What did Jesus really teach?

We both love Jesus. So, Let’s look closely at His teachings and how they relate to our salvation. You will get a life-changing message about the truth of the Gospel.

Mark 4:14 NLT
The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others.

1 Timothy 1:5 NLT
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.

Acts 17:11 NLT
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

Colossians 2:2-4,8 NLT
I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. [3] In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. [4] I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. [8] Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

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Why the ERROR started

Galatians 2:4-5 NLT
Even that question came up only because of some so-called believers there—false ones, really— who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. [5] But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.

Jesus says…

Matthew 13:25 NLT
But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away.

When was the law given?

The Book of the Law of Moses which includes the Ten Commandments did NOT exist before Moses. The Ten Commandments were NOT in the Garden of Eden. And, neither was the Sabbath commanded there.

Genesis 26:4-5 NLT
I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. [5] I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.”

The Covenant made with Abraham

Genesis 12:1-3 NLT
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. [2] I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. [3] I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Clear verses showing the Ten Commandments are the Old Sinaic/Moses Covenant.

Deuteronomy 4:13 NLT
He proclaimed his covenant-the Ten Commandments-which he commanded you to keep, and which he wrote on two stone tablets.

Deuteronomy 9:10-11 NLT
The LORD gave me the two tablets on which God had written with his own finger all the words he had spoken to you from the heart of the fire when you were assembled at the mountain. [11] “At the end of the forty days and nights, the LORD handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant.

Clear verses showing the LAW was given after the Exodus out of Egypt to Moses.

Deuteronomy 5:3 NLT
The LORD did not make this covenant with our ancestors, but with all of us who are alive today.

Deuteronomy 29:25 NLT
“And the answer will be, ‘This happened because the people of the land abandoned the covenant that the LORD, the God of their ancestors, made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

Jeremiah 31:32 NLT
This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 34:13 NLT
“This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I made a covenant with your ancestors long ago when I rescued them from their slavery in Egypt.

Hebrews 8:9 NLT
This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the LORD.

Galatians 3:16-17 NLT
God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”-and that, of course, means Christ. [17] This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise.

Romans 5:13-14 NLT
Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. [14] Still, everyone died-from the time of Adam to the time of Moses-even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.

John 1:17 NLT
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

Here is WHEN the Sabbath was revealed.

Nehemiah 9:13-14 CSB
You came down on Mount Sinai, and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them impartial ordinances, reliable instructions, and good statutes and commands. [14] You revealed your holy Sabbath to them, and gave them commands, statutes, and instruction through your servant Moses.

New Testament reiterating what Abraham actually obeyed. Not the Ten Commandments.

Hebrews 11:6,8-10 NLT
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. [8] It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. [9] And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith-for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. [10] Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

The actual commands given to Abraham

  1. Get out of your country (Gen_12:1; Act_7:2).
  2. Leave your kindred (Gen_12:1).
  3. Leave your father’s house (Gen_12:1).
  4. Go to a land I will show you (Gen_12:1).
  5. Arise, walk through the land (Gen_13:17).
  6. Make a sacrifice to Me (Gen_15:9-12).
  7. Walk before Me and be perfect (Gen_17:1).
  8. Keep My covenant (Gen_17:9-14).
  9. Circumcise all your males (Gen_17:10-14).
  10. Circumcise on the eighth day (Gen_17:12).
  11. Call your son’s name Isaac (Gen_17:19).
  12. Obey your wife in this matter (Gen_21:12).
  13. Offer Isaac as a sacrifice (Gen_22:2).
  14. Lay not your hand upon Isaac (Gen_22:12).

The LAW contains EVERYTHING in it. You cannot ADD or REMOVE.

The Law cannot be added to or subtracted from because it includes everything in the first five books. Including the Ten Commandments.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 NLT
“And now, Israel, listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. [2] Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 NLT
“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them.

All the Laws from the Book of Moses were read aloud including the 10 Commandments.

