. . . Am I directing people to "go back under the law," by looking into what the law says?  No.  My purpose here in looking at the law, is that no one today even knows what it is.  Not many people have been "under a [this] schoolmaster," and I believe that's why people live so poorly today.


. . . we can learn about God's personality by studying it . . . also, it will give us a greater appreciation of grace, knowing that we are no longer condemned for not being able to keep the law.

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast . . . Eph 2:8-9


People hear those verses, and just stop.  They think there is no place in their life for the law, so they don't know anything about it, and in my experience, lead ungodly, misguided lives.


Also, there will be no depth to their understanding of grace, if they don't know what it is from which we have received grace.


Are we saved by faith alone, or do we need works, too? . . . http://carm.org/are-we-saved-faith-alone-or-do-we-need-works-too


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Gal 3 . . . Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . . . http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/Matthew-Henry/Gal/Law-School-Master-Lead-Christ

The law was a school master to lead them to Christ. The law did not teach a living, saving knowledge; but, by its rites and ceremonies, especially by its sacrifices, it pointed to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. And thus it was, as the word properly signifies, a servant, to lead to Christ, as children are led to school by servants who have the care of them, that they might be more fully taught by Him the true way of justification and salvation, which is only by faith in Christ. And the vastly greater advantage of the gospel state is shown, under which we enjoy a clearer discovery of Divine grace and mercy than the Jews of old. Most men continue shut up as in a dark dungeon, in love with their sins, being blinded and lulled asleep by Satan, through wordly pleasures, interests, and pursuits. But the awakened sinner discovers his dreadful condition. Then he feels that the mercy and grace of God form his only hope. And the terrors of the law are often used by the convincing Spirit, to show the sinner his need of Christ, to bring him to rely on his sufferings and merits, that he may be justified by faith. Then the law, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, becomes his loved rule of duty, and his standard for daily self-examination. In this use of it he learns to depend more simply on the Saviour. (Ga 3:26-29)


Gal 3:9-11 . . . So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law." Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."


Gal 3:23-29 . . . Children of God . . . 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.


Gal 2:19-21 . . . For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"


Gal 5:22-23 . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.


Mt 7:15-16 . . . You Will Know Them by Their Fruits . . . Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?


2 Ti 3:10-17 . . . A Final Charge to Timothy . . . 10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Ro 2:12-16 . . . God’s Righteous Judgment . . . 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares . . . (in  blueletterbible.com, if you go to Romans 2:12 and click on the letter "L" to the left of it, you will find a number of commentaries on this verse)


1 Ti 1:8-11 . . . Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.


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What are the moral laws? . . . http://www.opc.org/qa.html?question_id=165


The ceremonial laws and the civil laws are fulfilled by Christ and abolished . . .


But the one aspect that does carry over is the moral law (as summarized in the Ten Commandments), and we are bound to keep those . . .


Covenant Theology teaches that the moral law continues to have three uses in the New Covenant: to restrain sin in God's common grace (the "civil" use), to act as a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ (the "pedagogical" use), and to instruct Christians in godliness (the "normative" use).


This "third use" of the law (its primary use, according to John Calvin) is not recognized by all Christians, but is an important part not only of Presbyterian tradition, but of the broader Reformed tradition as well . . .


No longer "slaves of sin," the Romans "have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which [they] were committed and ... have become slaves to righteousness" (Rom. 6:17-18).


The liberty which we have in Christ is not license to commit sin, but the freedom to obey his will. Indeed, service to Christ is perfect freedom, properly understood . . .


One final thought: love and law are not contrary, one to the other. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.... Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me" (John 14:15, 21).


Similarly, the "beloved disciple," the apostle John, said, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome" (1 John 5:3).


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Law and Grace . . . http://www.letusreason.org/7thad7.htm


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If you love me, keep my commandments . . . http://www.holybibleprophecy.org/2012/06/12/if-you-love-me-keep-my-commandments-jesus/


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Leviticus 20:7 is the moral law, it is not rescinded, it is not selective reading . . . "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God."


