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Galatians 3 does not teach that the Law has been done away with

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Most Christians believe that the Law is obsolete and many cite Galatians 3, which was written by the apostle Paul, as evidence to support their view.

 

However, this view has the apostle Paul clearly contradicting himself, because he clearly tells us in his other epistles/letters that it is by the Law we can know what sin is (and the Law is not sin), and we must imitate Christ just as he does (to imitate Christ is to be without sin!):

 

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)

 

1 Corinthians 11:

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

 

 

Indeed, the belief that the Law is obsolete would contradict all of the Bible itself, and also God and Christ. This is because everyone knows God and Christ are holy and without sin, but yet the Bible still tells us that we must not sin – and as Paul said, it is by the Law we know what sin is and we must imitate the Lord Jesus.

 

 

Paul knows the definition of sin is to transgress the Law of God and he tells us we must not continue to sin and break the Law even though God is gracious:

 

1 John 3:

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

 

Romans 6:

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?   (NKJV)

 

 

 

There is no mistaking that Paul teaches we must not continue to sin even though we have faith, and it is by the Law of God we know what sin is.

 

So why is there such confusion? Why do some believe the Law of God is done away with? Why does this error continue to be taught?

 

 

The apostle Peter tells us that many will misunderstand the words of the apostle Paul to their own destruction:

 

2 Peter 3:

13   But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

14   Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,

15   and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul,

     according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,

16   as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,

      which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

17   You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled

     men and fall from your own steadfastness,

18   but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

     (NASB)

 

 

The belief that the Law is obsolete is perhaps the greatest example of misunderstanding Paul.

 

Why?

 

It is because the context of what Peter is talking about in 2 Peter 3 above is the fact that we must “be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless” until the new heavens and new earth are here (verses 13-14). It is the Law that tells us what is holy and what is sin; it is the Law that tells us how to be spotless and blameless.

 

Since it is the Law by which we Biblically know what sin is, is it any wonder that it is so distorted and misunderstood by sinful man? Is it any wonder why it is the largest stumbling block to all the things below which we must know and be?

 

   1) True knowledge of what sin is.

 

   2) True repentance of our sins.

 

   3) True holiness which God wants.

 

   4) Loving obedience as faithful children.

 

   5) Pattern ourselves after perfection: the only-begotten son of God, the Lord Jesus.

 

   6) Teach the true gospel of God.

 

   7) All Jews and Gentiles being one in Christ, as one body of Christ.

 

 

 

 

The correct context of Galatians 3

 

Believers that the Law is obsolete say that we now have the faith of Abraham and the Law is a curse which has been done away with. Let us review Galatians 3 and find out if the apostle Paul really teaches that the Law of God has been done away with. This is the reference to the curse:

 

Galatians 3:

7     Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

8     And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,

     preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed."

9     So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

10   For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

     "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

11   But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith."

12   Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them."

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"),

14   that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,

      that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.    (NKJV)

 

 

These verses are taken out of their correct context. If we read a little further, we find the following:

 

Galatians 3:

21   Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life,

     truly righteousness would have been by the law.

22   But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.   (NKJV)

 

 

In verse 21 above, Paul tells us that the Law is not contrary to the covenant promises to Abraham. He also tells us that it is because the Law defines sin and everyone are sinners, that the Law cannot be used to justify our righteousness, because we cannot perfectly obey the Law. It is not because the Law is imperfect, but it is because we are imperfect, that the Law cannot be used to justify. Remember, Paul tells us that the Law is perfect, but we are not:

 

Romans 7:

12   So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.   (NASB)

 

Romans 7:

14   For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.     (NASB) 

 

 

In Galatians 3:22 above, Paul further describes why it is the Law that is perfect and holy, but we are imperfect and sinful. He tells us that the Law confines everyone under sin, which means everyone transgresses the Law of God – except the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul also tells us how we are justified – by faith in Christ, the only perfect one, because all people fall short of the Law.  

 

We must notice that nowhere in Galatians 3 are we told that we can continue to sin and transgress the Law of God, but we are only told that we can never be justified by it, because we are not perfect though the Law is.

 

 

In fact, in the previous chapter in the middle of “reminding” the apostle Peter who momentarily forgot that though Gentiles may be considered unclean by traditions of men, God considers them clean (Acts 10:28, 34, 35), the apostle Paul lays down the correct context for Galatians 3 when he states the following:

 

Galatians 2:

15   We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

16   knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus,

     that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17   "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin?

      Certainly not!   (NKJV)

 

 

Notice very importantly that Paul clearly states believers should know we cannot be justified by the Law, but must believe in Jesus (verse 16). However, he goes on to say that though we are justified by Christ, we are still sinners – but does this make Jesus a minister of sin? God forbid (verse 17)!

