Grace is not obeying the law of Moses but the law of Christ.

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Dear friends,

Recently I spotted an article written by a good meaning Bishop who stated that the Grace believers obliterated all laws when we say we are not under Law. I will reproduce the article in parts and will state my comments in italics. Please note that this is not a critique of the person but more of a clarification of an assumption gone wrong. I pray that realizing what Jesus has done for us on the cross sets you free.

Here goes.

” For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law but under Grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under Grace? Certainly not!” Romans 6:14-15

The proponents of hyper-Grace assert; because we are already under Grace, therefore, we are no longer under the Law. They claim, that the phrase “not under Law” means, believers who received the fulness of Grace through the LORD JESUS CHRIST are not subject anymore to any Law even the Laws of GOD. And they support their opinion with Galatians 3:10,” For as many as under the works of the Law are under curse: for it is written, cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them”- a quotation from the book of Deuteronomy 27:26. Apparently, they obliterated any kind of Law that is found in the Bible which are prescribed more than a hundred times in the New Testament, more so in the Epistles. But the Lord JESUS said ” Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the Truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished”(NIV) Matthew 5:17-19.

First and foremost, grace believers, the writer here does NOT appreciate the timeline of the scriptures. Second the writer fails to appreciate there is a difference between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ. When we says we are not under Law, we are saying we are not under the Law of Moses, we are not saying we are lawless, or that we are not under the law of Christ. I will explain further.

 

Let us deal with Matthew 5: 17-19 first.

 

Let us first appreciate a significant timeline in the Scriptures about the new covenant under grace and the old covenant under the law of Moses. Note the following:

 

a)    That the Old Covenant had its last prophet in John the Baptist; 

b)    That the Old Covenant began to fade with Jesus fulfilling the Law of Moses by him dying on the Cross;

 c)    That the New Covenant took place at Jesus’ resurrection; 

d)    That the apostles did not know that the Old Covenant had begun to fade away until the emergence of Paul when Jesus showed him the grace gospel (see Galatians 1) and Peter being shown the dream to eat un-koshered animals and the meeting with Cornelius; 

e)    That the apostles formally declared the Old Covenant and the operation of the Law of Moses has ended in the council of Jerusalem in Acts 15; 

f)     That the Old Covenant finally ended when the Temple was burned down and the sacrifices of bulls and goats came to an end in AD 70;

 g)    That from the time Jesus died to the destruction of the Temple, the Old Covenant was fading away (See Hebrews 7 and 8); and

 h)    Many of the epistles were in fact written at that time. Hence many at times, the apostles called this period “last days”. It is a reference of the last day of law of Moses, and not the coming of Christ.

Many believers keep harping on the fact that Jesus said he did not come to abolish the law. You must read this verse in context and in accordance to the above timeline. This was in a period of transition of Law to grace.  

 

It was said just after the beatitudes. Blessed are you … and etc. In the beatitudes you are blessed without having to do anything. Accordance to the law in Deut. 28 you can only be blessed if you obey the law. If not you are cursed. So the people presumed that Jesus AT THAT TIME says that the Law was abolished. The Law was not abolished at that time. This is because the Law had not achieved its purpose yet.

17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is ACHIEVED.

Notice this there is a deadline for the LAW. When the Law’s purpose is ACHIEVED the law will disappear. Jesus came to ACHIEVE that purpose. And that purpose was achieved when He died and rose again and send the Holy Spirit.

 

You must appreciate therefore after the death of Jesus, Paul made this comment in Ephesians 2:15. I have included different translations so that the meaning is not lost.

 

New International Version (©1984)

by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,

New Living Translation (©2007)

He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.

English Standard Version (©2001)

by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,

International Standard Version (©2008)

He rendered the law inoperative, along with its commandments and regulations, thus creating in himself one new humanity from the two, thereby making peace,

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

He brought an end to the commandments and demands found in Moses’ Teachings so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace.

King James Bible

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

American King James Version

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace;

American Standard Version

having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man,’so making peace;

Bible in Basic English

Having in his flesh put an end to that which made the division between us, even the law with its rules and orders, so that he might make in himself, of the two, one new man, so making peace;

Douay-Rheims Bible

Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees; that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace;

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Having abolished – Having brought to naught, or put an end to it – καταργήσας katargēsas.

 

I think it is pretty clear here, that Jesus did put an end and abolished the law of Moses.

Paul says in Romans 7:12 “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good” and in 1 Timothy 1:8″ We know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.”

The phrase “not under law” in Romans 6:14, doesn’t mean we are set free from abiding the Law the moment we embraced Grace. The right interpretation of “not under law” should be, we are now “above Law” when Grace came in; which means, we can now obey the Law(not abolish it) because we have now Grace that enables us to obey any kind of Law. Grace therefore, is the supernatural ability freely given by GOD to every believer so that he can be able to keep up with the Standards of GOD which he can not do by his human ability. 2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 12:14:16

What the writer here says is true. However, his use of Romans 7 and 6 is done out of its context. If the passages are read carefully, you would note the phrase “not under the law” does not mean “above the law” but rather you are dead and thus, no longer under the system of the Law of Moses.

 

Let me explain it this way.

 

Let us read together Romans 7.

Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Note how Paul says that the law has no authority on a person who is dead? Note also he says you died to the law through the body of Christ. Note he says you were (past tense) walking in the flesh but not you are no longer.