How can I tell the difference between the Moral law and other laws in the old testament? . . . http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/4284/how-can-i-tell-the-difference-between-the-moral-law-and-other-laws-in-the-old-te


Do we have to obey the laws of the Bible?  If so, what laws? . . . http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/15/do-we-have-to-obey-the-laws-of-the-bible-if-so-what-laws/


Law and Gospel - Wikipedia . . . Positive and Negative . . . see Luther's Small Catechism . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_and_Gospel


What is the law of Christ? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/law-of-Christ.html

Our motivation for overcoming sin should be love, not a desire to legalistically obey a series of commandments. We are to obey the law of Christ because we love Him, not so that we can check off a list of commands that we successfully obeyed.


What does it mean that Christians are not under the law? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/not-under-the-law.html


What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law, but did not abolish it? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/abolish-fulfill-law.html


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What does the Bible say about when God will judge us? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/judgment.html

There are two separate judgments . . . The second judgment is that of unbelievers who will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment . . . Everyone at the Great White Throne is an unbeliever who has rejected Christ in life and is therefore already doomed to the lake of fire . . .


Paul Washer, The Gospel. The most terrifying truth of Scripture... - YouTube . . . http://youtu.be/TXOWyjB7d24


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Why don't we stone people today for breaking the law?

Because Jesus taught:

John 8:7 . . . "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

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John 8:11 . . . ". . . sin no more."

Jesus and the woman taken in adultery - Wikipedia . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_and_the_woman_taken_in_adultery


Now is our time of grace, then the judgment:

Biblical Timeline: Dispensation of Grace . . . http://youtu.be/iaT2Y1-a8r8

The Dispensation of the Grace of God . . . http://www.enjoythebible.org/studies/grace1.html


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Biblical Law - Richard Nickels - Relationship of Commandments & Law . . . http://www.giveshare.org/BibleLaw/lawchart.html

Biblical Law - Richard Nickels . . . http://www.giveshare.org/BibleLaw/index.html


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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud - 613 commandments . . . http://amzn.com/1592572022


Judaizers - Wikipedia . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaizers

Antinomianism - Wikipedia . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antinomianism#Pauline_passages_opposing_antinomianism

Council of Jerusalem - Wikipedia . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Jerusalem


The Seven deadly sins, and Seven virtues . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins


The Seven deadly sins:  Lust . . . Gluttony . . . Greed . . . Sloth . . . Wrath . . . Envy . . . Pride

The Seven virtues:  Chastity . . . Temperance . . . Charity . . . Diligence . . . Patience . . . Kindness . . . Humility


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The Narrow Lutheran Middle . . . http://amzn.com/B0066B1TFW . . . from the free chapter (from URL at left):


(Page 1) In religion and theology there is something of a parallel to Aristotle’s search for the middle between two false alternatives, between an overemphasis on some aspect of a truth at the expense of the rest of the truth. Any number of false doctrines are the result of falls off the narrow middle road into ditches on either side of the truth in the middle . . .


(Page 3, Footnote 11) . . . St. Bernard opines that this was the essence of Satan’s fall: He did not doubt that God was almighty and could punish him for his pride; rather, he presumed that God was so gentle that he would not punish him, even though he could. Such presumption, Bernard says, is even worse than failing to love God; it repays God’s love with hatred. (Cf. “On the Steps of Humility and Pride,” in Bernard of Clairvaux—Selected Works[New York: Paulist Press, 1987], p. 127.)

 

(Page 7) The sad fact that Luther experienced before the Reformation was that pastors and theologians knew Aristotle better than they knew Paul. Aristotle, of course, knew nothing of the revealed Word of God. For Aristotle, reason was queen, yes, even a god. In Luther’s day, Aristotle’s very reasonable-sounding philosophy was imposed on the Bible so that whatever the Bible said was forced to fit into one of Aristotle’s categories. The result was that church teaching often appealed to fallen reason but contradicted the apostles and prophets. As brilliant as Aristotle was—and arguably no one outside of the household of faith ever used reason more brilliantly than he—his philosophy has no place as queen in the temple of God. While Aristotle’s use of reason in the formation of logical categories can be helpful in organizing the truths of the Scriptures, his philosophy is no substitute for the light of the gospel. Reason is not light but darkness when it rules as queen over the revealed Word of God . . .


