posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 04:01 PM
reply to post by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
No, that was part of their covenant. They knew the terms before agreeing. Their first term was "have no other gods before me". That's kind of
But with man, he is always looking for loopholes. Even under the New Covenant, man is still looking for loopholes. They have used the concept of grace
to live a life of immorality and justified their actions by saying they are no longer under the law. They don't even know what the law is. The Bible
makes it plain that the law is for the lawless. Therefore, if we are lawless, then we are under the punishment of the law. Grace can only be extended
when we recognize the need for grace.
You have people who say "I'm under grace". Well, if you are under grace, does that give you the right to continue in sin that you should have
turned away from? The loophole here is..."it's not sin if my pastor or denomination says it's not sin". Regardless of grace, a sin is still a sin.
If you murder someone, no matter how much grace you you are shown afterwards, they are still dead.
Good works go hand-in-hand with faith. And I think people don't understand the concept of works, they think that works means you do sacrifices to
bring about your salvation. That's simply not what it means. You do have to do good. Doing good is not a work we take on just to get brownie points
with God, doing good is what we should have in our hearts.
That's what Paul was talking about, the continual offerings of sacrifice that didn't change their hearts or actions. You must have faith in God that
He is able to change your heart so that you don't have to keep sacrificing dumb animals.
6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit
of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 9 The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who
hath appointed it.
This is for the Christian. He says here "Hear the rod and who appointed it". Who is the rod? Jesus Christ. And if Micah is talking to Christians,
therefore God has shown us what is good and what is required of us.
It is REQUIRED for the Christian to do good, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Even the prophet under the law got that one, works based salvation
is nothing but an endless cycle. But after salvation, after we hear the rod, there is now a requirement to doing good.