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Remember our motto:
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY, that’s the issue.

And to put our beliefs ahead of the Scriptures is to really call into question the Word of God and make God out to be a liar.

Some of the purposes of the Law.

Romans:3:19"Now we know that what ever the law says, it says to those who are under law, so that every mouth may be silent and the whole world held accountable to GOD."

(The Whole world is held accountable by the Law)

Romans 3:20 " therefore NO ONE will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law, rather, through the Law we become conscious of sin.

The law stops the mouth. No one is left justified. The law shows our shortcomings.

Romans 7:7 " what shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said" do not covet."

(The law gives us a measuring rod to show us the depth of our transgressions).

Illustration

The whole world is held accountable to God by the law?

Man tries to justify himself "I've lived a good life, I'm not an axe murderer". If man starts to look horizontally, meaning: looking at other men for his own elevation of righteousness, that is easy to do, and easily justifiable. However if man looks to God's standard then man falls short of God's standard.

 

Someone may say, "look at that sheep "it looks so White against the green pastures, but then it begins to Snow and the person now says, "look that same sheep "it looks so dirty against the white snow. Same sheep! But it’s a different standard of judgement.

My life compared to Adolph Hitler I am very righteous but my life compared to Jesus Christ’s and God's standard I’m nothing but filthy rags.

Romans 3:24 "so the law was put in charge TO LEAD US to Christ THAT we might be justified by faith".

The law is a schoolmaster that brings us to Christ.

The law DOESN"T JUSTIFY us, it leaves us HOPELESS. Meaning, it shows us the depth of our transgressions.

1 Timothy 1:8 "we know that the Law is GOOD if one USES it PROPERLY. We also know that law is made NOT FOR the RIGHTEOUS but for law breakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill fathers and mothers, for murderers, for adulters and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers and whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious GOSPEL of the blessed God which he entrusted to me.

The law is made for sinners! It is a schoolmaster by which we see our sinful state and point to or brings us to Christ! It is used for any thing that does not conform to the sound doctrine of THE GOSPEL, or anything OUTSIDE the saving grace of THE GOSPEL is subject to the Law. Because only "IN Christ" is it set aside.

1 Corinthian 1:18 "for the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. "

The preaching of the Cross to them that perish is foolishness (they need to see their hopelessness before grace can abound).

Let's go through the Law and see how it leaves man helpless.

WHO TRUELY KEEPS THE LAW?

Which one of us loves God and has no other god’s of material things, position etc

Which one of us doesn't have Idols .The Idol, of money position clothes cars etc.

Which one of us has not used the Lord's name in vain? If we haven't done it for years, time doesn't console God! If the righteousness of men can extradite a man for war crimes 35 years after the event, how much more a just and righteous God call for an account of every idle word.

Which one of us keeps a day holy? How can unregenerate man keep a day Holy?

Which one of us honors our Mother & Father? Ever broken that? Your Guilty!

Which one of us has not murdered?

Which one of us has not committed adultery.

Which one of us has never stolen? (a pen will do)

Which one of us has never lied about someone? (A white one will do)

Which one of us has never coveted an asset of someone else?

You only need to break just the smallest one of these and you are under the curse of the Law.

We are ALL left GUILTY, In need of a saviour to pay the debt, it’s beyond our means.

On presenting the law people know what they are repenting from, the depth of their sin not according to their own standard but to God. (Remember the White sheep story.)

It leads us to Christ. The law leaves us with a decision.

We can choose to be slaves to our own flesh nature- or- Being bought with a price and become servants of Christ, becoming a living sacrifice to Christ

Galatians 3:24 " so the Law was put in charge to LEAD US to Christ that we might be justified by faith .Now that faith has come, we are NO LONGER under the supervision of the law. "

Romans 8:4 "and so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteousness requirements of the law might be fully met IN us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the SPIRIT".

Notice that the Scripture says the righteousness REQUIREMENTS of the law IS "FULLY MET" "IN" usNOT- "BY" us.

For it is CHRIST IN US the hope of glory!

 

For us to TRY to FULFILL the law in our OWN FLESH not only undermines the work of the Cross, but it puts us under the curse of the law, and also makes Salvation a matter of works which NO LONGER makes Salvation a GIFT from God.

Therefore to those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for their Salvation from the judgment of the law ie death (sin) it can be truly said ....

Romans 10:4"CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW SO THAT THERE MAY BE RIGHTEOUSNESS FOREVERONE THAT BELIEVES"

Romans 3:4 "the Law was put in charge to LEAD us to Christ"

Psalm 19:7 " The Law is perfect in CONVERTING the soul".

The law is God’s tool to CONVERT man "the mirror of our state without HIM.

HERE IS THE KEY: the Law is for CONVERTING, Not for the CONVERTED!

Romans 8:4 NOW that I am "IN" Christ the requirement of the Law is "FULLY"(not partly) met in us.

What could be clearer than that?

GAL5:18 "If you are led by the Spirit you are not under the Law."

The unsaved are not LED by the Holy Spirit and are under the Law. (Need converting)

But we ARE led by the Spirit and are not under the Law.

Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 3:25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

So the Law is the head teacher that brings us to Christ. Christ qualified us (for us), now that we are qualified (righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in us [through Christ]) we no long need to be under the Schoolmaster for we have qualified by accreditation IN Christ.

Does that mean I can go and murder steal etc….NO!, NO!

