posted on Mar, 7 2008 @ 12:14 AM
For your consideration.
To be honest this is a lot deeper than it is necessary for me personally to go, but I doubted you would accept that I am in "loving Obedience to
Christ". I instinctively follow the "law" because i know it pleases my Creator.
The old covenant was for the Jews only. For one to be under the Old covenant they need to convert to Judaism. In the new covenant, it is for both Jews
and gentiles. In Eph.2 when we believe in Christ we becomes part of the body of Christ, not Judaism. God made a whole new entity called the church,
the body of Christ, and filled it with his spirit to operate in his ways.
Hebrews 8:6, "But now hath He (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a "Better Covenant, which was
established upon "Better" Promises". The new covenant is Not a covenant of works but rest in his work. By it all the Body of Christ ' is not under
of the condemning ministry of the law (2 Cor. 3:9; Rom. 8:1-2 there is no condemnation), since believers are not under the law they are beyond its
grasp to condemn.(Rom. 3:19).
Paul states in Rom. 6:14..." for you are not under law but under grace." He also makes it clear in Gal. 5:18 "if you are led by the Spirit, you are
not under the law." The previous verses state "so that you do not do the things that you wish." The Law is not given to the Christian as the
standard to live by, but to show the unbeliever how below the standard we do live, as Paul states in 1 Tim.1:9 The Law is for the unrighteous.
Paul states the LAW is Not of Faith. The ministry of the law working in a Christian cannot please God, for it is not of faith yet the law is not of
faith, but "The man who does them shall live by them." Gal. 3:12
In the dispensation of grace, "the law is not of faith." Today faith and law are mutually exclusive. In Israel's dispensation of law, faith and law
were equally beneficial, one needed both (Rom. 10:5-6, 10).without faith the requirements of the law would not be acceptable. This is why The Lord
said that he rejected their sacrifices because it was not mixed with faith. Under law, faith is necessary. Under grace, the OT law is prohibited. So
today, "the law is not of faith." And Paul states without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). So if the Law is not of faith what do
we live by? For a member of the Body sins by putting himself under the requirements of the law. Remember Paul said in Rom. 14:23 "whatever is not of
faith is sin." ( he used the example of food to represent this concept).
Righteousness we need cannot come from the Law. For the law demands perfect obedience. Gods standard is perfection, something we cannot fathom since
we never see it or experience it. It is impossible to please God by following the law, because the law is not of faith. Righteousness pleases God, but
today righteousness cannot come from doing the works of the law, but from faith alone. Faith which shows that it is alive and active.
Rom. 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness. Paul further makes it
clear in Gal. 3:21 "For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law." In the past,
with Israel under the law, righteousness and the law went together (Rom, 10: 5-6, 10), but now Paul writes, the righteousness of God apart from the
law is revealed... Rom. 3:21 We know that today, Christ is "the end of the law for righteousness." Any requirement any command all that God asked
So there must have been a time in the past, when Christ was not "the end of the law for righteousness."
Gal 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was
our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor (teacher for the
This time was Israel's, as a whole nation under the law. But when God moved from law to grace, Israel resisted that move, preferring the old program
of rules and regulations from Moses, illustrating the danger of law. The law looks appealing today, but it separates those who embrace it from the
Spirit of grace.
For [Israel] being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
For ' Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom. 10:3-4