Joshua 8:30-35 NLT
Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal. [31] He followed the commands that Moses the LORD’s servant had written in the Book of Instruction: “Make me an altar from stones that are uncut and have not been shaped with iron tools.” Then on the altar they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD. [32] And as the Israelites watched, Joshua copied onto the stones of the altar the instructions Moses had given them. [33] Then all the Israelites-foreigners and native-born alike-along with the elders, officers, and judges, were divided into two groups. One group stood in front of Mount Gerizim, the other in front of Mount Ebal. Each group faced the other, and between them stood the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant. This was all done according to the commands that Moses, the servant of the LORD, had previously given for blessing the people of Israel. [34] Joshua then read to them all the blessings and curses Moses had written in the Book of Instruction. [35] Every word of every command that Moses had ever given was read to the entire assembly of Israel, including the women and children and the foreigners who lived among them.

Every single Command Moses ever gave were read aloud. One of the Commands being do NOT add or subtract from the Law.

The Covenant is EVERYTHING commanded in the Book of Instructions the Book of the Law of Moses.

Exodus 24:3-11 NLT
Then Moses went down to the people and repeated all the instructions and regulations the LORD had given him. All the people answered with one voice, “We will do everything the LORD has commanded.” [4] Then Moses carefully wrote down all the LORD’s instructions. Early the next morning Moses got up and built an altar at the foot of the mountain. He also set up twelve pillars, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. [5] Then he sent some of the young Israelite men to present burnt offerings and to sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the LORD. [6] Moses drained half the blood from these animals into basins. The other half he splattered against the altar. [7] Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. Again they all responded, “We will do everything the LORD has commanded. We will obey.” [8] Then Moses took the blood from the basins and splattered it over the people, declaring, “Look, this blood confirms the covenant the LORD has made with you in giving you these instructions.” [9] Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. [10] There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. [11] And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!

Book of the Law of Moses is directly associated with the Ten Commandments and pointing out to do EVERYTHING written in the first five books of the Bible.

Joshua 23:6-7 NLT
“So be very careful to follow everything Moses wrote in the Book of Instruction. Do not deviate from it, turning either to the right or to the left. [7] Make sure you do not associate with the other people still remaining in the land. Do not even mention the names of their gods, much less swear by them or serve them or worship them.

The Book of the Law is interchangeable between God giving it and through Moses giving it. They reference the SAME thing… the ENTIRE Book of the Law of Moses

Nehemiah 8:1,8 NLT
all the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had given for Israel to obey. [8] They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage.

God gives the Law of Moses…

Ezra 7:6 NLT
This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for, because the gracious hand of the LORD his God was on him.

Now, Moses gives the Book of the Law or the Law of God.

Nehemiah 10:28-29 NLT
Then the rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Temple servants, and all who had separated themselves from the pagan people of the land in order to obey the Law of God, together with their wives, sons, daughters, and all who were old enough to understand— [29] joined their leaders and bound themselves with an oath. They swore a curse on themselves if they failed to obey the Law of God as issued by his servant Moses. They solemnly promised to carefully follow all the commands, regulations, and decrees of the LORD our Lord:

2 Chronicles 34:14 NLT
While they were bringing out the money collected at the LORD’s Temple, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the LORD that was written by Moses.

Even Jesus referenced the Law of Moses (Book of Instructions) the first five books of the Bible as a unique combined set of writings.

Luke 24:44 NLT
Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

How can you possibly reconcile this?

Proverbs 30:5-6 NLT
Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. [6] Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.

2 Peter 3:15-18 NLT
And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him- [16] speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction. [17] You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. [18] Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

So, who is doing all the adding, subtracting, and twisting of God’s Word? You need to grow in His GRACE not the Law. Or, you need to be keeping all 613 Commandments in the Book of the Law.

I pray you find humility and ask Jesus to show you these truths.

Keep ONE Law then you must Keep ALL

Galatians 3:10-12 NLT
But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” [11] So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” [12] This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”

This is a direct reference to ALL the Commandments from the Book of the Law of Moses which includes the Ten Commandments.

Deuteronomy 27:26 NLT
‘Cursed is anyone who does not affirm and obey the terms of these instructions.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’

And, another direct reference to ALL the commandments of the Book of the Law of Moses.

Leviticus 18:4-5 NLT
You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the LORD your God. [5] If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the LORD.

You can’t just DO some of the laws. You must do ALL of them to have eternal life.

Plus, everything written in the Book of the Law of Moses cannot be added to or subtracted from.

Deuteronomy 4:2 NLT
Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 NLT
“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them.

There are serious consequences for putting yourself back under the Old Covenant Law system.

Galatians 5:2-4 NLT
Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. [3] I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. [4] For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

James 2:10 NLT
For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

The LAW Ended for a Believer

The Bible says the LAW ended or is fading away.

Starting in the Old Testament. The LAW is NOT forever.

Jeremiah 3:15-16 NIrV
Then I will give you shepherds who are dear to my heart. Their knowledge and understanding will help them lead you. [16] In those days there will be many more of you in the land,” announces the LORD. “Then people will not talk about the ark of the covenant of the LORD anymore. It will never enter their minds. They will not remember it. The ark will not be missed. And another one will not be made.

Hebrews 7:11-12,15-16,18-19,22 NLT
So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? [12] And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. [15] This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. [16] Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. [18] Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. [19] For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. [22] Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.

And…

2 Corinthians 3:7-11 NLT
The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. [8] Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? [9] If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! [10] In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. [11] So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!

The Laws purpose UNTIL Jesus.

Galatians 3:19-25 NLT
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. [20] Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement. But God, who is one, did not use a mediator when he gave his promise to Abraham. [21] Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. [22] But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. [23] Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. [24] Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. [25] And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.

And worded plainly it ends for those who believe.

Romans 10:2-4 CSB
I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. [3] Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. [4] For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes,

Hebrews 10:1,9-10 NLT
The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. [9] Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. [10] For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

Hebrews 8:13 NLT
When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.

Jesus Himself is the end of all the Old Covenant Laws and rituals.

Ephesians 2:14-15 NLT
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. [15] He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.

Galatians 5:18 NLT
But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

Luke 16:16 CSB
“The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urgently invited to enter it.

And, everything above summed up in two verses.

Romans 3:21-22 NLT
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. [22] We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

These verses CANNOT mean the ceremonial laws ONLY. Galatians 4, 2 Corinthians 3, good portions of Hebrews and Romans 7:1-4 ALL directly quote the Ten Commandments. On the flip side how would you know 1 John 3:4 is referring to the moral laws? Your logic just does not work.

Please consider these in humility and prayer. Take it to Jesus.

Purpose of the Book of the Law?

The purpose of the Ten Commandments is to show us our need for a Savior by revealing our sinfulness:

Galatians 3:19 NLT
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.

Romans 3:20 NLT
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Romans 7:7 NLT
Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”

We obey Jesus in the NEW Covenant

Please read carefully.

You don’t have His Word because you don’t BELIEVE Him. Thus, Moses is YOUR Accuser.

John 5:38-47 NLT
and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me-the one he sent to you. [39] “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! [40] Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. [41] “Your approval means nothing to me, [42] because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. [43] For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. [44] No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. [45] “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes. [46] If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. [47] But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

Here is what Moses says. Making it clear we are to follow His Son’s Commands and interestingly calling out false prophets.

Deuteronomy 18:15-22 NLT
Moses continued, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. [16] For this is what you yourselves requested of the LORD your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, ‘Don’t let us hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.’ [17] “Then the LORD said to me, ‘What they have said is right. [18] I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. [19] I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. [20] But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’ [21] “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the LORD?’ [22] If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.

Paul reiterates Moses to the Early Church.

Acts 3:22-23 NLT
Moses said, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.’ [23] Then Moses said, ‘Anyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from God’s people.’

Now look how the writer of Hebrews breaks this down. Read this carefully.

Hebrews 12:18-25 NLT
You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. [19] For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. [20] They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” [21] Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.” [22] No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. [23] You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. [24] You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. [25] Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!

Hebrews 5:9 NLT
In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.

Jesus tells you point blank to believe in him and listen to His COMMANDS which are from God… the Commandments of God.

Matthew 28:18,20 NLT
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. [20] Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

John 12:36-50 CSB
While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become children of light.” Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them. [37] Even though he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. [38] This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet, who said: Lord, who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? [39] This is why they were unable to believe, because Isaiah also said: [40] He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so that they would not see with their eyes or understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them. [41] Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke about him. [42] Nevertheless, many did believe in him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, so that they would not be banned from the synagogue. [43] For they loved human praise more than praise from God. [44] Jesus cried out, “The one who believes in me believes not in me, but in him who sent me. [45] And the one who sees me sees him who sent me. [46] I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness. [47] If anyone hears my words and doesn’t keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. [48] The one who rejects me and doesn’t receive my sayings has this as his judge: The word I have spoken will judge him on the last day. [49] For I have not spoken on my own, but the Father himself who sent me has given me a command to say everything I have said. [50] I know that his command is eternal life. So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

Clearly from these verses we FOLLOW Jesus’ Commands… Period. So, what did Jesus Command? Plus, super importantly His Command (God’s Command) is ETERNAL Life. Right out of the Bible.

