice by God since the first tables were broken by Moses due to Israel's sins. therefore the covenant or agreement was broken by Israel, not God. So it would seem quite obvious that the "handwriting" of ordinances cannot be referring to the Ten Commandments which God Himself personally wrote but to other law or laws! Keep in mind, Moses broke the first tables of stone and God re-wrote them immediately signifying that they will stand forever.

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Two Distinct Laws

Posted on February 15, 2014 by Bro Larry Davenport

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Please, allow me to show you how the scripture itself proves that the "Ten Commandments" and the "law of Moses" are two completely separate laws. I will discuss seven points.

Simply stated, The "Law of Moses" has been known mainly as the "commandments of Moses" throughout the scripture, but can also be known as the commandments of God. On the other hand, the Ten Commandments are known only as the direct commandments of God, and never ever as the "commandments of Moses." And if they are not known as the commandments of Moses in the scripture, what right have we to call it such?

One

The major point of difference between these two laws is the way they were recorded:

Exodus 31:18, "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

No one can confuse the Ten Commandments writing with the way the Mosaic law was produced:

Deuteronomy 31:9, "And Moses wrote this law."

Two

Another major point of difference between these two laws is the way they were given to God's People.

Deuteronomy 4:36; 5:22, "Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: …These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me."

It's important to notice that after God wrote the Ten Commandments, he "added no more" to this Law, yet God gave Moses statutes, precepts, judgments, and ordinances afterwards. If the Mosaic law was part of the Ten Commandments, there would be a contradiction here, because God did add more to this law! But there was no contradiction, because God considered the Ten Commandments to be a separate Law. The Ten Commandments were spoken by God himself to the people, so that God would instruct them. There was no mediator involved! Moses was not the mediator of the Ten Commandments. But he was the mediator of the sacrificial laws:

Exodus 33:9, "And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses."

2 Chronicles 34:14, "…Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses."

Unlike the Ten Commandments, in which God talked directly to the people, the sacrificial and ceremonial laws were spoken to Moses only. Moses was the mediator of these temporary laws, but not the Ten Commandments.

Three

God made known this distinction to Moses, and Moses explained it to the people at Mt. Horeb:

Deuteronomy 4:13-14, "And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it."

Please notice how Moses clearly separated the Ten Commandments which "he commanded you", from the statutes which "he commanded me" to give the people. The big question now is whether those statutes and judgments were designated as separate and distinct "law".

[See also Exodus 19:7; 39:1,5,7,21,26,29,31,32,42,43; 40:19,21,23,25,27,29,32 and Leviticus 7:38; 8:9,13,17,21,29: 9:10; 27:34]

Four

2 Kings 21:8, "Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them."

Here we are assured that the statutes which Moses gave the people were called a "law". Two different laws are being described now. God speaks of the law "I commanded" (The Ten Commandments) and also of the law "Moses commanded" (the law of Moses).

[See also Leviticus 9:5 and Deuteronomy 33:4 for the commandments of Moses. Deuteronomy 6:2; 8:11; 11:22,27,28; 13:18; 15:5; 19:9; 27:10; 28:1,13,15 and Joshua 22:5 for two different laws. And Revelation 12:17 and 14:12 for the commandments of God]

Five

Daniel was inspired to make the same careful distinction:

Daniel 9:11, "Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him."

Once more we see "thy law" (God's law, the Ten Commandments) and "the law of Moses" (the commandments of Moses), and are different in content. There are no curses recorded in the Ten Commandments that God wrote. Only the book of Moses has curses (Deuteronomy.29:20,21,27, 2 Chron.34:24).

[See also Exodus 20:6 for a passage on how the Ten Commandments were considered God's commandments, and not Moses' commandments]

Six

The following verses show that the "Ten Commandments" and the "law of Moses" are 2 separate laws, because they were separated physically:

Deuteronomy 31:24-26, "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee."

The book of statutes and judgments which Moses wrote in a book was placed in a pocket on the side of the ark. In contrast, the Law written by God on tables of stone was placed inside the ark of the covenant.

Exodus 25:16, "And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee."

The spiritual lesson of this physical separation is that we are to spiritually separate the Ten Commandments from the laws of Moses.

Seven

And finally the most important point. Did you know God himself wrote the Ten Commandments a second time? Moses broke the first Ten Commandments.

Exodus 34:1, "Hew thee two tablets of stone like unto first; and I will write upon the tablets the words that were on the first tables, which thou didst break."

Deuteronomy 10:1 "…Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount; and make thee an ark of wood."

Now, first of all, if the Ten Commandments were part of the Law of Moses, there would be no need for God to write the Ten Commandments a second time after Moses broke the original Ten Commandments. Why? Because the Ten Commandments would already exist inside, and be included in, and be a part of, the book of Moses. The book of Moses still existed at that time, and was still being observed. But God decided to write the ten commandments a second time, which would have been meaningless if it was considered a part of the law of Moses, or the book of Moses. So obviously, God considered His Law (His Ten Commandments), to be separate from the Law of Moses (the commandments of Moses). This shows that the two laws are to be considered separate and distinct laws from each other.

An Illustration

You and I can enter into a Covenant with each other. Our covenant can be an agreement for you to do one thing and I another. Our covenant can also be based upon the Ten Commandments. We will agree to not steal, murder, or commit adultery. Now, does this mean the Ten Commandments did not exist before we entered into our covenant with each other? No, it does not. Here's another question. When our covenant passes away because we fulfilled our agreement with each other, does that mean the Ten Commandments, which this covenant was based upon, are also passed away? No, it does not.

This illustrates how I see the Ten Commandments. Before Moses confirmed the covenant, it was a sin to steal, murder, commit adultery, etc. These laws existed before the covenant at Sinai happened. And after this covenant waxed old, and was replaced with a new covenant, the laws that say do not steal, murder, and commit adultery did not pass away with the old covenant. God still expects us to obey those laws, which reflect His Will.

Conclusion

To summarize, we can note several distinctions in the two laws. They had different authors, were originally written on different materials, were spoken by different law-givers, were placed in different locations in the ark, and they had totally different content. This shows, by example, how they are to be considered and treated as separate laws. In addition, the Ten Commandments were spoken from God's mouth (Exodus 19:19; 20:1, Deuteronomy.4:10,12; 5:22-26; 18:16, Nehemiah 9:13), and God said he would not "alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." (Psalm 89:34). The Ten Commandments went out of God's lips, so the Ten Commandments could not have been altered!

To give you a hypothetical situation, if the Ten Commandments were a part of the book of Moses, then whatever happens to the book of Moses must also, by definition, happen to the Ten Commandments. Don't you agree?

Well, if the Ark caught on fire, and the book of the covenant (Exodus 24:7), the law of Moses, suddenly burned to a crisp, would the Ten Commandments be burned up as well? No! But will the law of ordinances be burned up? Yes! The priesthood laws? Yes! The sacrificing laws? Yes! The Ten Commandments on Stone? No! Why? Because they were recorded on different materials. The tables of stone symbolize the imperishable nature of the Ten Commandments!

Now, here's a real example that will prove that they are two separate laws. Does God still expect us to sacrifice lamps, heifers, and other animals today, to atone for our sins? No, these sacrificial laws were changed. Does God still expect us to not steal, murder, lie, and commit adultery? Yes! Therefore, this simple fact that God does not expect us to obey the sacrificial laws of the Old Covenant, but does expect us to keep the laws of the Ten Commandments, prove that they are not part of the same law!

Moses' law was the temporary, ceremonial law of the Old Testament. It regulated the priesthood, sacrifices, rituals, meat and drink offerings, etc., all of which foreshadowed Christ Jesus. This law was added "till the seed should come," and that seed was Christ (Galatians 3:16,19). The ritual and ceremony of Moses' law pointed forward to Christ, and this law came to an end, but the Ten Commandments (God's law) "stand fast for ever and ever." (Psalm 111:8).

 

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"JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:15 “IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS!"

THE NEW AND OLD TESTAMENT BOTH SHOW WE ARE TO OBEY & KEEP THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. JESUS EVEN EXPOUNDED ON THEM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. BELOW, SEE ALL THE CROSS REFERENCE SCRIPTURES FOR EACH COMMANDMENT IN BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW COVENANT!

First Commandment: You shall have no other gods before Me
Matthew 4:10; 6:24; 22:37-38; Luke 4:8; Revelation 14:7.

Second Commandment: Thou shalt not worship Idols

Acts 15:20; 17:16; 29; 1 Corinthians 5:10-11; 6:9; 10:7, 14, 19; 12:2; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Galatians 5:20; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 Peter 4:3; 1 John 5:21; Revelation 2:14; 9:20; 21:8; 22:15.

Third Commandment:
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain
Matthew 5:33-34; 1 Timothy 6:1; James 2:7.

Fourth Commandment:
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy
Matthew 12:8, 12; 24:20; Mark 1:21; 2:27-28; 6:2; Luke 4:16, 31; 6:5; 23:56; Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 15:21; 16:13; 17:1-2; 18:4; Hebrews 4:4, 9-10

Fifth Commandment:
Honor your father and your mother
Matthew 15:4; 19:19; Mark 7:10; 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 1:30; Ephesians 6:1-2; Colossians 3:20; 2 Timothy 3:2.

Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not Murde
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Matthew 5:21-22; 19:18; Mark 7:21; 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 1:29; 13:9; Galatians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:9; James 2:11; 1 Peter 4:15; 1 John 3:15; Revelation 9:21; 21:8; 22:15.

Seventh Commandment: Thou shalt not commit Adultery

Matthew 5:27-28; 19:18; Mark 7:21; 10:11-12, 19; Luke 16:18; 18:20; Acts 21:25; Romans 1:29; 2:22; 7:3; 13:9; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9, 18; 10:8; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:4; James 2:11; 2 Peter 2:14; Jude 1:7; Revelation 2:14; 2:21-22; 9:21.

Eighth Commandment:
Thou shalt not Steal
Matthew 19:18; Mark 7:22; 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 2:21; 13:9; 1 Corinthians 5:10-11; 6:10; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Peter 4:15; Revelation 9:21.

Ninth Commandment:
Thou shalt not bear false witness
Matthew 15:19; 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; John 8:44; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:29; 13:9; Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9; 1 Timothy 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:3;
Revelation 21:8; 22:15.

Tenth Commandment
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Thou shalt not Covet your neighbor's things
Mark 7:22; Luke 12:15; Acts 20:33; Romans 1:29; 7:7; 13:9; 1 Corinthians 5:10-11; 6:10; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3, 5; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:2; 2 Peter 2:14; Hebrews 13:5.

The Ten Commandments are not part of the Law of Moses
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Please, allow me to show you how the scripture itself proves that the "Ten Commandments" and the "law of Moses" are two completely separate laws. I will discuss seven points.

Simply stated, The "Law of Moses" has been known mainly as the "commandments of Moses" throughout the scripture, but can also be known as the commandments of God. On the other hand, the Ten Commandments are known only as the direct commandments of God, and never ever as the "commandments of Moses." And if they are not known as the commandments of Moses in the scripture, what right have we to call it such?

 

One

The major point of difference between these two laws is the way they were recorded:

 

Exodus 31:18, "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

No one can confuse the Ten Commandments writing with the way the Mosaic law was produced:

 

Deuteronomy 31:9, "And Moses wrote this law."

 

 

Two

Another major point of difference between these two laws is the way they were given to God's People.

 

Deuteronomy 4:36; 5:22, "Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: ...These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me."

It's important to notice that after God wrote the Ten Commandments, he "added no more" to this Law, yet God gave Moses statutes, precepts, judgments, and ordinances afterwards. If the Mosaic law was part of the Ten Commandments, there would be a contradiction here, because God did add more to this law! But there was no contradiction, because God considered the Ten Commandments to be a separate Law. The Ten Commandments were spoken by God himself to the people, so that God would instruct them. There was no mediator involved! Moses was not the mediator of the Ten Commandments. But he was the mediator of the sacrificial laws:

 

Exodus 33:9, "And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses."

2 Chronicles 34:14, "...Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses."

Unlike the Ten Commandments, in which God talked directly to the people, the sacrificial and ceremonial laws were spoken to Moses only. Moses was the mediator of these temporary laws, but not the Ten Commandments.

