The more I burn for The Father’s Word the more I realize that we as a whole are becoming more and more in the traditions of men and less what The Father wants. The purpose for this is to point out the full scope and meaning of Jesus’ Finished Work and how we should press into His Kingdom to become a better conduit for the Holy Spirit. Jesus died for us……..Jesus in us…………..Jesus through us. This Life for believers should be all about Jesus and nothing about us.
The Body of Christ as a whole has walked away from truly being a conductor of the Power of The Holy Spirit as Paul prophesied about.
Having a form of godliness, butdenyingthepowerthereof: from such turn away. The Body of Christ when compared to the Acts of the Apostles is quite powerless, when Believers feel that sickness and death are just an ordinary part of life, this is being powerless. When we look to man instead of the Father for healing this is being powerless. When we rely on Government for substance this is being powerless. When preachers use modern psychology for answers instead of drawing on the Power of the Holy Spirit. True Power comes from relying on the Holy Spirit for all answers not turning to mankind for the answers.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from thesimplicitythatisin Christ. We have been deceived through theology and the wisdom and traditions of men and need to turn back to The Way of Christ. So let us examine one of the ways we have walked away from the simplicity that is in Christ. This is the way we preach the Gospel, we mix the Old with the New, which we are explicitly warned against doing in many different ways throughout Jesus’ teachings and Paul’s.
Gentiles are those who are not of Jewish descent; if you are reading this then more than likely this is you. The ten commandments more correctly the Mosiac Law was not given to us, nor intended for us. There were 613 Commandments that were in force during Jesus’ time these were strictly action based/ work based (reliant upon each person) do this/do not do this. Jesus Himself, makes it clear that He was under the Mosiac Law and was sent By the Father strictly for the Jews, not the Gentiles. His finished work is for all, but His teachings and works were for the Jews. Matthew 15: 22-28 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Jesus makes it clear that He was not sent but for Israel and at the same time showed that His Finished Work would be for all. Also, when Jesus gave the disciples the command to preach The kingdom of Heaven, He was specific to not go to the Gentiles.
King James Version (KJV)
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16). Notice that Paul, makes the distinction and never states that the Gentiles are under the Mosaic Law. Here is the clincher, that we were never under the Mosaic Law or the Ten Commandments. “Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:” (Acts 15:24). Notice where Paul writes “and keep the law to whom we gave no such commandment”. What sense would it make when Jesus fulfilled the Law “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am come not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17). Still another point “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4). So if Christ was the end of the Law, then why would Gentiles be held to the Law, or even given the Law when they were offered Salvation secondarily after the Jews were offered it? Now, let us deal with traditions “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after thetraditionof men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Collosians 2:8) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received bytraditionfrom your fathers;”(1 Peter 1:18).
So the Mosaic Law was never given to Gentiles and we were warned against the traditions handed down from our fathers. Let us look to some traditions and Laws that should not apply to Believers. Teaching the ten commandants as if we are to follow them, using Jewish traditions in our services (such as the shafar), using any Jewish commandment such as the Sabbath, never applied to us. We tend to pick and choose what commandments to follow, we don’t sacrifice animals, but we do blow the shafir. We tend to lean towards keeping the Sabbath, but we don’t have a priest enter the Holy of Holies. The list goes on and on we have an altar, yet we are God’s Temple. The altar is a tradition taken from the Jews. The Jews refused to accept Christ, yet we choose to follow their traditions, this does not add up. Yes, the Jews are God’s first chosen people, but the one’s who refuse Christ are still going to pay the ultimate penalty. The Father in His infinite Wisdom had the human race divided those He gave The Law to and those that had no Law from Him. Why? These scriptures answer this question. “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law” (Romans 2:12) “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19). All of this is when we are without Christ or until we accept Christs’ Finished Work. Our Father is so totally awesome and Righteous. These scriptures do stand on their own and are not taken out of context, the scripture taken in context leads to the same conclusion. God’s Word is not open to interpretation as many would believe, it is quite plain when guided by the Holy Spirit. We have an enemy that wishes to confuse us and those that are carnally minded believe that lie. The things of the Father can only be understood by the spirit, He is a Spirit therefore we must have The Word quickened to Our Hearts by the Holy Spirit (Our Inner Person or spirit man), in order to understand. Meanwhile the enemy is out to twist and steal The Word. Now you who are reading this must be asking yourself, what no law for the Gentiles than how is there any order without chaos? The short answer is Jesus and living in the Spirit, the long answer will follow after we deal with the Law and how no one that believes on Christ is under the Law, since Jesus fulfilled it.