Jesus tells us in the next chapter which happens to be the same context and setting… Passover.

John 13:34-35 NLT
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. [35] Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

It should be CLEAR now that the Commandments of God come through Jesus NOT the Book of the Law of Moses. And, His Command leads to Eternal Life.

Two Most Important Commands NOT in the Ten

What are the most important laws in the Old Covenant according to the Bible?

Surprisingly, both are mentioned outside of the Ten Commandments in the Book of the Law of Moses (first five books of the Bible).

*note: the Book of the Law of Moses includes the Ten Commandments.

First most important Law. Love God with all your heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NLT
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT
Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

*notice the above verse is referencing ALL the commands Moses wrote. Not a select few.

Deuteronomy 10:12 NLT
“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.

Deuteronomy 11:13 NLT
“If you carefully obey the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the LORD your God and serve him with all your heart and soul,

*again, the above verse references ALL the commands, ordinances, and decrees Moses wrote.

Second most important Law… love your neighbor as yourself.

Leviticus 19:18
Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good- and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Matthew 5:43-45
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. [44] But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [45] so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Jesus point blank sums up the TWO most important commandments and both are outside the Ten Commandments. These Commandments summarize the ENTIRE Book of the Law of Moses and the Prophets not the Ten Commandments.

Matthew 22:35-40 NLT
One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: [36] “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” [37] Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. [39] A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [40] The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Romans 13:8-10
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. [9] The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. [10] Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.

Galatians 5:13-14,22-23
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. [14] For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” [22] But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

James 2:8
Indeed, if you fulfill the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.

1 John 3:16-18,23
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. [17] If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him-how does God’s love reside in him? [18] Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth. [23] Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us.

Question: How can the most important laws from the Book of the Law of Moses be separated from the Ten Commandments? Were they not included with the Ark of the Covenant?

Summary: If you are keeping ONE Law (including the Sabbath) then you MUST keep ALL 613 Commands written in the Book of the Law of Moses.

You choose to obey Jesus or the Law. The Bible makes this choice CLEAR.

The Great Sin is Unbelief

Nothing in your life will be more important than putting ALL your trust and faith into Jesus and what he accomplished through His life, death, burial, and resurrection.

Hebrews 11:6 NLT
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Acts 16:30-31 NLT
Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” [31] They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”

John 1:12-13 NLT
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. [13] They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

John 12:44,46 CSB
Jesus cried out, “The one who believes in me believes not in me, but in him who sent me. [46] I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness.

We get the Holy Spirit by Believing which gives us eternal life. The ONLY Work God requires of you is BELIEF (deep reverent trust). It is NOT keeping the Law.

John 6:28-29,35,40,45,47,63 NLT
They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” [29] Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” [35] Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. [40] For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” [45] As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. [47] “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. [63] The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

The purpose the Book of John and 1 John were written was so we will BELIEVE.

John 20:31 NLT
But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

1 John 5:1,5,9-13 NLT
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. [5] And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. [9] Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. [10] All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. [11] And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. [13] I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

God’s Rest existed in the Garden of Eden. So, what was the disobedience in the Garden of Eden? Was it not UNBELIEF?

Genesis 2:16-17 CSB
And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, [17] but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”

Here is an example: Let’s say you tell your child, “don’t stick your hand in the fire, because if you do, you will get burned!” But, your child didn’t believe that if they stuck their hand in the fire that they would get burned. So they stuck their hand in the fire and got burned! Did they disobey you to get hurt intentionally? Or, did they not believe what you told them? The answer is obvious, they didn’t believe what you told them. As a result, they disobeyed! If they had believed, they would not have disobeyed, therefore, they wouldn’t have gotten burned!

This ETERNAL Rest always existed… not as a day but for trusting/believing/having faith in the finished works of God. And, the reason you cannot enter God’s eternal Rest is UNBELIEF.

Hebrews 3:18-19 NLT
And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? [19] So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.

Hebrews 4:3 NLT
For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.

