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The Law and The Ten Commandments

This proves the Ten Commandments refers to everything in the Old Testament and came later after the Fall in the Garden.

Question: When was the Law established?

Galatians 3:17-18

My point is this: The law, which came 430 years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously established by God and thus cancel the promise. [18] For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise; but God has graciously given it to Abraham through the promise.

2 Corinthians 3:6-17

[6] He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. [7] Now if the ministry that brought death, chiseled in letters on stones, came with glory, so that the Israelites were not able to gaze steadily at Moses’s face because of its glory, which was set aside, [8] how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? [9] For if the ministry that brought condemnation had glory, the ministry that brings righteousness overflows with even more glory. [10] In fact, what had been glorious is not glorious now by comparison because of the glory that surpasses it. [11] For if what was set aside was glorious, what endures will be even more glorious. [12] Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness. [13] We are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from gazing steadily until the end of the glory of what was being set aside, [14] but their minds were hardened. For to this day, at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains; it is not lifted, because it is set aside only in Christ. [15] Yet still today, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts, [16] but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. [17] Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Romans 14:23 

[23] But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.

Romans 6:14 

[14] For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace.

Romans 8:1-3

[1] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Exodus 34:27-28 

The LORD also said to Moses, “Write down these words, for I have made a covenant with you and with Israel based on these words.” [28] Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat food or drink water. He wrote the Ten Commandments, the words of the covenant, on the tablets.

Clear evidence that the Old Covenant was etched in stones and is the 10 Commandments!

Question: How much more handwritten can it get than with God’s own finger?

Deuteronomy 4:13

He declared his covenant to you. He commanded you to follow the Ten Commandments, which he wrote on two stone tablets.

Deuteronomy 9:10-11

On the day of the assembly the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, inscribed by God’s finger. The exact words were on them, which the LORD spoke to you from the fire on the mountain. [11] The LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant, at the end of the forty days and forty nights.

Exodus 31:18

When he finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.

Law of Moses directly related to the Ten Commandments.

Joshua 23:6-7 

“Be very strong and continue obeying all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you do not turn from it to the right or left [7] and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not serve them or bow in worship to them.

Why was the law given and how long is it in effect?

Galatians: 3:19, 24-26

 [19] Why, then, was the law given? It was added for the sake of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator. [24] The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. [25] But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, [26] for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.

Introducing Love

More scriptures on the purpose of the law, calling out those that wish to be “Teachers of the Law”.

Questions: Are you a teacher of the Law? Who was the Law made for? Lastly and most importantly where is LOVE found?

1 Timothy 1:3-14

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, [4] nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. [5] Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, [6] from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, [7] desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. [8] But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, [9] knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, [10] for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, [11] according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. [12] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, [13] although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. [14] And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Let’s understand sins’ relationship to the 10 Commandments. It is important that you understand where sin gets its power from and why God designed the law to imprison sin.

Questions: Where does sin get its power? What is used to imprison sin?

1 Corinthians 15:56

[56] The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Galatians 3:21-22

For if the law had been granted with the ability to give life, then righteousness would certainly be on the basis of the law. [22] But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin’s power, so that the promise might be given on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ to those who believe.

The law started AFTER the promise to Abraham and ends with the CROSS to those who BELIEVE. The Bible clearly talks about Two Laws or Two Covenants, the 10 Commandments and The Law of Love(Law of Christ).

Questions: Which Covenant are you under? The Bible clearly states it is a matter of life and death. Freedom or bondage.

Galatians 4:21-31

[21] Tell me, you who want to be under the law, don’t you hear the law? [22] For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and the other by a free woman. [23] But the one by the slave was born as a result of the flesh, while the one by the free woman was born through promise. [24] These things are being taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai and bears children into slavery-this is Hagar. [25] Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. [26] But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. [27] For it is written, Rejoice, childless woman, unable to give birth. Burst into song and shout, you who are not in labor, for the children of the desolate woman will be many, more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband. [28] Now you too, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. [29] But just as then the child born as a result of the flesh persecuted the one born as a result of the Spirit, so also now. [30] But what does the Scripture say? “Drive out the slave and her son, for the son of the slave will never be a coheir with the son of the free woman.” [31] Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of a slave but of the free woman.

The Keeping of the Law was contested from the start of the church. Note: The Law of Moses is clearly etched in Stone from the above verses.

Acts 15:1-5,7-11

[1] Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved.” [2] After Paul and Barnabas had engaged them in serious argument and debate, Paul and Barnabas and some others were appointed to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem about this issue. [3] When they had been sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the brothers and sisters. [4] When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. [5] But some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses.” [7] After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the gospel message and believe. [8] And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he also did to us. [9] He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. [10] Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? [11] On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way they are.”