The Mosiac Law and the Jews/those who still wish to be lumped into the Old Testament
This section is for all that still believe that as Jews or Believers we are still under the Law: It is even for those that believe all is fine as we practice it now (a mixture of Jewish Law and traditions with Christ attached to it). “The Law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” Luke 16:16 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Matthew 5:17) This definition is from the Merriam-Websters online Dictionary:
So Jesus came to meet the requirements of the Law, to bring to an end, or to satisfy, knowing He accomplished the mission; how can we still cling onto what He has satisfied? So knowing that Jesus lead the perfect life, without any sin then carried our sentence for us, how can we then seek to fulfill a law that has already been satisfied? We cannot and to try to do so puts us back under the Law. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”(Roman 3:20) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth”. (Romans 10:4). “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law that we might receive the adoption of sons. Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ has become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the; ye are fallen from grace.” (Galations 4:4-5:4) Let me point out that Paul states that he has to do the whole law, not to pick out which one to follow. During Jesus’ time there were 613 Jewish Laws to follow with severe consequences. Such as being stoned for walking out of your dwelling on the Sabbath or for picking up a stick. Today there are about 613 Laws to follow. Do you really want to be under the Law?
a(1):a binding custom or practice of a community:a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority(2):the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules(3):common law
b(1):the control brought about by the existence or enforcement of such law(2):the action of laws considered as a means of redressing wrongs;also:litigation(3):the agency of or an agent of established law
c:a rule or order that it is advisable or obligatory to observe
d:something compatible with or enforceable by established law
:a rule of construction or procedure<thelawsof poetry>
:the whole body of laws relating to one subject
A Law can be summarized by any action that has consequences, good or bad. In Deuteronomy there is a list of first all the to do things that are each awarded a blessing. Then all the negatives which have curses that accompany them. This addresses all those things that are sinful, all of them. So if we are under the Law we are in trouble. I am using the Law as in sin, which the Jewish Law covers in extreme detail and Christ antied up to make it even clearer to the Pharisees that they were hypocrites and not following the Law.( Matthew 5:28-32)When reading the Word one must pay attention to whom Jesus is addressing, in this much mis-interpreted passage Jesus increases the standards of the Law to show the arrogant Pharisees and Sadducees the Law was and is impossible for man to keep. Read Romans 2:12-25, the whole point of it is that under the Law it is not enough to just know the Law, it has to be kept in it’s entirety………..all of it! Also, in it’s passages is a point about teachers that teach the law, many preachers today preach against sin yet they sin as we all do (under the Law). “Thou that makest boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.” (Romans 2:23-24) Now, same meaning but applied to those that preach the Law of Sin to a congregation, it is blasphemey under the Law. How can I, who have sinned tell others not to sin. To do so would be blasphemy against God and also placing myself under the Law, this pertains to Jew and Gentile alike. Those who focus on “not sinning”, place themselves under the Law of Sin and Death and are saying that Christ did not finish His Work. Christians as a whole are sin conscience and are quick to point out others’ errors. This is making oneself a judge of the Law, and is blasphemy. This is one reason why we as a whole are powerless because we do not understand that we are placing ourselves under the Law and not under Grace. I will cover this in the next section, how we can live a Believers Life, without the Law.
