On what basis does the Christian life operate successfully? The typical church leader or pastor today would reply; “Of course, it’s by you keeping the Ten Commandments – then God will bless you.”
Acts 13 tells how Paul and Barnabas had entered a synagogue as strangers and simply sat down to listen. After “the reading of the law and the prophets,” however, the leaders of the service sent someone to ask them: “Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on” (Verses 14 and 15). Somehow Paul and Barnabas had been recognized as men of God.
God had barely given the Law to Moses when He ordered that it be put in a coffin. That’s right — a ‘coffin.’ The reason for this is that the Mosaic covenant clearly stipulated:“Now therefore, IF YE WILL OBEY MY VOICE INDEED, and keep My covenant, THEN ye (Israel) shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine” (Ex. 19:5).
There are three basic misconceptions that most people entertain about the law of God and its Ten Commandments.
- Most people have a vague notion that the law always was in existence and that it must have been given to the first man, Adam, or soon after.
Actually, God gave the law to Moses for Israel only, about 1,500 B.C. This was after about 2,500 years of human history had elapsed (John 1:17). So mankind lived on earth for about 2,500 years without the law or the Ten Commandments.
Forgiveness…Under ‘the Law’
By Arthur J Licursi
- A Multi-part Study Series -
Examining and comparing
Let's compare the clearly delineated requirements of the two Biblical gospels for salvation. Both are found in the so-called New Testament of our Bibles and apply to two different peoples in two different ages.
Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles (Rom 11:13). Paul says we are "under grace" and "not under 'the law" that was given to Israel. Romans 6:14b ... ye are not under the law, but under grace. The law was not and is not for the Gentile "body of Christ," so any law regarding "the sabbath" is irrelevant to us as members of "the body of Christ."
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians how he traveled to meet with the Messianic Jerusalem Pentecostal Church leaders so me 14 years after his first and only other visit. Below Paul refers to his meeting in Jerusalem when he told the apostles and elders there about the unique new gospel that he had received directly from the ascended Lord Jesus (Gal 1:12).
“the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
Romans 7:1-6 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (Man here is the Old Man (self) of Rom 6:6 below.)