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 The Law

An injustice can never be satisfied, in the sense
that, the guilty can be punished until he ceased to be guilty, and became innocent.

For example: one breaks the law by speeding then pays the fine for the crime; that one does not cease from being guilty for paying the fine, but, paying the fine only satisfies the law.

Therefore, punishment for a crime against the law is not for the purpose of rehabilitation, but to satisfy the law.

The law is not founded in mere randomness, but in the Personhood of God or on the foundation of reality.

The difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law is that the letter relates to the outward action; the spirit relates to the motive or intention of the heart and from which the act should proceed.

The spirit of the law requires impartial goodwill or benevolence, and is all expressed in one word--love.
The letter of the law requires strict adherance to every precept, it is all expressed in one word--obey.

An example, the letter of the law says, Do not commit murder! but the spirit of the law sais, anyone who is angry with his brother without cause shall be liable to Judgment. The spirit requires that certain conditions to be examined in their proper place.

The letter of the law is unyielding and sentences
guilty all violators of its precepts, without regard to purpose. Just as the speed limit is 55 mph and one exceeds the limit, the law sais, guilty. The spirit of the law sees the purpose of the exces speed for an emergency and sais, keep speeding until purpose is met.
Furthermore, when speeding for the purpose of an
emergency, the spirit of the law is not broken, but fulfilled

The purpose of the law is to teach one of the
character of the LawGiver also to guide and to guard us while directing us to mercy of the LawGiver,[url=;&version=31;]Galatians 3:24[/url]

There is alot to say on the account of our
righteousness that is imputed to us.

For man to be legally pronounced just, is not
impossible, however, there is but one ground of the justification of man, that is by obediance to the law.
I repeat, there can be no justification in a legal sense, but upon the ground of perfect, and
uninterrupted obedience to law.
Jesus is the only Man that has accomplished this, He performed the law perfectly, therefore, while in His earthly ministery, He would have had a perfect conscience from sin according to [url=;&version=31;]Hebrews 9:9[/url]

It is true that what a man does through another he does himself, however, there is a theological theory that the law regards Christs obedience as ours, on the ground that he obeyed for us.

This doctrine of an imputed obediance for
righteousness, or of that Christs obedience to the law was accounted as our obedience, is founded on a false assumption. Christs obedience could do no more than justify himself. It can never be imputed to us. It is naturally impossible for him to obey in our behalf as
a proxy.

This doctrine intendes that Christ owed no obedience to the law, and therefore his obedience to the law was superfluous.
Would not Christ have sinned had he not been perfectly obediant? If he would have sinned, it follows that He owed obedience to the law, just as any other man.

Furthermore, if Jesus obeyed the law as our
substitute, our own return to personal obedience would not be insisted upon as an esential part of our salvation?

Christ was required perfect obedience to the law for Himself, however, since he perfectly obeyed, he did not need to suffering the penalty of braking the law.
He could therefore suffer the penalty of death for in our place as a proxy.

If the doctrine of Christs obedience to the law being accounted as our obedience is false and if by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.[url=;&version=31;]Romans 3:20[/url][b]a:[/b] the question remains, then, how is man justified if one can not consistantly obey the law?

We know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those under the Law, therefore, in order for man to be justified, man must be taken out from under it. This only comes by death which is to satisfy the law. Having been set free from the Law by dieing to the Law through the body of Christ.[url=;&version=31;]Romans 7:6[/url]

Since the penalty for sin is death and we die to the Law through the body of Christ we must also rise from the dead with Him.[url=;&version=31;]Ephesians 2:5-6[/url]

Now that we are risen with Christ, we now, also have eternal life that creates good works from faith because of the love of God poured out in our hearts. [url=;&version=31;]Romans 5:5[/url]

The bible tells us that one must revert back to birth and begin anew[url=;&version=31;]John 3:3[/url] & [url=;&version=31;]1Peter 1:23[/url]

We can be born again only after we accept the
sacrifice of Jesus on His cross and acknowledg His reserection; we must also acknowledg our place in His death. Only then, can we be redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot[url=;&version=31;]1Peter 1:19[/url]: acknowledging that He is representing us on that cross and we die through
Crhrist and and rise in newness of life[url=;&version=31;]Romans 6:4[/url] & [url=;&version=31;]7:6[/url].

Therefore, only after death, one can be born again and live perfectly according to the law,Brought out from under the law, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.[url=;&version=31;]Romans 8:4[/url]

All this is only through faith because of His grace.
I must repeat, this is only through faith because it is impossible to please God without faith.
Furthermore, it is only by this faith that righteousness is imputed to us.[url=;&version=31;]Romans 4:3[/url], [url=;&version=31;]Galatians 3:6[/url], [url=;&version=31;]James 2:23[/url]

Imputed righteousness that only comes by faith causes one to good works.
It is known that Faith with out works is dead. We must know what these works are in order to further understand Imputed Righteousness.
Works are the fruit of righteousness. In other words, a changed life, a new view on life, and a new motive for everything that you do.
One may ask, if one doest work for salvation, then how is faith dead without works?
It is in these new aspects of your life, there will come actions or works that give a testimony of Christ in you.

In other words, just as you dont work to get a job, but that you work since you have a job. So it is that you dont work to be righteousness, but, you work because you are righteous; as it is writen, The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17, Galations 3:11, 5:14, Hebrews 10:38) or, the faithful will live justly.

Jesus sais, If you love Me, keep My commandments.
[url=;&version=31;]John 14:15[/url]
The great commandment in the Law is this:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.[url=;&version=31;]Deut. 6:5[/url]
This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.[url=;&version=31;]Lev. 19:18[/url]
Therefore, whoever has the ability to give, and sees one having need, and hardens his heart against him, how is that faith and how does the love of God abide in him?

Therefore, love is the work of faith, because loving one another is fulfilling the Law[url=;&version=31;]Romans 13:8[/url], [url=;&version=31;]10[/url]

Since sin is the transgression of the law, then every time one sins, he sins against love.

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