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Strongs Exhaustive Concordance Online

http://ten-commandments.us/ten_commandments/strongs_concordance_online.phtml

http://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/strongs-exhaustive-concordance/


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What are the covenants in the Bible? . . . (we are under the New Covenant) . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/bible-covenants.html


Answer: The Bible speaks of seven different covenants, three of which (Abrahmic, Palestinian, Davidic) God made with the nation of Israel and are unconditional in nature. That is, regardless of Israel's obedience or disobedience, God still will fulfill these covenants with the nation of Israel. A fourth, the Mosaic Covenant is conditional in nature. That is, this covenant will bring either blessing or cursing depending on Israel's obedience or disobedience. Three covenants (Adamic, Noahic, New) are made between God and mankind in general, and are not limited to the nation of Israel.


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Christian views on the old covenant - Wikipedia . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_law_in_Christianity

. . . There are diverse views of the issues involved, with many traditional Christians of the view that only parts are applicable, many Protestants with the view that none is applicable, Dual-covenant theologians with the view that only Noahide Laws apply to Gentiles, and a minority with the view that all are still applicable to believers in Jesus and the New Covenant . . .


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What exactly came from Mount Sinai and gave birth to bondage? The Ten Commandments - that's what came from Mount Sinai and gave birth to bondage!

http://blog.graceroots.org/2008/08/spiritual-bondage.html


. . . The same Ten Commandments that Christians today think means freedom for them! But in fact, Paul not only called them bondage, but he also called them the ministry of death ("written and engraved on stones") and the ministry of condemnation (see 2 Cor 3:7-11).


True freedom comes when we STOP judging ourselves and condemning ourselves based upon rules and laws and how well we're performing in our Christian lives, and begin simply trusting in the truth that we are accepted in the Beloved by God's grace and nothing else!


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While we are no longer condemned by the law, we are still to highly revere it.  It is a schoolmaster, teaching us what leads to righteousness.


In the Old Testament, they kept the law externally, and were physically punished for breaking it.


In the New Testament, this was changed.  Now, it's all about the thought life.  Our hearts are to remain obedient to the law out of thanks for the work done by Jesus on the cross.


If someone were to ask me, "How do I show 'love' for God and my neighbor?"

1.) We need to have some idea of what are the Laws of God, and we need to highly revere them, ie. don't lie, don't steal, etc.

2.) As we know, keeping the Law is not the full answer, and is impossible for us to do, anyway.  We are to live by faith

3.) We get our ability to do God's will by the power of the Holy Spirit.


The moral law remains for teaching in righteousness, discipline, and to restrain sin - but we are no longer condemned by it when we have put our faith in Jesus.


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I gave the explanation of the law (Reformed Theology, Covenant Theology) to a friend:

GOD'S LAW IN OLD AND NEW COVENANTS . . . http://www.opc.org/qa.html?question_id=165


He said that if the ceremonial laws were fullfilled and abolished, why did Paul say in Acts 18:21 that he had to go to a feast in Jerusalem? (verses below)


Another question:  Why does the NIV and NASB leave out the word "feast?"


Has the practice of true Christianity has been diminished.  You never hear anything about the feasts in church.  Is this an example of corruption by the anti-Christ?


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Acts 18:21 (feast) KJV - "But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus." . . . http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+18&version=KJV


Acts 18:21 (feast) NIV - "But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus." . . . http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+18&version=NIV


Acts 18:21 (feast) NASB - "but taking leave of them and saying, “I will return to you again if God wills,” he set sail from Ephesus." . . . http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+18&version=NASB


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List of the Feasts, from my Concordance - they don't seem to match up with what the next article says:


* Passover (Unleavened Bread)

* Pentecost (Firstfruits or Weeks)

Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah

Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur

* Tabernacles (Booths or Ingathering)

Dedication (Lights), Hannukkah

Purim (Lots)


* The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the Temple in Jerusalem (Ex. 23:14-19)