Paul says in Galatians 5:13 "do not use you freedom IN Christ as an opportunity for the flesh".

For I am led by the Spirit, we enter that relationship by faith (and the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE) therefor obedience to the Holy Spirit![Gal 5:22-26]

1 Corinthians 6:11-20 Summary: So have we have been set apart, we are not our own, destined for God exclusively.

And we are justified by the Spirit of God we are now declared innocent of all charges before God. Sanctified.

Everything is permissible, however with this foundation, that, we are set apart to serve God we are living sacrifices, not crawling off the altar. We are set apart for his use.

The law was to bring us to Christ.

If you have not yet come to Christ the Law will judge you.

If the Spirit leads you all things are lawful, we are now held by a higher standard, the law of Christ.

Run in such a way as to win the prize.

Partake in nothing that would hinder you or discount you from the prize.

Do not let your freedom in Christ as an opportunity for the flesh.

All things are permissible but Paul would not put himself under the power of any.

People should not exercise there liberty and put themselves under bondage e.g. lust, cigarettes, anything really.

Thus Paul says he will not mastered by anything.

Christ is in us; we are his ambassador’s do we unite Christ with a prostitute .No way!

It’s not our body anymore we have been redeemed, bought with a price, we have no rights of our own only the will of God that we might live unto him by the power of the Spirit. AMEN!

That we might walk in the Spirit that we might live in the Spirit.

That is our reasonable service.

For such things there is no law, for it is obedience to the Spirit.

And if we walk in the Spirit we die to self, which is our reasonable service, we present ourselves as living sacrifices to God. Running the race in such a way as to win the prize.

The Law is NOT done away with it has SIMPLY done its job of CONVERTING the soul

And I AM NO LONGER SUBJECT TO IT (IN Christ, Being Fully met in me Though HIM).

That is how in Matt 5:17-20…. No one smallest letter or stroke of the pen will disappear from the law and the prophets UNTIL everything is accomplished…&….unless your Righteousness SURPASSES that of the Pharisees AND THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW…..You will not enter the kingdom of heaven".

The law hasn’t disappeared, we as "CHRISTIANS" being led by the Spirit we are just not under it anymore, "in Christ it is set aside" the righteous requirement of the law is FULLY met IN us now that we are clothed in HIS righteousness.

Thus the answer to the question of the law not passing (and our righteousness SURPASSING that of the PHARISES and the teachers of the Law). Note that that is an extremely high standard for they were zealous for the law. If people tried to keep that today they would all probably fail. BUT "IN CHRIST" WE HAVE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Or clothed in his righteousness) And that not of our selves so that no man can boast!

 

It is the purpose of the Law that no flesh will be justified BUT THROUGH THE LAW COMES THE KNOWLEDGE OF SIN.THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW THEN IS TO SHOW US OUR NEED OF THE GOSPEL AND THE SAVING GRACE THAT JESUS CHRIST GIVES.

For a Christian to say "I’m a Commandment keeper, I keep all 10 Commandments, why do you only keep 9" is to apply a purpose to the law for which it was not designed. The law has then become a standard of Religious Righteousness. In fact one has probably just sinned in that one is prideful or boastful in their standard of righteousness.

However the Scripture is clear:

Romans 3:20 " therefore NO ONE will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law, rather, through the Law we become conscious of sin.

1 Timothy 1:8 "the law is NOT for the righteous but for the unholy.."

Furthermore that person is looking to the Old Covenant [Moses] rather than Christ we are not under that Covenant anymore. [message 3, based on the 2 Corinthians 3]

Recap on the law:

Every mouth is silent & the whole world is held accountable by the Law.[ Romans 3:19]

No one is declared righteous by observing the Law. [Romans 3:20]

The Law makes known to us what sin is. [Romans 7:7]

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. [Romans 5:20]

The law doesn’t help us, it leaves us helpless, in need of the Saviour.[Romans 8:2-3]

The Law’s main purpose is to led us to Christ. [Galatians 3:24]

The Christian walk is based on faith not works.[Heb 4:2]

"The Law is not based on faith"… [Galatians 3:12]

After Faith has come we are no longer under the Law. [Galatians 3:25]

The Law is weak by the flesh. [Romans 8:3]

The Spirit of Christ frees us from the Law of Sin and Death. [Romans 8:2] & [2 Cor 3:7]

But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, [Romans 5:20]

We are now dead to the Law [Romans 7:4]

The Law is NOT for the righteous but for the ungodly. [1 Tim 1:8]

The Law is a shadow [Hebrew 10:1 & Colossians 2:17]

The righteous requirement of the Law is FULLY met IN us IN Christ. [Romans 8:14]

If you are led by the Spirit your not under the Law. [Galatians 5:18]

Christ is the end of the Law for believers [Romans 10:4]

The law was UNTIL Christ [Gal 3:19]

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, not law. [2 Corinthians 3:17]

Christians are not allowed to use their freedom for things of the flesh [Gal 5:13]

No one can keep the 10 Commandments except Christ [Genesis 1:1 to Rev 22:21]

Christ has kept them for us, we enter that passing of the test by Faith In Him.[Romans 10:4 & Romans 8:14]

Christians are not under the Mosaic Covenant / Law [All the messages including the above].

Christians are under the Law of Christ, [Gal 6:2] the Law of the Spirit [Romans 8:2].

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