Law: A binding or practice, or custom, a rule of conduct formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority and the ability to enforce the same.
Let’s begin with something the Apostle Paul in 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 said, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: *That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Let’s place an emphases on the words, “All Scriptures” meaning from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. It takes everything in the Scriptures to complete the whole.
Next we should consider the word, “Profitable.” This would indicate to me, if any part of the whole is missing, the profitability will be limited and the perfection will be diminished.
In St. Matthew 23:1-3 Jesus instructed His disciples, Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, *Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: *All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
What Jesus was saying here is, your leaders have knowledge of Truth, they even preach and teach Truth, but they do not do that which is Truth.
Therefore, do not use them as an example of how to live. Listen to the Truth, observe and do the same.
In Exodus 12:49 we read, One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
There are those that say the Old Testament, the Scriptures from Genesis through Malachi, were/are for the Jews and not for Christians today. These people do not realize how wrong they really are. The fact is, if a person has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour then, technically, they are an adopted Jew therefore; they are obligated to observe the entire Word of God.
The Apostle John in 2nd John 1:6 said, “This is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”
If a person says that they love the Lord and yet they do not obey His written Word, how can they really say that they love Him?
Think about it. If you were married and had children that would not do the things you ask or told them to do, would you think they respected and/or loved you?
Reference: In 1st John 2:7 the Apostle John said, Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
King Solomon said it this way, There is nothing new under the sun and the thing that has been is that which shall be required, Ecclesiastes 1:9.
King David in Psalms 105:8 said, “He (God) hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.”
The phrase “For ever” is not a rhetorical statement; it means what it says. The reason I can say this is because of the next phrase of words, “A thousand generations”. I have been told that a generation is from forty two to forty five years so, a thousand generations would have to be at least forty two thousand years. The world as we know it has not existed that long.
Reference: We find a similar statement in Deuteronomy 7:9, Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
Also, Reference: 1st Chronicles 16:15, Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
In St. Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus said, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. *For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Think about this for a minute. At the time that Jesus came into this world to be our Saviour most of the Prophets were already in the grave so, how could He do away with them? And since He is the one that told them what to say in the first place; why would He want to change it; when He said that He does not change, see Malachi 3:6.
Note: God says what He means, He means what He says and He doesn’t change.
In Ecclesiastes 1:4 King Solomon said, One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
Jesus said, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled, St. Matthew 5:18.
#1. If you will take a look around you will notice that the earth is still around.
#2. Besides that, All will not be fulfilled until Jesus returns in the Clouds of Glory to take His Children Home.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 10:4 said, Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
The phrase, "The end of the Law” does not mean that the Law was done away with, but that nothing can be added to the Law since Jesus has become "THE Sacrifice" for our sins. Praise His Holy Name!
Notice also in the next Scripture what the Apostle Paul says about receiving the "end of your faith" and even the end of our salvation. Therefore, if the phrase, “End of the Law” in Romans 10:4, means the Law no longer exist then likewise, the Scripture in 1st Peter 1:9 (below) means we have no more faith or salvation of our souls. That dear ones, sounds scary.
1st Peter 1:9 says, Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
In Hebrews 9:26 (in part) we read, Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Does the phrase, “End of the world” mean that the world no longer exists? I think not. What the writer of the Book of Hebrews is saying is, somewhere past the middle of time Jesus came into the world, to save us from our sins. If therefore Jesus came somewhere past the middle of world; where are we now? It’s something to think about.
The Apostle Peter in 1st Peter 2:21 said, For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Peter is repeating something here that Jesus also said; Jesus said, I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you, St. John 13:15. I do nothing of myself but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things, St. John 8:28.
The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:13 said, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
If the Law of God had been done away with then, there would be no reason to do away with the curse of the law. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection establishes the Law of God.
In 1st Timothy 1:8-10 the Apostle Paul wrote, But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; *Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, *For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
If the Law is good, then why should it be done away with? The Laws of God are like the laws of the land, in which we live, and are made for the lawless. The laws are like road signs to keep us on the right path, on the Highway of Holiness.
In Revelation 22:14 we read, Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Here in the United States of America all citizens have rights. If we want to have the rights of entering into the Gates of God’s Holy White City we must be willing to observe and do His Holy Commandments. One Scripture says that His Commandments are not grievous, 1st John 5:3.
In Romans 2:14 the Apostle Paul said, For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Even a sinner when they do the things that are good and right are respected for the good which they do.
The Apostle John in 1st John 2:3-6 said, Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. *He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. *But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. *He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
In this life there are many tests that prove and show our ability to do what we know.
In like manner, those that say that they love God and do not keep His commandments, are liars and the Truth is not in them. They know not the Truth because their actions speak louder than their profession.
On the other hand, those that observe and do His commandments, show their love. Love is an action word.
In St. Matthew 15:9 we read, But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Let’s consider the phrase, “In vain” which means that the thing(s) they are doing have no validity or profit to them, as concerning Holiness. The Scriptures warn me to not learn the way of the wicked, Jeremiah 10:2.
Reference: In St. Mark 7:7 the Apostle Mark confirms the words of Matthew, Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 7:14 said, We know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
That which is spiritual is not carnal (the Law of God is Spiritual), but those that live a carnal life can be changed into that which is spiritual, by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
In Romans 5:13 the Apostle Paul said, For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
A person cannot be in violation of the law if the law does not exist. The Laws of God have existed from the foundation of the world.
Reference: 1st John 2:3-4, And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. *He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
In St. John 14:15 we read, If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Again, we have another witness in 1st John 5:3 where the Apostle John said, For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
In closing, If Jesus should come today, would you make it into His Kingdom? Do you love God? Are you really sure?
If you are sure that you love God, you will then observe and do His Commandments, and your life will show it.
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister