Yet, if we will look into the perfect, unbroken mirror of the law, and continue therein, being a doer of the law, we will be blessed indeed. And through obedience to the law, we will maintain our freedom from sin. Paul begins by edifying the Corinthian believers. He says the Corinthians themselves are epistles or letters. They are living epistles. The Old Testament Scriptures are like an epistle from Yahweh. That epistle was made flesh in the person of Yeshua. He is the living word or the living epistle.
All believers should be living epistles. One of the most powerful ways to witness the good news or to witness the Torah is to live it or to be a living epistle to the unbelievers around us. However, our epistle cannot be written on our hearts simply by reading the Word or reading the letter of the Ten Commandments. We cannot just have a head knowledge of the Sabbath, for example, and begin obeying it. It must be written on our hearts by the Spirit, as it says in verse 3.
That Spirit is revealed to us, in vss. It is the Spirit that causes us to keep the Sabbath, for example. It should not be our own flesh that causes this. For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that Yahweh had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. The translators undoubtedly added the word glory to prevent the reader from erroneously believing the Ten Commandments were done away with. What Paul is really saying in verse 7 is that the Old Covenant is done away.
Hebrews says the same thing;. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away. Paul is saying the Old Covenant is a ministration of death and condemnation, but something else was to replace it; the ministration of the Spirit and of righteousness. This is the New Covenant which is far more glorious than the Old Covenant because it is established on better promises, a better priesthood, a better sacrifice, and a better way of administering the covenant itself.
The Old Covenant was administered through the letter. The New Covenant is administered through the Spirit. The Old Covenant law was written on stones and scrolls.
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The New Covenant law is written on our hearts. We are children of the freewoman or the New Covenant, not the bondwoman or the Old Covenant. Please do not misunderstand. The law, however, was written on the hearts of those entering the New Covenant. The common teaching is that, now that faith has come we are no longer required to obey the Old Covenant laws. Faith is not something new that replaces the law. In addition to obeying tithing laws and other less weightier laws, Old Covenant participants were required to do the weightier matters of the law; judgment, mercy, and faith.
Faith is actually a pillar of the law, not its replacement. Envision, if you will, an inverted pyramid. An upside down pyramid. At the very bottom of the pyramid, at its point, is love, upon which the entire law has its foundation. Right above love is judgment, mercy, and faith. Above those three are the Ten Commandments, and above them, all other Old Covenant laws, except, of course, those laws that were fulfilled by Messiah like animal sacrifices.
When a person obeys the law, he fulfills the righteousness inherent in the law. Those living under the Old Covenant were living life after the flesh and they approached the law as if it were an upright pyramid with love at the top. They tried to keep every commandment from the bottom up in the flesh and never made it to the weightier matters of the law. Now that Yeshua has come and we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, we can begin to fulfill the righteousness of the law through the Spirit by beginning at the foundation, love, and working our way up through faith, through mercy, through righteous judgment and then onto the laws of lesser weight.
Romans Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. What Paul is saying here is, the carnal mind, or the mind of a person who is living after the flesh, cannot be subordinate to or obedient to the law of Yahweh and therefore, cannot please Yahweh. Some people have this backwards. They believe the law is carnal and they are so spiritual. It takes a person walking in the Spirit to obey a spiritual law. The flesh of a New Covenant believer, or the old man, or the old nature, has been crucified with Messiah.
The flesh is dead. The carnal mind is dead. Now we can live after the Spirit. Now we can fulfill the greatest commandment; to love Yahweh with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. I would like to conclude by addressing the issue of grace. Again, the common teaching is that we no longer have to obey the Old Covenant law, because we are under grace.
What is sin? Shall we transgress the law because we are not under the law, but under grace? We must obey the law, especially now that the law has been firmly established through faith. But the Mighty One be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness. What is righteousness? There is a righteousness inherent in the law. It is not the kind of righteousness that leads to salvation or justification, but the kind of righteousness that leads to a holy, set apart, sanctified life.
Grace exists because the law has been broken. Grace is imparted because the law exists. Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Shall we continue to transgress the law so that grace may abound? Yahweh forbid! Paul is saying that even though grace abounds, sin still exists. That means the law still exists!
It simply removes the penalty or condemnation for broken laws. President Trump has the power to pardon a murderer on death row. He extends unmerited grace to the murderer and sets him free. Can or should the murderer then commit murder again so that grace may abound?