Freedom from the Law

Paul asks a question. Then he answers it, proving he is talking directly about the Ten Commandments.

Questions: Did you die with Christ at the cross, or not? Have you been set free from the Law?

Romans 7:1

Don’t you know that the law rules over someone as long as he lives?

Romans 7:2-4

For example, a married woman is legally bound to her husband while he lives. But if her husband dies, she is released from the law regarding the husband. [3] So then, if she is married to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law. Then, if she is married to another man, she is not an adulteress. [4] Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the body of Christ so that you may belong to another. You belong to him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.

The Bible clearly says that we have been made FREE from the Law. The Bible has made it clear that the Law is the 10 Commandments. Now, here is the New Testament making it crystal clear the law is being done away with.

Question: How can you be under the Law(10 Commandments), if it has been done away with?

Hebrews 8:7 and 13

For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one. [13] By saying a new covenant, he has declared that the first is obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old is about to pass away.

Does it matter if we keep the Law or not? Is it serious? Are there any consequences?

Questions: Are you under a curse or are you set free by Jesus Christ? What does the law produce, not eternal life? Who is the ONE of the law? Why is there only ONE?

Galatians 3:10-13

For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed. [11] Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith. [12] But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them. [13] Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

Galatians 2:14-21

But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?” [15] We are Jews by birth and not “Gentile sinners,” [16] and yet because we know that a person is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we ourselves have believed in Christ Jesus. This was so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified. [17] But if we ourselves are also found to be “sinners” while seeking to be justified by Christ, is Christ then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not! [18] If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker. [19] For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live for God. [20] I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. [21] I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

Romans 4:13-16

[13] For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. [14] If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, [15] because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression. [16] This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants-not only to the one who is of the law but also to the one who is of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all.

How does that make sense if we don’t have to follow the Law, but it’s a requirement for getting into God’s Kingdom? 

Questions: Who fulfilled the requirements of the Law for us? If the Bible says we are FREE from the Law why do you teach others to keep them?

Matthew 5:17

Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

The Bible says there is nothing you can do to earn your way into heaven. Period.

Question: Are you working your way to heaven(keeping the Sabbath, the Ten Commandments)?

Ephesians 2:8-9

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— [9] not from works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 4:2-5

If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. [3] For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness. [4] Now to the one who works, pay is not credited as a gift, but as something owed. [5] But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness.

Let’s discuss Jesus’ relationship to the Law and His function as our High Priest.

Questions: Where does our perfection come from? Does the Law make you perfect?

Hebrews 7:11-25

Now if perfection came through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the law), what further need was there for another priest to appear, said to be according to the order of Melchizedek and not according to the order of Aaron? [12] For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must be a change of law as well. [13] For the one these things are spoken about belonged to a different tribe. No one from it has served at the altar. [14] Now it is evident that our Lord came from Judah, and Moses said nothing about that tribe concerning priests. [15] And this becomes clearer if another priest like Melchizedek appears, [16] who did not become a priest based on a legal regulation about physical descent but based on the power of an indestructible life. [17] For it has been testified: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. [18] So the previous command is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable [19] (for the law perfected nothing), but a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. [20] None of this happened without an oath. For others became priests without an oath, [21] but he became a priest with an oath made by the one who said to him: The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever.” [22] Because of this oath, Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant. [23] Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. [24] But because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. [25] Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them.

Jesus’ Own Words on Self-righteousness

Question: How did Jesus view the self-righteous? Do you despise others? How do you treat those “other” Christians? Come on now, be honest!

Luke 18:9-14

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: [10] “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. [11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. [12] I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ [13] And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Further Biblical evidence that self-righteousness is from the Law.

Question: Are you self-righteous? If you keep the Law you are.

Philippians 3:8-11

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ [9] and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; [10] that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, [11] if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Ezekiel 33:13

When I tell the righteous person that he will surely live, but he trusts in his righteousness and acts unjustly, then none of his righteousness will be remembered, and he will die because of the injustice he has committed.

Paul even goes as far as to call the Law dung(poop).

Question: How can Paul say this, yet you teach the keeping of the Law?

Philippians 3:3-9

[3] For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh- [4] although I have reasons for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: [5] circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; [6] regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless. [7] But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. [8] More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ [9] and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ -the righteousness from God based on faith.

What does it mean to be FREE from the Law?

Question: Are YOU truly free from the Law through love?

Galatians 5:13-15

For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. [14] For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. [15] But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.

Galatians 6:2-3 

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. [3] For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

The New Covenant promised!

Jeremiah 31:31-32 

“Look, the days are coming”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. [32] This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt—my covenant that they broke even though I am their master”—the LORD’s declaration.

How the sin problem is dealt with. Here is scripture referring to the purpose of the Law and how it deals with sin.

Question: Who makes us righteous, one man(Jesus Christ) or the Law?