1 John 3:23 NLT
And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.

What will ultimately convict us, keeping the Ten Commandments or believing the promises of God which are in his son Jesus Christ?

John 16:9 NLT
The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me.

And, this is the RESULT of your BELIEF (your faith) in God’s ability to Keep His Promises…

1 Peter 1:3-6 NLT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, [4] and we have a priceless inheritance— an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. [5] And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. [6] So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.

The REASON Paul was sent to the Gentiles was so you could be sanctified by FAITH in Jesus.

Acts 26:15-18 CSB
“I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. [16] But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. [17] I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them [18] to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Examine yourselves. Are you trusting Jesus or Trusting yourselves which comes from the Law?

Philippians 3:8-9 NLT
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ [9] and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

Look how Paul sums this up. Remember, there were no chapters and verses in the original Bible. Follow along over two chapters.

Romans 9:30-33 NLT
What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. [31] But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. [32] Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path. [33] God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. But anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”

Romans 10:9-10 CSB
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

LOVE is the Great Commandment

Starting in Passover Jesus tells us that everything he says is Commanded by God. And, that the command *(singular) he gives will lead to eternal life.

John 12:48-50 NIrV
But there is a judge for anyone who does not accept me and my words. These words I have spoken will judge them on the last day. [49] I did not speak on my own. The Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have said. [50] I know that his command leads to eternal life. So everything I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Still in Passover Jesus tells us EXACTLY what the command that leads to eternal life is and how we identify each other.

John 13:34-35 NLT
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. [35] Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 15:12-14,17 NLT
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. [13] There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command. [17] This is my command: Love each other.

1 John 4:7-21 NLT
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. [8] But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. [9] God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. [10] This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. [11] Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. [12] No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. [13] And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. [14] Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. [15] All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. [16] We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. [17] And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. [18] Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. [19] We love each other because he loved us first. [20] If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? [21] And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

Matthew 5:43-47 NLT
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. [44] But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! [45] In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. [46] If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. [47] If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.

2 Peter 1:5-11 NLT
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, [6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, [7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. [8] The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. [10] So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. [11] Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:22 NLT
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

Here is the Commandment that has always existed since the very Beginning.

1 John 2:7-10 NLT
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. [8] Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. [9] If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. [10] Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.

1 John 3:11-15,18-19,23-24 NLT
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. [12] We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. [13] So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. [14] If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. [15] Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. [18] Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. [19] Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. [23] And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. [24] Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

2 John 1:1-6,9-11 NLT
This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— [2] because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever. [3] Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. [4] How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded. [5] I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. [6] Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. [9] Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. [10] If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. [11] Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

We obey the truth. Jesus is the truth and he Commanded us to Love.

John 14:6 NLT
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Let’s take a look at the Biblical definition of Love which is God’s character. Keep in mind we are trusting in these qualities of God’s character.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud [5] or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. [6] It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. [7] Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Legalism Blasphemes God with Hypocrisy

Is only one half of the following Bible verse true? Or, is it because JESUS is the substance of the Sabbath, and He is ready to SAVE lives? Pay close attention to one example of legalism’s hypocrisy.

John 5:18 NLT
So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.

Just one example: The SDA church thinks a day is more important than a life. For over 50 years the SDA church and their hospitals have murdered innocent and defenseless babies.

Matthew 12:12 NLT
And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”

Luke 6:9 NLT
Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

Mark 3:4 NLT
Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

So, who SAVES life? Jesus does, our ETERNAL REST! Who DESTROYS life? The SDA church and their hospitals.

And, Jesus’ words are what will judge you.

John 12:48 CSB
The one who rejects me and doesn’t receive my sayings has this as his judge: The word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

Romans 2:17-24 NLT
You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. [18] You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. [19] You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. [20] You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth. [21] Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? [22] You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? [23] You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. [24] No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.”

From this example, who by breaking the 6th Commandment is blaspheming God? The SDA Church!

Think about this, if you have ever hated even one person for one second you are guilty of breaking ALL of the Laws. So, have you ever hated someone or looked at someone with lust or coveted or lied? All of you are GUILTY by the standard God has set. So, by demanding the Law you blaspheme God.

Be humble and repent.

Jesus Is the Fulfillment of God’s Character

Let’s reason together about fulfillment…

The LAW was only a Shadow

Hebrews 10:1-2 NLT
The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. [2] If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s character. Not the LAW.

