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1.   I will have no other gods.

2.   I will not make or bow down to any image.

3.   I will not dishonor you and your name.

4.   I will remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5.   I will honor my father and mother.

6.   I will not murder.

7.   I will not commit adultery.

8.   I will not steal.

9.   I will not lie.

10. I will not covet what belongs to my neighbor.




 


















































 

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Christ magnified the Law and did not do away with it

by Bill Wong





The vast majority of Christians today fall into two camps; they either:

 

1)  Believe the Law of God (such as the 10 Commandments) has been made obsolete when the Son of God, the Lord Jesus the Christ (Messiah) came/died for our sins.   

 

Or

 

2)  Believe the Law of God is still in effect, but do not really obey it or choose which ones to obey and how to obey them. 



Both are incorrect and come from erroneous teachings that originated from the Roman Catholic Church and have been passed down from generation to generation over the course of centuries to virtually all forms/denominations of Christianity such as the Protestants and even the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The early Christians observed God’s law in loving obedience to God as a guide for holy living in addition to having faith in Christ.  However, almost from the very beginning Rome – its empire and church, persecuted these believers as “being Jewish” in Rome’s attempt to stamp out the holy ways of God and replace them with the pagan ways of Rome.   


These pagan un-Biblical ways of Rome have hidden Biblical truth and greatly distorted Christianity to this very day, and make it very difficult for everyone to worship God in spirit and truth which is what He seeks in us:


John 4:

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."    (NKJV)



It also makes it extremely difficult for Jewish people to come to know that Jesus (in Hebrew, Yahusha/Yahushua or Yeshua as most Jews refer to Him) is their Messiah.  For example, Christianity teaches that the Law of God was abolished by Messiah (does this even sound right or possible?) and of course, Rome’s behavior against Jews (and non-Jew believers) throughout history also cause Jewish people to hesitate in coming to the truth.   



Note: God’s name is YHWH (the four Hebrew letters yod, hey, waw, hey) and is pronounced Yahuwah; it is often used as Yahweh or Jehovah and it is written as “the LORD” in most English Bibles.  The Son of God’s name is Yahusha (or Yahushua/Yeshua) which is also Hebrew, because Jesus is Jewish.  Christ means the same thing as Messiah where Christ derives from the Greek (kristos) and Messiah derives from the Hebrew (mashiach) – in this article, Christ and Messiah is used interchangeably.





The Law of God is not obsolete


Most Christians say the Lord Jesus did away with the Law of God.  The problem with this statement is that not only is it false, but it completely and directly contradicts what Jesus said.  In the Sermon on the Mount/Beatitudes, Christ specifically declared that He came NOT to abolish (do away with, destroy) the Law:


Matthew 5:

17   "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.    (NASB)



To make this abundantly clear, let us look at the definition of the word ‘abolish’; this is what it means: 


‘abolish’:

--- To do away with; put an end to; annul; make void:  to abolish slavery



We see that ‘abolish’ means to ‘do away with’.


Many people today say Jesus ‘abolished’ or ‘did away with’ the Law of God.


However, Jesus very clearly said that He did NOT ‘do away with’ (abolish) the Law of God.  In fact, He goes on to say that we should teach them and not try to do away with them:


Matthew 5:

19   "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.    (NASB)


 

So Christians today are teaching against Christ.  Believers today have been deceived by tradition and wrong teaching and are doing the opposite of what Christ said.  Christians are actually doing what Christ commanded them not to do.  Christ told believers to NOT try to do away with God’s law and they should NOT teach that God’s law has been done away; instead, Christ told believers that they SHOULD teach the Law of God. 


The reality is that Christians today – intentionally or not, are the ones who are trying to “do away with” the Law.  Christ did not do away with it and also told us not to do it.  But yet Christianity has ignored this and teach a falsehood as truth: they teach against Christ and say He did away with the Law when He clearly did not.  He said He did not and commanded us not to either.



A common error is how those who believe the law is obsolete use the apostle Paul’s words to say God did away with His law.  They say that the Law was nailed to the cross when Jesus was nailed to the cross and cite Galatians 3:13 and Colossians 2:14:

 

Galatians 3:

13   Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"),    (NKJV)

 

Colossians 2:

14   having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.   (NASB)

 

 

Do these verses really say the law is done away with?  In Galatians 3, it is not the law that is done away with, but it is the curse of the law that is done away with.  What is the curse of the law?  Colossians 2:14 tells us the curse is the handwriting of requirements or the certificate of debt against us.  In the Bible, debt is used as a way to reference what sin is --- it is something held to our account which we must pay off, but cannot.  When we cannot pay, there is a penalty that is incurred.   Paul tells us this penalty is death:

 

Romans 6:

23   For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

 

 

So we know the penalty of sin is death.  What did we do that puts this death penalty upon us?   It is our sin.  How does the Bible define what sin is? The apostle John tells us:

 

1 John 3:

4    Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.    (AKJV)



God defines sin as the transgression of His law.  To transgress the law means to break the law and sin – and the penalty (the wages of sin) is death.  When we transgress the Law of God (and we all do), we have debt in our account, but there is no way we can pay.  This is why our sin debt is also called the curse of the law.  Although the Law of God is perfect, we are not and are deserving of the penalty of death.  We are doomed to die in our sins --- unless someone can pay this debt for us.  Yes, there is someone and it is the only-begotten Son of God and Messiah.  


Messiah removed the debt and wiped our accounts/slates clean.  However, does this mean we are supposed to keep on sinning which is to keep on transgressing God’s law?  Of course not.  The Bible plainly says over and over again that we must be holy and not sin.  But Christianity essentially believes we can keep on sinning, because it thinks the Law of God itself is what has been removed at the cross instead of what the Bible actually says – the Bible says it is the death penalty (curse) of sin/transgression of the law that was removed, not the law itself. 


It would be like if you were caught breaking the law such as speeding in a car and are supposed to get a ticket and pay a fine/penalty, but instead the officer decides to let you go with just a warning.   Is it the fine/penalty that is thrown out or is it the law itself?  Does this mean you should go ahead and keep on speeding/breaking the law (sinning) afterwards?  Which was removed: is it the penalty of breaking the law (the penalty of sin which is death) that was removed or is it the law that was transgressed which is removed?  The answer is obvious.  It is NOT the law that is removed, but only the penalty.  The Law of God still exists or otherwise there is no measure for what sin is and there would be anarchy, but we know God’s moral law still exists and is applicable to all.  


Just like in the example above, when we break the law, how can we think that the Law of God is removed instead of the penalty?  It is like the lawbreaker saying to the police officer, “Why are you excusing my speeding and not giving me a ticket?  You should not have stopped me in the first place, because there is no law that prevents me from speeding and if there is, throw the law out and not the ticket!”.  It is like us saying to lawgiver, God: “Fine, you caught me, but what law are you talking about?  You should not take away the penalty, but you should take away the law instead!”   


Does this make any sense?  It is going against the entire gospel, because we KNOW Messiah came for one reason and one reason only --- to pay the penalty for us.  He did NOT come to do away with the law.  The law defines what is holy and righteous (it tells us what is good and what sin is and therefore how not to sin) which we are called out to be – to be righteous and not sin;  this is what it truly means when God commands us to imitate Messiah even though He is perfect and we are not.  Paul himself tells us plainly that without the Law of God we would not know what sin is and how to behave; we would not know what we should and should not do:


Romans 7:

7    What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."    (NKJV)



Messiah paying the penalty for us does NOT remove our responsibility to stop sinning, stop breaking the Law of God.  Since God says that sin is the transgression of His law, then what God is saying is that the way to stop sinning is to obey His law.  The Law of God is not obsolete at all, but it is a standard of measure of what sin is – the guidebook instructions God gives us to show us how to live our lives to be righteous and not sin.  Indeed, whenever we see the word ‘law’ referring to God’s law in English Bibles, it is actually referring to the Hebrew word ‘torah’ which means ‘instruction’; the ‘Torah’ (the Law) is also the collective name of the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses.  The law as the standard of measure for what sin is means that it still exists and will continue to exist as long as sin itself exists; this is because God defines sin as the transgression of His law which means the law must be there to be transgressed. 


