Law vs. Lawlessness #4
Matt 24:11 "Then many false prophets
will rise up and deceive many.
12 "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 "But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Doing Away with Gods Law?
The False Prophets & Teachers of this world's ways say:
Here is the crux of the problem! Is this statement entirely true? Or is it a part of Satan the devils "big lie" technique? Is it a clever twisting of the truth?
Jesus Christ declared, in no uncertain terms: "Think NOT that I am come to destroy the law . . . I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matt.5:17-18).
Isnt that plain? He added, "For I say unto you, That unless your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven" (v.20). Now the scribes and Pharisees were famous for their punctilious observance of the Laweven technical matters of tithing (Matt.23:23). But Jesus said we must be more righteous than they were! He also said, "Be [or become] ye therefore PERFECT [whole, complete, mature, upright, just as God commanded Abraham to become in Genesis 17;1!], even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matt.5:48). Does this sound like mere empty "faith" is enough for us to receive salvation? Nonsense! Does this sound like some of Gods laws have been "discarded"? Nonsense! Nothing has been discardednot even a jot or a tittle!
Whom will you believe? This World's Teachers? or Jesus Christ?
The New Covenant "removes" none of the
Laws of God!
We find that the weekly Sabbaths will be observed in the Kingdom of God (Isa.66:23).
We find the holy days of Godspecifically the Feast of Tabernacleswill also be a commanded observance during the Kingdom of God (Zech.14:14-16)!
We find that even the Levitical priesthood has a function to perform on this earth (Heb.8:4-5),
world says the old covenant was set asideand declares:
They then say that this fault filled covenant was Replaced by Christ. They need to continue reading the spiritual intent of what Paul was saying here as he spoke to the Hebrew Church.
Heb 8:8 Because finding fault with them, He says:
"Behold, the days are coming, (When Christ Returns) says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah; (When Christ
Heb 8:9 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
Heb 8:10 "For this is the covenant that I will (When Christ Returns) make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Heb 8:11 "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
Did you get that? Satan wants you to believe that the ENTIRE CONTENTS of the Old Covenant were set aside and replaced! Once again, this is Satan the devils "big lie" technique at worksmothering and confusing the minds of millions, part of Satans great deception!
This "setting aside" therefore would include the Ten Commandments, statues, judgments, holy days, Passover, Sabbath day, clean and unclean meats, civil laws, laws against gossip, false witness, idolatry, and EVERYTHING ELSE which was covered in the Old Covenant
This is the DIAMETRIC OPPOSITE to what Jesus Christ taught!
The Levitical sacrifices and laws were not set aside, but today they are not being
offered for the simple reason that there is no Temple in which to offer them!
The apostle Paul himself, in about 60 A.D., 30 years after the crucifixion of Christ, went up to Jerusalem, and offered sacrifice at the Temple of God (Acts 21:26-27; compare Numbers 6: 13-21).
Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. Num 6:13 And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
If there were a Temple of God in Jerusalem today, it would not be wrong for aChristian to offer a sacrifice, as Paul himself did. The sacrificial system God gave Israel was patterned after the heavenly altar and Temple (compare Rev.11:19; Heb.8:1-5). It constitutes a teaching system, a "school," to teach us about the heavenly truths of God, the heavenly tabernacle, altar, Temple, and system. The sacrifices by and large picture Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, our supreme heavenly sacrifice (I Cor.5:7-8; Heb.9:1-14). So long as there is no Temple, however, it is obvious that the laws relative to the Temple worship are temporarily "set aside" or suspended.
So you see the laws were not done away with at this present time. None of them have been destroyed, and if a law were written in your mind and heart, you would continue to keep it.
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