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|But Christians aren't "under the Law" - are they?
| Paul preached the gospel to two different groups in the Bible, Jewish people and gentile people.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might
gain them that are under the law; 1 Corinthians 9.20
The gentiles were the ones under the Law, because they disobeyed it.
After hearing the truth, accepting it, repenting, being baptized in water in the name of Jesus, and receiving the Holy Spirit they
were no longer "under" the Law, because now they had it written on their hearts and on their minds, they were obeying God's
Law (and when they fell short as we all do they admitted it and asked for forgiveness 1 John 1.7-10), they had repented from
the way of the world, this is the New Covenant, having God's Law written on the heart and mind:
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their
minds will I write them; Hebrews 10.16
Contrary to the lies of the many false prophets the New Covenant is not the elimination of God's Laws:
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6.15
Sin is the transgression of God's Law - it is not ok - no matter what the Pope and a million false prophets have to say about.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3.4
Christ did not come to diminish the Law or to make it DIS-honorable - quite the opposite:
The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Isaiah 42.21
He "magnified" the Law by increasing it.
He increased the Law by adding an entirely new dimension, before it was a sin to transgress His Law, now it is a sin to THINK
ABOUT TRANSGRESSING His Law.
This is how the LORD "fulfilled" the Law - He filled it to the brim (the meaning of the word "fulfill"):
17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18. 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.
19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in
the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes
and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the
22. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in
danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of
the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24. Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the
judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed
adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5.17-28
Before it was sin to murder - now it is a sin to have hate towards our fellow man.
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 1
Before it was a sin to commit adultery - now just wanting to is sin. And by extension the same would be true of all the
Being "under the Law" is very similar to being "under arrest" - this is what happens when you are guilty.
Christ made the Law "honorable" by bestowing His Holy Spirit upon us, which writes God's Law in the heart and mind of the
Those who serve The LORD have His Laws in their hand (the actions) and their thoughts (the forehead).
As acted out in the phylacteries:
6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when
thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between
thine eyes. Deuteronomy 6.6-8
Those who serve Rome have the commandments of the Pope in their hand (their actions) and their foreheads (the thoughts).
THE BOTTOM LINE - If you are desecrating the LORD's Sabbaths and Annual Holy Days you are way behind the
Scribes and Pharisees:
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes
and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.20