How do you think President Trump would feel if a murderer he set free by grace committed murder again? We cannot continue to transgress these laws because we are under grace. We are, however, expected and required to obey these laws through faith, unto righteousness. And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [ anomian — lawlessness].
God forbid: yea, we establish the law. The Bible is very clear that New Covenant Christians are not under the law, but under grace Romans And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before YHWH our God, as he hath commanded us. Deuteronomy 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. Galatians It was specifically this aspect of the Mosaic Covenant that Jesus fulfilled on our behalf and then abolished: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
What a horrific concept! Because Yahweh does not change Malachi , His morality, or righteousness, has not changed either: Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. And if Yahweh, His law, and His morality are all imperfect, then Yahweh is unrighteous. Not so: …YHWH is upright … and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm Because Yahweh is perpetually righteous and holy, what He deemed sin formerly is still sin under the New Covenant. This is not to say that changes have not occurred between the Mosaic and Christian Covenants.
The Mosaic Covenant required perfect obedience to obtain an imperfect justification. When the people fell short, the priests sacrificed sheep and cattle. Christians are not under the law as were the Mosaic Israelites. Instead, we strive to keep the moral laws of Yahweh out of our love for Him and our fellow man: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love YHWH thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
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Matthew To fulfill the law is to love Yahweh and our neighbor. An antinomian a lawless or law-rejecting Christian is at best an oxymoron. According to Jude, antinomians deny both Yahweh and Jesus by their unscriptural theology: Beloved, … I … write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
The law of Jesus. The Pentateuch the first five books of the Old Testament. The Mosaic Covenant, including its sacrificial and ceremonial laws. The moral laws of Yahweh as contained in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. Seldom do they consider the other options because, in most instances, no one has taught them other options exist. The Correct Choice We must be careful to determine which law Paul is referring to. Otherwise, it may appear that Paul contradicts himself. For example, in Galatians 3, Paul wrote that because faith had come, Christians are no longer under the schoolmaster the law.
Then, in Romans 3, he declares: Do we then make void the law through faith? Romans Either Paul was talking about two different laws, or he was not divinely inspired. If we do not correctly identify the law to which Jesus put an end in Galatians 3, we place Paul at odds, not only with himself, but also with Jesus: 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.
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. Matthew Either Paul was not referring to the commandments and their respective statutes and judgments in Galatians 3, or heaven and earth have passed away — or neither Jesus and Paul knew what they were talking about. As we will see, Galatians 3 is one of the keys to understanding what was fulfilled and abolished under the New Covenant.
In Galatians , Paul identified the law that was annulled as the law added four hundred and thirty years after the promises were given to Abraham. This means only what was added at Mt. Sinai was abolished under the New Covenant. Any law in existence prior to the Mosaic Covenant cannot be the law Jesus repealed. Sinai — although this should be self-evident. Unlike man, Yahweh is not fickle. Because His morality is the same yesterday, today, and forever, His moral laws have not changed one jot or one tittle. Jasher …He [Yahweh] said unto me [Abraham], to thy seed I will give all these lands, and they shall inherit them when they keep my commandments, my statutes and my judgments that I have commanded thee [Isaac], and which I shall command them.
Now therefore my son, hearken to my voice, and keep the commandments of the Lord thy God … that it may be well with thee and thy children forever. Jasher This is very similar to what we find in Genesis For I know him [Abraham], that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of YHWH, to do justice and judgment [righteousness and justice, NASB]; that YHWH may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Sinai, but they existed nonetheless. They were verbally imparted from generation to generation, from Adam to Seth to Noah to Shem and on to their progeny. As a result, they also could not have been the added law fulfilled and abolished by Jesus. Galatians refers to two different laws: one that existed before Mt. Sinai the commandments, statutes, and judgments that the Hebrews transgressed and the Covenant containing those same commandments, statutes, and judgments that was added and codified at Mt.
Although comprised of other components, a covenant is a law in itself, only more comprehensive in its scope and application. Galatians is correctly interpreted in the following fashion: Wherefore then serveth the law [Mosaic Covenant ]? They were not the law added at Mt. Sinai, and therefore they could not have been abolished under the New Covenant. The Mosaic Covenant was added at Mt. One covenant replaced the other, but the moral law of Yahweh remains the same under both covenants.
What Exactly? What exactly was added to the existing commandments, statutes, and judgments four hundred and thirty years after the promises were given to Abraham? Sinai and abolished at the cross. Under the New Covenant, Jesus is our high priest, our sacrifice, and our justification. He fulfilled all that was added at Mt.
His perfect fulfillment of the requirements of the Mosaic Covenant does not mean we are now free to steal, rape, and murder. Nor does it absolve His subjects from pursuing His perfect laws at every level of society. Compulsory vs.
Voluntary Compliance The major difference between the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants was voluntary versus compulsory compliance. Under that Covenant, the Israelites were compelled to keep His laws in order to be justified before God. Moses explained it in the following fashion: …it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before YHWH our God, as he hath commanded us.
Deuteronomy It was this compulsory compliance for righteousness that Jesus abolished: …Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans Paul did not say that Jesus was the end of the law period, but rather that He was the end of the law the Mosaic Covenant for righteousness. Under the Abrahamic and Christian Covenants which are essentially the same , those same commandments, statutes, and judgments, written on our hearts and minds, were and are obeyed voluntarily out of love for Yahweh and our fellow man.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you…. Such a person does not love Him, as demonstrated by his refusal to obey His laws, the transgression of which is sin.
Perfection These commandments, which, like a collection of diamonds, bear testimony to their own intrinsic worth, in themselves appeal to us as coming from a superhuman or divine source, and no conscientious or reasonable man has yet been able to find a flaw in them. Absolutely flawless, negative in terms, but positive in meaning, they easily stand at the head of our whole moral system, and no nation or people can long continue a happy existence in open violation of them.
Hosea The rewards of meditating upon and observing His laws are too vast to enumerate in this booklet, but consider just the following: O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. Psalm Burdensome and Impractical? Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
Psalm For I delight in the law of God after the inward man. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous [burdensome, NASB]. As King Solomon wrote in Proverbs , it is not the law of Yahweh that is difficult, but rather the way of the transgressor. It is a sad commentary that the majority of Christianity, while giving lip service to Psalm , do not really believe it at all. The Perfect Law of Liberty …whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
James The perfect law of liberty referred to by James is the same law of liberty the Psalmist wrote about: The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul…. Psalm So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty…. Psalm H. Liberty must not be confused with freedom from our sins. Can you imagine a nation with little crime and where children were free to pray in schools?
Can you imagine a country with low divorce rates and where virtually everyone with a high school diploma could both read and write and was capable of earning his or her way in society? Can you imagine a nation without an A.
Can you imagine a country that did not legally murder its own unborn children and that would not pander to sexual deviants or criminals? Can you imagine a country that did not glorify, much less sponsor, gambling? Can you imagine a nation with strong state governments and a limited federal government? Can you imagine a country where you could order a firearm through a catalog and where there was no such thing as a B.
Because the Constitution does not address such things as infanticide and sodomy, a return to a purer constitutionalism will do nothing to change these and similar abominations. He was referring to the Old Testament. The inspired laws of Yahweh, in particular, are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness so that a man of God or a society of godly men might be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Only a perfect God, through a perfect Savior, and by perfect laws, can produce perfect men.
Yahweh's Perfect Law
Ecclesiastes What is all-sufficient for us as individuals is also all-sufficient for us as a society. And one who will carefully examine its rules and attempt to trace their workings will be astonished to find how completely they cover the entire field of civil, domestic, and even social life. Anything to the contrary is imperfect: Every course of life is to be tried by this test and judged by this standard — the Bible alone.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. This steadfast faith in an unseen ruler and guide was to them a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. It was of great moral value. It gave them clearness of purpose and concentration of strength, and contributed towards making them, like the children of Israel, a people of indestructible vitality and aggressive energy.
It is definitive in that it has always been and always will be in existence Psalm It is progressive in that He intends it to fill the entire earth Isaiah , Daniel , Zechariah , Matthew It is final in that it will be established fully at some point in the future Revelation Because Yahweh is the creator of the universe, He is sovereign over the universe, time without end: …his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
Daniel , 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. He is as much King now as He was at the beginning of creation. As perpetual King, the kingdom He rules over is perpetual. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
Psalm To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. They lift their favorite proof text from John Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world….
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. Although it is certainly true that His kingdom is not of this world, this does not mean that He does not intend for it to be in this world. His statement in John 18 is better understood to mean that His kingdom is nothing like the other kingdoms in this world. It is certainly one of the principal reasons why the antichrists and non-Christians rule today.
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