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God's Holy Days are For Christians Today? . . . http://www.bethelcog.org/church/general-articles/gods-commandments/gods-holy-days-for-christians-today


Here are some excerpts:


The fact is: After the second Jewish war and the deterioration of Jewish influence, pagan concepts were attached to Christian beliefs and the acceleration of the decline of Jewish Christianity began to take place (A History of the Church to A.D. 461, by B.J. Kidd, 88-91). This is readily seen in the writings of the “church fathers” such as Jerome and Chrysostom (Neander, II, 332). Gradually, the observance of Good Friday and Easter were accepted in place of the Passover. Pentecost was first observed by Jewish precedent, but as early as the second century it was viewed as the commemoration of the appearance and heavenly exaltation of the risen Lord (History of the Christian Church, 376).


On down through history, groups have appeared the scene who recognized the need to observe God’s Holy Days. During the 12th and 13th centuries a sect known as the Passagii were the most concrete example of Judaic-Christianity to come on the scene. They believed the Mosaic Law should be observed and held to the literal view of the Old Testament. They kept the holy days and the dietary laws, but not the sacrificial system. They accepted the New Testament and made it their aim to harmonize the old and new dispensations. They kept the Sabbath along with other Sabbatarian groups in Hungary and in other lands. They were also located in southern France (Jewish Influence on Christian Reform Movements, by Louis Israel Newman, 255-284).


History records little about the true followers of Jesus. The true church-the church Jesus built-was not the visible church of this world. As early as the latter half of the second century, antagonism against Jewish Christianity manifested itself until nominal Christianity rejected the “Jewish” teachings of Christ and accepted the pagan-Christian view of freedom and self-expression. But the church that Jesus built still practices the same doctrine recorded in the Gospels and in the book of Acts. The notion that the Apostle Paul freed Christians from the Jewish cocoon is pure nonsense. As we have seen, the Apostle Paul kept the Sabbath and the holy days!


There is much more than this behind the holy days. The holy days detail the plan of salvation, and without this knowledge man cannot understand the purpose that is being worked out here below. The holy days are listed in their entirety in Leviticus 23, though this is not the only place they are found in the Old Testament. Notice the order. On the Hebrew calendar:


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(1) the Passover takes place on the 14th day of the first month.

(2) The Days of Unleavened Bread begin on the 15th day of the first month and continue through the 21st day.

(3) The Feast of Firstfruits (Pentecost) occurs after a 50-day count beginning on the Sunday following the weekly Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

(4) The Feast of Trumpets falls on the first day of the seventh month.

(5) The Day of Atonement takes place on the tenth day of the seventh month.

(6) The Feast of Tabernacles occurs from the 15th through the 21st day of the seventh month.

(7) The Last Great Day falls on the 22nd day of the seventh month.


Why this arrangement? What is the significance?


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Other links:


5. The 7th Day - History Documentary - YouTube . . . http://youtu.be/WU0ar4NZ54Y

Hal Holbrook - The Seventh Day - Part 1 of 5 - YouTube . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXzXWHtnQBM&feature=share&list=PLF11448B4570D27A8


Sabbath keepers throughout history . . . http://www.remnantofgod.org/sabhist.htm

The Seventh Day - Home Page . . . http://www.theseventhday.tv/index.shtml

Fall Holy Days . . . http://www.cogwriter.com/fallholy.htm


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Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament law? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-law.html


What was the meaning and importance of the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15)? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/Jerusalem-Council.html

There are groups still teaching that Christians must obey the Old Testament Law. Whether it is the Sabbath day or the food laws or all of the Old Testament Law outside of the sacrificial system – there are groups which declare observance of the Law is either required for salvation, or at least a crucially important aspect of the Christian life. Sadly, these groups either completely ignore or grossly misinterpret the decision of the Jerusalem Council.


Does God require Sabbath-keeping of Christians? . . . http://www.gotquestions.org/Sabbath-keeping.html

Sabbath-keeping was not one of the commands the apostles felt was necessary to force on Gentile believers. It is inconceivable that the apostles would neglect to include Sabbath-keeping if it was God’s command for Christians to observe the Sabbath day.