Or we can use another example which is much closer to the point – a murderer awaiting execution.  While he is in prison he is expected to behave and not murder anyone, but then he is eventually pardoned by the governor and released from prison.  He has been forgiven the penalty, but is he now free to keep on sinning/committing the wrong that brought about the penalty in the first place?  Does this pardoned murderer in his right mind seriously think that the law should be abolished instead of the death penalty or should he just be grateful that he was pardoned of his crime/sin and strive to be a law-abiding citizen from now on?  

 

It is not the law that has to be removed, but it is God’s mercy that removes the penalty/curse; as Paul states: “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (Romans 7:12).  When he is released (or any prisoner, in truth), is he not expected to be upright and righteous and no longer transgress the law?  Of course he is expected to stop transgressing the law even though the punishment was pardoned.  And so are we: even though we have faith in Christ and He pays the death penalty for us which we deserve, we are expected – actually commanded, to stop sinning the rest of our lives, which is to stop transgressing the Law of God.

 

And this brings up the following verse that believers who think the law is obsolete also use: 

 

Romans 10:

4    For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.    (NKJV)

 

 

However, as we have seen, Christ does not put an end to the law, but what He does remove is the death penalty curse, wiping out our sin debt which we can never pay.  The Bible is telling us that forgiveness of sin does not remove our responsibility to walk upright as we can also readily see in the parallel to the pardoned prisoner and his need to still abide by the law.  Romans 10:4 just says we cannot expect to obey the law to be declared righteous and saved, because everyone falls short and is a sinner and transgressor of God’s law and therefore will die in their sin: 

 

Romans 3:

21       But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

22       even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

23   for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,    (NKJV)

 

 

In other words, Romans 10:4 is telling us that everyone will still die even if they obey the law, because all fall short – and everyone will still need faith to be forgiven/pardoned of their sins.  We all need the atoning blood of Christ!  But as we can see, even with the pardon, we must be righteous and are expected to obey the law and not break it again.  Obeying God’s law is never about earning salvation, but it is all about loving God like a parent – the Heavenly Father He is, by being obedient to Him.  And the fact that we cannot obey the Law of God perfectly is not an excuse to go on sinning and breaking His law!

 

The apostle Paul is not saying Christ put an end to the law.  Paul is expressly saying we cannot use the law to say we are righteous and saved, because Christ has paid the atonement for our sins with His blood.  He is telling us that because we will all fall short, we cannot expect to be saved by obeying the law (or anything we do in ourselves), but faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice is required. 

 

However, faith does not remove the need to live righteous and holy to God which is obeying His law and not breaking it (sin).  Do we honestly believe that God wants us to keep sinning/transgressing His law even if we are pardoned/have faith in Christ?  Of course not – if we are forgiven our sins by Christ’s blood, then we cannot keep transgressing the Law of God and sinning to His face and basically trampling on the blood of Christ.

 

Pardoned criminals (sinners) are not supposed to disregard the law, but this is exactly what Christians do when they accept the pardon, but yet throw away the law and our need to stop breaking the law by rationalizing to themselves that Christ abolished the law.  Christ did not die for our freedom – release from captivity, so we can continue to sin and break the Law of God.  God forbid! 

 

When we come to faith, we live and die for the one who freed us and this means even if we have been saved by faith and God’s grace, we must not continue to sin and let sin still be our master:

 

Romans 6:

1    What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

2    Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

3    Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4    Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5    For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

6    knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

7    For he who has died has been freed from sin.   

8    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

9    knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

10   For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

11   Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12   Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

13   And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

14   For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

15   What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

16   Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

17   But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

18   And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

19   I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.    (NKJV)

 

 

The apostle Paul tells us that when we die to our old selves and are renewed in Christ, we must stop sinning.  To continue to sin (transgress God’s law) is to still be a slave to sin.  But to stop sinning (obey God’s law) is to be a servant of God.  

 

In verse 19 Paul defines for us again that sin is the transgression of God’s law – lawlessness (ignoring the law and breaking it) is sin.  The weakness of the flesh, uncleanness and lawlessness are all synonyms for what sin is which is breaking God’s law; while being righteous and holy are the opposites of what sin is which is obeying God’s law.

 

The Bible truth that we must stop transgressing God’s law even after we come to faith in Christ is also given by God through the apostle John.  God tells us in another way that the servant/child of God must not sin/break His law and if this person does, he/she is really a servant of sin/of the devil.  After the Almighty gives us His definition of what sin is, He very clearly tells us that those who abide in God must not commit sin – we must not transgress His law:

 

1 John 3:

4    Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5    And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6    Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.

7    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8    He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

9    Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.     (AKJV)

 

 

God also makes it extremely evident that to stop sinning/transgressing His law is how we are righteous and are of God (His seed abides in us and we are born of God), but when we continue to sin and break His law we are of the devil.  It really does not get clearer than this and can be given in a formula:

 

GOOD: 

Stop sinning/stop breaking God’s law = we know Him; we are being righteous; His seed abides in us; we are born of God

 

BAD: 

Continue sinning/breaking God’s law = we do not know Him; we are deceived; we are of the devil; we are not born of God and His seed does not abide in us  

 

 

Christians who say Christ did away with the Law of God call it “legalism” and obedience to it “bondage”, but we can see from above that what the Bible actually says is the opposite of what people believe.  The Bible states that sin/breaking the law is bondage to sin, the flesh and Satan, but being righteous and obeying the law is servitude to God.  When we are righteous and obey God’s law and not sin, we show that we are serving God and are in His will for us as His children.  However, when we sin and break God’s law, we show that we are serving sin, the flesh and Satan.  The enemy Satan has deceived most Christians to think that obedience to God’s law is “bondage” and done away with so they can keep on sinning, but when Christians do this – in reality they are in bondage to the enemy and sin.  So in other words, according to the Bible, whether or not we obey God’s law tells us who we are really serving.  If we obey God’s law, we are servants of God; but if we sin and break God’s law, then we are slaves to sin and the enemy.

 

 

This is why many Christians today cannot just say “Christ did it all for us”.  There are two problems with this:

 


1.   Due to erroneous teachings passed down from long ago, Christians do not really know what sin is.  They do not know that God defines it as the transgression of His law.  And of course, it does not help they are also taught that the Law of God is no more, but this is absolutely not true.  How can one repent of sin if they do not even really know what sin is?  Remember what the apostle Peter said on the day of Pentecost when the body of Christ began with the mass outpouring of God’s holy spirit to all people everywhere:

 

Acts 2:

38   Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   (NASB)

 

The Bible says the first thing believers must do is repent of their sins – so we must know what sin is in order to repent of them before we go any further in our walk.

 


2.   Because of #1 above, Christians go about sinning and breaking His law all the time.  Additionally, they live their lives not taking sin (even their own definition of sin) very seriously at all.  They have been taught in error that they essentially have no responsibility for their behavior, but to just believe in Christ.  However, as the Bible states, to go about living in sin and having a very careless attitude toward obedience to God’s law is to show that the believer is not really a servant/child of God and walking in Him, but is actually of the devil and still a servant of sin – continuing to transgress God’s law.

 

 

Again, Christians cannot say “Christ did it all for us”.  Does He live your life for you or do you have a role to play?  And if we say He abides in us, do we really think Christ would break the law of His father?  Remember, we are supposed to have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).  Do we really think God provides for our atonement, but wants us to keep sinning?  Certainly not!  The Lord Jesus shows us this truth Himself and we see a live example when we read about the woman caught in adultery who was going to be stoned.  What did Jesus do?  What does the Bible show us? 

