I'm deeply troubled by the refuting of Scripture using opinion, among professing Believers. It's my hope that this information will provide an explanation for why "christians" are so lost on issues of Law and Grace, Faith and Belief. I know that the reason "christians" don't understand the Bible is because of their lack of understanding in Paul, but how do they overlook what the Messiah says in contradiction? Who is their Teacher? Paul or the Messiah?
Rom 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.
Gal 3:24-25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Messiah, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 5:18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Rom 10:4 For Messiah is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.
Rom 7:6 But now we have been delivered from the law.
Note that the only writings that SEEM to support this view come from one Apostle, Paul. Paul was NOT one of the twelve. Paul was however an Apostle chosen by Messiah. It's important to understand that Paul was a Pharisee, and a persecutor of "nazorenes", sometimes wrongly called "christians". A little side note on the name "christian":
Christianos (Χριστιανός) is the origins of the name "christian" and is a derogatory term (Roman) for those who follow Christos (Χριστός - "anointed one") instead of Nero. The usage in Scripture is simply for cultural reference in the epistles. This becomes critical to understand in later discussions regarding Israel and Messiah, but for now we'll stick with basics.
There are only a handful of Pauline verses that "christians" ( a religion - which I do not identify with) have to justify not keeping the "Law". The "Law", which is sometimes referred to as the Statutes and Ordinances, can be used in exclusion to the Commands (often referring to the Levitical Law of the priests). This additional usage further confuses people. All confusion is the basis for religion. The origin of our current languages themselves came from a deliberate confusion at Babel. However, if you don't keep the 10 Commands, you can't even claim to be a "christian", as the 10 Commands are even the basis for the religion of christianity. Hopefully this rabbit hole reveals how semantics is the key to understanding.
So the above quotes from Paul's epistles seem to claim we're no longer under the Law. Is that true? Well... what is the Law? There are many definitions of "The Law", and they all have a specific usage when restored to their original context/usage. The Law of the Pharisees (which is NOT the Law of the Father) is what is known as the oral Law. This is the only Law that is actually done away with. The Law of the Father is the Law that was given at Horeb on Sinai. This is fulfilled in the Law of Spirit and Life (Romans 8:2). This is contained in the book of Deuteronomy, the "mishneh haTorah hazoth" (a copy of The Law). This exceeds the 10 Commands in that it contains the Word of the Father as revealed to Moses for the Father's people "FOR ALL GENERATIONS".
So there are multiple meanings for the words generically used in Scripture as "The Law". If I went into all of Paul's usages this study would result in a small book. Let's instead examine then what lawlessness is. It's interesting that "christians" don't talk about this word, and it's usage. In fact they blatantly ignore it.
To be LAWLESS is to be contrary to the Law of the Father or to act without regard to the Law of the Father. The word for “lawlessness” in the Bible is often translated “iniquity.” According to the Bible, the root of all lawlessness is rebellion (sin).
1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the Law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
So if the "Law is done away with" then you have literally sanctified sin. This means that you are preaching lawlessness. Well what are the consequences of preaching lawlessness?
Mat 7:22-23 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Teacher, Teacher, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Maybe this above verse is an isolated verse that can be disregarded with hyper-grace church talk....
Mat 13:40-43 As the weeds are collected and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every cause of sin and all who practice lawlessness. And they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
WHOA!!!! Maybe Not!
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder
Makes me worry about "miracle workers", "Bible prophets", and folks "casting out demons" who do not keep the Commands. I guess we now know under who's authority they do these things.
Mat 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.
Hmmn. How does fulfill mean abolish and contradict the previous statement in this verse? It seems the Messiah didn't get the message that the Law is done away with. Does Paul agree with Messiah on this?
Rom 3:31 Do we, then, nullify the Law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the Law.
Rom 2:13 For it is not those who hear the Law who are righteous in the Father’s sight, but it is those who obey the Law who will be declared righteous.
Rom 7:22 For in my inner being I delight in the Father’s Law.
Rom 7:12 So then, the Law is holy, and the Commandment is holy, righteous and good.
Note Paul refers to the Law, and the Commandment as separate here. A common Paulism. Well, either Paul is a screwball who can't make up his mind, or christians are missing something... something serious. Is there more support for the Law?
Rev 12:17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the Commandments of the Father and hold to the testimony of Messiah.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of the Father, and the faith of Messiah.
John 8:10-11 Then Messiah straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Teacher,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you, Messiah declared. “Now” go AND SIN NO MORE.
Salvation comes through Messiah because He is the Gateway through which we come BACK into covenant with the Father to receive His Spirit (the resurrection), and SIN NO MORE. Messiah atoned for our sin, to allow us back into Covenant. Many tried to keep the Law outside of Covenant, but they could not receive salvation until their sins had been atoned for. Many did so perfectly (Luke 1:5-6). The sin sacrifice of animals was part of the original Covenant which was made void in the sacrifice of Messiah. Now we must sacrifice ourselves just as Messiah showed us. This is a higher standard. Those who sacrifice themselves, do so in absolute obedience to the Father's will/Word. This is what it means to believe in Messiah.
1 Peter 4:17-19 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of the Father; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of the Father (The Law)? And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
So then, those who suffer according to the Father’s will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (Keep His Commands) .
Is there another witness to our required sacrifice in Messiah? Is this my opinion... some new cult?
Romans 8:3-4 For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh (nullified through sin and apostasy - the Covenant broken), the Father did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man (as an example for men), as an offering for sin. He thus condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous standard of the Law might be fulfilled in US, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
And there is your smoking gun in the words of Paul himself. We are expected to uphold the righteous standard of The Law. May the Father bless you in your pursuit of Him. May His Word pierce your heart. Do not make void the blood of Messiah by living in lawlessness.