It is in these context Paul says “the Law is holy”. What Paul is saying is this, the Law is holy but it is unkeepable.

 

Note a very important made by Paul in verse 5: the sinful passions aroused by the law! Not grace but the law of Moses. In other words, the law’s job is to aroused the sinful passions in you in the realm of the flesh.

 

See the following:

 

For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[b] afforded by the commandment sin was dead when the commandment came, sin sprang to life 10 the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 afforded by the commandment deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good

 

Did you notice the context?

 

Now Paul continues by saying that the law is good but he is not. So Paul tells us that the Law’s job is not to make you holy but rather it is show you how utterly sinful you are. It is a ruler to make you look crooked. It is a supermodel to make you look ugly. It is God’s moral perfection to make you know you are utterly sinful. That is how the law is good. It is good but it is not good for you because it stands against you. It is designed to bring out every evil in you.

 

Colossians 2: 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 our legal indebtedness, which stood against uscondemned us 

 

Now let us look at Romans 6. Please note that Romans 6 is before Romans 7. So Romans 7 is an elaboration of Romans 6. Why are you now not under law? Here is the context.

 

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

Now having read this, do you understand why Paul says a person who has died is no longer under law in Romans 7?

Note, we are dying with Jesus or to die daily for Jesus, we are already dead in Jesus. Jesus provided an escape from the Law of Moses through his death. His death became our death. We died. As such a dead man has no relationship with the Law.

Then he continues,

11 the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

So can you see why you are under grace? Because you died in Christ and a dead person is no longer under the dominion of the Law. You are not raised in Christ in the old kingdom, you are raised in a new Kingdom.

It is something like this, you may have been in the Philippines when you left on a plane, but when you get off from that plane, you landed in the USA. When that happens different laws apply. When you were in Philippines, the law of Philippines apply , when you are in America, the law in America applies. When you were in Adam, the law of Moses applied. Now when you are in Christ, a different set of laws apply.

Paul tells us that the Law of Moses has no operation on us anymore because we have been set free from it. However, it is important for us to note that it  did not set us free from license but rather this.

Romans 8:3-4

New International Version (NIV)

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[a] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[b] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 FULLY FULFILLED. Note these words. The Law has been fully fulfilled in us. Now go back to what Jesus said about the Law.

I tell you the Truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished (fulfilled).

Note what Jesus says, the Law will begin to disappear when everything accomplished, fulfilled. Dear friends, the fulfillment and accomplishment here is the death of Jesus on the cross. By his death, I too died. By his burial, I was buried. By his resurrection, I am too raised in newness of life. It is trough his death I am set free from the Law of Moses. I am set free because all the righteous requirement of the Law has been fully met in me. Note the words, the law was powerless to do. What the law could not do, Christ did. He fulfilled the law. By his fulfillment, I also FULLY fulfilled the Law. What I have fulfilled, I NO LONGER need to do it. Do you keep paying installments to a bank when you have fulfilled your contract?

Let’s now deal with 1 Timothy.

Let’s again look at the context.

 “Chapter 1

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

 

We know that the law is good if one uses it properlyWe also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

 

What Paul is saying is this. There were people who wanted to be teachers of the Law of Moses like Paul. The problem is that they do not know how to rightly divide the Word and/or knew the purpose of the Law.

Paul says the Law is NOT for the righteous but for people who break the Law. This is because the Christians has a righteousness that has nothing to do with the Law. See Romans 3: 20-23

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile”

 

Note the footnote: Romans 3:22 Or through the faithfulness of

 

This righteousness is based on the faithfulness of Jesus and not ours. Hence Paul is saying these people (who are teaching the doctrine of demons) are using the Law of Moses against Christians rather than the unsaved.

The incredible truth is this if you have believed in Jesus, you are already righteous. See 2 Cor 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

See also Colossians 1: 21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he hasreconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

 

As such you are the “righteous” in verse 9 and not the “sinners” in verses 10 and 11. These so call “wannabe teachers of the law” were applying the Law to the righteous. That is wrong and is the very teaching of the demons. Note Satan is the accuser of the Christians and the power of sin is the Law. (1 Cor 15:56). The only way he can accuse the believer is to bring the Law back to the believer.

Let’s move on

Sin is the transgression of the Law of God (James 2:8-9). When we were under Law, we couldn’t follow the Law totally. When we break one, we break the whole Law and we sin ( James 2:10-11). When we are now above Law by the enabling Grace of GOD, we can now obey any kind of Law and sin shall not have dominion over us anymore. (Romans 6:14)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound? Certainly not, how shall we who died in sin live any longer therein? (Romans 6:15). Why should we do sin or violate a Law when we can now ably obey the law by the enabling Grace of God? Besides, why should we willfully sin, when by Grace our old sinful man was already crucified and died on the cross, buried in baptism to death and rose again into newness of life to the LORD? (Romans 6:3-11)

Amusingly, these hyper-Grace adherents are no longer subject to any law of GOD which will tantamount to LAWLESSNESS. They presume, they can no longer sin because there is no longer any Law to break, since sin is the transgression of the Law. And therefore there is no need anymore for repentance. Moreover they claimed that all sins- past, present and future- were forgiven on the cross. So why do they need to repent when all their sins were already forgiven???!!! How about the dozen mentions of Repentance in the book of Revelation alone? Revelation 22:18-19

Right firstly, lets look at Revelation 22:18-19.