The New Testament/Covenant without the Law
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (Romans 4:15) For until the law, sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (Romans 5:13) Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: (Romans 5:20) Sin abounded in Christ when He took sin into Himself for us, on the Cross. Grace did much more abound when The Father resurrected Jesus and set Him at His Right Hand. Jesus conquered and destroyed the Law of Sin and Death. “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:8)All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Corinthians 6:12) All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” (1 Corinthians 10:23). In Christ we are dead to sin, The Father does not impute sin, to those that accept Christ and His Finished Work. Not only does Paul say that all things are lawful twice in the same sentence, but in two different scriptures, in the same Letter. Therefore, it is essential to fully comeprehend (In the Spirit), what Paul is saying. He is not saying that it is ok to sin, but he is saying that the Father in spirit, is not holding us accountable, because Christ paid the penalty for us. There still is an earthly accountability, if I commit adultery and catch aids then I am accountable in the physical realm. Sin opens a door for Satan to attack in the physical realm. Likewise, if I get angry and kill a person, I am held accountable for it, in this realm. Paul constantly reminds us, sin is never good, it is death on earth, period. He is saying this for the carnally minded person, who does not have spiritual discernment. The carnally (physical minded) person will use this as a means to excuse his actions, sin is never ever justified. “The sting of Death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56)To a spiritually-minded person the realization that the Father is no longer angry with us / wrathful, but at peace with us through Jesus’ Faith and Finished Work this is freedom!! “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 4:25-5:1) “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:21, Romans 3:27-28) This means I am the righteousness of God through the faith and Finished Work of Jesus. As I am right now and so are all who have confessed with their mouths that Jesus is the Son of God and Son of Man who is my Saviour and Redeemer and my Lord! He died for my sins and in Him I am dead to sin, He was resurrected and is now sitting at the Right Hand of the Father, because His Work is completely done. If we live a life trying to live a sinless life than not only are we trying to do what Jesus did for us, we are placing ourselves, back under the Law. “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:6) The oldness of the letter refers us back to the Old Covenant. Anyone teaching or trying to teach and abide in the ten commandments, Mosaic Law, or men’s traditions they are of this world, which is fallen, there is no spiritual discernment within them. “And be found in him not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”(Philippians 3:9) In Christ, the Father does not see my sin at all, nor is He keeping a record of it. That question will never come up during the time of judgement as long as I do not place myself back under the law.
A New Creature in Christ
Jesus replaced all of the Old Laws with one new Law, for all. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”(John 13:34) This commandment replaced all of the Old Ones, it is the Law of Love. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, the old is better. (Luke 5:39) Jesus knew we would continually go back to what is comfortable, with laws that tell us how to behave. Instead, as a believer our focus should be on God’s Unconditional Love for us. Once we recognize this then and only then can we love all. I no longer focus on not sinning I focus on God’s Love for us. Satan can only tempt us with what we think, if we are only focused on God’s Love then there is no longer temptation. If I’m righteous as I am now, then all believers are righteous as they are. So how can I judge them, I cannot. We are dead to sin.If God is not holding me accountable for my sin then how can I hold my neighbor accountable for his, I can’t. Paul emphases Love in fact puts it first But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinithians(12:31-13:1) So if we strive for anything it should be to be a vessel which the Love of God shines through. But the greatest of these is charity (1 corinthians 13:13) Whatever we ponder/think on, is the way our flesh/mind moves. If we focus on laws we get sin, if we focus on Love we will both give and receive more love. When we read scripture from God’s Language of Love than we get a true interpretation of His Word and through the Holy Spirit can live a life which is in harmony with Our Lord Jesus Christ. “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:21 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.” Galatians 2:19 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” (Galations 5:18) Paul, has numerous warnings, the true extent of our freedom is immense, yet he is quite clear that the freedom and righteousness Christ earned and then freely gave to us is not an avenue to sin. This revelation for those who are lead by the Spirit will draw The Father and Son to a closer relationship with us. Those who only have intellectual knowledge of The Father will think this is foolishness and put themselves, back under the Law and have to stand in judgement by the Law. Paul’s teaching’s are two-fold one to those who truly seek God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness. Then secondly to those who just wish to get to heaven and know only the physical nature of the world; he gives many warnings to so that they may turn their focus to the true gospel. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galations 5:16)
How to Walk in the Spirit:
Renew your mind Daily- Read The Word, not to fulfill an obligation to God, but to seek the Kingdom of God
Meditate on the Word and Things of God 24/7- Suggestion Start thinking on God’s AGAPE Unconditional Love for Us
Spend time praying in tongues an hour or more a day
DO NOT Focus on not sinning- this is placing yourself back under the Law.
We get changed from the inside out, by the Holy Spirit, change will happen without stress
We are not walking in the Spirit when we cannot do the things that ye would (Galations 5:17) It’s an all in deal, if you’re still sinning with no improvement, then honestly you’re not walking in the Spirit. When walking in the Spirit, Fear will cease, Love for others will spring forth and you will feel no condemnation nor condemn others. None of the above is done with the motive to earn anything, the motive should be to draw closer to Jesus. We've already been given the righteousness of God through Jesus! Once we truly know this, then the Power of the Holy Spirit starts working through us toward others. It's all about Love; His Love for us and then through us. Christ (died) for us; Christ in us; Christ (works) through us.