 

John 8:

10       When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?"

11   She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."     (NKJV)

 


The Bible shows us that the sinner incurred the death penalty (wages of sin is death), but she was forgiven her sin by the Lord Jesus and saved from the punishment of death.  However, even with the forgiveness by Christ she was still commanded to do something afterwards.  After forgiveness, the sinner is commanded to go and sin no more; the sinner is to go and live their lives and stop transgressing the Law of God.  This is the same thing that happened in our analogy about the prisoner on death row.  A pardon or forgiveness does not remove the responsibility of sinners to go and sin no more and stop transgressing the Law.  Remember that we are called to be a holy set-apart people, to be holy as God is holy.  

 

 

The Bible acknowledges we are not perfect and will sin, and that is why faith in the Son of God’s atonement and resurrection is required.  However, we are still responsible to live our lives and be righteous and not sin (stop breaking the law).   The Law of God and faith are NOT opposites or mutually exclusive of each other, but instead they have to go together.  One is to show us how to rightly live (Law) and the other is so that we can still be forgiven even though we stumble and do wrong (Faith).  We need faith/forgiveness, but clearly God does not want us to go living our lives and sinning/breaking His law.

 

This is why the Bible insists that we must have the mind of Christ and we must be like Christ who was perfect even though we are not.  It is because Messiah was perfectly obedient to the Law of God and without sin, and He is our model to obey God’s law to not sin.

 

1 Corinthians 11:

1   Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.    (NKJV)

 

1 John 2:

1    My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2    And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

3    Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4    He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5   But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6    He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.   (NKJV)



Notice above that John says we must imitate Christ who perfectly obeyed the Law, but at the same time says that when we stumble, it is our faith in Christ that sees us through.  This means that we are supposed to obey God’s law (not transgress it which is sin), but where we fall short and still sin we also have our faith.  Again:  Faith and law are not mutually exclusive and opposite, but absolutely MUST GO TOGETHER. Holy living is expected of even imperfect people like us, and since we fall short, faith in Christ and His atoning blood is what cancels the death penalty, our sin debt.  We do not obey God’s law to be saved, but we obey God’s law because we love Him and want to be obedient children.  We obey God’s law because we want to be holy as He is holy as He wants us to be – following the example of the Son of God.  Note: When believers put faith in Christ and the Law of God against each other as opposites, they sometimes call it “grace vs. law”.


 

In fact, this is why we are called to imitate the Heavenly Father Himself and just like His son, He is also perfect and would and does obey the Law of God:

 

Ephesians 5:

1     Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;    

2     and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.     (NASB)

 

1 Peter 1:

14   As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

15   but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

16   because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."   (NASB)

 

In addition to imitating God and Christ, we must also take note of the truth that the Bible tells us the Son of God is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15).  This means that the Son of God thinks and behaves as His father does.  This means the Son loves what His father loves and hates what His father hates.  And this is exactly what we see.  The Bible tells us that the Son of God hates lawlessness which is sin/the transgression of God’s law:

 

Hebrews 1:

8    But of the Son He says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.

9    "You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness above Your companions."   (NASB)

 

 

The Bible tells us simply that the Son of God hates sin – the transgression of the Law of God just like His father does.  And remember: the Bible says believers are supposed to have the mind of Christ and be like God and Christ.  This means we must hate sin also.  We must hate the transgression of God’s law!   Again, the Law of God still exists as long as sin exists, because it is the measure of what sin is – so there is no excuse.  To imitate God and Christ is to hate the transgression of His law.

 

 

The Bible also plainly tells us that faith without works is dead.  Your faith must be combined with works as evidence of your faith:

 

James 2:

14   What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?

15   If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

16   and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

17   Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

18   But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."

19   You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

20   But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

21   Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

22   You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;

23   and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God.

24   You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

25   In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

26   For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.   (NASB)

 


And where does faith come from?  Faith comes from love – loving God and Christ. 

 

And what is greater than faith?  1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us it is love that is greater than faith (and hope):

 

1 Corinthians 13:

13   But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.   (NASB)

 

 

James 2 above tells us that faith needs action to be truly alive and perfected, but faith without works (action) is dead.  The reason why faith without works or action is dead and is not a true faith is because the very same thing applies to love – and love is greater than and encompasses/includes faith. 

 

Love is action.  Love requires that we naturally do something that shows we love someone.  Love also means you have faith in the one you love.  It is not enough to just say “I love you” while your behavior – your actions, toward the person you profess to love shows otherwise.  The same thing goes with faith.  We cannot just say “I have faith” or “I believe”, but meanwhile you have no actions to prove how faithful you claim to be.  Faith means you trust the one you love and believe what He says.  This faith should be manifested by your love. 

 

Faith and love means you listen to your Heavenly Father and obey His commandments, because you believe/trust (have faith in) that He knows what is best and loves you, and has your best interests at heart.  This is no different than how we should obey our earthly parents just because we trust and love them and they are not perfect, but the Heavenly Father is.  The other side of faith and love is what God also commanded us to do which is to believe in the one whom He sent – His son and our Messiah:

 

John 6:

29   Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."    (NKJV)

 

Again, the Bible teaches us that faith and law are not opposites and to be kept separated from one another.  The Bible teaches us that the faith and law must go together and do go together, because they both stem from love and God is love:

 

1 John 4:

7    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.    (NKJV)



And we love Him, because He first loved us:


1 John 4:

19   We love Him because He first loved us.     (NKJV)



The fundamental truth God shows us in His holy word is this:


Faith and love require action and these actions include trust/belief and obedience toward the one we love.  Trust and obedience are two very important parts of a good relationship between parents and children – and even more so with our God and His son, our Messiah who are perfect.  God is telling us that faith (trust/belief) and law (obedience) are the foundations of a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus.  And because God is love and it is God and love from which all things come forth, this means He is the source of love and provides us with His love – and in return, we love Him back with the love He gave us in the first place.  This love by which we love Him back is manifested in our faith and love towards Him: obedience to His commandments and believing in the one, His son whom He sent.  Obedience to God’s law is not to earn salvation, but it is an act of love – how we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Bible states that faith and law must go together all the time and if they are not together, then our faith and love are dead, and our faith and love cannot be perfected.   



And again, the Bible tells us that the Law of God is not done away with or obsolete, as Christ, the Word of God become flesh who is the same yesterday, today and forever tells us (again) Himself – it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away before even the smallest part of the law can:


Matthew 5:

18   "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.    (NASB)



Did heaven and earth pass away yet?  So we know that Messiah did not put an end to the Law of God despite how many try to distort the writings of Paul.  The Bible does tell us there will be a new heaven and a new earth.  If Jesus was referring to this, it still will not happen until after the 1,000-year Kingdom of God and the Great White Throne Judgment:


Revelation 20:

1    Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2    He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

3    and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

4    And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5    But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6    Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

7    Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison

8    and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

9    They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.

10   The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

11   Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

12   And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

13   The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

14   Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15   And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.      (NKJV)

 

Revelation 21:

1    Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2    Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3    And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."    (NKJV)

 

 

What Messiah said about heaven and earth passing away before the law does seems to be reflected in what God tells us in the Book of Isaiah:

 

Isaiah 66:

22   "For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain.

23   From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD.    (ESV)

 

 

God tells us that from new moon to new moon, from Sabbath to Sabbath, we will worship before Him at least until He creates a new heaven and new earth.  Why are there references to a new heaven and new earth and the Law of God?  It is because God tells us His law is valid all the time with one major difference: 

 

During the time before the new heavens and new earth are created, mankind as a whole will still be subject to sin and death (the transgression and penalty of the law), because all those in the Book of Life have not yet been perfected.  In other words, the only time the law is no longer required is when there is no more sin.  The only time this can happen is after the final judgment (Great White Throne Judgment) when also death and the enemy Satan will meet their final fate, because all the people who are left are those in the Book of Life and destined for the New Jerusalem.  After the judgment where death and the enemy are destroyed and those who have been judged to the second and final death, everything and everyone remaining will be perfected and unable to sin/transgress the law.  This does not necessarily mean the Law of God is no longer valid in the new heaven and new earth, but it definitely means that breaking the Law of God will be impossible at that time, because we are perfected and can no longer sin. Until then, though, everyone does sin – we do transgress the law, and the Law of God is still valid.    


Unfortunately, due to false teaching, Christians today believe that the law is thrown away along with the penalty.  They fail to see without God’s law, there is no sin and there would be anarchy where we can do whatever we want.  Maybe if the lawbreaker/sinner was to be left to his own devices and makes the rules, he may think it is a good idea to remove the law so he can do whatever he wants without penalty.  This is faulty thinking, but it is essentially what Christians have done: through false teaching and traditions, God’s law is considered obsolete and they do not know what sin is or take it seriously; so they continue to blindly do what they do, never knowing that they are transgressing God’s law (or worse: knowing they are transgressing God’s law, but have decided to live the lie, because it is more “pleasurable”).  Christians today are guilty of abolishing/doing away with the Law of God when Christ declared He did not come to do it and commanded us not to do so.But as the Bible clearly shows:  sin and death – the transgression and penalty of the law, will exist until there is a new heaven and new earth.  Until that time, the Law of God is still here and we are subject to God’s law; it applies to everyone whether you are a Jew or non-Jew. 

 

 


The Law of God is for everyone – Jew and non-Jew/Gentile

 

In our discussion, we see that the Bible declares that position #1 above (the belief that Messiah did away with the law) is undeniably false.  It existed, exists and will exist at least until heaven and earth passes away and there is a new heaven and new earth.  So let us address position #2 where believers do believe the law is in effect, but are selective in whether they observe it or only choose the ones they want to keep, and from those they do observe, they completely change the law and observe it the way they want instead of what/how God commanded for us.  Some also say that the Law of God is just for Jews only or it is a combination of all of the above. 

 

We have seen the law exists and will exist, so truth be told, this second position always comes down to one thing.  People will say they are fine with all the commandments --- all except one.  The one exception is always the 4th Commandment – the commandment regarding God’s 7th day Sabbath.  It is virtually never adhered to by modern Christianity today.  The 7th day Sabbath is considered “Jewish”, for Jews (Judaism) only.  Christians today say the 4th Commandment with the 7th day Sabbath is for Jews and then go ahead and modify God’s 10 Commandments to interpret the 4th Commandment for themselves – to say that the Sabbath is not the 7th day, but it is any day they wish (“any day in seven”), but especially the day of worship Christians created for themselves – Sunday, the 1st day of the week which they call “the Lord’s day”.   Note:  In addition to ignoring the Sabbath commandment, the Roman Catholic Church also disobeys the 2nd Commandment about idolatry.  It has its own version of the 10 Commandments and removed the 2nd Commandment, then moved up all the other commandments (so on its 10 Commandments, the Sabbath commandment is the 3rd Commandment) and split the 10th Commandment in two to make up for the removed idolatry commandment and add up to 10.  

 

The observance of Sunday as a worship day for Christians, while the 7th day Sabbath is considered to be for Jews originated with the Roman Catholic Church in the 4th century AD.  Under the emperor Constantine and the Roman Empire and Roman Church, the faith once for all delivered to the saints – the true Biblical faith of Jew and non-Jew as one new man observing the commandments of God together with having faith in the Son of God and Messiah was aggressively being persecuted to be stamped out of existence.  Ex-communication, exile, torture, death awaited anyone who did not renounce the 7th day Sabbath and God’s other holy days, etc.  Even though these things were from God and Jesus and the disciples observed them, these things were now considered Jewish and people were forced to not follow it and to not associate with people who did.   In place of God’s Sabbath the Romans created Sunday, the “venerable day of the sun”.  This false day of worship to supplant God’s Sabbath for all believers has passed down as Christian tradition and is why people worship on Sunday today, and still consider God’s 7th day Sabbath for Jews only.  Please see the article ‘The Sabbath not Sunday’ for more information on what the Roman empire and church did.

 

Rome did not follow the Bible.  Instead, Rome created its own version of Christianity – a false Christianity, with its own rules which were held in higher authority than God’s word.  They kept the Bible away from the hands of the common people for centuries while they did this, so no one except the clergy knew what God really said and how much the Roman Catholic Church’s doctrines and customs differed from God’s word.  By the time the Protestant Reformation came about in the 16th century AD the false Roman beliefs/traditions were so deeply rooted in the minds of the people, that these falsehoods have remained and carried over to the Christian denominations today.  This is why though people say they believe the Law of God is in effect, they mean everything else except the Sabbath; they say the 7th day Sabbath is for Jews, but Sunday or “the Lord’s day” is for Christians.  Some even call Sunday the “Christian Sabbath”.

 

The question is:

 

Does the Bible teach that the 4th Commandment about the 7th day Sabbath is only for Jews or for all people – Jew and non-Jew, all mankind?


 

The Bible teaches that all of His commandments are for all mankind – it was back then, is now, and will be in the future.

 

The Bible tells us that God gave His law to Israel so they can be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation that will be a light to the nations all over the world.  All the peoples in the world will look at Israel and marvel at how great, wise and righteous the law is and are to follow Israel’s example:

 

Exodus 19:

5    'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

6    and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel."    (NASB)

 

Deuteronomy 4:

5    "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.

6    "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

7    "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

8    "Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?    (NASB)

 

 

The thing we must not just skip over is the fact that God clearly tells us that His giving the law and our obedience to it is how we become holy, great, righteous, wise, and understanding.   The Bible tells us further that when Messiah returns, yes, we will also be a kingdom of priests:

 

1 Peter 2:

4    Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

5    you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.    (NKJV)

 

Revelation 1:

4    John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

5    and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

6    and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.   (NKJV)

 

 

So, moreover, God’s intention for the nations to walk in His law from the days of Moses extends continuously into the future at the Second Coming.   Holy Scripture shows that the law does not change.  Can a Christian today honestly say that he will be a priest if he discards the Law of God like yesterday’s trash and says it is for Jews only?  In the Bible, what do priests do but administer the Law of God?   

 

The early disciples knew that the law is for everyone; that is why even after Messiah returned to heaven, we find 120 of them (including Mary, the Lord’s mother) gathered together at Pentecost (Shavuot) and Paul says we should observe Passover (Pesach) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzot), because Jesus is our Passover:

 

Acts 2:

1    When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2    And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3    Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

4    And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.    (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 5:

6    Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

7    Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

8    Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.    (NKJV)

 

 

They knew that all believers, whether Jew or non-Jew should observe the holy, great, righteous, and wise Law of God.  It is how we obtain understanding.  They knew that observing the Law of God is how they can know God and His ways, because God made His ways known to Moses/Israel --- and believing non-Jews learn of God and His ways from Israel:

 

Psalm 103:

6    The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

7    He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

8    The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9    He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12   As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.    (NKJV)

 

 

One of the things that God gave to everyone, all mankind and not just Jews, is the 7th day Sabbath.  This is why Messiah said that the Sabbath was made for all mankind, not just Jews:

 

Mark 2:

27   Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.    (NASB)

 

 

The truth that God made the 7th day Sabbath for mankind and gave it to us means we are to observe it, because it is meant to be OURS --- all mankind as His creation, to be together with God on this holy day, the only day of the week named and sanctified by God:

 

Genesis 2:

3    Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.    (NKJV)

 

 

As we can see, the time that God gave His 7th day Sabbath to mankind was during Creation week.  And as a reminder to mankind, He repeated the Sabbath commandment again to Moses and Israel when He gave the 4th Commandment and started it with the word ‘remember’:

 

Exodus 20:

8    "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9    Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,

10   but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

11   For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.   (ESV)

 

 

So we can see that God actually gave us the 7th day Sabbath commandment from heaven two times.  The first was during Creation week and the second time was when He gave us His commandments which were written with the finger of God!   Maybe this is the reason that the Sabbath commandment starts with the word ‘remember’.


We must not just dismiss the fact that this is the only time God wrote anything; everything else was men writing through divine inspiration.   So the 7th day Sabbath and all the other commandments are truly a gift from God who had given them to all mankind from above.  In other words, the Sabbath which God made for man is the perfect example of the perfect gift given from above by our perfect God:

 

James 1:

17   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.    (ESV)

 

 

And let us not miss what the apostle James is fully stating.  He says every perfect thing comes from above, from our Heavenly Father who does not change.  God does not change and neither does the perfect gift – His law which is a reflection of Him that He gave to us from above.  He gave all mankind the 7th day Sabbath commandment two times from above (one through Adam to all mankind and again through Moses/Israel to all mankind) and both times, it never changed. 

 

The Bible tells us that the Law of God is meant for EVERYONE – since creation, since Moses until at least heaven and earth pass away.  And yet again, so we do not forget that God did indeed give His laws to ALL people, we must remember that there was a mixed multitude of people who left Egypt with Israel and were with Israel in the wilderness:

 

Exodus 12:

31   Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.

32   Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also."

33   And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, "We shall all be dead."

34   So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.

35   Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.

36   And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

37   Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.

38   A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds --- a great deal of livestock.     (NKJV)

 

 

We must realize that God gave His laws to both “Jews” (Israel) and non-Jews or Gentiles (the mixed multitude) in the wilderness.   The mixed multitude was saved along with Israel and they were also given God’s commandments and statutes with Israel --- this is because God considers all who covenant with Him to be one Israel, whether they are native born or a foreigner.  The non-Jew/Israel people are the wild olive branches that are grafted in together with the native Jew/Israel olive branches:

 

Romans 11:

17   But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,

18   do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.

19   You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."

20   Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

21   for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.

22   Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

23   And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

24   For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?    (NASB)

 

 

In the eyes of God, all the mixed multitude of people with Israel who He also freed from Egypt and to whom He also gave His laws in the wilderness, are considered by God to be as one with Israel – they are together one Israel.  The foreigner is considered as one Israel and share the one inheritance with Israel and are all treated as if they are native born.  Together, they abide by the same law God gives to everyone; the law that is great and righteous which gives wisdom and understanding.  This was always true since the creation of man and again in the giving of the law in Moses’ until now.  It is always true and that is why in Messiah’s 1,000-year reign in the Kingdom of God we will see once again, as it was during Moses’ day, a mixed multitude with Israel as one Israel with the same inheritance and also treated as native-born:

 

Ezekiel 47:

13   This is what the sovereign LORD says: "Here are the borders you will observe as you allot the land to the twelve tribes of Israel. (Joseph will have two portions.)

14   You must divide it equally just as I vowed to give it to your forefathers; this land will be assigned as your inheritance.

15   "This will be the border of the land: On the north side, from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to the entrance of Zedad;

16   Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath, as far as Hazer-hattikon, which is on the border of Hauran.

17   The border will run from the sea to Hazar-enan, at the border of Damascus, and on the north is the border of Hamath. This is the north side.

18   On the east side, between Hauran and Damascus, and between Gilead and the land of Israel, will be the Jordan. You will measure from the border to the eastern sea. This is the east side.

19   On the south side it will run from Tamar to the waters of Meribath Kadesh, the river, to the Great Sea. This is the south side.

20   On the west side the Great Sea will be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This is the west side.

21   "This is how you will divide this land for yourselves among the tribes of Israel.

22   You must allot it as an inheritance among yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you, who have fathered sons among you. You must treat them as native-born among the people of Israel; they will be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

23   In whatever tribe the foreigner resides, there you will give him his inheritance," declares the sovereign LORD.     (NET)

 

 

The Bible tells us without a doubt that He gave His laws to ALL mankind and it still applies to us today.  It is a perfect gift given from heaven above to all mankind – from Adam to Moses; from Moses to now; from now to the future at least until heaven and earth pass away as Messiah said.  God’s law is always for all people and has never changed, because God does not change.   It is one law, one Israel, one Messiah.

 


 

How Christ magnifies the Law of God


So we see the Bible tells us that not only is the Law of God not obsolete, but it is applicable to all mankind – both Jew and non-Jew.  Now, how does the Bible show us that Messiah actually magnified the Law?  Well, Messiah tells us Himself very frankly and directly in the Sermon on the Mount.  Again, He said:


Matthew 5:

17   "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.   (NASB)



People take the word ‘fulfill’ and interpret it to mean that Christ made the Law of God obsolete and “do away with it”, but to make it obsolete is to destroy/abolish it – and like we read earlier, Christ clearly said He did NOT come to do that! 


He came to teach more fully the Law of God and not to do away with it.  The Greek word ‘pleroo’ (Strong’s 4137) is what is translated as ‘fulfill’ in Matthew 5:17, but it means to do something ‘fully’ or bring it out to its maximum extent – to fill to the full.   It is the same word used for Paul ‘fully’ preaching the gospel and Paul did not put an end to the gospel:

 

Romans 15:

19   in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.    (NKJV)

 

 

What the Son of God came to do was to expand upon the Law and teach us the fullest and true meaning of the law – its spiritual intent.   We also know ‘fulfill’ does not mean to put an end to the law, because He then immediately proceeded to magnify the law – He immediately proceeded to make us fully understand the fullest meaning of the law:

 

Matthew 5:

21   "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'

22   But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.

23   Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24   leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25   Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26   Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

27   "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.'

28   But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29   If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

30   And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.    (NKJV)

 

 

The law is magnified and we see its full meaning/intent.   To God, hate is the same as murder and lust is the same as adultery.  The Son of God did not do away with the law (just like He said He did not), but He instead magnified it. 

 

But some will ignore this and argue that Christ did not say anything about the other commandments such as the Sabbath, so it does not count.  Such an argument is ridiculous, because to say that since a commandment is not mentioned here then it no longer applies will mean we are now allowed to break all the other commandments such as we can now honor other “gods”, commit idolatry, blaspheme God’s name, dishonor our parents, steal, covet, etc.  We know this is not true.  We also know this is not true, because the apostle James tells us that the Law of God is the perfect law of liberty and to transgress one commandment (sinning) is to transgress the entire law:

 

James 1:

21   Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22   But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23   For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

24   for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

25   But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.    (NKJV)

 

James 2:

8    If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;

9    but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

10   For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

11   For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

12   So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.    (NKJV)

 

 

The apostle James’ reference to other commandments yet one law and breaking one means to break the whole law shows us that all the commandments such as the 10 Commandments are considered to go together to make up one unit.  We must also note that James specifically mentions the same two commandments that Christ did in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 – to not commit murder (6th Commandment) and adultery (7th Commandment), and thereby shows us without a doubt that the other 10 Commandments such as the 4th Commandment on the 7th day Sabbath, is automatically included as being one law together.

 

However, some will still ignore everything the Bible says about how God’s laws are one unit and for everyone, and will then say that the two great commandments to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbors ourselves does away with or replaces God’s law and the need for us to obey God and not transgress His law:

 

Mark 12:

28   Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?"

29   Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

30   And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.

31   And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."     (NKJV)

 

 

However, the Bible does not say that loving YHWH with all our heart and our neighbors like ourselves replaces His law and our need to obey Him.  In their zeal to remove the Law of God and obedience to it and just say it “is all about love”, most Christians miss the obvious meaning of Messiah’s words.  What the Messiah is telling us is not that these two great commandments have removed or replaced God’s laws, but what He says is that these two commandments include or encompass God’s laws.  To include something does not mean to replace it; it means that something is a part of something else.  In other words, these two great commandments consist of or are comprised of God’s laws; they are made up of and contain God’s laws.  

 

What Messiah is saying is that God’s laws tell us how to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and tell us how to love our fellow human beings as ourselves.  And the apostle Paul confirms that yes indeed, these two great commandments are composed of God’s laws where God’s laws are equated to the commandments to love YHWH God with all our heart and our neighbors as ourselves:

 

Romans 13:

8    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.    (NKJV)

 

 

We can see that Paul specifically refers to commandments 5-10 which tells us how to love our neighbors (our fellow human beings) as ourselves.  This of course means that commands 1-4 tell us how to love God with all our hearts, mind, soul, and strength:  you shall not worship other gods; you shall not commit idolatry; you shall not make Him and His name a worthless thing; you shall remember to observe the Sabbath day to make it holy.  Commandments 1-4 pertain to God and commandments 5-10 pertain to people.

 

And we must note that the word ‘fulfill’ which Paul uses is again the Greek word ‘pleroo’ (Strong’s 4137).  Earlier we read that Paul fully preached the gospel and the Son of God said He came not to destroy the law, but to fully show us the full and true meaning of the law.  So the Bible is showing us another way how the Law of God is revealed to its fullest extent:  God’s laws are equated with the two great commandments to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our fellow man like we love ourselves.  Commandments 1-4 are how to love God with every ounce of our being and commandments 5-10 are how to love other people as ourselves.

 

The Bible tells us another way that these two great commandments do not do away with God’s law.  Once again, in their zeal to throw away God’s law, most Christians do not or refuse to see this.  The other way is shown in a corresponding account to what Messiah said in Mark 12 which we read earlier.  It is in the Gospel of Matthew where He said: 

 

Matthew 22:

36   "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"

37   Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

38   This is the first and great commandment.

39   And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

40   On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."    (NKJV)

 

 

Messiah said that the Law and the Prophets hang upon these two commandments.  The Law and the Prophets are representative of all the Holy Scripture that existed in the days of Messiah’s first coming (remember, the newer writings were done by first-hand witnesses (apostles) several years after Messiah’s return to heaven). 

 

What does He mean?  Another translation states:

 

Matthew 22:

40   All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."    (NET)

 

 

Note: The Holy Scripture that preceded Messiah’s arrival is called the Tanakh and consists of the following parts: the Law (Torah, first 5 books written by Moses as mentioned earlier), the Prophets (Neviim, the writings of the Prophets) and the Writings (Ketuvim, all other writings).

 

 

What did He mean by saying the Law of God hangs or depends upon the commandments to love God with all our might and our neighbors as ourselves?

 

Well, when an object is dependent upon something else, what does it mean?  To depend on something means to be based on or be contingent upon that something.  So if the Law of God (and all of Holy Scripture before Messiah came) depends on us loving God with every fiber of our being and loving our neighbor as ourselves, what does this say about God’s laws?

 

The Messiah leaves us no choice as to what the answer is.  Messiah is saying that God’s laws are based on these two great commandments.  It is these two great commandments from which the Law of God comes – it is because of these two great commandments of love, that we have the Law of God.  In other words, God’s law is created from and comes forth from these two great commandments of love which means that God’s laws are based on and about love as well.  The Law of God shows us how to love God and our neighbor, and it shows us how to be holy and live righteously – which is to love and care for ourselves.  And love is also the reason we should be obedient to God’s laws – we obey God’s laws, because we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves.  We are lovingly obedient to Him not to be saved, but because we are saved and have the Law of God written in our hearts and minds.  We love Him, because He first loved us (1 John 4:17-19).

 

The Bible and Messiah do not say God’s law is obsolete, but they say God’s law originates from these two great commandments.  Earlier we read that the two great commandments contain God’s laws where they are equated with one another: of the 10 Commandments, 1-4 are how we love God and 5-10 are how we love people.  And now we know exactly why the two great commandments and God’s laws are equated with one another.  From the two great commandments of love we get the Law of God and we need this same love to be able to obey God’s law, but yet at the same time, the two great commandments consist of God’s law.  So this is what the Bible tells us: 

 

 

Two great commandments

 

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The Law of God (based on two great commandments)

 

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Two great commandments (contains the Law of God)

 

 

This is why the two great commandments do not replace or destroy God’s law.  God tells us that they are equated with another – one (the Law) comes from the other (two great commandments), but yet the same one (the Law) is contained within the other (two great commandments). 

 

They are two different ways to say the same thing, because they are the same thing:

 

The way we show love to our Heavenly Father with every ounce of our being and love our neighbor as ourselves is to lovingly obey Him. 

 

And God’s law shows us how to be holy and love our Heavenly Father with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and how we love our fellow human being as ourselves. 

 

In essence:  when we love God with all we are, we will obey His law.

 

 

But should we not already know that instead of trying “to get out of” having to obey His law?  Can we finally stop being willfully blind and playing games with ourselves, and stop playing games with God’s love and His law?  We see His love and law are one and the same, so do not just say you fully trust Him and love Him, but DO IT.  If you fully trust Him and love Him, you should fully obey Him.  Just like how we should lovingly obey our earthly fathers who we should trust knows best and has our best interests at heart, how much more should we obey our Heavenly Father who we KNOW is perfect and therefore perfectly knows what is best for us and perfectly has our well-being in His heart?   Remember, all that comes from the Father of lights is perfect and good, and He does not change.  He does not give us garbage or things to hurt us, but He gives us the best and what is best for us, because He is perfect and God is love (1 John 4:7-16).

 

 

The Bible also tells us another way that Messiah magnified the law.  Messiah magnified the law with His blood.  The covenant in His blood results in a law that is now written in our hearts and minds which changes us from within to obey God’s law and this is what the Bible means when it says we are supposed to have the mind of Christ --- the person with the mind of Christ within them is the one who has God’s law written in their mind and obeys, and is why this person is subject to the Law of God:

 

Hebrews 8:

7    For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

8    Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah ---

9    not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.

10   For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

11   None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

12   For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

13   In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.    (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 2:

16   For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.    (NKJV)

 

Romans 8:

6    For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7    Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

8    So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9    But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.    (NKJV)

 

 

We see in Romans 8 above that the carnal/fleshly mind is NOT subject to the Law of God and cannot please God.  And therefore, the spiritually-minded who God defines as a person with the spirit of Christ within them, IS subject to the Law of God and will please God.  Indeed, the Bible says if we do not have the spirit of Christ that we are not His. To be subject to the Law of God and please God is to have the spirit of Christ (the mind of Christ) within us – and God’s law written in our hearts and minds. 

 

Please recall what we read earlier:  if we sin/transgress God’s law (carnal/fleshly mind) then we are slaves to sin and Satan, but if we do not sin/obey God’s law (spiritual mind) then we are servants of God.  Having the spirit of God dwelling within us, the spirit and mind of Christ with God’s law written on our hearts and minds is how we do not sin and become righteous servants of God in Christ.  Believers who have this spirit of Christ are subject to the Law of God, because they now have the spirit and mind of Christ which writes the Law of God in our minds and hearts and imitates Christ --- and this is why Paul says believers who have faith in Christ do not “do away with” or abolish/nullify the law at all, but those with faith in Christ are actually the ones who uphold/establish the Law:

 

Romans 3:

31   Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.    (NET)

 


The reason why believers in Christ uphold the law is because believers are the ones with the spirit and mind of Christ within them and the Law of God written onto their minds and hearts; which means believers are the ones who will not sin – they will not transgress the Law of God.  Or do we really think that the mind of Christ in us will tell us to continue to sin/ transgress God’s law?  Believers are supposed to be the ones who, after they have been forgiven, will go and sin no more.  When we go and sin/break God’s law no more means that we will instead obey God’s law.  To go and sin no more is what Christ dwelling within us drives us and helps us to do.  This is why the faithful in Christ are supposed to uphold the law. 