Revelation 22:18-19

New International Version (NIV)

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

What repentance is the writer referring to?

True repentance is not about being sorry for your sins. Judas was sorry for his sins, where did it get him. True repentance is the acceptance is that you cannot be righteous by your moral upkeeping of the law of Moses but realizing you can only be righteous in Christ. That is what repentance truly mean. A change of mind. To realize I cannot keep the Law but Jesus kept it from me.

Hebrews 6:1

New International Version (NIV)

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God.

 

THIS IS TRUE REPENTANCE!

 

Secondly, please note our sins are not forgiven past present future, they are TAKEN AWAY PAST PRESENT and FUTURE. Listen to what Scriptures have to say:

Hebrews 10:11-12 (New International Version)

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

 

These two verses are very significant. It contrasts the frequency and results of animal sacrifices with that of Jesus. So that we fully understand the impact of these verses let us first take some time to understand the Old Covenant sacrificial system. The purpose of the sacrificial system is summarized as follows,

Hebrews 9:6-7 (New International Version)

6When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

The sacrificial system including the temple, the priesthood and its animal sacrifices was to provide a way of dealing with sin and so grant some kind of access into the presence of God. Hebrews analysis of its effectiveness is as follows,

Hebrews 9:8 (New International Version)

8The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.

 

The Old Covenant sacrificial system did not produce access into the very presence of God. It produced restricted, limited results. Various types of sacrifices were offered daily for the sins of the people.

Leviticus 4:27-29 (New International Version)

27 ” ‘If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, he is guilty. 28 When he is made aware of the sin he committed, he must bring as his offering for the sin he committed a female goat without defect. 29 He is to lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place of the burnt offering.

The individual who sinned placed their hands on the head of the animal thus signifying transference of guilt. With other sacrifices the priest would then apply the blood in various places in the sanctuary with the view to procuring atonement and forgiveness.

Leviticus 4:20 (New International Version)
20 and do with this bull just as he did with the bull for the sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.

At this point I would like to highlight the fact that in Old Covenant times there was no sacrifice that could atone for willful sin of the 10 Commandments. If a person deliberately committed adultery, murder or even if a son dishonored his parents they were stoned to death. The sacrificial system only covered sins of ignorance. Lev 4:27 clearly states that “if a member of the community sins unintentionally”; Hebrews says “which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance”. There were no sacrifices for deliberate sins! Where would we all be today if these laws were still in place?!

The fact of the matter is all willful and unintentional sins were never truly punished in Old Covenant times.

Romans 3:25 (New International Version)
25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

So already we are starting to see a huge difference between the results of Jesus’ sacrifice and that of animals! God only truly punished all sin – intentional and unintentional – when he presented Jesus as a sacrifice on the Cross.

We are presented with a challenge as we read Hebrews. We have seen that Moses writes that the person was forgiven for sins of ignorance when the appropriate sacrifice was carried out. He said, “In this way the priest will make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.” Lev 4:20. However as we read Hebrews another picture emerges.

Hebrews 10:4 (New International Version)
4because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 10:11 (New International Version)
11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

As far as Hebrews is concerned the sins, although presumably atoned for and forgiven, were never really taken away. How are we to reconcile these two ideas? Here is where the marvel of the blood of Jesus emerges. Under the Old Covenant, the blood of animal resulted only in some type of restricted forgiveness. The sins were never truly punished or taken away as far as Romans 3:25 and Heb 10:4,11 are concerned. The blood of animals could only produce forgiveness on a, restricted basis – temporally.

Hebrews 9:25 (New International Version)

25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.

Hebrews 10:1 (New International Version)

1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

Every time an Old Covenant believer became aware of an unintentional sin they were to offer a blood sacrifice repeatedly and endlessly because the blood of the animal could only deal with the sin they had just committed. This meant that as soon as they offered a sacrifice and then subsequently committed another sin they had to offer another and then another and then another! This is what Hebrews means when it says that the blood of animals could never take away sins once for all. Fresh blood was required for fresh sins. The blood of animals could not deal with the sin issue once and for all. The blood of animals was restricted in time.

Here is where we read of the superiority of the blood of Jesus. Now that we understand the limited nature of the results of animal blood we can fully appreciate the many statements in Hebrews about the efficacy of the blood of Jesus. Repeatedly we read that Jesus shed his blood “once for all”!

Hebrews 7:27 (New International Version)

27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

The contrast here is obvious and we must remember that the reason the priest had to offer repeated fresh blood was because it could only atone and forgive the sin that was just committed. The blood of animals could only deal with past sin, but not future.Jesus only needed to offer his blood once which was good for all people and all time. Let’s consider what happened to sin when Jesus shed his blood.

First of all we need to recognize that when Jesus died for sin he didn’t just die for sins committed up till the point in time that he hung on the Cross. Hebrews is clear that Jesus’ death was for the sins of humanity for all time.

Hebrews 2:9 (New International Version)
9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

When Jesus died for sin he took upon himself the death penalty and so “tasted death for everyone”. This means that when we read in Hebrews of Jesus dying for sin that this meant the sins of humanity from Adam to the last man.

So what were the results of Jesus’ death? Well we can see from Hebrews 7:27 above that as soon as the priest offered the blood that the committed sins were atoned and forgiven.