 

Three

God made known this distinction to Moses, and Moses explained it to the people at Mt. Horeb:

 

Deuteronomy 4:13-14, "And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it."

Please notice how Moses clearly separated the Ten Commandments which "he commanded you", from the statutes which "he commanded me" to give the people. The big question now is whether those statutes and judgments were designated as separate and distinct "law".

[See also Exodus 19:7; 39:1,5,7,21,26,29,31,32,42,43; 40:19,21,23,25,27,29,32 and Leviticus 7:38; 8:9,13,17,21,29: 9:10; 27:34]

 

Four

 

2 Kings 21:8, "Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them."

Here we are assured that the statutes which Moses gave the people were called a "law". Two different laws are being described now. God speaks of the law "I commanded" (The Ten Commandments) and also of the law "Moses commanded" (the law of Moses).

[See also Leviticus 9:5 and Deuteronomy 33:4 for the commandments of Moses. Deuteronomy 6:2; 8:11; 11:22,27,28; 13:18; 15:5; 19:9; 27:10; 28:1,13,15 and Joshua 22:5 for two different laws. And Revelation 12:17 and 14:12 for the commandments of God]

 

Five

Daniel was inspired to make the same careful distinction:

 

Daniel 9:11, "Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him."

Once more we see "thy law" (God's law, the Ten Commandments) and "the law of Moses" (the commandments of Moses), and are different in content. There are no curses recorded in the Ten Commandments that God wrote. Only the book of Moses has curses (Deuteronomy.29:20,21,27, 2 Chron.34:24).

[See also Exodus 20:6 for a passage on how the Ten Commandments were considered God's commandments, and not Moses' commandments]

 

Six

The following verses show that the "Ten Commandments" and the "law of Moses" are 2 separate laws, because they were separated physically:

 

Deuteronomy 31:24-26, "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee."

The book of statutes and judgments which Moses wrote in a book was placed in a pocket on the side of the ark. In contrast, the Law written by God on tables of stone was placed inside the ark of the covenant.

 

Exodus 25:16, "And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee."

The spiritual lesson of this physical separation is that we are to spiritually separate the Ten Commandments from the laws of Moses.

 

Seven

And, finally, the most important point. Did you know God himself wrote the Ten Commandments a second time? Moses broke the first Ten Commandments.

Exodus 34:1, "Hew thee two tablets of stone like unto first; and I will write upon the tablets the words that were on the first tables, which thou didst break."

Deuteronomy 10:1 "...Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount; and make thee an ark of wood."

Now, first of all, if the Ten Commandments were part of the Law of Moses, there would be no need for God to write the Ten Commandments a second time after Moses broke the original Ten Commandments. Why? Because the Ten Commandments would already exist inside, and be included in, and be a part of, the book of Moses. The book of Moses still existed at that time, and was still being observed. But God decided to write the ten commandments a second time, which would have been meaningless if it was considered a part of the law of Moses, or the book of Moses. So obviously, God considered His Law (His Ten Commandments), to be separate from the Law of Moses (the commandments of Moses). This shows that the two laws are to be considered separate and distinct laws from each other.

 

An Illustration

You and I can enter into a Covenant with each other. Our covenant can be an agreement for you to do one thing and I another. Our covenant can also be based upon the Ten Commandments. We will agree to not steal, murder, or commit adultery. Now, does this mean the Ten Commandments did not exist before we entered into our covenant with each other? No, it does not. Here's another question. When our covenant passes away because we fulfilled our agreement with each other, does that mean the Ten Commandments, which this covenant was based upon, are also passed away? No, it does not.

This illustrates how I see the Ten Commandments. Before Moses confirmed the covenant, it was a sin to steal, murder, commit adultery, etc. These laws existed before the covenant at Sinai happened. And after this covenant waxed old, and was replaced with a new covenant, the laws that say do not steal, murder, and commit adultery did not pass away with the old covenant. God still expects us to obey those laws, which reflect His Will.

 

Conclusion

 

To summarize, we can note several distinctions in the two laws. They had different authors, were originally written on different materials, were spoken by different law-givers, were placed in different locations in the ark, and they had totally different content. This shows, by example, how they are to be considered and treated as separate laws. In addition, the Ten Commandments were spoken from God's mouth (Exodus 19:19; 20:1, Deuteronomy.4:10,12; 5:22-26; 18:16, Nehemiah 9:13), and God said he would not "alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." (Psalm 89:34). The Ten Commandments went out of God's lips, so the Ten Commandments could not have been altered!

To give you a hypothetical situation, if the Ten Commandments were a part of the book of Moses, then whatever happens to the book of Moses must also, by definition, happen to the Ten Commandments. Don't you agree?

Well, if the Ark caught on fire, and the book of the covenant (Exodus 24:7), the law of Moses, suddenly burned to a crisp, would the Ten Commandments be burned up as well? No! But will the law of ordinances be burned up? Yes! The priesthood laws? Yes! The sacrificing laws? Yes! The Ten Commandments on Stone? No! Why? Because they were recorded on different materials. The tables of stone symbolize the imperishable nature of the Ten Commandments!

Now, here's a real example that will prove that they are two separate laws. Does God still expect us to sacrifice lamps, heifers, and other animals today, to atone for our sins? No, these sacrificial laws were changed. Does God still expect us to not steal, murder, lie, and commit adultery? Yes! Therefore, this simple fact that God does not expect us to obey the sacrificial laws of the Old Covenant, but does expect us to keep the laws of the Ten Commandments, prove that they are not part of the same law!

Moses' law was the temporary, ceremonial law of the Old Testament. It regulated the priesthood, sacrifices, rituals, meat and drink offerings, etc., all of which foreshadowed Christ Jesus. This law was added "till the seed should come," and that seed was Christ (Galatians 3:16,19). The ritual and ceremony of Moses' law pointed forward to Christ, and this law came to an end, but the Ten Commandments (God's law) "stand fast for ever and ever." (Psalm 111:8).

WHAT DID YESHUA/JESUS MEAN WHEN HE SAID HE CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW?