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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. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. When you came to Christ, you were "circumcised," but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision--the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. 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. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don't let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, "Don't handle! Don't taste! Don't touch!"? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person's evil desires . . . Col 2:8-23 (NLT)


A psalm of Asaph. O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past--stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them-- even the children not yet born-- and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors-- stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God . . . Ps 78:1-8


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Javert, and the Apostle Paul - kept the law


2:06 Javert:  "I've tried to live my life without breaking a single rule" . . . Javert commits suicide

Javert was under the law. He didn't want to break the law. He didn't believe in God.

Les Miserables 1998 final scene . . . http://youtu.be/ztDndBqJAZw


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BIBLE VERSIONS


FAQ's Concerning Bible Versions . . . http://www.chick.com/information/bibleversions/

 

From Faith to Doubt - The Making of an Agnostic . . . http://www.chick.com/information/bibleversions/articles/faithtodoubt.asp

Look What's Missing - by David W. Daniels . . . http://chick.com/catalog/books/1271.asp

Some Bibles create FAITH - others DOUBT - YouTube . . . http://youtu.be/gbhj59j04G4

They Took Out Jesus' Words! - YouTube . . . http://youtu.be/cwUSA7jPGsA


Which Bible version? . . . http://chick.com/bible/

Quick Comparison of Bible Versions . . . http://chick.com/information/bibleversions/comparison.asp

King James Bible Companion . . . http://www.chick.com/catalog/books/1007.asp

Wycliffe Associates | International Volunteer Organizations for Bible Translators | 1-800-THE-WORD . . . http://www.wycliffeassociates.org/


KJB: The Book That Changed the World . . . http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=1689#

ROMANS CHAPTER 6 (1611 KING JAMES BIBLE) . . . http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1611-Bible/book.php?book=Romans&chapter=6&verse=


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Biblical Prophecies Unsealed - YouTube - Exposes how we inadvertantly disobey God's law . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E78Kke5EhXg


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http://blog.graceroots.org/2008/08/spiritual-bondage.html


What exactly came from Mount Sinai and gave birth to bondage? The Ten Commandments - that's what came from Mount Sinai and gave birth to bondage! The same Ten Commandments that Christians today think means freedom for them! But in fact, Paul not only called them bondage, but he also called them the ministry of death ("written and engraved on stones") and the ministry of condemnation (see 2 Cor 3:7-11).


True freedom comes when we STOP judging ourselves and condemning ourselves based upon rules and laws and how well we're performing in our Christian lives, and begin simply trusting in the truth that we are accepted in the Beloved by God's grace and nothing else!


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While we are no longer condemned by the law, we are still to highly revere it.  It is a schoolmaster, teaching us what leads to righteousness.


In the Old Testament, they kept the law externally, and were physically punished for breaking it.


In the New Testament, this was changed.  Now, it's all about the thought life.  Our hearts are to remain obedient to the law out of thanks for the work done by Jesus on the cross.


If someone were to ask me, "How do I show 'love' for God and my neighbor?"

1.) We need to have some idea of what are the Laws of God, and we need to highly revere them, ie. don't lie, don't steal, etc.

2.) As we know, keeping the Law is not the full answer, and is impossible for us to do, anyway.  We are to live by faith

3.) We get our ability to do God's will by the power of the Holy Spirit.


The moral law remains for teaching in righteousness, discipline, and to restrain sin - but we are no longer condemned by it when we have put our faith in Jesus.


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Question:  If Jews don't believe in Jesus, why don't they still do animal sacrifices today for their sins?


Answer:  Their sacrifices ended when the temple was destroyed in 70 AD.  Titus took the city and put it to the torch, burning the Temple.


http://www.templemount.org/destruct2.html


. . . but they have started up again


http://www.prophecydude.org/news/temple-sacrifices-starting-again/


Not in the temple, but it has begun again.  Something bad will take place in the temple.

 

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The law stirs up sin within us - when it says not to do something, many times, that makes a person want to do it - The grace of God is what brings men to repentance, focus on Jesus


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Colonial Punishments - stocks, pillory, whipping post, ducking stool . . . http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/colonial_court/html/colonial.html


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