Hebrews informs us that when the sacrifice takes place forgiveness of sins results at that moment.

Hebrews 9:22 (New International Version)

22In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

When blood is shed forgiveness results. The problem with animal blood however was that it could only cover, atone and forgive sins of the past – not the future.

Hebrews 9:25-26 (New International Version)

25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

 

Can you see the obvious contrast Hebrews is making here? The priest had to offer the blood again and again simply because it could only deal with the sins committed in the past. Hence the blood was offered again and again. With each fresh sin there was a fresh sacrifice. Fresh blood was required because it could not deal with the sins that were committed after the sacrifice. However, the blood of Jesus achieved what the blood of animals could not. Hebrews is saying that if the blood of Jesus could only deal with past sins then he would have to keep offering himself again and again. But the blood of Jesus did what that blood of animals could not do. It dealt with all sin once and for all!

At the exact point in time that Jesus shed his blood the result was he “he did away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Better blood! The blood of Jesus did away with all sin – once and for all. The blood of animals was limited temporally – it could only deal with sins committed in the past. The blood of Jesus did away with all sin of all time in one sacrifice.

If the blood of Jesus did not do away with future sin as well as past sin then it was no different from the blood of animals. Let me repeat, the contrast between the blood of animals and that of Jesus is temporal. The blood of animals needed to be shed again and again for the simple reason that it could only deal with sins committed in the past. The blood of Jesus in contrast however dealt with all sin and put it away for good. Reading Heb 9:25-26 in the context of Hebrews 9:22 we conclude that where blood is shed, at that moment forgiveness results! This means that the moment the blood of Jesus was shed all sin was forgiven.

 

Hebrews goes onto make this point again and again.

Hebrews 10:1-4 (New International Version)
1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, 4because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

This is quite an amazing passage. Hebrews informs us that the blood of animals was offered endlessly because the believer could not be cleansed from sin once and for all! The blood of animals could not take away sins simply because they only dealt with sins committed in the past. Hence they were offered again and again. Let me say it this way. If I lived under the Old Covenant and committed a sin today I would take an animal to the sanctuary and shed its blood.

If I committed that same sin again next week I would have to take a new sacrifice for that same sin. This process went on your whole life under the Old Covenant sacrificial system. New blood was required for freshly committed sin. This means that the reason the sacrifices were repeated endlessly was simply because it could only forgive past sins not futures ones. So when Hebrews says that the blood of Jesus dealt with all sin and did way with it, it is saying this in contrast to the limited temporal effectiveness of the blood of animals. The blood of animals dealt with past sin only, the blood of Jesus dealt with all sin – future too. If this is not the case then the blood of Jesus is no better than the blood of animals.

Hebrews 10:2 says that if the blood of animals was temporally effective and could cleanse the believer from all sin, including future ones, then the worshipper would have been “cleansed once for all!” If the blood of animals could have cleansed the believer from sin once for all then they would have stopped sacrificing fresh blood for subsequent sin. The repeated sacrifices were a continual reminder as verse 3 says that the blood of animals could not deal with future sins, only past ones. The fact of the matter was that the repeated nature of the sacrifices only reinforced guilt for sin because it served only to remind them of their sin over and over again.

In other words a person would go to the temple, offer a sacrifice for their sin, leave, only to sin again and then back to the temple again the next day. “Here we go again!” The believer could not experience freedom guilt feelings. In fact every time they took a sacrifice to the temple it served to remind them of their continuing guilt. See verse
2. The blood of animals could not rid the believer of guilt feelings but in fact only reinforced them.

The good news is that the blood of Jesus did exactly what the blood of animals could not do. The Old Covenant worshipper could not be cleansed at an internal level at all. The blood of Jesus did just what the blood of animals could not do. Through the blood of Jesus the believer is cleansed internally once for all.

Hebrews 9:13-14 (New International Version)
13The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

What a stark contrast. The blood of Jesus actually produced what the blood of animals could not. The blood of Jesus is “how much more”! The blood of animals cleansed a person externally and temporarily but the blood of Jesus cleansed the believer at the level of conscience once and forever. Compare this with Heb 10:3 where we read again that the Old Covenant believer with its limited blood remained feeling guilty!

Let’s now consider another contrast. Whereas the continual blood of animals served as a reminder of sins committed the blood of Jesus is no longer a reminder because the sins are no longer remembered.

Hebrews 10:3 (New International Version)
3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins

Hebrews 10:17 (New International Version)
17Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

Note the deliberate contrast Hebrews is making here point for point. Animal blood could not cleanse the conscience. The blood of Jesus cleanses the conscience. Animal blood is offered endlessly. Jesus blood is offered once for all. The blood of animals offered repeatedly functioned as a continual reminder of sins. Under the blood of Jesus sins are remembered no more.

As such you would note the teaching of “parental forgiveness” hinges on the guilt of the believer. This teaching which promotes the total forgiveness of sins judicially in the same breath speaks about the need to ask forgiveness from your father, parent-ally. I do not find such teaching in Scripture. While William MacDonald may argue that Jesus used the words “father” when it comes to forgiving other, he fails to note such “commandments” were spoken to Jews and not necessary believers. He also fails to note that these words were spoken before Jesus shed his blood on the cross. After the Cross, Paul and John tells us we have been forgiven. Completely forgiven.