 

Paul is telling us that even though we have faith in Christ, we must not sin, because that would make Christ a minister of sin. To continue to sin is to make Christ a minister of sin by disregarding His sacrifice. He died that we may live, but also that we will walk spotless and blameless as His bride:

 

Ephesians 5:

25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

26   that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

27   that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,

     but that she should be holy and without blemish.   (NKJV)

 

 

Therefore, we now see the correct context and message of Galatians 3 and it is this:

 

Paul is telling us that we must not think we can be justified by observing the Law (and be freed from the death penalty of sin), because we can never be perfect, and therefore we must have faith in the Lord Jesus as the son of God and Messiah who has saved us from our sins by His blood atonement for us. He says that faith has always been the reason why God justifies His chosen people and those who believe works can save without true faith are wrong. However, with faith, we must not continue to sin which would make the Lord Jesus Christ a minister of sinners.

 

In short, we do not observe the commandments of God to be saved, but once we are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus, we obey to be like Christ as loving children who also call God our heavenly father.

 

  

As the apostle Paul also says, it is by the holy, spiritual and good Law of God that we know what sin is and how to be holy; and God forbid if we continue to sin under God’s grace.

 

The message is that we can never think we can be justified by the Law without faith. And once we have faith, we will not sin against God by transgressing His Law. We see this very clearly in the first epistle of the apostle John:

 

1 John 1:

5     This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

6     If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

7     but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another,

     and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

8     If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

9     If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.   (NASB)

 

 

John tells us that though we have sin and fall short, we must confess them, and God is faithful and forgives us by the cleansing blood of Christ (verses 8-10), but this only goes together with the Bible truth that we must walk in the light and not darkness, if we say we have fellowship with God. If we say we have fellowship with God, but yet walk in darkness, then we are liars and do not live by truth (verses 5-7).

 

It is through this epistle of John (in 1 John 3:4), that God states that sin is defined as the transgression of His Law. So clearly, to walk in light is to be holy and to not walk in darkness is to not sin. This means we still must not transgress the Law of God and sin, even though we have faith.

 

 

Paul makes the point that though we have faith in Christ we still must not sin many, many times and in different ways. He even says that believers in Christ do not nullify the Law by faith, but they are the ones who actually establish the Law:

 

Romans 3:

31   Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

     (NKJV)

 

 

Why do true believers establish the Law? It is because they are the ones who understand that God defines sin as the transgression of His Law and even with our faith and God’s grace, we still must be a holy and spotless bride, and not continue to sin against God by transgressing the Law of God.

 

Everyone knows that we are called to repent of our sins. Since God defines sin as the transgression of His Law, then repentance from sin means we must stop breaking the Law. The testimony of the Lord Jesus, the apostles Peter, John and Paul all uphold this Bible truth: To have faith in Christ and to imitate Him as we are commanded to do means our faith in Him must be accompanied by obeying God’s commandments.

 

 

 

 

The Law is not a curse

 

Unfortunately, many completely misunderstand this. They take the fact that the Law cannot justify us to say it is completely useless and has been made obsolete. They treat the Law as if it is the curse that Jesus redeemed us from in verse 13.

 

However, it is impossible for Paul to say that the Law is a curse. Remember, he tells us in Romans that the Law is holy, righteous, good and spiritual.

 

What is holy, righteous, good, and spiritual cannot be a curse!

 

 

In Galatians 3 the curse of the Law does not mean that the Law is the curse. It is referring to the penalty of transgressing the Law – it is the penalty that is the curse. So what is the penalty? As we read earlier, the transgression of God’s Law is sin. Therefore the penalty of breaking God’s Law means the same thing as the penalty of sin. The penalty of sin is death. Death is the curse:

 

Romans 6:

23   For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (AKJV)

 

 

So according to God, when you sin, you break God’s Law (sin = transgressing the Law); they mean the same thing. Or, stated another way:

 

“The wages of sin is death” is the same as “the wages of transgressing God’s Law is death”.

 

 

Paul is not telling us the Law is a curse. He is telling us that death is the curse (death is the penalty of sin/transgressing God’s Law). If you break the law (sin), you will die. Paul is saying that we all have sinned and will die, but thank God for the one whom He sent to cleanse us.

 

The curse of the Law is death – death is what Jesus redeemed us from. Death is the curse and it is what the Lord Jesus abolished. The apostle Paul makes it very clear that the curse of the Law, which is death, is what is really abolished by the Lord Jesus:

 

1 Corinthians 15:

22   For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23   But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

24   Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;

     when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25   For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet.

26   The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.   (AKJV)

 

2 Timothy 1:

10   But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death,

     and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel   (AKJV)

 

 

And again, let us be reminded that death is what is abolished (the penalty of transgressing the Law), but not the Law itself. The Lord Jesus tells us He did not come to destroy the Law and it will stand at least until the heavens and earth passes away first:

 

Matthew 5:

17   "Don't think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to fulfill.

18   For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away,

     not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.  

     (WEB)

 

 

The Bible tells us we should no longer be ignorant and must repent of our sins. Sin is the transgression of the Law of God, so we must repent of transgressing God’s Law. We will be judged by it at the end of the age before all things are remade new:

 

Acts 17:

30   Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

31   because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.

