This book is not laden with scripture quotes, the verses are supplied for the proof and the onus is upon you to look them up, if this is to hard for you perhaps you should reconsider your Christianity?
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Laying the foundation for Repentance:
What is SIN?
If you are reading this and are not a Christian, get a King James Version bible (KJV) from your local hotel or motel for free or from the dollar store for a $1.00 if you don’t have one and then follow along.
If you are a Christian, you have repented and have started looking for the door of the kingdom of Heaven, you have been baptized for the remission of you sins as per: Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:26-41, 22:1-16, Romans 6:3-4,Gal 3:26-27, 1Pet 3:21.
You are full of the hope of the resurrection from the dead. By this point you should have been reading the Bible to get here but if the preaching or teaching of another is what inspired your repentance, you may have never yet opened the bible. No matter how you have received the message of repentance from sin and have come to put your faith in Jesu(s) Christ and His Father, it is evident that the holy spirit is working in your life. The choice is now this:
Shall I live according to the book (the bible) that has taught men about this repentance? If you have answered yes, here is the first question: WHAT IS SIN?
There is a simple answer found throughout the bible to that question, one variant of this answer comes from the beloved disciple of Christ, John, yet as simple as this answer may be it is refuted by many Christians.
1 John 3:1-7- Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
John speaks more on this matter, it is hoped that you read it for your self. So it is in this pertinent portion of scripture we see that if we have the hope of being raised in the likeness of the son of God, we will purify our selves from transgression of the law, SIN, as he was pure.
What is the Law that we may not transgress it?
It is generally agreed that the Law is or that it is contained in the first five books of the bible (the Pentateuch), as well, Christ and the apostles reference the whole ‘old testament’ calling it law for example John 10:34,15:25, 1 Cor 14:21. For all the books called ‘old Testament’: Prophets, History and Writings were and are validated by the Law God gave to Moses, and rest firmly upon Genesis creation.
At the end of the Pentateuch This memorial and blessing summarizes the function of Moses: And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he (Moses) said, YHWH (the Father) came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. (Deuteronomy 33:1-4)
Shown above are these points:
- Moses blessed the people of Israel
- From The LORD YHWH’s right hand came a fiery law (the right hand is the seat of Christ Luke 22:69, His a fore glory John 17:5-24)
- YHWH loved his people who he gave the law:Theses are his saints they sit at his feet and receive his words, they are in his hand (none can pluck them out -John 10:28-29)
- Moses commanded us a law as an inheritance (Col 1:12)
Thus Moses’ law is God’s law, Moses was not perfect in his actions at all times but Moses law was the Word of God, which is perfect (Duet 32:4) and true (John 17:17).
Christ’s Teaching on the Law: Till Heaven and Earth Pass…
Do and Teach
Matthew 5:16-20 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all 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.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Christ’s words are God’s Word and those words are the foundations of the Christian faith. Christ commands that his followers must let their light shine, that is their works, to glorify the Father in heaven.
Q. What works?
A. Commands found in the law.
Q. How do I say this?
A. Because Christ speaks directly afterwords of the law and the prophets, that he and his followers are to fulfill the law not destroy it.
Q. How do we know that Christ is teaching his followers to fulfill the law and not destroy or void it?
A. Because directly afterwords he speaks plainly about the fate of those who teach others to break the commandments, that they will be called least, and those who DO and TEACH others the commandments will be called Great.
I.C.2 The Law of GOD is Perfect, it is NOT Hypocrisy
Q. Are there further proofs that Christ is speaking of the commandments of Moses’ / God’s law?
A. Yes, in that Christian’s should exceed the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees who taught (a hypocritical version of) the law of Moses mingled with traditions and doctrines of Men, who sat in Moses’ seat and called them selves Moses’ disciples (Mat 23:2, John 9:28). Christ as well instructed in Mat 23 to exceed their righteousness in not practicing hypocrisy (this hypocrisy is that of being seen as righteous in the law more before men than God; and making void the commandments of God by those hypocritical traditions of men Mat 15:4-9).
Websters 1828 Definition of Hypocrite:
Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one’s real character or motives.
In Greek hypocrite is Hupo-krino, as our English root is seen, literally it means: under judgment, it is the word Greeks used for play actors, insomuch as actors are by the critic (Greek: krites) being judged on the simulation of their act. This form of hypocritical law keeping, as done before men and not God, is done with out true Faith: Which is now revealed in Jesu(s) Christ. This is the subject of Romans chapter 2-3 as will be reviewed.
The Words written in Matthew 5:16-20 are part of what is called the “sermon on the mount”, one of the most fundamental sections of teaching and held by some Christians as “the law of Christ”. If the sermon on the mount has 124 Greek words devoted to Christian’s keeping and teaching the commandments of the law, Why are there objections? Why are most who call them selves Christians ignoring the the Law and Commandments?
May be you are not ignoring the law, perhaps you are new to Christ’s message of salvation, Now what are you to do with this earthly life as you await death, resurrection and the kingdom?
Just previously mentioned in Matthew 5, Christ him self told us how to be least in this kingdom and how to be great; if you wish to be great in the kingdom listen to Christ and not to men:
Do not break the commandments (of the law)
and do not teach others to do so either.
I.C.3 The Law Fulfilled
As for the teaching that Christ fulfilled the law and in so doing he ended or abolished it: consider the biblical meaning of “fulfill”, the Greek word πληρόω – plēroo, which when synonymously viewed has been translated: fulfilled, filled or full, all therefor mean the same as in modern English: To fulfill a promise, to fill an order, to make the cup full- all show that Christ’s statement in Matt 5 show his very placement in the law, Christ fills and makes full the law’s righteousness. God thereby has filled the vessel of the law with Christ and so produced righteousness in our obedience.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law…but to fulfill”
This obvious teaching clearly says that to fulfill is NOT to destroy.
Do you think Joy is abolished in Christ?
If the logic above is not persuasive enough Consider “joy” and it’s fulfillment: John 3:29; 15:11; 16:24; 17:13; Acts 2:28; 13:52; Romans 15:13; Philippians 2:2; 2 Timothy 1:4; 1 John 1:4; 2 John 1:12. Does this therefore teach that joy is taken away, abolished, or dead in the Christian walk?
Consistency would demand that just as the law and prophets, joy has also been made void in Christ, nevertheless, most all Christians hold joy as a functional, applicable and needed part of Christian life, knowing it is a fruit of the spirit. Yet it is clearly said to be just as, if not more so, fulfilled as the Law.
Is it not due to controversy arising from all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1Jn 2:16), the cross is often not born by the disciple of Christ? The life Christ lived in his flesh and the message he taught from his Father, which has been since the beginning is not the message christians wish to hear or adhere to. It is as if the word of God contained in the Law and Prophets is inferior to the “New Testament writings”.
It is only by crucifying the flesh and the enmity of sin against God that is in our flesh that we may see the truth in every jot and tittle of the Scriptures, and find where GOD is true but every Man a liar, and as such it is our sin nature that is at fault, But God’s spiritual nature, His Law, it is perfect.
The LAW of the YHWH is perfect, converting the soul:
The Testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of YHWH are right, rejoicing the heart:
The Commandment of YHWH is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of YHWH is clean, enduring for ever:
The Judgments of YHWH are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me:
Then shall I be upright,
I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Is this How your Christian perspective leads you to feel about the Law of GOD