Why such teaching? Because we do not know how to deal with the guilt. As such we bring room for confession into a guiltless relationship with the Father. We confess to “our Father” because of our guilt and not because of our reverence. To revere God to to glory in the work of Jesus that to approach the Father boldly in full confidence in the finished ONCE and FOR ALL work of Jesus. No guilt because it has been removed. It is this removal of guilt that gives us the power of condemnation. We do not live to God by being living under guilt and condemnation. Paul says we live to God by dying to the Law and its ministry (Galatians 2:19). The ministry of the Law condemns. We live in victory from sin under grace. (Romans 6)

Let’s continue.

Hebrews 10:4 (New International Version)
4because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 9:28 (New International Version)
28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people

We read here that the blood of animals could not take away sins. As we have seen this was because it could only cover sins committed in the past and hence necessitated repeated sacrifices. They were repeated only because they could not deal with new sins.However the blood of Jesus did in fact take away sins.

I understand that the NKJV at this point says that Jesus died to “bear the sins of many”. However, in other places the NKJV explicitly makes the same point.

1 John 3:5 (New King James Version)

5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

1 John 2:2 (New King James Version)

2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The NKJV is explicit. When Jesus died he died to take away the sins of the whole world.

Finally we read that when Jesus shed his blood for the sins of humanity God had forgiven all sin – past, present and future. Let us take a quick journey of this idea throughout the book as a whole.

Hebrews 1:3 (New International Version)

3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

 

This is the opening theme of the whole book of Hebrews and here we clearly read that Jesus had purified all sin prior to his ascension to heaven. There is no purification of sins being created after the ascension. You were already purified of all sin before Jesus went back to heaven. The very fact that he sat down at his Father’s right hand simply means that his work of purification of sins is over. Purification was provided once for all.

Hebrews 2:9 (New International Version)

9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

As we begin to see the flow of Hebrews’ argument we start to see something of its magnificence. When Jesus shed his blood he purified the sins of all because he “tasted death for everyone”! The same thought is repeated later.

Hebrews 9:22 (New International Version)

22In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Do you see it? When Jesus shed his blood sins were cleansed which simply means that they were all forgiven! The sins of humanity were all forgiven on the Cross – past, present and future.

Hebrews 9:26-28 (New International Version)

26Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

When Jesus shed his blood he took away the sins of the world. He will never bear sin again. He bore them once and for all on the Cross. We are sadly mistaken if we think that we need any further acts of cleansing since the Cross. This is a great insult to the finished work of the Cross.

Hebrews 10:11-12 (New International Version)

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

 

The sacrifice of Jesus was offered once and was “FOR ALL TIME”! As we read the unfolding good news of the power of the blood of Jesus we can start to get a glimpse of what actually happened on the Cross. What joyous good news! Nearly too good to be true! When Jesus shed his blood forgiveness resulted according to Heb 9:22. The period of time the blood of Jesus embraced was “for all time!” The blood of Jesus took care of sin for all time! His work of cleansing and forgiveness of man’s sin was totally completed on the Cross – after that Jesus sat down. Work is over.

Then the climax.
Hebrews 10:17-18 (New International Version)
17Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.” 18And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

At the moment Jesus shed his blood God had forgiven all sin. Note it does not say “where these may be forgiven or will be forgiven” but “where these have been forgiven” PAST TENSE! It is finished. It cannot be any clearer than this. God has totally forgiven and forgotten the sins of humanity – past, present and future. They are no longer a barrier to the presence of God as Hebrews continues to say.

Hebrews 10:19-22 (New International Version)

19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
What a climax we are presented here. Because all our sins – past, present and future, have already been forgiven we can approach God without any sin barrier and we can do so in full assurance of faith and free from a guilty conscience.

Hebrews makes a series of deliberate contrasts to emphasize the superiority of the better blood of Jesus. Animal blood could not clean the conscience. The blood of Jesus cleansed the conscience. Animal blood is offered endlessly. Jesus blood is offered once for all. The blood of animals offered repeatedly functioned as a continual reminder of sins. Under the blood of Jesus sins are remembered no more. Animal blood offered forgiveness of past sins only. Jesus blood covered all sin for all time. Past, present and future sin has all been forgiven.

When Jesus shed his blood a wonderful gift was produced: the forgiveness of the sins of humanity.

Hebrews 9:12 (New International Version)

12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

Note that before Jesus entered heaven at his ascension he had already obtained eternal redemption. When Jesus shed his blood he had produced and so obtained – past tense – eternal redemption. What does the phrase “eternal redemption” mean?

Hebrews 9:12,15 (New International Version)

12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption … 15For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

It is also pertinent to note that Jesus shed his blood not in the earthly tabernacle but a heavenly one. The offerings of the Old Covenant took place in a place limited by time and space. Heaven however is timeless. It transcends time. Whatever done in heaven lasts forever. Hence by one act, he accomplished what the bulls and goats cannot do. Once but for ALL TIME he took our sins away. We have everlasting redemption.

Eternal redemption means that Jesus paid the ransom price with his blood resulting in mankind being set free from sins!

Paul says the same thing of redemption elsewhere.

Ephesians 1:7 (New International Version)

7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Colossians 1:14 (New International Version)

14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Redemption is the forgiveness of sins.