 

Again, the Bible says faith in Christ does not replace and do away with the Law of God at all, but they MUST and DO GO TOGETHER. 

 

 

We must take notice that though many seem to think they are the same, we must understand that the covenant is NOT the same as the Law of God.  We can see this very clearly from Hebrews 8 above: the body of God’s laws is not done away with under the New Covenant, but the law still exists and applies to the New Covenant and is actually made even more powerful – magnified and elevated, because YHWH now writes the law on the hearts and minds of believers so it becomes a part of them, part of their core being.  The only law done away with was the sacrificial law of atonement for sin, because Messiah did it once for all time with His own blood.   A covenant is a solemn agreement between two or more parties and as we can see, the Law of God is only a condition of the covenant as a part of it, but it did not become obsolete and is now actually MORE binding in the New Covenant, because it is written into our hearts and minds to become part of the very core of our being, who we are.

 

The reason why God’s laws are magnified to now be written in our hearts and minds is because of the blood of Messiah.  Since He Himself is the elevated/magnified perfect sacrifice, so is His blood.  This is why under the New Covenant the Law of God is not done away with, but is instead magnified.  God’s laws are now ratified by the covenant in His blood – the magnified blood of a magnified sacrifice results in a magnified covenant with a magnified Law of God:

 

Hebrews 9:

11   But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

12   Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

13   For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

14   how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15   And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16   For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17   For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

18   Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

19   For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20   saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you."

21   Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.

22   And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.    (NKJV)




In truth, we know that the Law of God is for everyone, but we just refuse to obey it.  For example, most Christians would willingly and gladly say that they obey the 10 Commandments or at least think that it is righteous and good, but yet they really do not take it seriously and obey it at all.  This is because what they really mean is that they will obey 9 of the 10 Commandments, but not one – the 4th Commandment about the 7th day Sabbath (Note: In God’s 10 Commandments the Sabbath is the 4th Commandment, but in the Roman Catholic Church version the Sabbath is the 3rd Commandment, because it removed the 2nd Commandment about idolatry and moved everything down, then split the 10th Commandment about not coveting into two to get a total of 10). 


The reason for only obeying 9 of the 10 Commandments, but not the Sabbath is because, as we mentioned earlier, most believers have been deceived to obey the error-filled doctrines of the minds of men from centuries ago (the Roman empire and church of the 4th century AD) which distorted God’s 7th day Sabbath commandment in various ways such as saying it is only for Jews and non-Jews have a man-created 1st day of the week Sunday (Day of the Sun) or can choose any 1 day in 7. 


We must be reminded that the enemy Satan is the father of lies and sin, and he is extremely crafty and cunning.  He is also currently the god of this world:


John 14:

30    I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.    (NKJV)


2 Corinthians 4:

3    And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

4    in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.    (NASB)


1 John 5:

19    We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.   (NASB)



As the father of sin and the god of this world, the enemy knows full well our weaknesses and that time is valuable, and as the god of this world, he is in a position to deceive and manipulate many people.  The enemy also knows the 7th day Sabbath is the seal of God that identifies God as the Creator of all things, so what does Satan try to do?  The enemy creates another day of worship instead – the 1st day, Sunday.  If he can deceive people to believe that God’s 7th day Sabbath has changed or been removed and is now replaced by Sunday, then he has succeeded in making believers transgress the law and sin against God.  Since he is the god of this world, he has set up the entire world’s system to ignore the 7th day Sabbath and have people think that the weekend (the 7th day is the true end of the week) is the time for people “to do their own thing” according to the world which he has set up.  However, in reality and Biblically, the end of the week – the 7th day Sabbath is the commandment of God and only sanctified day of the week which He gave to all mankind to worship and rest in Him. 


Satan has deceived people to do his will and not do God’s will; he has deceived most to observe the man-made 1st day Sunday instead of the God made and sanctified 7th day Sabbath.  The enemy has deceived people to be a friend of the world which he has set up, but not a friend of God.  But remember, we are not to be friends of this world (the enemy and sin) and to do so is to be hostile toward God:


James 4:

4    Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.    (NKJV)


1 John 2:

15   Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16   For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

17   The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.    (NASB)



To not observe the 7th day Sabbath is transgressing God’s law and as we read earlier: to break one is to break them all.  So Christians cannot conveniently choose for themselves to observe 9 of the 10 Commandments (1-3 and 5-10) while ignoring the 4th Commandment about the 7th day Sabbath.


However, all mankind has the same Law of God given to them – especially the Sabbath, which was given on Creation week.  And there is one more thing we must consider --- Christ DID specifically magnify the 7th day Sabbath.  When did He do this?  How?  He did it when He called Himself the Lord of the Sabbath:

 

Mark 2:

27   And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."    (NKJV)

 

 

This is significant, because the Son of God very clearly and directly ties/connects the 7th day Sabbath to Himself.  He is explicitly saying the 7th day Sabbath is His day – that the 7th day Sabbath is the true Lord’s day (and not Sunday as people have been deceived to think).   And remember, this 7th day Sabbath of which the Son of God is Lord, was given twice from heaven --- at Creation week and again on Mount Sinai, and it is 1 of 10 Commandments that stand and fall together for all mankind which Messiah said will endure longer than heaven and earth.

 

What makes this even more significant is the truth that the Bible tells us – the Heavenly Father created all things through His son and for His son:

 

Colossians 1:

16   for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him --- all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers --- all things were created through him and for him.    (NET)

 

Hebrews 1:

1    God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

2    has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;    (NKJV)

 

 

Since God tells us that everything was created through His son and for His son, this very simply means that the Son of God created the 7th day Sabbath on Creation week and it is for Him.  However, in Mark 2:27-28 we just read, the Son of God undeniably said that though the 7th day Sabbath (and everything else in creation) is made for Him, the 7th day Sabbath was made for and given to man.  So what is happening here? 

 

The objective unbiased mind will see it clearly.  Yes, the 7th day Sabbath was created by the Son of God and it is for Him, and this is why He is the Lord of the Sabbath, but He also gave it to mankind. 

 

Why?  

 

The reason why the Lord of the Sabbath gave mankind the 7th day Sabbath is so that we can SHARE IT WITH HIM. 

 

Again, this is the true Lord’s day.  It is the true rest in Messiah.  Just like we are to observe Passover, because He is our Passover, we are to observe the 7th day Sabbath, because He is our rest and Lord of the Sabbath.

 

 

Remember in James 1:17 we read earlier that our Heavenly Father does not change.  His son the Messiah also does not change and neither did the 7th day Sabbath of which He is the Lord:

 

Hebrews 13:

8    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.    (NKJV)



The simple Bible truth is that just like Messiah is for everyone, so is the 7th day Sabbath of which He is Lord – He does not change and neither did the Sabbath.


Again, the Bible says whatever God puts in place will not change just like He and Messiah do not:


Ecclesiastes 3:

14   I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.    (NKJV)



We also must be reminded again that the Lord Jesus hates lawlessness (being without law and transgressing the law which is sin).  As the Lord of the Sabbath who does not change and who created the Sabbath, this means that the 4th Commandment to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8) is just as much as the Lord Jesus’ commandment as it is His father’s commandment – and the 7th day Sabbath still applies to all mankind since creation week.  It also means that since the Lord Jesus hates lawlessness/sin, then He also hates the transgression of the 4th Commandment – which is His commandment, the one commandment that Messiah clearly says He is its Lord.   