September 7, 2013 at 2:07pm

WHAT DID JESUS MEAN WHEN HE SAID HE CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW? WAS IT NOT THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH BY HIS SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS AS THE FINAL SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS WHICH SHEEP BULLS AND GOATS COULD NOT DO? YET SOME ARE ALSO SAYING THE COMMANDMENTS/TORAH, HAVE BEEN DONE AWAY WITH TOO.

 

Matt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 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 be fulfilled. 19 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. Has heaven and earth passed away yet?

 

We have been taught a lie beloved. The Church has told us that we can be Lawless and that Grace is all we need. They teach the Commandments of God have been done away with, (which includes the true Sabbath which is the 7th day and not the 1st), but they have not! The Law of sin and death (blood sacrifice) has as Jesus/Yeshua is our FINAL SACRIFICE!

 

What is the law of sin and death? Christians have been confused about the answer for centuries. Most usually it is understood to refer to the Mosaic law but this is an impossible interpretation. Additionally, when most Christians hear “Mosaic law” they automatically think “law of man” or “man’s rules”. Again, this is an impossible definition. Let’s proceed to clear up the misunderstanding and properly define the Law of Sin and Death.

 

First, let us identify why the Law (Torah) cannot be the Law of Sin and Death. The Torah (a.k.a. Mosaic Law) is the very word of God. It is not the rules or laws of man but of the Creator of the Universe. Thus, to call the Torah the Law of Sin and Death is to call the Bible Sin and death, God forbid!

 

Imagine Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy being called sin and death! Beloved, that is simply blasphemy. The Ten Commandments, the command to love one’s neighbor, the commandment to love HaShem, the commandment to love one’s enemy, all of these are in the Torah. Are they sin and death? Of course not!

 

Christians typically believe that we have been set free from Torah/Law based upon the above scripture. That insinuates that the Torah (law) is bad,  oppressive, or even evil. Yet this is not the testimony of scripture. Paul states that the Torah is holy, righteous and good (Romans 7:12; 1 Timothy 1:8). Paul also writes that the Torah is spiritual! (Rom 8:14) That Greek word is pneumatikos meaning “belonging to the Divine Spirit (Holy Spirit)”.

 

With this definition of Torah in mind who among us wishes to be “set free” from holiness, righteousness, goodness or the Holy Spirit!! Once again we see that it is impossible to believe that the Torah is the law of sin and death. Paul must be speaking about another law.

 

 “Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:3

 

The Prophet Isaiah proclaims that the Temple of HaShem will be established as the focal point of worship and that all the nations will stream to it. At which point the law (Hebrew: Torah) will go forth to man. The Torah is considered the path of God. If the law of Sin and Death is the Torah, then we must read this passage to say that ***** “The law of sin and death will go out from Zion…”.*****?????? I do not think so beloved!

 

King David wrote in Psalms 119:97 that he loved the Torah and that he meditated on it day and night. Are we to read that verse as “Oh how I love you Law of Sin and Death! I meditate on it all day long.”? Of course all of this would be ridiculous. The definition of the Law of Sin and Death being equivalent with Torah simply does not match the context of the Bible.

 

Finally, Paul himself was a Torah observant follower of Yeshua. According to Acts 21:20-26, Paul went to great effort to prove that he was true to Torah. In Acts 18:18 we see that he had taken a Nazirite vow. He desired to return to Jerusalem in time for Pentecost (Acts 20:16) which was a requirement of Torah, Paul testified before Felix in Acts 24:17 that he was found in the Temple ceremonially clean and making offerings (Greek prosfora also sacrifices). Paul also had Timothy circumcised! All of this indicates that Paul himself kept Torah!

 

Are we to believe that Paul bound himself to sin and death? The idea is irrational! It only proves that the conventional understanding of the law of Sin and Death is wrong. It is not the Torah.

 

Having thus established what the law of Sin and Death is not, let us now understand what its proper definition is. The law of Sin and Death is the law of the sinful nature of man. It is the principle of our flesh rising up in opposition to the will (Torah) of God. Paul says in Romans 7:14 “We know that the law (Torah) is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.” The problem is not the law but the carnal nature (flesh). We don’t need to be delivered from the Torah, we need to be set free from our carnal nature or as the Jews say, “the evil impulse.”  

 

Paul explains in Romans 7:14-25 that the slavery of sin causes him to do the very opposite of what he desires. He says that “in my inner being I delight in God’s law (Torah); but I see another law (the Law of Sin and Death) at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind (Torah, see Jeremiah 31:33) and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.” So we see that the law of sin (and death) is in reference to the carnal nature. Paul celebrates that Messiah Yeshua has delivered him (and us) from this “body of death”. He concludes that “I myself in my mind and a slave to God’s law (Torah), but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin (and death).”

 

Paul later admits (Romans 8:3) that the Torah was powerless to change the heart of man. This is why he says that the commandment, intended to bring life, brought death (Romans 7:10). This is because the law of Sin and Death was at work waging war against the Torah of God. As he says in Romans 8:7, “the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s Torah, nor can it do so.”

 

I praise Yeshua that we, through His Holy Spirit, and by His sacrifice on the cross we can after we repent of our sins, submit to the Torah/Law of God. We have been set free from the law of Sin and Death. NOT from the Law of God!

Ecc 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.

Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

Satan is very angry at those who are obeying God's Holy Law! Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.And IF we obey God's Law, AND have the testimony of Jesus Blood, one day we will enter into the Gates of the Holy City! 

Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Rev 22:15  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

 

 

Common Objections for not obeying the Ten Commandments              

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  1. "Jesus fulfilled the law, thereby doing away with it, so we don't need to worry about it any more."

    Answer: Jesus knew there would be those who think this way, which is why Jesus said,

     

    Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

    When you fulfill a prediction, such as Jesus did by dying on the cross (Matthew 26:56, Luke 24:44), the prediction is no longer needed. Jesus fulfilled the sacrifice predictions which pointed forward to His death. When He died they were no longer needed. These predictions were a part of the ceremonial law of the old-covenant sanctuary (Hebrews 9:9-14). But when you fulfill a moral law, such as "Thou shalt not kill," that has nothing to do with abolishing the law (Luke 16:17).

