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Joined: 2010/7/9
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Canton, Michigan



No confusion at all I just do not see how one can separate the law of God from the commandments of God.

David Fella

 2016/5/30 23:05Profile

Joined: 2011/10/21
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Dothan, Alabama


Brother David wrote "Gods grace IS NOT unmerited favor. Gods grace is a divine enabling or divine empowering to KEEP and to DO Gods commandments, law, word, and righteousness.

Mercy is unmerited favor. Another way of seeing and understanding Gods grace and mercy is that grace is God giving us what we do not deserve and mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve."

Spot on bro:)


 2016/5/30 23:43Profile


Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. GAL 3:19

Seems perfectly reasonable and understandable and is backed up by numerous other Scriptures. The law was designed to last until Jesus would come and fulfill it. And fulfill He did. Then the law of God would be written upon the hearts of His children. Righteousness would come the only way that it could come, from the inside out. The law, prior to the coming of Jesus worked on the outside of men and could not produce righteousness. The Lord came and preached the royal law to the saints. No longer would there be an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. No longer would people be stoned, no longer would enemies be hated but now they would be loved and the saints would turn the other cheek.

This is higher and grander and above and beyond anything that had been written. This would require a new heart, one in which God Himself would take up residence. This is the NT. This is the royal law, written upon the hearts of genuine saints no longer confined and restrained by a written code but led and guided by God Himself. This is the mind blowing truth of the Gospel. Religion can never replicate it, religion can only follow a written code and of course not even be able to follow that.

The religionists will worship their written codes of conduct, saints will worship the God who inhabits their very hearts and breaks the shackles and chains of codes. Now their driving force to go above and beyond the rules given to men to constrain them is the life and the love of Christ flowing through their veins. What the law could never do in its limitations, Jesus does by His infinite limitless power operating and abiding in the hearts of every single genuine saint............bro Frank

 2016/5/31 0:05

 Re: What the Bible says about "LAW"

Also, please check this link: - The Law of God
A study of the Law of God, considering the purposes of the Law, and whether those purposes still apply to Christians today.

The sequel to The Law of God is The Grace of God.

I. Some representative Biblical references to "Law"

A. Old Testament
Exod. 24:12 - "I will give you stone tablets with the law"
Ps. 119:142 - "Thy Law is truth"
Jere. 31:33 - "I will put My Law within them"
Dan. 9:11- "all Israel has transgressed Thy Law"

B. New Testament
Matt. 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law..."
Rom. 3:20 - "by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified"
Rom. 7:7 - "Is the Law sin? May it never be!"
Rom. 10:4 - "Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness"
Rom. 13:10 - "love is the fulfillment of the law" (cf. Gal. 5:14)
Gal. 5:18 - "you are not under the Law"

II. Explanation of the Biblical usage of "Law"

A. Law in the Old Testament
1. Hebrew word torah means "direction, guidance, instruction."
2. Torah is used 220 times in Hebrew Old Testament.
3. Synonymns of "Law" in Old Testament
a. Commandment - Exod. 16:28
b. Ordinance - Lev. 19:37
c. Statute - Lev. 18:4,5
d. Admonition - Neh. 9:34
e. Precept - Ps. 119:168
f. Decree - Ps. 2:7

B. Law in the New Testament
1. Greek word for "law" is nomos.
a. Greeks used the word for social law.
b. Used 196 times in Greek New Testament.
2. Nomos used to refer to Old Testament law.
a. Entire Old Testament - John 10:34;12:34; 15:25
b. First five books - Lk. 24:44; Rom. 3:21
c. Mosaic law; Decalogue - Rom. 5:13,14; Gal. 3:17

III. Judaism interpreted "Law" as a legal codification of behavioral standards

A. Law became regulations of external behavioral activity.

B. Theological categorizations of behavior
1. Religious, ceremonial, ritual, cultic.
2. Civil, social, political, judicial.
3. Moral, ethical, personal, individual.

IV. Purposes of the "Law" within the historical intents of God

A. Instrumental purpose of the Law.
1. To reveal the character of God
2. To reveal sin - Rom. 3:20; 7:7,13
a. Not to promote sin - Rom. 5:20; 7:9; I Cor. 15:56
3. To reveal the coming of Messiah/Savior - Preparational
a. Pictorial.
(1) Promises - Rom. 1:2; 3:21; 16:26
(2) Shadows - Heb. 8:5; 9:9; 10:1; 11:19
b. Custodial.
(1) "In custody" - Gal. 3:23
(2) Paidagogos - Gal. 3:24
(a) Guardian, attendant
(b) Not educator, teacher, tutor

B. NO behavioral purpose of the Law.
1. Law pertained to human behavioral practice, but there was not a divine behavioral purpose.
2. Religious and political man tries to use God's law for functional, behavioral, moral

C. NO vital purpose of the Law.
1. God's Life not made available in God's Law.
a. Not in Scripture - John 5:39,40
b. Not in Law - Gal. 3:21
c. Other verses to consider - Rom. 10:5; Gal. 3:12; Rom. 7:10
2. God's Righteousness not made available in God's Law.
a. Jewish religionists thought there was righteousness in the law - Rom. 10:3; Phil. 3:6,9.
b. Paul denies - Rom. 3:20,28; 10:4; Gal. 2:16,21; 3:11; 5:4

V. New Covenant perspective of the Law

A. Affirmation of the Law.
1. Jesus and the Law.
a. Born under the law - Gal. 4:4
b. Disassociated Himself from Law - Jn 8:17; 10:34; 15:25
c. Reinterpreted Law - Matt. 5:21-48
d. Added to Law - John 13:34
2. Law in the rest of the New Testament - Rom. 3:31; 7:12,14,16; 8:4; I Cor. 7:19; Gal. 3:21;
James 4:11; I Jn. 2:3,4; 3:4; 5:2,3

B. Abrogation of the Law.
1. Inadequacy of the Law
a. No life - Gal. 3:21
b. No righteousness - Rom. 3:20,28; Gal. 2:16,21
c. No freedom - Acts 13:29
d. No perfection - Heb. 7:11,12,18,19;8:7
2. Temporality of the Law - Heb. 7:24; 8:13; II Cor. 3:11; Rom. 10:4
3. Abolishing of the Law
a. Objective - Eph. 2:14,15; Col. 2:13,14
b. Subjective
(1) Dead to the Law - Rom. 7:4,6; Gal. 2:19; Col. 2:20
(2) Released from the Law - Rom. 7:6
(3) Not under Law - Gal. 3:25; I Cor. 9:20; Rom. 6:14,15;6:14,15; Gal. 5:18

C. Application of the Law.
1. What purpose would it serve? Instrumental? Behavioral? Vital?
2. To whom would it apply? Jews? Non-Christians? Christians?
3. How should Christians view the Law?
a. Connection
b. Appreciation
c. Not repudiation
d. Not legalism
4. The divine directive of God.
a. Christ, the living Torah
(1) Law of Christ - I Cor. 9:21; Gal. 6:2
(2) law of faith - Rom. 6:14
(3) law of Spirit - Rom. 8:2
(4) perfect law - James 1:25
(5) law of liberty - James 1:25;2:12
(6) royal law - James 2:8
(7) law written on hearts -Heb. 8:10;10:16
b. Law fulfilled in Christian-Rom. 8:4; 13:8,10; Gal. 5:14; 6:2
(1) Grace of God
(2) Ontological dynamic of Jesus Christ

 2016/5/31 0:35

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