Romans 5:12-21

[12] Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. [13] In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person’s account when there is no law. [14] Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is a type of the Coming One. [15] But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift which comes through the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflowed to the many. [16] And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. [17] If by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. [18] So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is justification leading to life for everyone. [19] For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. [20] The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more [21] so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The NEW Commandment to Love

Jesus gives you a NEW Commandment.

John 13:34-35

I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. [35] By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Love explained. Re-read the verses from Hebrews 7 with your new understanding of Love.

Questions: Who is God? What is the core attribute of God’s character? What remains? Do you see the Law mentioned as remaining?

1 John 4:7-21

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. [8] He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. [9] In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. [10] In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [11] Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. [12] No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. [13] By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. [14] And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. [15] Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. [16] And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. [17] Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. [18] There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. [19] We love Him because He first loved us. [20] If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? [21] And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

1 Corinthians 12:31

But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. [2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. [3] And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. [4] Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; [5] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; [6] does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; [7] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [8] Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. [9] For we know in part and we prophesy in part. [10] But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. [11] When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. [12] For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. [13] And now remains faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Love is the complete fulfillment of the Law.

Question: Who is love? Is this starting to make sense now?

Romans 13:8-10,14 

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. [9] For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [10] Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. [14] But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Faith Works through Love

How does all of this work if I am FREE from the Law(Ten Commandments) and given a New Commandment to Love?

Question: What are works according to the Bible?

James 2:18-20

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works. [19] You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe—and they shudder. [20] Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?

Galatians 5:1-10

For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm, then, and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. [2] Take note! I, Paul, am telling you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. [3] Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to do the entire law. [4] You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace. [5] For we eagerly await through the Spirit, by faith, the hope of righteousness. [6] For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love. [7] You were running well. Who prevented you from being persuaded regarding the truth? [8] This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. [9] A little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough. [10] I myself am persuaded in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty.

John 6:28-40

[28] “What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. [29] Jesus replied, “This is the work of God-that you believe in the one he has sent.”

What pleases God? Faith. And, we just learned Faith work through Love.

Questions: Are you pleasing God? Are you seeking God with ALL your heart or earthly accomplishments?

Hebrews 11:6 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Jeremiah 29:13 

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Here is the Biblical foundation for having a relationship with Jesus. Israel is recognized as a defiant and disobedient people.

Question: Do you believe in Jesus alone or do you add to his finished works? Are you relying on your own righteousness? What makes Israel disobedient?

Romans 10:1-21

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation. [2] 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, [5] since Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them. [6] But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down [7] or, “Who will go down into the abyss?” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. [8] On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: [9] 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. [11] For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, [12] since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. [13] For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. [14] How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? [15] And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. [16] But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message? [17] So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. [18] But I ask, “Did they not hear?” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to the whole earth, and their words to the ends of the world. [19] But I ask, “Did Israel not understand?” First, Moses said, I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that lacks understanding. [20] And Isaiah says boldly, I was found by those who were not looking for me; I revealed myself to those who were not asking for me. [21] But to Israel he says, All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and defiant people.

Disobedience is Unbelief

Sin enters the world through unbelief. And,unbelief makes Israel disobedient NOT the perfect keeping of the Law. The future promise of Christ was made to Israel and Christians look back to see the fulfilled promise of Christ on the cross. Remember, Jesus said, “It is finished”.

Questions: Are you trusting in your belief in Christ or your own self-righteousness(keeping the Law)? When is the day to enter his rest? Clearly, it says Today… the day you hear the Gospel! Have you ceased from your works? What was the sin in the Garden by Adam and Eve?

Hebrews 3:7-19

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 4:1-10

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. [2] For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. [3] For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:“So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. [4] For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; [5] and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” [6] Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, [7] again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” [8] For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. [9] There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. [10] For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

*This the only commentary in the whole Bible Study. But, it is an important point. In the Garden of Eden did Adam and Eve sin because of disobedience or unbelief? Let’s apply some simple reason to this question.

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!

Sin entered the world through UNBELIEF!

Jesus’ own words dealing with the question of receiving eternal life. Sin EXITS the world through belief!

Question: Does Jesus require ANYTHING other than belief?

John 6:28-40

[28] “What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. [29] Jesus replied, “This is the work of God-that you believe in the one he has sent.” [30] “What sign, then, are you going to do so that we may see and believe you?” they asked. “What are you going to perform? [31] Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” [32] Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. [33] For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” [34] Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always.” [35] “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. [36] But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe. [37] Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out. [38] For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. [39] This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. [40] For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Here are the early church writings on belief.

Acts 13:38-41

[38] Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers and sisters, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you. [39] Everyone who believes is justified through him from everything that you could not be justified from through the law of Moses. [40] So beware that what is said in the prophets does not happen to you: [41] Look, you scoffers, marvel and vanish away, because I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will never believe, even if someone were to explain it to you.”

Who is Twisting the Scriptures?

Are the scriptures being twisted in this challenge? Notice in the following verse it references a singular command given by Jesus. Remember, there are Two Laws, The Law of Sin and Death; and The Law of Christ (Love, Liberty, Freedom).

Questions: What is that commandment of the Lord through the apostles and do you obey it?

2 Peter 3:1-2,13-18

Dear friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you; in both letters, I want to stir up your sincere understanding by way of reminder, [2] so that you recall the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the command of our Lord and Savior given through your apostles. [13] But based on his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. [14] Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace. [15] Also, regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. [16] He speaks about these things in all his letters. There are some things hard to understand in them. The untaught and unstable will twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures. [17] Therefore, dear friends, since you know this in advance, be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stable position. [18] But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.

Here are Scriptures pointing to the singular command given by Jesus and the apostles.

James 2:8-13

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.

Matthew 7:12

Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

John 13:34-35

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. [35] By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Ephesians 4:15-16

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. [16] From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building itself up in love by the proper working of each individual part.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you. [13] May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:5-7

Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. [6] Some have departed from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion. [7] They want to be teachers of the law, although they don’t understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on.

1 John 3:16

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.

2 John 1:4,4-6

I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. [5] So now I ask you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. [6] This is love: that we walk according to his commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: that you walk in love.

Galatians 5:13-14

For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. [14] For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Are You Cursed?

The dangers of preaching another Gospel. And, Paul mentions it TWICE!

Questions: Are you preaching a different Gospel from the finished work of Christ by insisting on the keeping of the law? And, if you are so sure, can you prove it with Scripture? #canyouexplainit challenge

Galatians 1:6-12

I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— [7] not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. [8] But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! [9] As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him! [10] For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. [11] For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. [12] For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Final Testimony For or Against You

Questions: What convicts you of sinning against God? The breaking of the Law or Unbelief?

John 16:8-9 

When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: [9] About sin, because they do not believe in me;

John 3:18

Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

Mark 16:16

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Psalm 78:17-22

But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High. [18] They deliberately tested God, demanding the food they craved. [19] They spoke against God, saying, “Is God able to provide food in the wilderness? [20] Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; torrents overflowed. But can he also provide bread or furnish meat for his people?” [21] Therefore, the LORD heard and became furious; then fire broke out against Jacob, and anger flared up against Israel [22] because they did not believe God or rely on his salvation.

1 John 5:5-13

Who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? [6] Jesus Christ—he is the one who came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [7] For there are three that testify: [8] the Spirit, the water, and the blood— and these three are in agreement. [9] If we accept human testimony, God’s testimony is greater, because it is God’s testimony that he has given about his Son. [10] The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. The one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about his Son. [11] And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] The one who has the Son has life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life. [13] I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Revelation 21:7-8

He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. [8] But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars shall have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.”

True Believer’s Final Destination

Question: Will you be there?

1 Corinthians 15:1-4,11,22-28,47-57

Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand [2] and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. [3] For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, [4] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, [11] Whether, then, it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed. [22] For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. [23] But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at his coming, those who belong to Christ. [24] Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he abolishes all rule and all authority and power. [25] For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet. [26] The last enemy to be abolished is death. [27] For God has put everything under his feet. Now when it says “everything” is put under him, it is obvious that he who puts everything under him is the exception. [28] When everything is subject to Christ, then the Son himself will also be subject to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all. [47] The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. [48] Like the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; like the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. [49] And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven. [50] What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruption. [51] Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, [52] in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. [53] For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. [54] When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. [55] Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting? [56] The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. [57] But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

If sin causes death and the law gives sin its power, what must be destroyed? Remember, at the very beginning of this we learned that the Old Covenant was etched in stone, that there must be a changing of the law, that there was a purpose of the law to “capture” the world under sins power. And, that the law was being made obsolete.

Summary in a Couple of Verses

1 John 3:23-24

Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us. [24] The one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he has given us.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. [29] Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

And, to sum it all up with Jesus’ own words.

John 5:38-40 

You don’t have his word residing in you, because you don’t believe the one he sent. [39] You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me. [40] But you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.

Final Questions

How did sin enter the world, Disobedience or Unbelief?

If the law was changed, what was it changed to?

Are you keeping his new command or what the law was changed to?

How did Jesus fulfill the 10 Commandments? By “keeping them” or through LOVE? *this is so important to understand

Have you truly entered his rest or do you really believe it is a day of the week?

If Jesus wasn’t on earth solely to fulfill the law, what purpose did he serve?

Why do you keep something(the law) that has been fulfilled(completed)?

Lastly, Jesus abolishes ALL rule and authority and power. What is the power of sin?

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