    When you fulfil the marriage vow, does it do away with marriage? When you give your spouse total fulfillment, does it do away with your spouse? Instead of doing away with the law, Jesus 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 Jesus abolished the Law, why are we called on to repent and obey the law ourselves?

     

     

  2. "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). 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?

     

     

  3. "All you need to keep is Jesus' law, not God's law."

    Answer: The scripture says there is only "One lawgiver" (James 4:12), not two. The Lord is our lawgiver (Isaiah 33:22). Jesus 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).

     

     

  4. "Wasn’t the Ten Commandments altered?"

    Answer: God said "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the 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.

     

     

  5. "Romans 13:10 says "Love is the fulfilling of the law." Matthew 22:37-40 commands us to love God and to love our neighbors, and ends with the words, "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Do these commands replace 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.

    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). Jesus 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."

     

  6. "The Ten Commandments were given to Israel only, so they are not binding on Christians."

    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. Galatians 3:22, "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin..." God cannot convict the whole world of sin unless the Laws of God are binding upon everyone, because if there's no law, there's no sin. 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.

    Does anyone really believe that God would withhold His knowledge of evil from people, and then punish and destroy people for doing evil, when God never told them it was evil in the first place? Consider what scripture says. Scripture says God overlooks those who ignorantly break His Law (Genesis 20:3-6, Luke 12:47-48, Acts 17:30, Romans 2:12-15, Hebrews 5:2, James 4:17). In also says sin will only be counted against those who have heard the truth and rejected it (John 9:41; 15:22).

    In other words, God would not punish people for breaking His Law, if they did not know it was against His law. How cruel it would be for God to know that a people are doing evil, yet not tell them about it, just watch and do nothing, withhold that knowledge from them, then destroy them for doing that which God has withheld from them! Is this the character of God? No, it is not.

    Remember Nineveh and Jonah (in the book of Jonah)? Nineveh, a heathen city, was doing evil, and God sent a prophet to that city so these people would be informed that they were sinning. God would not destroy Nineveh until after he informed these people of their evil ways. God told Johnah to tell Nineveh they had 40 days to repent before He destroyed them. Jonah tried to run away from God because he did not want to do that. God did not begin counting down the 40 days until these people were told of their evil ways, and how it was going against God. Eventually, Jonah finally went to Nineveh and told them they were going against God's Law, and they repented of their sins, and by God's grace, He spared that city from destruction.

    This verifies that God's definition of evil is the same for the heathen as it is with his children. His definition of evil is revealed in His Law. That is why scripture says there is one law for both his children and heathens. Evil is evil no matter who commits it. His evil is expressed through his laws. Therefore, God's Laws, which give a knowledge of sin, are for everyone on this planet.

    Many believe that the laws contained in the Ten Commandments applied only to Jews, and not to the heathens. 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 heathen, 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 "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 not specifically 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.

    Idol Worship:

    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?

     

    Deuteronomy 29:16-17, "(For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)"

    Notice in the above passage that scripture says Egypt and other heathen nations were committing abominations with their idols. If the law prohibiting idols did not apply to heathen nations, but only to those in Israel, why would God say these Heathen nations were sinning by having idols? The reason is because they were sinning and committing abominations by having idols, because God's Law applied to the heathen nations as well as to the nation of Israel.

    Learning God's Word:

    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. For example, remember Nineveh and Jonah (in the book of Jonah)? Nineveh, a heathen city, was doing evil, and God sent a prophet, Jonah, to that city so these people would be informed that they were sinning. God told Jonah to tell Nineveh they had 40 days to repent of their sins, or God would destroy them. Jonah went to Nineveh and told them they were going against God's Law. Then the people in that heathen city repented of their sins, and started to obey God's Law from that moment on, and God graciously spared that city from destruction.

    Vexing:

    Vex means "to suppress, treat violently, maltreat, do wrong." Does Leviticus 19:33 apply only to strangers that sojourn with them; meaning that it was okay for God's children to suppress, treat violently, maltreat, and do wrong to every man, woman, and child throughout the rest of the earth? Or was it God's Will that His Children treat all men, women, and children with love, regardless of where they live?

     

    Leviticus 19:33, " And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him."

    Deuteronomy 24:14, "Thou shalt not oppress...thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:"

    Obviously, all the above passages refer to all strangers, regardless of where they sojourn. Proof of this is found in:

     

    Exodus 22:21, "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." (See also Exodus 23:9).

    Sexual Sins:

    Leviticus 18 and 20 lists all the sexual sins in scripture. After Leviticus 18 lists all these sexual sins, it states:

     

    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.

     

    Leviticus 20:23, "And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them."

    God abhorred these heathen nations, and cast them out, because they committed these same acts that "the strangers that sojourn in Israel" were forbidden to do. This shows that this phrase is not a term of limitation.

    This command applies to all strangers, no matter where they are sojourning, or what country they are from.

    Therefore, when the 4th commandment says it was for the stranger within thy gates, that means it was a law for the stranger without the gates also. That is the scriptural meaning of this phrase.

    In addition, when God's Ten Commandments were first given, what "gates" was God referring to? The children of Israel, at that time, were in Egypt, in the wilderness. They were not in the country of Israel, with gates around them. This would not happen for at least another 40 years. So, obviously, the "gates" did not refer to any physical gates or borders.

     

    Why this phrase?

    Why does the fourth commandment, and many other passages, say "the stranger that is within thy gates" or "the stranger that sojourneth among you", instead of just saying "stranger?", so as to make it clearer that it applies to all strangers as well?

    The main reason has to do with letting the children of Israel know that when a stranger in their country sins, they are not to turn a blind eye to their sin just because they are from another country. God wanted them to know that the stranger will be held accountable for their sin just as much as the children of Israel are. There is one law for all men. What applies to the children of Israel, also applies if they see a heathen down the road committing the same sin. Do not let the fact that he is from another country excuse his sin.