John 1:16-18 CSB
Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, [17] for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. [18] No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side -he has revealed him.

Colossians 2:9 NLT
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.

The word “fullness” from the previous two verses is the same word used here…

Romans 13:10 NLT
Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

We were CHILDREN (immature) under the LAW.

Galatians 4:1-5 NLT
Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. [2] They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. [3] And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. [4] But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. [5] God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.

Jesus says he fulfills everything…

Luke 18:31 CSB
Then he took the Twelve aside and told them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that is written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.

Luke 24:25-27,44-45 NLT
Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. [26] Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” [27] Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. [44] Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” [45] Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

All of God’s Promises fulfilled in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

The MATURENESS of the LAW explained. We rid ourselves of childish things. Follow along over two chapters, please.

1 Corinthians 12:31 NLT
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. [3] If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. [4] Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud [5] or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. [6] It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. [7] Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. [8] Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! [9] Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! [10] But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. [11] When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. [12] Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. [13] Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.

What are the CHILDISH things we did away with? The LAW. What lasts forever or remains? Love the New Spiritual Law.

What is the greatest thing that remains? LOVE. This is how the Spirit operates. Check it out.

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Where there is LOVE there is no Law because LOVE fulfills the Law.

Ephesians 1:19-23 NLT
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power [20] that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. [21] Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else-not only in this world but also in the world to come. [22] God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. [23] And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Colossians 1:15-20,23 NLT
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, [16] for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. [17] He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. [18] Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. [19] For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, [20] and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. [23] But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.

Question: Do you kill, rob, and lie when you are in the Spirit of LOVE, God’s Holy Spirit?

Two Covenants with Two Distinct Instructions

There are different Laws governing the Old and New Covenants.

The Law of Sin and Death (death, bondage, flesh).

And, the Law of Christ (love, freedom, liberty, and Spirit).

Romans 8:1-2 CSB
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, [2] because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.

1 Corinthians 9:21 NLT
When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2 NLT
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 4:21-31 NLT
Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? [22] The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. [23] The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. [24] These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them. [25] And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law. [26] But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother. [27] As Isaiah said, “Rejoice, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into a joyful shout, you who have never been in labor! For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband!” [28] And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. [29] But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit. [30] But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” [31] So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.

James 1:25 CSB
But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works-this person will be blessed in what he does.

The Two Laws contrasted against each other.

James 2:8-13 CSB
Indeed, if you fulfill the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. [9] If, however, you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. [10] For whoever keeps the entire law, and yet stumbles at one point, is guilty of breaking it all. [11] For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you are a lawbreaker. [12] Speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom. [13] For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Which Law (standard) YOU use and by how much (measure) you use it will be applied at your judgment.

Matthew 7:1-2 CSB
“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. [2] For you will be judged by the same standard with which you judge others, and you will be measured by the same measure you use.

Luke 6:37-38 NLT
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. [38] Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ”

So, what Law are you judging others by? The Law of Sin and Death, Or the Law of Christ (love)?

It all comes down to TRUSTING God or Yourself for salvation.

Jeremiah 17:5-10 NLT
This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. [6] They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. [7] “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. [8] They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. [9] “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? [10] But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

Sabbath is the Day you BELIEVE the Gospel

You enter Jesus’ eternal Sabbath REST on the day you HEAR and BELIEVE the Gospel. Here the Bible plainly states this.

Hebrews 3:6-19 CSB
But Christ was faithful as a Son over his household. And we are that household if we hold on to our confidence and the hope in which we boast. [7] Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, [8] do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, [9] where your ancestors tested me, tried me, and saw my works [10] for forty years. Therefore I was provoked to anger with that generation and said, “They always go astray in their hearts, and they have not known my ways.” [11] So I swore in my anger, “They will not enter my rest.” [12] Watch out, brothers and sisters, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. [13] But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception. [14] For we have become participants in Christ if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start. [15] As it is said: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. [16] For who heard and rebelled? Wasn’t it all who came out of Egypt under Moses? [17] With whom was God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? [18] And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who disobeyed? [19] So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-11 CSB
Therefore, since the promise to enter his rest remains, let us beware that none of you be found to have fallen short. [2] For we also have received the good news just as they did. But the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith. [3] For we who have believed enter the rest, in keeping with what he has said, So I swore in my anger, “They will not enter my rest,” even though his works have been finished since the foundation of the world. [4] For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in this way: And on the seventh day God rested from all his works. [5] Again, in that passage he says, They will never enter my rest. [6] Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news did not enter because of disobedience, [7] he again specifies a certain day—today. He specified this speaking through David after such a long time: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. [8] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. [9] Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people. [10] For the person who has entered his rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from his. [11] Let us, then, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.