     He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."   (NKJV)

 

 

The righteous judge is the Lord Jesus who told us in Matthew 5:17-18 that He did not destroy the Law, but instead magnifies it. He goes on to expand upon the Law and its true, full spiritual meaning – it is not just murder, but anger, it is not just adultery, but lust:

 

Matthew 5:

21   "You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;'

     and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.'

22   But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment;

     and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say,

     'You fool!' shall be in danger of the fire of Gehenna.

 

27   "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;'

28     but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. (WEB)

 

 

Instead, Christians believe when Jesus said He came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it, that Jesus did away with the Law by fulfilling or completing it.  How can He do away with the Law when He just said He came not to do that?  This is where false doctrine is created and manmade biases and traditions pass down the false doctrine as truth.  We can clearly see and cannot deny when we read Matthew 5 that Jesus indeed did not come to destroy the Law, but instead to teach or reveal it more fully.  

 

The word that is translated ‘fulfill’ in Matthew 5:17 is the Greek word ‘pleroo’ (Strong’s 4137).  It can mean ‘fulfill’, but also to ‘make full’ or do something ‘fully’.  This same word is translated as “fully preach” when applied to the apostle Paul:

 

Romans 15:

19   in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.    (NASB)

 

 

This is what Jesus did as well.  Where Paul fully preached the gospel, the Lord Jesus fully taught the Law of God.  The context dictates the meaning and Jesus did two things to make sure we would know the true meaning of ‘pleroo’ being used:

 

1)  He tells us directly that He did not come to destroy the Law or supposedly “fulfill” it by completing it or doing away with it.

 

2)  To uphold this truth, He actually then goes ahead and starts teaching more fully the Law of God.

 

 

The weakness and sin of man has both mistranslated and misinterpreted the plain meaning of Jesus’ words and Bible truth, but what we think is right is not:

 

Proverbs 16:

25   There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.    (NKJV)  

 

 

Christianity today uses the apostle Paul to do away with the Law of God, but he does not do that and neither does the Lord Jesus.  The gospel and the Law were fully taught and should both be fully understood by us.  The gospel and the Law do not cancel each other out, but they exist together, because the Law of God is contained within the gospel – and this is why Jesus came to fully teach it; to fully reveal the Law of His father is the same as fully revealing His father.

 

This is why though it is faith in Jesus that justifies, faith in ourselves to observe the Law perfectly is not possible. But we must take note: even though we are not perfect God still tells us we should be holy and to be like His son. What does that mean? To be like His son Jesus is to be without sin!

 

When we fall short, it is our faith in Jesus and God’s mercy that makes up the difference and we are forgiven, but we must not continue to sin:

 

1 John 2:

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

 

Romans 8:

3   For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh,

    God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

4    that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 

    (NKJV)

 

 

Notice that the requirement of the Law is called righteous and Jesus' sacrifice in the flesh was to satisfy the penalty of sinful flesh (death) so that we can live free from sin and death, but be alive in spirit.   So if the Law is righteous and its requirement is righteous as well, then what exactly is its requirement?

 

The righteous requirement of the Law is that all are found guilty of sin (confined under sin) and so deserve to pay its penalty of death and come under righteous judgment. This righteous requirement allows for the awesome mercy and grace of God to work through the blood and faith in His son Jesus to save us from our sins.  

 

Those who continue to sin will be punished by the Law's righteous requirement. However, those who repent and turn away from sin, those who are holy, are the ones who follow God's spiritual Law of love and faith and will be spared the righteous requirement of the Law – God's grace is applied to them and not to those who continue to sin.

 

As Paul said, the Law is holy, righteous, good, and spiritual – by which we can know what sin is and what is holy. There should be no misunderstanding: the Law has not been done away with. It is death, the penalty of sin – transgression of the Law of God, which has been done away with by the Lord Jesus’ blood, so we may one day still live forever even if we die.

 

The Bible truth is simply that we do not obey the holy and spiritual Law of God to be saved, but once we are saved, God empowers us by His spirit to obey. Those of the flesh are not subject to the Law of God, but continue to sin which leads to death. However, those with God’s spirit within them are spiritually-minded and are subject to the Law of God:

 

Romans 8

5   For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

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, neither indeed can be.

8   So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9   But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

    Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10   And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11   But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,

     he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.

12   Therefore, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13   For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.     (AKJV)

 

 

The Bible tells us in Romans 8 how we are able to imitate the perfect Christ and abide by the Law of God. Believers in Christ are spiritually minded and have the spirit of God and Christ within them (and so are naturally subject to the Law of God); these are the ones who do not nullify the Law by faith, but instead establish the Law.

 

 

 

 

The Law is a tutor and teaches us

 

Those who say the Law is obsolete also cite Galatians 3:23-25, but overlook verses 21 & 22:

 

Galatians 3:

21   Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life,

     truly righteousness would have been by the law.

22   But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  

23   But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24   Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25   But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  (NKJV)

 

 

However, as we have already discussed, verses 21-22 already tell us that the Law of God is not against God and it is by the Law we make sure we do not make our Lord Jesus Christ a minister of sinners.

 

So we must understand what the correct context is. Why is the Law called a tutor, and what is it tutoring us for? What exactly are we no longer under?

 

The answer is what we have already discussed:

 

The Law is perfect, but we are not.

 

At the same time the Law teaches us how to be holy and not sin, it also teaches us that since we cannot perfectly obey the Law, we must have faith in a perfect sinless atoning sacrifice. This perfect and eternal atonement is the Lord Jesus, who died on our behalf to save us from sin and death. Once we have this faith in Christ’s atoning blood, the specific role of the Law that points out our inadequacies and thereby leads us to faith in Christ’s atoning work for us, has succeeded and we are “no longer under a tutor”.

 

It is this specific role of the Law of God that has ended for the one who comes to faith in Christ and not the Law itself. As we have been reading, even after we come to faith, we still must not continue to sin which is transgressing God’s Law!

 

For those who insist that the Law has been done away with since Christ came, there are two extremely important points we all must know to understand exactly what God is telling us about the Law of God and its role in leading us (tutoring us) to faith in Christ. These points always get ignored. These points are:

 

 

1) How can the Law be done away with if sin is still here?

 

To say that the Law is no longer necessary since Jesus came would be like saying it is now free to sin. Because if sin is defined as the breaking of God's Law and all are confined under it, if we say the Law is now obsolete, than that would mean we can do anything we want – no one would be confined as sinners. Nothing would be called sin anymore since there is no longer any Law to transgress. If no one is accountable, there will be no judgment. It would be chaos.

 

However, since we know sin still exists, then the Law does as well, because sin is the transgression of God’s Law:

 

Romans 4:

15   because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.   (NKJV)

 

 

Everyone knows that transgression (sin) still exists. Therefore, this means that the law, which is what is transgressed according to God’s definition of sin, still exists.

 

The Lord Jesus saves us from the wrath of the Law (which is death), but not from the Law itself. We must be reminded that the fact we come under the wrath of the Law means that the Law must still exist in order to confine everyone under sin.

 

We must think: if the Law was made obsolete when the Lord Jesus came, then why do we need a savior now?   Since without a Law there would be no definition of sin for which to hold us accountable?   What sin would there be to save us from?

 

If the Law was done away with when Jesus came, then that essentially means that for the last 2000 years people have been free to live in sin, because there is no longer the Law which defines sin. But are we not still waiting for His return and judgment? It is only upon His return that the Kingdom of God is established and the history of man comes to an end with the final judgment of all, both the righteous and the condemned, where sin (and the enemy) is done away with forever (Revelation 20).

 

If the Law disappeared 2000 years ago and sin is no longer imputed, than doesn't that really mean that judgment day should have occurred then? Why these extra 2000 years of existence?  

 

 

To say the Law is obsolete since the Lord Jesus first came 2000 years ago is not logical, because it is not true.

 

It ignores what the Bible plainly tells us: as long as Jesus remains our heavenly High Priest to save us and intercede for us before Our Father, it means sin is still present and therefore the Law is still present:

 

Hebrews 7:

24   but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.

25   Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him,

     since He always lives to make intercession for them.

26   For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled,

     separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;   (NASB)

 

 

Is Jesus still our High Priest, our mediator? Yes, of course He is. That is why we do everything to the glory of God in Jesus' name.

 

Colossians 3:

17   And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.   (AKJV)

 

 

Since He is still our High Priest interceding for our sins, therefore the Law is still very much alive and it will divide the righteous and the unrighteous, for all must be accountable to God.

 

 

The Law is eternal and immutable, just like God is. God does not contradict Himself (that would be like lying) and Jesus spoke and did everything His Father told him to and what did the Lord Jesus say? He said He did not come to abolish the Law and until heaven and earth pass away, one stroke or letter would by no means pass from the Law. He said those who practice lawlessness should not call Him Lord:

 

Matthew 7:

21   "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,

      but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

22   "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons,

      and in Your name perform many miracles?'

23   "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'   (NASB)

 

He also said the following, referring to those who do not pay any mind to what He says:    

 

Luke 6:

46   "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?

47   "Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:

48   he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred,

      the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

49   "But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation;

      and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great."   (NASB)

 

 

We must remember we will be judged by what He says:

 

John 12:

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words,

     has that which judges him --- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

     what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."   (NKJV)

 

 

So this belief that the Law is obsolete is dangerous and completely ignores and contradicts the words of Jesus.

 

 

 

2) Did we learn anything from our tutor?

 

So we see the belief that the Law has been done away with actually directly contradicts the Lord Jesus’ declaration that He did not come to do away with the Law. It also does not make sense, because sin still exists which means the Law does as well since the Law defines sin and the Lord Jesus is still our High Priest. Yet, there is another glaring contradiction in logic in this false belief that the Law is obsolete.

 

The Bible says the Law is a tutor (Merriam Webster defines as someone charged with the instruction and guidance of another) that leads us to faith in the Lord Jesus as the son of God and Messiah who has made atonement for our sins with His redeeming blood. The Law does this by showing us how utterly sinful and imperfect we are, and therefore need Christ.

 

However, doesn’t this mean that the Law must teach us what sin and holiness is first?

 

Doesn’t God define sin as the transgression of His holy, spiritual and good Law?

 

Doesn’t God say countless times in His Word that He wants holy children who do not sin?

 

So for those who believe the Law has been done away with when the Lord Jesus came, we must consider this:

 

A.   How successful was the Law as our tutor? Did you learn anything from the Law?

       Did you truly learn how to be holy as God is holy and not to sin against God?

       Did you truly learn how to imitate Christ, who is perfect and obeyed?

 

B.   Where does the Bible say with faith in Christ, that we are now free to sin and transgress God’s holy Law?

 

 

It is not the Law that has been done away. It is the role of the Law as a tutor to lead us to faith in Christ that has ended if we come to faith in Christ in spirit and truth. This means that if we continue to sin after coming to faith in Christ, then the Law has actually failed in its job to teach us to be holy and our faith is not true.

 

 

The role of the Law as tutor is two-fold:

 

1)  It shows us what sin is and how to be holy.

 

2)   And because we are weak and will fall short, we must have faith in Christ.

 

 

These two things always go together. Item #2 does NOT replace or override item #1.

They exist together in the believer who wants to worship God in spirit and truth which is what God seeks:

 

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."   (AKJV)

 

 

We must remember that God wants a holy people and in addition to pointing out our sins and our need for a savior, the Law always shows us what sin is and how to be holy – this never changes. Our holy God wants holy children. Indeed, we cannot approach God without holiness:

 

Hebrews 12:

14     Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:   (NKJV)

 

 

In truth, if we believe the Law is gone, it is proof that we have not learned anything from the Law. This is because we are ignoring God’s definition of sin and therefore cannot be holy children who walk as Jesus did to be the spotless and blameless bride of Christ.

 

So again, if we believe the Law is gone, did we really learn anything from our tutor?

 

The answer would be no, if we keep on believing that the Law is no more and therefore continue to live in sin. The answer is no, because we do not know what the Bible’s definition of repentance is. To repent from sin is to stop transgressing God’s law.

 

And just how do we learn?

 

When we are taught by an instructor, what we learn is to be applied to our life.

 

For example, we must learn the alphabet before learning to read. We must learn numbers before being able to add and subtract.

 

Once we know how to read and to calculate mathematical equations, does that mean we forget what we were first taught?

 

Or is it the truth that we cannot even know what we do now without first learning the fundamentals and indeed, the fundamentals cannot and must not be forgotten?

 

The Bible tells us we do not throw away the Law and it is not obsolete at least until the heavens itself disappears first. Instead, God’s Word tells us that if we have truly learned from the tutelage of the Law, what we have learned is not forgotten but is applied every day to our lives in our walk of faith. What we learn from the Law is applied to our lives every moment of every day – to be holy as God is holy and to imitate Christ.

 

Remember, Christ told us to be perfect as His father is perfect:

 

Matthew 5:

48   Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.   (AKJV)

 

 

And we know God obeys His own commandments.

 

 

So no longer being "under a tutor" (or "under the law") may mean that we are spared death by Jesus' sacrifice and our faith in Him, but it does not mean that the Law has been made obsolete. The Law is to lead us and instruct us in holiness and righteousness of faith. How can we be holy and righteous if we do not know or ignore what God considers to be sin and thereby continue to sin? The Law is the measure by which we know what is holy and what is not – sin.

 

If we were not led to Christ by the tutelage of the Law then is our faith properly or fully founded? We must remember that the Old Testament was the Bible during Jesus' time – the New Testament did not yet exist. And we must also remember that Jesus expanded upon the Law!

 

How many Christians have been tutored by the Law to lead them to faith in Christ? Why does Our Lord Jesus, the apostle John, Paul, etc. keep preaching about repentance, sin and the commandments of God? Why do we continue to ignore them even when Paul tells us here that the Law is a tutor?  

 

Remember the meaning of a tutor. A tutor not only instructs/teaches, but a tutor also guides the one being tutored. Have we truly been taught by the commandments of God and use it as a guide in our lives? Are we using it to guide us, instruct us, how to not sin and therefore be holy to God?

 

And being far more than just letters in an alphabet so we can read and write, or numbers for math equations; what the Law teaches, because it pertains to God and His Son, holiness and sin – once taught, the teaching of the Law is meant to be instilled and retained in the Christian forever.  It is truly meant by God to guide us in holy living – to be like Christ, the perfect one.

 

 

But no-Law proponents say that observing the Law stopped as soon as Christ came.  This is emphatically not true, because they miss the whole point of what the Law does: it teaches us what is sin/to not sin, how to be holy, how to love God and man (the first 4 of the 10 Commandments pertain to God and the last 6 pertain to our fellow man). 

 

When God teaches us it means we learn and do; it does not mean we learn and think about it, change it, ignore it or forget it. To say otherwise is to regulate God's Law to a mere list of suggestions whose import changes with the wind. Just as truth is eternal and not subjective, God’s Law is also eternal and not subjective. They both are of God who is eternal. The Law is a reflection of what is in God’s heart.  

 

The Christian who refuses to acknowledge the eternal relevance of the Law is in a catch 22 that he willingly blinds himself to. What does this mean? Very simply, that the Scripture is a cohesive and cogent unit that explains itself: the truth is the truth and it is there for the taking and you cannot run from it --- unless you choose to:

 

The Bible says the Law teaches us what sin is and what holy behavior is, defining sin as the transgression of God’s Law. The Bible says the Law teaches us to bring us to Christ whose perfect atonement covers us where we fall short, because though the Law is perfect, we are not. God says He wants holy children who model themselves after His perfect son Jesus. Christ says He is not abolishing the Law and then proceeds to explain how they are now even more binding. The entire New Testament speaks of repentance from sin and loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor like ourselves, and refers back to the Law, linking true love, faith in God and upholding the Law together as how we are to love God and our neighbor with all our being.

 

So the Law points to Christ who points to love and the Law. It is unavoidable, but we can choose not to believe, or believe and do something about it. It is because they dovetail into one another that it is not too late to do the right thing.

 

 

Remember that the Holy Scriptures at the time of Christ was the Old Testament and the Law.  The apostle Paul again tells us that the Law has not been made obsolete, and instead he says we are to learn everything from the Law.  He tells us that the Old Testament with the Law is Holy Scripture that is inspired by God and able to make us wise for salvation, and is good for doctrine, correction and instruction in righteousness to make the person of God complete and thoroughly equipped:

 

2 Timothy 3:

14    But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

15    and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17    that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.   (NKJV)

 

 

Paul is saying this even after Christ came!  Paul is saying that the Law is still required for every aspect of our lives even though we are believers in Christ.  In truth, Paul says we are not complete or equipped without it.  The Bible, through Paul,  is declaring to us that faith and law must go together – it is the only way we will be complete.

 

 

So did we learn from our tutor?  Are the lessons learned guiding our lives?  Or have we all been taught falsely that we should ignore our tutor and everything it has instructed us?  Have we gained the knowledge of God to not sin and walk in righteousness?

 

1 Corinthians 15:

34    Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.    (NKJV)

 

 

God is telling us that knowing the Law is required to teach us in order to lead us to our justification by faith in Christ. It is required so we can be holy children of God. Once we learn the Law, we do not forget it. It is applied and we live it.

 

 

 

 

The proper foundation

 

Many people are taught, and therefore believe, in error that the "no longer under a tutor" means that observing the Law stopped as soon as Christ came. This is absolutely not true. As a teacher, the Law teaches us: what sin is; how to not sin and be holy; and how to love God and man. These are things that do not ever change and it is what God wants all the time, because God wants and deserves holy children who are holy as He is holy, who imitate His son Jesus. So if we are taught these things, then we are to apply it for righteous living always and if we are not taught these things, then we most definitely should be.

 

In addition to giving us the knowledge of what is sin and telling us how to live and what loving God and our fellow man means, the perfection of God’s Law confines all as lawbreakers (sinners) that must come under God's righteous judgment – and therefore we all need a substitute perfect atonement. This is how it points us to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as this perfect sacrifice as the Lamb of God. However, this does not remove the need for us to be holy children of God who do not sin and love God and our fellow man.

 

In this role as a teacher it performs another extremely important function – it is the stepping stone to true faith.  When it teaches us about sin, holiness and total love for God and also man, it is preparing us for true faith in the person of Jesus, whose perfect sacrifice alone covers us and so the righteous judgment of death will pass over us and the gift of eternal life can be given to us.  God requires holiness from His people and no sin. The Law defines both: what holiness is and who it is that has redeemed us by His blood. It is the building block of faith.  Remember, without holiness no one will see God (Hebrews 12:14).

 

And we know what building blocks do.  It lays the foundation for what is to come.  The more solid a foundation, the sturdier what is on top of it will be and the entire structure will be stronger.  The Law is not obsolete and replaced by faith.  That is why one of the first things Jesus said when He came was that He did not come to abolish the Law, but to magnify it by bringing it to its fullest intention and meaning.   As a foundation, the Law itself as the word and will of God was the foundation to the awesome perfection that is Jesus, who is the walking, talking Word of God.  As a foundation, the Law taught and prepared for, and pointed to, the awesome promise of faith in Jesus so we may be justified by that faith.  

 

Just like how we must learn letters and numbers before we can read and add, or must learn how to read and add before composing a literary masterpiece and discovering the laws of physics, we must learn what holiness is and how not to sin even before we come to faith in Christ and His atonement. And just like the other things we learn, once we learn them we do not forget them. They are used in our lives and indeed, they are intricately tied to everything we do now. What we are taught is a foundation that stays with us all the time.

 

Or do we think Shakespeare forgot how to read and write before composing his works? Do we think Einstein forgot what a number is and how to add before he formulated his equations? Of course not!  

 

Then neither does the child of God who knows the Lord Jesus is his savior, ever forget what the holy Law of God has taught him: God commands us to be holy as He is and without sin – and it is by the Law that we know what is sin and what is holy. Sin is the transgression of the Law. Our faith, which includes imitating the perfection of Christ, is intricately and completely intertwined with the teaching and foundation of the Law. As the Scripture says, we cannot see God if we are not holy and faith without works is dead:

 

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)

  

 

By “works”, the Bible means that faith is nothing without action. Action includes obedience to God’s will and commandment.

 

We are built upon the foundation of the apostles (New Testament) and the prophets (Old Testament) with Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone:

 

Ephesians 2:

19   Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,

     but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

20   having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

21   in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

22   in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.   (NKJV)

 

 

God wants you to understand that faith justifies only because you are firmly grounded by His Holy Will as revealed in His Law.  Faith and love for Jesus and God is worshipping in spirit and in truth.  And the Law is truth and eternal.

 

Psalm 119:  

142   Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.

160   The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.  (NKJV)

 

 

And again, the Scriptures, the Word of God, was the Old Testament back in the time of the apostles and we are to learn from it, just as the apostles did. The Law of God is the foundation of our faith as the apostle Paul clearly declares:

 

Romans 15:

4   For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction,

    so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.   (NASB)

 

Note: What is written in the Old Testament is to instruct us and give us hope.

 

 

Acts 24:

13   Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.

14   But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers,

     believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets

15   I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

16   This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

 

24   And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish,

      he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

25   Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered,

     "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."   (NKJV)

 

 

Note: Notice Paul says he believes all things written in the Law and the Prophets (the Old Testament) and always tries to not offend God or man (to love God and man as best he can). Notice also what faith in Christ includes: righteousness, self-control and judgment. All these things center around the problem of sin. Unfortunately, most people react the same way as Felix when they hear what faith in Christ actually requires of a believer and they turn away.

 

 

And remember what Paul told us in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 --- the Law and Old Testament are required for us to be wise and righteous, and to be complete and totally equipped.

 

 

So if we say we have faith and love our heavenly father, then should we not show this faith and love by being obedient children, and obey His Law?   Should we not also build our faith upon the firm foundation of the Law and Old Testament as the apostles evidently did?

 

 

Recall that it was in the Sermon on the Mount that the Lord Jesus expanded upon the Law and said He did not come to destroy it, but it will last until the heavens passes away first (Matthew 5). It was toward the end of this sermon that Jesus also said this:

 

Matthew 7:

24   "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them,

      may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.

25   "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;

      and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

26   "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

27   "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."  

      (NASB)

 

 

In saying this, Jesus would be including all He said about the Law (it will last longer than the heavens, He did not come to destroy it and it is more than just murder/adultery but also anger/lust) as part of this strong foundation built upon rock and not sand. The Law is this strong foundation and as Jesus said, we are wise to not just hear His words, but to act on them, and those who hear but do not act on them, He calls foolish.

 

 

The Bible makes it plain that it is impossible to please God without faith and also that we must be holy and not sin. Just as the righteousness of God’s Law leads us to faith, it is faith that is also required to be holy and not sin. Again, it is a circle with one feeding into the other. They go together and are not opposites or mutually exclusive of the other. Surely, faithful Abraham did not transgress God’s statutes and commandments:

 

Genesis 26:

3     Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands,

     and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

4     And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands;

     and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

5     because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."   (NKJV)

 

 

Abraham’s righteousness made him the faithful man that he was. And yet, Abraham’s faith in God guaranteed that Abraham would obey the laws of his God.

 

 

The Law leads us to faith. And then from this faith and our love for God and His son Jesus, worthy fruits and the natural instinct to submit to and obey the will of God (as a child of God who imitates Christ would do) – would come forth. This includes obeying God's Law, because we are to be holy as He is holy. Faith and obedience to God’s Law go together. We must not continue to break God's Law by being disobedient. The spirit of God changes us and empowers to do this.

 

Are we sure we have faith if we continue to disobey God?

 

Our faith is only as strong as our foundation is on the Word of God and He is telling us that it is His Law that is this tutor and foundation. The entire Bible is His Holy Word. The New Testament came after the Old Testament. All in the Old Testament is the foundation for all in the New Testament.

 

To think that the Law is obsolete is like looking at the lone standing building after an earthquake and denying the fact that it is only because of its foundation that it still stands.

 

The underlying message of Galatians 3 is that the Law is exactly what God says it is: a tutor that teaches and guides, showing us how to be upright and holy to imitate Christ, even at the same time knowing that His atonement covers us despite our imperfections. It is not a curse or obsolete. Death is the curse and death will be obsolete. As long as sin exists and Christ is our High Priest, it means the Law still exists at least until the heavens past away, because sin is the transgression of God’s Law. It is absolutely crucial to know and take to heart its lessons in order to have the correct understanding of God's will and a solid foundation for the truth of what faith in, and being like, Jesus really means.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion – being like Christ

 

Christians say they live according to the teachings of Christ, but do we really?  We are told to be like Paul (who imitates Christ), we are told to be like Christ, we are told to be like God.  So we must honestly ask ourselves: how close do we identify ourselves with them?  How hard are we trying to be like Christ?  Are we obeying our heavenly father's commandments as He does?  Are we truly living by God's holy word?  Do we understand that true love and faith in Jesus and God means automatically observing the Law,  because we have Christ in us and we only want to do the things that please our Father such as: obeying Him, being holy as He is holy and loosing the bonds of sin to be free from it? Notice all these are actions: obeying God, being holy, loosing the bonds of sin.

 

For those who have faith in Jesus, they are called out from the grasp of sin.  But because they are called out to holiness, they must no longer to sin (they stop transgressing God’s Law) --- this is what Paul means when he says that the Law is not nullified through faith, but on the contrary, it is by the faithful that the Law is established (Romans 3:31).  The faithful establish the Law, because they are the ones who come out from among the sinners and turn away from sin (true repentance). It is the faithful who establish the Law, because they do not only hear what the Bible says about obedience to the Law – from the Old Testament to the Lord Jesus to the apostles, but they also act on what the Bible says. In other words, the faithful establish the Law, because they actually obey:

 

James 1:

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)

 

 

When Jesus came, He did not abolish the Law. As Paul says, the faithful do not nullify the Law, but they actually establish the Law. This is because they act upon it and lovingly obey their God. The faithful do not forget what they learn; they do not forget their foundation – they do not forget who they are.  

 

 

As we also read in Hebrews, the arrival of Jesus brought us a magnification of both faith and the Law. The long-awaited object of faith that all the Old Testament has pointed to --- Our Messiah, Our Savior has arrived. What is spiritual and of God – as Jesus is, is above everything that is earthly. The sacrifice and the priesthood is now spiritual in nature and vastly greater – perfect, than it was before. The Lord Jesus is both sacrifice and High Priest. The Lord Jesus and the apostle Paul revealed to us that the Law is also spiritual and therefore meets the level of the sacrifice and High Priest. Indeed, the Bible truth is that an atoning sacrifice and high priesthood are part of God’s Law.

 

The Law is not obsolete as evidenced by the fact that sin still exists and sinners still require a mediator between God and man and for the blood of Christ to cover them.  

 

The fact is, the Law has not changed, has not gone anywhere and we still need to know it.   Indeed, just as the sacrifice and priesthood has become spiritual and heavenly with the arrival of God's only-begotten Son, the Messiah; so too has the Law been magnified to reveal its true spiritual nature --- it is not just physically on stone, but it is also written in our hearts. The coming of Jesus as both sacrifice and High Priest has magnified the Law from being written on stone to being written on the hearts of men. The Law has not disappeared with Jesus' coming, but has instead become more binding by being instilled directly into our hearts and minds.

 

As believers in Christ we are called to be spiritual minded and not fleshly minded; we are called to abide the spiritual Law of God. Why? It is because the lowly – this includes death, must be done away with or consigned to judgment. But those who attain to the heavenly things will go past the lowly and the earthly, and not be constrained by sin and death. What is heavenly is above all, and the faithful come under the righteous blood of a heavenly sacrifice and have a heavenly High Priest. The faithful who establish the Law live by the spiritual law of God, as we attain to the heavenly by being like Christ and being like God.  

 

Once again, to say that the Law is removed upon Christ's appearance is contradictory, since the Lord Jesus lived and taught His Father's Law and said expressly that the Law remains until the heavens and the earth are made anew.

 

And the Bible says to "be imitators of God, as beloved children" (Ephesians 5:1) – so at the very least we should think that God would obey His own Law – and if He does, then so should we as loving children.

 

And again, we are commanded to imitate Jesus who is perfect and has never sinned and done wrong. Do we think that Jesus lovingly obeyed His father’s commandments? Yes, of course He did.

 

God does not waste words and say things without reason.  So why would He tell us to imitate perfection even if we are not perfect?  It is because He is a holy God who wants holy children who worship in spirit and truth.  He does not want hearers, but doers.  So when He tells us to be copy Christ, God really means it.

 

If the love Jesus teaches us to have does no wrong to our fellow man, then the greater love we are to have for His father God undoubtedly means that we must not do wrong against God.  It means if we love God then we must not continue to just be “hearers” of the word only, but we must act. We must act and truly imitate Christ. We must stop transgressing against God; we must stop sinning by transgressing His holy will and Law. This is true repentance.

 

Those who love God and His Son will automatically do the righteous thing based on that love and their faith.  The spirit of God and Christ within us will see to it that we imitate Christ.

 

We will not do what will grieve God and Jesus.   Jesus teaches us to love God with all our hearts, minds, soul, and strength, and when we do, we will realize this means to live by God’s Law, because in so doing, we will not do wrong to our Heavenly Father, but will do what is righteous to Him.

 

1 John 5:

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

 

 

 

Please see the article - 'We are One Israel - the Faith Once Delivered', and other articles in this section.