So when Hebrews tells us that through the ransom price of Jesus blood that we have “eternal redemption” this means that Jesus has already provided for mankind “eternal forgiveness”. Within the setting of the book as a whole this is exactly what eternal redemption means. The sacrifices that the priests offered had to be offered repeatedly and endlessly simply because they could not take away future sins. The blood of Jesus did what the blood of animals could never do. The forgiveness offered by the Old Covenant was temporary at best. The forgiveness provided by the blood of Jesus under the New Covenant was eternal.

Where do you stand? Do you feel that your sins form a barrier between you and God? When you sin are you burdened with feelings of guilt? Do you think that somehow by your confession and repentance and by applying the blood of Jesus that you are procuring forgiveness from God? Do you think that the blood of Jesus only covered your past sins when you accepted Jesus and from that time on you needed to claim the blood of Jesus for on-going forgiveness?

Truthfully, Grace and Law go along together. Each one doesn’t eliminate the other. Rather, they are inseparable and work more fruitfully as partners. Grace is needed for us to be able to obey any Law like the Royal Law in James 2:8 which is ” Love your neighbor as yourself”. On the other hand, we also need Law to regulate Grace.

 

Dear friends,

 

Here is where I want to address the point of differentiating the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ. Let me reproduce an article on the book of James for you.  I hope from here you will see the believer is under the Law of Christ and not the Law of Moses.

 

Check this out. Primarily James  was written to Jews and not Gentiles. Where we have gone wrong in reading this is that we have read this with the Gentile mindset. Listen to this:

 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations”

Also look at this: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseveranceLet perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

So the main aim here to encourage the Jews to keep faith in Jesus. James says here a person must not be double minded. What exactly is double-mindedness?

I believe this admonishment has to do with Law and Grace. Here is how the Lord revealed it to me.

He actually says there are two kinds of law. One is the law of liberty. The perfect law. The word perfect here means “finished”. The completed law. James 1:25. In Chapter 2 he speaks about the “royal law” which is the Law of Moses i.e. “Love your neigbour as yourselves”. He ask u to obey the law of liberty not the law of Moses.

The perfect law or the law of freedom

James 1

Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect [finished] law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Notice if you read in context the words “Be a doer of the Word” actually  means “obeying the perfect law”.

Now check this out.

The royal law

James 2

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing rightBut if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

Two different Laws.

The Perfect Law and the Royal Law. What then is the Perfect Law?

Check this out in the Amplified Bible. James 1:25

Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).

I have always wondered why James uses the word “faultless law” when he wrote this. He encourages one to be faithful and perseveres in looking into it.

22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

Isn’t it interesting that the original meaning for “doers of the Word” in James 1:22 is obeying the message and not working towards something. It speaks of the word “poet”, a person who just flows with the Word.

But why the “faultless law”? We already know the Law of Moses is faultless but why a double emphasis? James tells us that when we look into the faultless law we find liberty. Yet Paul tells us the Law of Moses makes us slaves.

I asked God to show me why the contradiction. This is what He showed me. The word for “faultless” there means “utterly completed” or “of full age” or “perfected”. In other words, “finished”. James is referring to the “completed law”, the Law which is fully fulfilled. He was referring to the finished work of Jesus, the Law of Christ not the Law of Moses.

Dear friends, I believe James was referring to the Law that has been fully fulfilled in us when Jesus died for us.

Paul tells us that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4).

In the Amplified Romans 10:4 is translated this way: For Christ is the end of the Law [the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him Who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him] as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trusts in and adheres to and relies on Him.

Dear friends,

James is therefore not making reference to “keeping the Law of Moses” but rather “trusting in the completion of the Law” His Messiah. 

Listen to the shift of emphasis here in James 1 right after he asks you to obey the Perfect Law of Christ.

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

This  my dear friends here is about the Law of Moses.

He actually says when you obey part of the law of Moses, you are bound to obey the whole part of it.

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.”

 

Does James ask you to obey this Law? No rather he is saying you are unable to obey this Law. This is because you break one you break all!

What then is the Law he asks you to obey? Let me tell you it is the Law of Liberty. The Perfect Law.

See James 2: “12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

 

I guess you would agree with me that “the law that gives freedom” is the same as “the Law of liberty”?

Please follow me closely here. This is where it really matters. When James says faith without works is dead, he is actually referring to the original faith of the Hebrews, the Jews. The Law of Moses. That faith is not faith in Christ but FAITH IN THE LAW OF MOSES!

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”

 

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

 

That is the reason why he quotes Abraham and Rahab. Abraham existed before the Law. Rahab was a Gentile who was never under the Law. Both were creatures of the Law of liberty and not Law of Moses. Hence their kind of faith produce works. If your faith is based on the Law of Moses you produce no works, at least not the works that God desires.

Paul says it this way:

2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

New International Version (NIV)

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord JesusThey will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

 

So you can see here Paul and James are speaking about the same thing. Faith in the Law of Moses is nothing. You must believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When you have done that you have obeyed the Gospel. You have obeyed the Law of Liberty.

Jesus obeyed that law for you. He kept the law for you. What he is saying is this “the law of liberty” is the finished work for you. That is why he says faith without works is dead. It is not your work under the law. It is Jesus’s work. The work that comes by faith not faith the obedience of the Law of Moses.