Colossians 2:16-17 NLT
So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. [17] For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.

Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Jesus is the Sabbath Rest… not a day. Today if you Hear His Voice you may enter His Rest.

Plus, the Bible says ALL of these festivals and Sabbaths which point to Christ would end. *the word Sabbath is the EXACT same word used in Exodus 20 and Colossians 2:16.

Hosea 2:11 NLT
I will put an end to her annual festivals, her new moon celebrations, and her Sabbath days— all her appointed festivals.

Lamentations 2:6 CSB
He has wrecked his temple as if it were merely a shack in a field, destroying his place of meeting. The LORD has abolished appointed festivals and Sabbaths in Zion. He has despised king and priest in his fierce anger.

Jesus himself confirms this.

Luke 24:25-27,44-45 NLT
Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. [26] Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” [27] Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. [44] Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” [45] Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

Consequences of Keeping the Law

There are SEVERE Eternal consequences for relying on the Law for salvation and/or keeping ANY of the commands listed in the Book of the Law of Moses which includes the Ten Commandments.

Galatians 3:8-14 NLT
What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” [9] So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. [10] But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” [11] So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” [12] This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.” [13] But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” [14] Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.

Can you answer these questions? What causes you to fall from GRACE? And, what is important? The Bible tells us plainly…

Galatians 5:1-6 NLT
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. [2] Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. [3] I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. [4] For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. [5] But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. [6] For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

Galatians 2:14-21 NLT
When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions? [15] “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. [16] Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” [17] But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! [18] Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. [19] For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law-I stopped trying to meet all its requirements-so that I might live for God. [20] My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. [21] I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Galatians 1:6-9 NLT
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News [7] but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. [8] Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. [9] I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

Hebrews 10:28-30 NLT
For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. [29] Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. [30] For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The LORD will judge his own people.”

These verses CANNOT mean the ceremonial laws ONLY. Galatians 4, 2 Corinthians 3, good portions of Hebrews and Romans 7:1-4 ALL directly quote the Ten Commandments. On the flip side how would you know 1 John 3:4 is referring to the moral laws? This logic when evenly applied throughout the Bible does not work consistently thus it should be rejected.

Please read Romans 2:17-24 for context of the next verse. The SDA church says it is Spiritual Israel and teaches the Keeping of the Old Covenant Commandments. This is going to be your outcome…

Revelation 3:9 NLT
Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love.

Are you obeying the Gospel and what the apostles taught about Him; or are you obeying the Old Covenant Law?

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 NLT
And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, [8] in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. [9] They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. [10] When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people-praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

Why you don’t Believe & Listen

The Bible tells us the reason you don’t BELIEVE the Truth. or Listen. And, that the message of God’s Power is simple to explain.

1 Corinthians 2:1,4-5 NLT
When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. [4] And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. [5] I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4,10-12 NLT
Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. [2] Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. [3] Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed-the one who brings destruction. [4] He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. [10] He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. [11] So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. [12] Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

1 John 4:3-6 NLT
But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here. [4] But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. [5] Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. [6] But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

Hebrews 12:25 NLT
Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!

Jesus tell us plainly.

John 8:43,45-47 NLT
Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! [45] So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! [46] Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? [47] Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”

And, Jesus tells us again.

Matthew 13:11-17,23 NLT
He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. [12] To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. [13] That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. [14] This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says, ‘When you hear what I say, you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend. [15] For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes— so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’ [16] “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. [17] I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it. [23] The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 NLT
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. [19] As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” [20] So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. [21] Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. [22] It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. [23] So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. [24] But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. [25] This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

The Bible is PLAIN and CLEAR…

Proverbs 8:1,6-9,32-33 NLT
Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! [6] Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right, [7] for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. [8] My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. [9] My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. [32] “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. [33] Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.

So, are you really LISTENING to God’s Word? Or, do you think you know it all. How many verses have you outright dismissed without even considering them?