    Another reason has to do with jurisdiction and judging. When the children of God judge others as to whether they are sinning or not, they are only allowed to judge those within their own jurisdiction, and not those without their jurisdiction. For example, the law concerning adultery applies to everyone, believer and unbeliever alike, no matter where they sojourn. If a stranger committed adultery within the gates of Israel, he was to be stoned to death. But if a stranger committed adultery outside the gates of Israel (in another country), the children of Israel had no authority to leave their own country, enter into that pagan country, break down the adulterer's door to his house, drag that stranger out of bed and back to Israel, then stone him to death.

    In short, judgment of the strangers outside the gates of Israel is left only to God, whereas judgment of all men and women, both believers and strangers, within the gates of Israel, were given to God's people.

     

    Deuteronomy 17:2-7, "If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you."

    This same truth is expressed in the New Testament as well, by brother Paul:

     

    1 Corinthians 5:9-13, "I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person."

    As we see, Paul did not command us wholly to abstain from intercourse with worldly men, for that would require us to retire from the world. It is not the will of God that good men should retire from the world to avoid its evils; nor is that the way to become more holy, useful, or happy. Our duty is to communicate with the wicked, for the purpose of doing them good. It is important to notice that Paul did not give directions concerning our conduct towards the heathen, but towards our brothers. This is very important.

    Paul is saying here that we may transact our worldly concerns with someone that knows not God, and makes no profession of Christ, whatever his character may be; but we must not even acknowledge a man professing Christ, who is evil in his conduct. Let him have this extra mark of your abhorrence of all sin; and let the world see that the assembly of God does not tolerate iniquity.

    Paul says, "For what have I to do to judge them also that are without?" The term without signified those who were not members of the Christ's assembly, and in this sense it is "those that are without." In other words, "Does it belong to me to pass sentence on those which are without - which are not members of the Christ's assembly? By no means. Pass ye sentence on them which are within - which are members of the Christ's assembly: those which are without - which are not members of the Christ's assembly, God will pass sentence on, in that way in which he generally deals with the heathen world."

    Paul also says, "But put ye away the evil from among yourselves." Those who are false brethren ought to be cast out of the congregation. As for those who are outside of it, they must be left to the judgment of God. If members of the Christ's assembly continue in evil, sin, and unrighteousness, their good, the good of the Christ's assembly, and the honor of Christ require that they should be excluded from it.

    When Paul said, "For what have I to do to judge them also that are without", it was not Paul's business, nor ours, to judge those without; hence the rule just given is not one to regulate our intercourse with them.

    When Paul said, "Do not ye judge them that are within?", He was saying the authority of the Christ's assembly is over those who have been united with it. It can judge them. Is not your jurisdiction as bondservant of Christ confined to those who are within the Christ's assembly, and professed members of it? Ought you not to exercise discipline there, and inflict punishment on its unworthy members? Do you not in fact thus exercise discipline, and separate from your assembly unworthy men; and ought it not to be done in this instance, and in reference to the offender in your assembly?

    Paul also stated, "Them that are without, God will judge." The passing sentence on the heathen God hath reserved to Himself. The unconverted are left in the hands of God. He will judge them according to their deeds. We are not to seek to inflict punishment on them by shunning them, but rather to go to them in the love of Christ to try to lead them to repentance.

    When Paul said, "Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person", this sentence of excommunication in language is taken from the Old Testament, where the like directions are given to the congregation of Israel, relative to a man found guilty of evil:

     

    Deuteronomy 13:5, "…So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee."
    Deuteronomy 17:7, "So thou shalt put the evil away from among you."
    Deuteronomy 24:7, "…and thou shalt put evil away from among you."

    Discipline must be exercised in the Christ's assembly; without this it will soon differ but little from the wilderness of this world. If evil be tolerated, the work of God cannot prosper there. The passing sentence on brothers properly belongs to us. This is a summary order to execute discipline upon the incestuous offender. But those without the assembly properly belong to God to judge.

    Just as in the Old Testament, God's children were to judge one another (those who were within their gates). But as far as a stranger (gentile), they were to judge only those strangers within their gates, even though God's Law applied to all people, whether strangers or Jews (just as today, God's Law applies to all people, but our judgment is limited to those within our jurisdiction). If a Jew saw a gentile committing adultery outside the gates, they were not to stone him with stones, because God judges the gentiles outside the jurisdiction of His People. Likewise, bondservants of Christ are not to judge and take action against unbelievers who are outside their jurisdiction. But those who are within the gates of Jerusalem, including the gentiles who were sojourning among them, and God's children, they are to be judged by those within that community. That is still our duty today, to judge our brother, and take appropriate action against that brother.

     

    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.

    Another example to illustrate this is that God's Law required a sacrifice for sins. However, depending upon who the man was who sinned, the sacrifices would differ for each man. The sacrificial system incorporated into law a basic principle: the greater the responsibility, the greater the culpability, the greater the sin. This is very clearly set forth in Leviticus, according to which there are four levels or grades of sin:

     

    • of the high priest (Leviticus 4:3-12), whose sin offering required a bullock, the largest and most expensive sacrifice. Religious leaders, because they have a central responsibility with respect to the law of God, are all the more guilty, and all the more severely judged by God.
    • of the sin of the whole congregation is next in consequence (Leviticus 4:13-21). The sin of a people collectively is a real one: it can be a sin of ignorance, or of falling short in obeying the law, but it is still a sin. The required sacrifice was again a bullock.
    • of the sin of a ruler is next in order of consequence. The sin offering here was "a kid of the goats, a male without blemish" (Leviticus 4:22-26). The "ruler" clearly includes all civil magistrates (Proverbs 24:12).
    • of the sins of individuals, of any of the people of the land, are last in the order of sins (Leviticus 4:27-35). For the well-to-do, the prosperous, a female kid was required; if they were unable to bring the kid, a lamb could be offered. For sins of inadvertency, the poor could bring two turtle-doves or two young pigeons (Leviticus 5:11); for other sacrifices also, this poor man's offering was possible.

    All these people were under God's Law. Just because the high priest was commanded to do something different than the poor man, both the high priest and poor man were under the same law...God's Law. Likewise, just because the stranger was commanded to do something different than an Israelite, both the stranger and the children of Israel were under the same law...God's Law.

     

  7. Romans 3:28, "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of 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:

     

    Romans 3:31, "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."