Now look at this passage.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith (the Law of Moses); I have deeds (the Law of Liberty).”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

 

Hence when James say even the demons believed in one God, he is NOT saying the demons believe in God, but the demons believe in the 1st commandment, here O Isreal the Lord your God is one. That quotation “Believed in One God” in its Jewish context means the demons knows the Law.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

 

The demons do not believe in the law of liberty, the completed law. John says in 1 John 3:23, that law is the belief in Jesus. 

The demons do not believe in that law. You see, John says when you believe in Jesus, he lives in God and God lives in him.

1 John 3:23-24

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

24 And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us: by the Spirit which He hath given us.

 

THIS IS THE LAW CHRISTIANS OBEY!

Therefore his faith will produce works. This is because now he is God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus. It is God who will produce the deeds. Hebrews tells us the Law only produces dead works.

However, we are now the workmanship of God in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-10

New International Version (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

God’s handiwork means it is God who produces the works in you. Not you. So faith without works means “Faith in Moses, without the works produced by God!”

Remember James was writing to Jews. Their original trust was in the Law of Moses. That was their faith. The faith that was without works.

You can find an excellent article on the difference between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/we-are-lawsless-believers-not-lawless-believers/

 

Unregulated, Grace can be abused like the Prodigal son who wasted his unmerited inheritance ( Luke 15:13-15); or can be carelessly used, like Balaam who used his gift of prophecy which is an unmerited favor, for greedy profit (Jude 11); or can produce undisciplined and rebellious Christians who no longer need to abide to policies, processes, procedures and principles since these are rules and regulations which are synonymous with Laws.

Let’s look at the Prodigal Son, the younger son left on the merit of law NOT GRACE, he asked that his inheritance be divided according to Law. Please note that when he returned, it was the Father who embraced him with Grace, he said to himself, he returns as a slave, the father restored as a Son. The older Son was an observer of the law but was too religious to accept his brother. Notice this law-minded self righteous brother was not in the house and caused the father to be out of the house. Balaam’s problem is not that he prophesied under unmerited favour, it was because he thought God’s people can be cursed.

Let’s look at Jude.

 UDE 1
The Message (MSG)

1-2 I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

FIGHT WITH ALL YOU HAVE IN YOU
3-4 Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.

Notice something interesting? Jude says believers are called and KEPT SAFE by JESUS CHRIST! Not your works nor by observing the Law! It is a GIFT!

So the “people” he mentioned are not believers but false teachers who crept into church and teach “another gospel”. These are not believers. They never had salvation in the first place.

Now let’s deal with the issue and the accusation that grace teachers are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness.” We must understand that the New Testament is written in Greek. I chose the Message’s version because it actually shows you what this phrase actually means.

“Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license” Notice the word “turning” is actually “replace”. In fact the word “turns” here means to take out one thing and replace it with another.

Let me show you the verse in the KJV with Strong’s Concordance.

Jud 1:4 ForG1063 there are certainG5100 menG444 crept in unawares,G3921 who were before of old ordainedG4270 G3819 toG1519 thisG5124 condemnation,G2917 ungodly men,G765 turningG3346 theG3588 graceG5485 of ourG2257 GodG2316 intoG1519 lasciviousness,G766 andG2532 denyingG720 theG3588 onlyG3441 LordG1203 God,G2316 andG2532 ourG2257 LordG2962 JesusG2424 Christ.G5547

Now the word “turning”.

G3346

μετατίθημι

metatithēmi

Thayer Definition:

1) to transpose (two things, one of which is put in place of the other)

This is how the verse should be translated.

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, took out the grace of our God and replace it with lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Look how the Amplified Bible uses the word “pervert into”.

4 For certain men have crept in stealthily [[c]gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

This means the message of Grace actually leads you away from lawlessness and wantonness and immorality. BUT to promote lawlessness, wantonness and immorality, you have to PERVERT GRACE. You have to “metatithēmi” take out Grace and replace it with another gospel.

When you remove the Grace of God, license will come in.

So Grace does not co-relate to Law. Anyone who teaches this does not know the original language.

Conclusively, Grace enables us to be a law abiding citizen in the Kingdom of GOD and in our nation. If we humbly abide in the Word of GOD which is also called the Law of GOD, assuredly we will not be among those to whom the LORD will declare this sentence one day”I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS!” Matthew 7:23

Lastly, let me explain to you what is Matthew 7:23. It is actually a passage that teaches us about Grace and not Law. I have always been troubled by the way Matthew 7:21-23 is used. In summary I was taught that ‘not everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord is saved but one must do the Father’s will in order to remained saved!’  I was taught that ‘you have to serve God faithfully,  give up everything for Jesus, obey the commandments, and crucify yourself, so that Jesus will not say that He never knew you.’ In gist, make sure you live such a life of dedication liked the one Jesus lived, in order that God would be satisfied. That was being taught as doing the will of the Father. Sounds good?

I tried.  I was so performance oriented that I judged myself on Jesus perfection everyday. I realised I was still involved in the same sins; pride, lust and envy.

Hence on the outside I looked great  but deep down, I was rotting away. The problem is this, the more I preached about the more you need to serve, the more I felt like a hypocrite. The reason is this: you can never do enough to compensate for what Jesus had done for you.

I thanked the Holy Spirit for showing me what I am about to share with you all. Firstly, Matthew 7:22 says that the people whom Jesus never knew were very involved in ‘doing many things in Jesus’ name!’ Even miracles. Yet they were not doing the will of the Father! In fact, Jesus called them evil doers.