Warning about Teaching the Law or False Doctrines

The Bible clearly warns us to not teach false doctrines, the Old Covenant Laws or against the words of Jesus.

2 John 1:9-11 NLT
Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. [10] If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. [11] Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

1 Timothy 6:3-4 CSB
If anyone teaches false doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, [4] he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions,

A Warning about Turning from GRACE to a false Gospel.

Galatians 1:6-9 NLT
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News [7] but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. [8] Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. [9] I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

The Early Church discussed the matter of requiring anything other than GRACE as a requirement for Salvation.

Acts 15:1-2,5-11 NLT
While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” [2] Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question. [5] But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.” [6] So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue. [7] At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. [8] God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. [9] He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. [10] So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? [11] We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”

The early church wrote letters clearly instructing the churches not to teach the Law.

Acts 15:24 NKJV
Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law”— to whom we gave no such commandment—

Paul issues a strict warning to Teachers of the Law.

Titus 1:9-11,13-16 NLT
He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. [10] For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. [11] They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. [13] This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. [14] They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth. [15] Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. [16] Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

The Bible says the goal of instruction is LOVE and the “teachers of the law” don’t know what they are talking about.

1 Timothy 1:3-7 NLT
When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. [4] Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. [5] The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. [6] But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. [7] They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

Jesus is Our Teacher

Jesus is our teacher and NO ONE else. This is critical to your learning. Please ask Jesus to teach you!

Matthew 23:8-13 NLT
“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. [9] And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. [10] And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. [11] The greatest among you must be a servant. [12] But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

1 John 2:24-27 NLT
So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. [25] And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us. [26] I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. [27] But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

2 John 1:6,9 NLT
Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. [9] Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

Most importantly, if we follow man made teachers this is what will happen. Don’t follow humans. Follow Jesus alone. Test Everything!

Luke 6:39-40 NLT
Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? [40] Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

Who is your teacher? Ellen White or Jesus. Have you humbled yourself and allowed Jesus to guide you or do you elevate the teachings of humans? Is the Bible insufficient to train you? Do you trust Jesus alone?

1 Timothy 2:5-6 NLT
For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. [6] He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

The Power of the Gospel

The power of the Good News is eternal life and it starts with the WORD.

Romans 1:16-17 NLT
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. [17] This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

James 1:18 NLT
He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

2 Corinthians 4:2-7 NLT
We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. [3] If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. [4] Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. [5] You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. [7] We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

1 Peter 1:23-25 NLT
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. [24] As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. [25] But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

Can you prove ANY of these claims?

That the Ten Commandments are eternal or did not end for the believer with the New Covenant.

That the Purpose of the Ten Commandments is to STILL protect us.

That Jesus clearly commanded us to KEEP ALL of the Ten Commandments.

That the Commandment of God did NOT come through Jesus.

That the Commandments of God are the Ten Commandments and NOT Belief and Love.

That the Sin in the Garden of Eden was NOT Unbelief.

That the Book of the Law of Moses was separated into ceremonial and moral laws using CLEAR Bible verses. That it is permissible to separate the Laws in the Book of the Law of Moses.

That Jesus did NOT utterly complete and fulfill the ENTIRE Book of the Law of Moses.

That the Two Covenants are mixed together. That you put old wine into new wineskins.

That the Two Greatest Commandments only sum up the Ten Commandments and NOT the ENTIRE Book of the Law of Moses and the Prophets.

That Jesus commanded the Sabbath and is NOT our rest under the New Covenant. And, that God did NOT say he would end the Sabbaths.

That the consequences for doing ANY single command in ANY part of the Book of the Law of Moses does NOT apply to you.

That it is permissible to commit abortion and it is NOT breaking the 6th Commandment.

That Jesus is your ONLY teacher and that the Bible in NOT sufficient for your training.

Finally, can you PROVE that you KNOW and OBEY the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What is the Gospel and do you OBEY it?

Question: Does God require a law for himself if the Spirit of God dwells within you?

We pray that your hearts are filled with God’s love, humility, and the deepest desire to know the truth. And, if there is ONE verse twisted out of context then please let me know by providing clear Biblical evidence.

Your True Calling

Let Jesus set you FREE from the power of sin.

1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NLT
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. [57] But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 7:6 NLT
But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:6,15-18 NLT
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. [15] Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. [16] But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. [17] For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.