    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, which means to keep it. Paul taught that what matters is keeping the commandments of God (1 Corinthians 7:19).

     

  8. "We’re under grace, not under the law (Romans 6:14), therefore we can sin and break the law all we want to. We’re 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 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, Jesus 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:

     

    Romans 6:14, "...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, Jesus 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!

    And in 1 Timothy 5:23, "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." Instead of saying, "give up water totally and use a bit of wine," Paul really said, "put a small quantity of stomach wine into your water." This was typically 20 parts of water and one part wine.

    And in 1 Corinthians 1:17, "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel." Paul was not saying that baptism was no longer binding, because Paul himself baptized many people (Acts 16:13-14, 30-34; 18:8; 19:1-6, 1 Corinthians 1:14,16). The scripture makes it clear that baptism is absolutely necessary in order for the sinner to be forgiven of his past sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; I Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27). This passage merely shows where Paul should place the emphasis, i.e., upon preaching the word of God. When the apostles delivered the gospel, it was more important that they preach. At that time, not just anybody could teach the word of God, but anybody could baptize! Thus, the apostles rightly emphasized their preaching over baptizing believers themselves, yet they still baptized.

     

    Likewise, In Romans 6:14, the emphasis is on grace, but it does not mean God's Law is not subject to us. It does not mean God prohibits us from obeying his law. He doesn't forbid us from obeying His Law. 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 we can have Timothy saying, "Paul sent me not to drink water." Or women saying, "I cannot adorn myself with clothing." Or others saying, "I cannot eat any more food." Or preachers saying, "Baptism is no part of the gospel."

     

     

  9. "The people of the Old Testament were saved by the law, 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 Christ 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. Jesus, and He alone, can save a person from sin.

     

     

  10. "The letter of the law kills, but the spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6), therefore the law is not applicable to us who have the Spirit."

    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). 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).

     

     

  11. "Doesn't 2 Corinthians 3:7 teach that the law written and engraved in stone was to be done away?"

    Answer: No. 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 Christ, the law is written upon the heart (Hebrews 8:10). Christ's ministration of the law is effective because He transfers the law to the heart of the believer (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26). Then keeping the law becomes a delight and a joyful way of living because the Christian has true love for both God and man.

     

     

  12. "Romans 10:4 says that "Christ is the end of the law." So it has ended, hasn't it?"

    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, Jesus Christ, 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." The whole scripture testifies that it is only the influence of the gospel which can bring sinners to obey the law. The law will never do it.

     

     

  13. "Why worry about the law? Isn't conscience a safe guide?"

    Answer: No! 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 Tim.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.

     

     

  14. "Didn’t the scripture predict that the Ten Commandments would end?"

    Answer: No. It only predicted that the priesthood, feasts, yearly sabbaths, offerings, and the ritual sacrificing would end, not the Ten Commandments themselves (Daniel 9:27, Hosea 2:11, Hebrews 7:12; 9:9-14; 10:8-9).

     

     

  15. "Doesn't Colossians 2:14 teach that 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 Moral Law "against us" and "contrary to us"? And why would Jesus spend his life preaching the Ten 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."

     

  16. "Doesn’t Ephesians 2:15 say the law of commandments were abolished?"

    Answer: This verse says only the law of commandments "contained in ordinances" were abolished, not the Ten Commandments themselves. The Ten Commandments were referred to as the "ten commandments" (Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 4:13; 10:4).

    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). [See answer #14 above for more details.]

     

    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, Christ, 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 Jesus Christ. 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 Christ, 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.

     

  17. "Jesus does not say we must obey the Ten Commandments in order to receive eternal life."

    Answer: Yes, he most certainly does! (Matthew 19:17-19, Mark.10:17,19, Luke 10:25-28; 18:18,20). Only those who obey Him will have eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9, 1 John 2:17).

     

     

  18. "The Ten Commandments are not reaffirmed in the New Testament."

    Answer: Actually, they are. All ten of them.

     

    Commandment
    Old Testament
    New Testament
    FirstExodus 20:3 Matthew 4:10, Acts 17:29, 1 Corinthian 8:6
    SecondExodus 20:4-61 John 5:21, 1 Corinthians 10:7
    ThirdExodus 20:71 Timothy 6:1, James 5:12
    FourthExodus 20:8-11Hebrews 4:3-11, Matthew 12:12, Mark 2:27
    FifthExodus 20:12Matthew 19:19, Ephesians 6:2
    SixthExodus 20:13Romans 13:9, 1 John 3:15
    SeventhExodus 20:14Matthew 19:18, Galatians 5:19
    EighthExodus 20:15Romans 13:9, Ephesians 4:28
    NinthExodus 20:16Romans 13:9, Colossians 3:9
    TenthExodus 20:17Romans 7:7, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5

     

  19. "No one can keep the law of God anyway, so don't worry about it. We sin every day."

    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.

     

    An Important Note: It is true that we "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), but the very fact that we have sinned proves that the law of God is still in existence, "for sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4), and "sin is not imputed when there is no law" (Romans 5:13), "for where no law is, there is no transgression" (Romans 4:15). The very fact that we are all sinners - all still guilty of breaking the law - proves that the law is still in effect. But God does not want us to continue sinning - He came down not only to die for our past sins, but also to give us power to quit sinning, to stop serving sin (Romans 6:6), because "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" (John 8:34).

     

    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).

     

     

  20. "Did God really say he expected us to 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 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 impossiblt to do? Would God command people to sin not, if it was impossiblt 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 all 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."

    Jesus Christ did not obey the law so that sinners would not have to obey. Jesus was obedient unto death, and this is set down as our example. We are to follow in Jesus’ 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 Jesus 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)? Jesus 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 Jesus healed, he would instruct them to be obedient to the Law, and "sin no more" (John 5:14; 8:11). Would Jesus tell them to sin no more if it was impossible to do? Sin is the breaking of the law, and Jesus told them to not break God's Law anymore. Jesus does not tell people to do that which is impossible to do.

     

     

  21. "The Law did not exist before Moses received it at 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, His Ten Commandments, did exist before Moses repeated them.

    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.

     

  22. "But Romans 5:13 says before the law was given, sin was in the world. Doesn't this mean sin can exist without any law?"