I began thus to realise this: to ensure Jesus never rejects you, you only need to do ONE thing. The will of the Father! What then, is the will of the Father?

In John 6:28 the people asked our Lord ‘what must we do to do the WorkS (note plural) God requires?’ The crowd was faced with same problem. What must we do? Note Jesus’ answer. This is the work (note singular) of God: to believe in the one he has sent!

God actually considers belief in His son as work. Further, this one act is ALL Father requires from me! Then Jesus says in verse 40 in John 6, ‘for my Father’s WILL is that everyone who looks to the Son and BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP ON THE LAST DAY.’

Lastly, Hebrews chapter 10:10 says ”For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” The verse is stated in the context of the Holy Spirit testifying “I will remember your sins no more!”

The Father’s will is always for us.

The will and the acceptable work which God’s require is your faith and not your deeds as you have been SAVED by Jesus! The people Jesus  referred to were doing so much that they missed out what God’s will is. Like Martha we think we are pleasing to God when we give to Him. Yet Jesus says to her ‘one thing is needed and Mary has chosen the right thing.’ What pleases God is not your service but who you place your faith in: your service or your saviour?

Note if your confidence lies what you do for Jesus, Matthew 7:23 calls us evil-doers. Since realising this, the Lord in His grace has restored me.

The will and the work of The Father is you believe in His Son. Your faith will cause Him to produce deeds in your life as James says.

Be blessed!

 

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11 thoughts on “Grace is not obeying the law of Moses but the law of Christ.

  1. What bible translation did you use for some of the verses? or maybe you are just paraphrasing it and using your own translation? You said in Romans 6:13 “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, For sin shall no longer be your master, (because you are not under the law, but under grace).” Where can I see that? Did you know that changing verses with your own interpretation will really lead some to confusion?

    • Romans 6:13-14
      13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

    • You should not really accuse someone of doing so without checking your scriptures.

      • From your exposition of https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/we-are-lawsless-believers-not-lawless-believers/ the new law/ commandment is Love. The new covenant established by Jesus blood is grace, it is what as a believer we are under. The commandment is fulfiled through the holy spirit, the first fruit of the spirit is Love as such love is fulfilled not by self effort in the new covenant but through a lifestyle in the spirit.

        Mat 7:12
        Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
        The Law and the prophets are to do to others what you would have them do for you. Everyone would love to be loved as such the law and prophets say we ought to love others as we would love to be loved.

        Mat 22:40
        On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

        The two commandments on which the Law and the prophets hang is Love for God and Love for others (neighbor)

        My point is, Love is not something new, it is in the Law and the prophets. However here it is demanded from man who cannot produce it by his efforts. In the new covenant of grace, the holy spirit produces such love effortlessly.
        We are not under any Law of Christ but under grace which is not any law. The law is not of faith and saying we are under the law of Christ it places us under bondage and there is no faith in the law as one will live by keeping the law. Further the strength of sin is the law, saying we are under law of Christ gives strength to sin, satan and the flesh. We are only under grace which is the new covenant.

      • I am sorry bro. You are dead wrong. But you seem to think the commandments Loving God and Loving your Neighbour is the law of Christ. It isn’t. The law of Christ is in 1 john 3:23. Your reference refers to the law of God, law of Moses. The law of Christ is base on faith and the working of the Spirit. Comment on what you know not what you do not know.

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to elaborate on the scripture verses, and clarifying areas of confusion,and error. Especially for differentiating the ‘perfect law of liberty’ found in James 1:25, and the “royal law according to the Scripture” James 1:8 The commentary in my bible listed both as ‘the law of love’. Which only left me wondering “what is James talking about?!?”, it sounds like he is mixing Law and grace. I’m so glad your post followed on the heals of my question, and squashed the confusion. There is so much here in your post!, Thank you for sharing it, and helping me grow in the knowledge of grace and truth.

  3. Thank you, Simon,for your exegesis.

    I see that the original author misquotes Romans 6:15 – and in doing so his entire argument is made void. According to what you quoted above:

    “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound? Certainly not, how shall we who died in sin live any longer therein? (Romans 6:15)

    The second sentence is taken from Romans 6:2 “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” So you can see that one small word has been changed from the original scripture text – the author says ‘we who died in sin” – the original (NKJV) says “dead to sin” NOT “died in sin”.

    In fact this is confirmed by Paul in Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.

    I find that this is often the case with anyone who tries to defend the keeping the Law (of Moses). The entire chapter 6 of Romans is all about how we, as believers, have died WITH Christ to both the Law of Moses and to Sin.

    Paul confirms his teaching when he writes that we “were dead in our sins” (Ep 2:1), but we are now “alive in Christ”,.according to 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

  4. I believe that some Christians don’t still understand the concept of grace, which is provided through the Holy Spirit, the power of God received by believing and practicing the message of the Gospel that the Lord Jesus-Christ gave to His Apostles…grace is the ability provided by the Holy Spirit to overcome the power of sin and live a life of righteousness…grace is synonymous of the Gospel, the message of the cross and should not understood as something else….and the Law of Moses doesn’t have that power….

    John 1:17,For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

    The Law is a spiritual prison where all the sinners are kept for the day of God’s wrath…

    It is good to see that the truth of God is starting to show itself among God’s children while the darkness and its defenders are being pushed away……

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