One of the most important things we must understand about the New Covenant, the gospel and the entire Bible is the truth of what the New Covenant really is and what it does. 

 

What it is: 

 

As we read in Hebrews 8 earlier, it is really a renewed covenant with Israel and this includes the mixed multitude with her --- the Gentiles/non-Jews who are grafted as wild branches into the native tree with the native branches and become like a native Israelite. 

 

What it does is this: 

 

Aside from the atonement sacrifices, this renewed covenant does not do away with the Law of God, but instead the New Covenant in Messiah’s blood ELEVATES EVERYTHING.  

 

 

So when we talk about the 7th day Sabbath, we see that it is elevated with the rest of the Law.  Now we see it is HIS Sabbath day.  He created it, He is Lord of it.  It is for Him, but He gave it to us. 

 

The 7th day Sabbath is a major part of the revelation we find in the New Covenant:

 

Whereas before we just knew that God created all things, now we know that God created all things through His son and for His son.

 

This includes the 7th day Sabbath of Creation week which still exists for all mankind.  And this 7th day Sabbath, with the rest of God’s law is supposed to be written in our hearts and minds to change us from within, because that is where Christ resides and we are to have the mind of Christ and obey the commandments of God.  

 

The 7th day Sabbath and God’s law have always been for all mankind and as Messiah Himself said, it will endure longer than heaven and earth.

 


 

Conclusion

 

Despite all that God’s word tells us about the Law of God actually being more powerful and binding with Messiah’s blood, the minds of men have devised doctrines to deceive the rest of mankind who are easily deceived.  From the beginning with Adam and Eve, mankind has a fallen sinful streak within him that refuses to listen to God and instead is proud, wanting to do whatever he wants without God in his vain pursuit of pleasure:

 

Jeremiah 17:

9   " The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?    (NKJV)

 

 

Messiah said we must not discard the commandments of God for the sake of man-made traditions that seek to override and eliminate God’s word:

 

Matthew 15:

3    And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

4    "For God said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.'

5    "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,"

6    he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

7    "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:

8    'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.

9    'But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'"     (NASB)

 

 

We must obey God and not men (Acts 5:29).  But yet, first with Rome and then passed down from Rome to Christianity today, men try their best to make Holy Scripture say that God did away with His law when He sent His son.  Of the 10 Commandments, Rome especially targeted the 2nd Commandment about not committing idolatry (it simply removed it from “its” version of the 10 Commandments) and the 4th Commandment about remembering the 7th day Sabbath to keep it holy.  With the 7th day Sabbath Rome and instead created a new worship day on the 1st day of the week, Sunday.  We must remember that the Roman empire and church under Constantine created and named this day after the sun god and made it a worship day for Christians.  With honest eyes we should see the very fact that Sunday is named and sanctified by man/Rome is already a signal that it does not come from God, and He never changed or did away with His 7th day Sabbath or created a new day of worship.

 

We must remember who our Messiah is --- He is the Word of God made flesh:

 

John 1:

14   And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.    (NKJV)

 

 

As the Word of God we would expect that Messiah would tell us if the commandments of God are now obsolete.  But does He do this at all?  No – as we read, He instead does the opposite and says He came not to abolish the Law and it will endure past heaven and earth --- and He commands us to not try to alter the Law for ourselves. 

 

Most of all, brothers and sisters, we must remember this is the Word of God Himself speaking.  In Him, everything is elevated.  As the Word of God – He IS the unchanging word personified, His word is law and He only speaks what His father tells Him to speak:

 

John 12:

47   "If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

48   "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

49   "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.

50   "I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."    (NASB) 

 

 

Think for a moment.  God very clearly gives us His 7th day Sabbath twice from heaven:

 

In Genesis 2 it is given to mankind starting from Adam and Eve since Creation week and the creation of the 7th day Sabbath is recorded in Holy Scripture.

 

In Exodus 20, the 7th day Sabbath is given to mankind again starting with the word ‘Remember’ and it is written by the finger of God and also recorded in Holy Scripture. 

 

 

So we would expect God to just as clearly renounce or remove His 7th day Sabbath commandment (or any, for that matter) and this would be recorded in Holy Scripture as well.  However, do we find this at all?  Are any of God’s commandments revoked?  No – the apostles John, James and Paul all say that by the Law we know what sin is, because sin is the transgression of the Law (and therefore as long as sin exists, the Law exists and is transgressed).  John goes further and ties God’s love and our love for God with obeying His commandments which are NOT burdensome:

 

1 John 5:

3    For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.    (NKJV)

 

 

And if we are really honest with ourselves, then we would know that an apostle would not and cannot change, remove/replace or add to God’s law, because an apostle simply does not have that authority; but it would only be the Messiah and Son of God – the Word of God Himself alone who can do it --- but He does nothing of the sort.

 

Instead, He says He only speaks what His father tells Him to speak and nothing He says does away with the Law of His father.  And what He says is this:  Messiah did not come to abolish the Law and He says He is the Lord of the Sabbath. 

 

Remember, everyone, He is the Word of God and His father gives Him the words to speak.  So if He says He is the Lord of the Sabbath which was given to man (and we know God created the 7th day Sabbath through Him and for Him), then what Messiah says is Law and is on the same level as what is given in Genesis 2 and Exodus 20.  Therefore, this is the Law which Messiah the Word of God Himself spoke regarding His father’s commandments: 

 

He did not come to destroy the commandments of God, but instead elevated them: hate is murder; lust is adultery; the 7th day Sabbath is not just any day created, named and sanctified by God, but Messiah is specifically the Lord of the Sabbath – the 7th day Sabbath is the true Lord’s day.  He is the Lord of the Sabbath and He gave it to all those who believe in Him to SHARE IT WITH HIM. 

 

In the Word of God’s proclamation that He is the Lord of the Sabbath, His words are true, authoritative, enduring and considered Law; and He has elevated the 7th day Sabbath and all of God’s law as only He can. His father’s 7th day Sabbath commandment is Messiah’s 7th day Sabbath commandment.  In other words, God’s 4th Commandment has been magnified by the Messiah to include the truth that He is the Lord of the Sabbath: His father created it through Him and for Him and bestowed upon Him lordship of that day --- and then the 7th day Sabbath was given to us to share with our Heavenly Father and the Son of God as part of our relationship with them.

 

He is our Lord, people.  We were created to rest in Messiah and be one with Him.  Six days we can do our business, but the 7th day Sabbath belongs to YHWH God and His son our Lord, our Lord of the Sabbath.

 

And again, whatever the Word of God speaks is Law and therefore, as the Lord of the Sabbath – the 7th day Sabbath is magnified along with the other commandments and is still Law for everyone who says YHWH is our God and His son is our Messiah who purchased our freedom from sin with His blood:

 

Matthew 12:

50   For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."    (NKJV)

 

John 14:

21   He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."    (NKJV)

 

 

This truth is part of the faith once for all delivered to the saints which we must contend for and it existed before Rome tried to destroy it and confuse it.  We must return to the Bible truth only and not the traditions of men.  We cannot let the commandments of men replace and override the commandments of God.  This truth of who Messiah is and what His Sabbath is to all who have faith in Him is part of becoming a true worshiper who worships in spirit and truth which the Heavenly Father seeks in us:

 

John 4:

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."    (NKJV)

 

 

The time is very, very short.  We must follow the Bible truth only.  It is how we know how to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.  It is the truth that truly sets us free and enables us to withstand anything thrown at us, even death.  We must stop playing around with “church”, but get serious and not only seek God’s truth only, but know it, live it, and share it.  We must internalize it, because the spirit of Christ is supposed to be in us and change us; we are to have the mind of Christ and the Law of God written on our hearts and minds --- this means God's law is supposed to become a part of who we are from the deepest part of us, inside and out, through and through.