    Answer: Let us read this verse in context.

     

    Romans 5:13, "For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law."

    Many quote just the first half of this verse, without the second half. In order to understand the first half of this passage, we must understand the last half. Therefore, let us first establish what is meant by "sin is not imputed when there is no law."

    What does this passage mean? It means that sin cannot be imputed unless there is a law! Here are a couple of verses which confirm this:

     

    Romans 3:20, "...by the law is the knowledge of sin."

    1 John 3:4, "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

    Therefore, if somebody commits sin, then it automatically means one transgressed the law. Why? Because the definition of sin is "the transgression of the law." That is why Romans 5:13 says, "sin is not imputed when there is no law." Why is sin not imputed when there is no law? Because it is impossible that Sin could exist if there is no law!

    Therefore, "sin is not imputed..."; in other words, it is not charged to men, or laid to their account; they are not held responsible and punished for it; "...when there is no law", because sin is a transgression of a wise and good law. It follows that there was such a law binding on men before the time of Moses, and before any written revelation of the will of God was made to men.

    Now, knowing that sin cannot exist without law, and that sin is the transgression of the law, how do we interpret, "Romans 5:13, "For until the law sin was in the world?" Quite easily. Before God's Law was actually written down in the book of Moses, on stone, or on whatever other material, sin existed. Scripture says there cannot be sin unless there is a law that gives a knowledge of that sin. Therefore, since sin cannot exist unless there is a law, that means there must have been a law at that time! But the Law of God was not written down on books, or paper, or stone. So how could God communicate to man His Law if it was not written down? Well, God talked to man directly, He also used his prophets to communicate God's Law, and dreams, and other ways as well. But the point of Romans 5:13 is this:

    Before the Law was actually written down, and given to Moses, there was sin. And Sin cannot exist unless there is a Law. Therefore, since sin cannot exist unless there is a law, God's Law must have existed before it was written down physically. Is there another verse which confirms God's Law existed before it was written down and given to Moses? Yes:

     

    Genesis 26:5, "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."

    Obviously, God's Law did exist before it was written down and given to Moses, as the above passage verifies.

     

  23. "Doesn't 2 Corinthians 3:13-16 say the Old Testament was done away?

    Answer: No. 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 Christ 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].

     

  24. How do you explain this verse? Galatians 2:16, "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."

    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.

    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 include the ten commandments? Did Paul also mean that we can cast aside the physical meaning of the ten commandments and be justified by faith? The answer is definitely no. Further proof that Paul did not include the ten 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.

     

  25. How do you explain this verse? Galatians 3:10-11, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith."

     

    Answer: Notice it says only those who continue not in the "book of the law" are cursed. It does not say those who continue in "the law" are cursed. The "works of the law" refer not to God's Ten Commandments itself, but to the book of the Law. The "book of the law" refers to the Old Covenant laws. Only the book of the Old Covenant had curses (Deuteronomy 29:20,21,27, 2 Chronicles 34:24).

    Scripture is clear that Moses wrote the Old Covenant in a book (Deuteronomy 31:9) but the Ten Commandments were written by the Finger of God (Exodus 31:18). The book of statutes and judgments which Moses wrote in a book was placed in a pocket on the side of the ark (Deuteronomy 31:24-26). In contrast, the Law written by God on tables of stone was placed inside the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25:16).

    Galatians 2 clearly talks of the Old Covenant law of circumcision. And chapter 3 verifies this by referring to the book of the Old Covenant that Moses wrote. How can we be sure which law is referred to?

     

    Galatians 3:19, "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come..."

    The law Paul is referring to was added because of transgression (such as animal sacrifices and other such laws that were to be in force until the time of the Messiah), he is not referring to the law which defines transgressions (such as sin, which remain in force even after the time of the Messiah). This verse continues by saying this law was...

     

    Galatians 3:19, "...ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator."

    This law was not given to Israel immediately from God himself (as the Ten Commandments were); but was conveyed by the ministry of angels to Moses, and delivered into his hand as a mediator between God and them, to remind them of the great Mediator. When the ten commandments were given, there was no mediator between God and the people, God communicated with the people directly (Deuteronomy 5:4,22-26). It was not until after the Ten Commandments were given that Moses became a mediator (verse 27).

    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. Again, only the book of the Old Covenant has curses, and Jesus brought in a New Covenant.

     

    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?

     

  26. But what about this verse? Galatians 5:4, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace."

    Answer: Again, this "law," in verse four, is referring to the sacrificial laws. 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.

     

  27. The Bible says, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10), so nobody can obtain righteousness, right? Nobody can walk in all the commandments of God".

    Answer: This verse is taken out of context, and does not apply to the servants of God. When read in context from verses 10-18, it can only apply to unbelievers. Psalms 14:1-3 is very similar to this verse, but this Psalm only applies to "fools" (verse 1) as Romans 3:9-18 only applies to unbelievers. Many have attained righteousness: Abel was righteous (1 John 3:12), as well as Noah (Genesis 6:9-7:1), Job (Job 9:15), Zacharias and Elizabeth "were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless" (Luke 1:5-6), Jesus (1 John 2:1), and lots of people from Abel through Zacharias (Matthew 23:35). As a matter of fact, scripture specifically says that Noah, Daniel, and Job "shall deliver their own souls by their righteousness" (Ezekiel 14:14,18,20).

    Yes, believers in God can obtain righteousness, as many passages in scripture confirm, but unbelievers cannot, as Romans 3:10-18 describes.

     

     

  28. The Bible says "...all our righteousness are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6), so why bother to be righteous?

    Answer: This verse is also taken out of context, and doesn't apply to the servants of God. Verse 7 says "and there is none that calleth upon thy name." Obviously, servants of God do call upon the name of the Lord, so these verses pertain to unbelievers.

     

     

  29. "Why do so many people deny the binding claims of God's law?"

    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, commandment keeping 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 603,500 Hebrews who left Egypt during the Exodus, 603,498 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. 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 Jesus' 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, Jesus had many disciples walking with him while he was here on earth, but at one point, many disciples walked with Jesus no more, and only a few were left 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 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 i