Friday, April 13, 2012


TRUTH or False - The Law in context of the "schoolmaster" text is found in the 10 Commandments.

False! See Galatians 3:23, & then verse 12 knowing that this law never appears in the 10 Commandments.  SO which law was our schoolmaster?  Well, the "law of works" is the easy answer.

TRUTH or False - The Law in context of the "law for righteousness" text is found in the 10 Commandments.

False again. See Romans 10:4, & then verse 5 knowing that this law never appears in the 10 Commandments either.

TRUTH or False - The Law being referred to in the phrase "Under the Law" is found in the 10 Commandments.

False! See Exodus 20:3-17.  What does this mean to you? It means most Christians, even non-Christians have been lied to. If God commands us to do something, and we do not do it, what is that called? 1 John 3:4; 5:17 give a compete definition of sin that includes unrighteousness and transgression of the law.

What is unrighteousness?  Wrong-doing is the easy answer, meaning righteousness is right-doing (or doing right).  God’s righteousness is made available in Jesus Christ. Jesus replaces our wrong-doing with His right-doing. What did Jesus do, and how is it different from what the majority are doing? Romans 10:3-5

TRUTH or False –  "Do & live" was this "schoolmaster" law of Galatians 3:12, the "law for righteousness" of Romans 10:5, & is originally in Leviticus 18:5.

TRUTH – The problem was that this is a works-based law. God made all that Jesus "did right" available to us by faith. So, the correct kind of faith results in actions that align with the works that Jesus did, meaning we should do (what He did) & live (as He lived).

See Galatians 3:22-23; Romans 3:23; 7:18; 8:3-4; Philippians 3:9.

There is a huge difference between the way to Live Eternally by faith in God's power to do His will in us & through us....& the way to Live Eternally was by our own effort to do God's will, without God's Help.

God says, "I regarded them not" in Hebrews 8:9-10.  Jesus' covers the sins before His Resurrection in Hebrews 9:15.  Meaning, before & after, we're covered.

The “Law of Sin & Death” is mainly about 2 words, "live", (as in Live Eternally).  The other word is "do", meaning, do what God wants (which impossible without God’s help).

TRUTH or False – We pattern after Jesus, & even Jesus had God’s help.

TRUTH – Romans 8:11; John 14:10; Matthew 10:17-20

Think, if we do, we live but, if we do not (or sin), then we see death. That's why it’s called the Law of Sin & Death. We will sin (all have sinned), & Romans 6:23 states that the result of sin is death. 

Genesis 26:5 states that Abraham was obedient to God’s Laws, & this was hundreds of years before the genesis of our faith was formed into a religion given to Moses. But Abraham isn’t considered righteous just because he kept the Law…is he? Genesis 15:6 depicts the model example of righteousness “by faith“.

So, Abram (later Abraham) made the 1st & most important step, to decide to submit to God from a circumcised heart. This proves that what counts to God is a made up mind, which is faith, then later, we see Abram's faith by what he agreed to do (which is works).

Abram's decision (faith) is recognized by God as an action (works), meaning, in this case, all Abram had to do was believe. Righteousness is “to do right”, & the substance in Abraham’s heart, was a mark, a sign, & a seal of doing-right, even while all Abram did, was in his mind..

Think of your decision to get baptized in a similar way, & read Romans 4:11,16; 2:29, 26, 28-29. The physical evidence of Abraham’s faith was shown after God had already recognized his Spiritual circumcision in Genesis 17:23.

Meaning, before we “do” anything, God gives us credit based on our thoughts & decisions. What does this mean to you?  Well, as far as salvation goes, God judges what we decide to do before any visible actions occur.

God is all knowing, He can read our minds & know if we are sincerely committed.  For more, research Hebrews 8:10; Romans 4:2-5,20-25.  Who was “delivered for our offences”? See Hebrews 9:13-15, to find who covered our offences, transgressions, or sins (since we are studying Sin & Death).

So, we can form some conclusions about the "Law of Sin & Death".  Now see how the Spirit makes us reflect the perfect image of our Lord Jesus in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 & Galatians 2:20.  We also know the "law" (in context) is not limited to the 10 Commandments, but is about do-ing to live eternally by Leviticus 18:5.  You should be able to explain Galatians 3:21-25 now.  (cont.'d)

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