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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.

What Paul really taught about the Law

The Book of Romans upholds the Law

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

The great majority of Christians today are taught that the Law of God was done away with on the cross when the Lord Jesus came to pay the penalty of our sins by dying in our place. They state that faith in Christ has overridden the Law of God and often condescendingly dismiss the 10 Commandments as a useless work that does not apply to believers in Christ. Others say they do believe the 10 Commandments are in force, but because of the same teaching that the Law is obsolete, they do not take it seriously nor truly know what it means or what is involved with it.

 

Still others say they even live by the 10 Commandments; however, they actually do not, but are instead selective of which ones and substitute the traditions of men over God’s commandment.  For instance, many follow all 10 Commandments except one – the 4th Commandment, which is God’s 7th day Sabbath.  This commandment alone is not followed and is replaced by Sunday worship which is not commanded in the Bible, but is commanded by men.

 

Christians cite the apostle Paul, as the apostle to the Gentiles (non-Jews), as the one who taught and promoted that the Law has been done away with.  They especially cite Paul’s letter to the Romans as the prime example of Paul teaching that the Law is now obsolete. But is this what the Bible really teaches?  Is this really what Paul believed, taught and lived? 

 

No, Paul did not teach that the Law has been done away with.   Contrary to what Christians today believe, the Book of Romans does not teach the Law is obsolete, but the apostle Paul actually teaches the opposite.  In Romans, Paul teaches that the true believer upholds the Law. Instead, he upheld the Bible truth that just as God is holy and His Law is holy – we who are set apart, sanctified (saints), must also be holy and without sin.  And it is the Law of God which defines sin. This is the Biblical definition of sin:

 

1 John 3:

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

 

 

Paul upholds the truth of what the Lord Jesus said: that Jesus did not abolish the Law, but it will stay at least until the heavens and earth passes away first:

 

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.

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)

 

 

The Christian teaching today which states that God’s Law is null and void is a false doctrine based on a severe misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the apostle Paul’s writing, which is divinely inspired and part of Bible truth. The apostle Peter actually warned the masses that there would be many who will take Paul’s teaching, which can be difficult to understand, and completely distort it to their own destruction:

 

2 Peter 3:

14   Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace,

     without spot, and blameless.

15   And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation;

     even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you;

16   As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood,

     which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.

17   You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also,

     being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.

18   But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.

     Amen.   (AKJV)

 

 

Believers should not assume what they are told as truth, which is usually taken out of context to support a belief or doctrine, but they must study God’s word and open the pages of the Bible themselves. Believers must read the Bible and read it in its correct context. The pages of the Bible are life.

 

 

This misunderstanding of Paul and his writing which is made worse by the traditions of men, is so extreme that Christians are essentially saying that Paul teaching fully the gospel of Christ results in Paul contradicting and overriding the words of His Lord, the Lord Jesus – who specifically said He did not come to destroy the Law which will last longer than heaven and earth:

 

Romans 15:

18   For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient ---

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)

 

 

Christians are fine with Paul overriding Christ’s words and sometimes cite that Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:17 were not really binding, are only meant for the Jews, or the Law does not have to be followed at all anymore.  These reasons are not true and are excuses.  Jesus declares the Law is not abolished on the Sermon on the Mount – the same Sermon on the Mount where Jesus taught us the meek will inherit the earth; how to pray; we cannot serve God and mammon (money); we must build our foundations on solid rock not sand, etc.  These things are not just for Jews and Jesus did not say them for no reason; He said them to pertain to all believers who have faith in Him, whether they be Jew or Gentile.

 

But many say when Christ said He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it, that means He did away with the Law (He fulfilled it in Himself being perfect so that we do not have to).  But to say that He did away with it so we do not have to obey it IS to destroy the Law!

 

Let us look at the Lord Jesus’ words again:

 

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.

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)

 

 

 

He said He came not to destroy or do away with the Law, so when He said He “did not come to abolish but to fulfill”, the word ‘fulfill’ cannot mean to abolish or do away with the Law.  Indeed, the sentence structure clearly shows that ‘abolish’ and ‘fulfill’ are contrasted with each other, almost as if they were opposites.  How would ‘fulfill’ be the opposite of ‘abolish/destroy’?  To destroy is to make something into nothing or zero.  Since the Lord

Jesus’ words use ‘fulfill’ as contrasted and opposite of ‘destroy’, than the word ‘fulfill’ must mean the Law will become magnified, elevated and greater – made full.  Is this what we see?

 

Yes.  In Romans 15:19 the word ‘fully’ in “fully preached” is the same word ‘fulfill’ in Matthew 5:17. The word ‘fully’ or ‘fulfill’ is the same Greek word ‘pleroo’ (Strong’s 4137).  It can mean to finish, but it also means to make full or bring out to the fullest extent.  To reveal the Law in its fullest and true meaning is what the Lord Jesus meant and what the word ‘fulfill’ means in Matthew 5:17. 

 

We have already seen that Jesus’ words alone show ‘fulfill’ cannot mean ‘destroy’: Jesus directly said He did not come to destroy the Law and also the actions ‘fulfill’ and ‘destroy’ are used as contrasting and opposing actions to one another.  The other evidence is what the Lord Jesus goes on to say.  Just as the apostle Paul said he “fully preached” the gospel of Christ, we would expect the Lord Jesus (who came not to destroy the Law) to proceed and more “fully” reveal the Law.  Does He do this? 

 

Yes – this is exactly what He does.  Immediately after He said He came not to destroy the Law which will last forever, He says those who teach the Law is void are wrong and will be called least, and then He goes on to expand upon a couple of the 10 Commandments:

 

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.

20   "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

21   "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'

22   "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

23   "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24   leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

25   "Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26   "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

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

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

29   "If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

30   "If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.     (NASB)   

 

 

If a word has more than one meaning or connotation, then the correct context is critical in knowing what the meaning really is.  The context, in addition to Jesus’ own words that He did not come to do away with the Law (which lasts longer than heaven and earth) and the two words destroy and fulfill are contrasted against each other, very clearly shows thatpleroo’ means to make full – to bring out to fullest extent.   It is interesting that the translators did not know this and did not do it.  But that is part of the problem: doctrinal bias may have affected the translation and the wrong meaning was deliberately chosen.  The translators were affected by the same deception and traditions of men like everyone else, and just propagated the falsehood that God’s Law is obsolete. 

 

But we must be honest with ourselves.  We can see that Christ did not destroy the Law and put an end to it, but instead He came to magnify it and reveal its fullest and true spiritual meaning/intent.  ‘Fulfill’ in Matthew 5:17 does not mean destroy or put an end to (as the Lord said Himself), but it means to make full – expand, magnify, elevate.  And this elevated spiritual Law endures longer than heaven and earth.  We must not just blindly follow what we have been taught, but must test to see if it is true.  We must not deceive ourselves with what we want to believe, but we must abide by the Bible only. 

 

 

We see the truth in other places in the Bible that Jesus did not come to get rid of the Law, but instead came to fully teach the Law and elevate it to the spiritual level which is even more binding, because it is to become internalized within us.  The Law is now no longer written on stone tablets, but in the New Covenant/Testament it is now written in our hearts and minds:

 

Hebrews 10:

15   But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

16   "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"

17   then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 

(NKJV, from Jeremiah 31:33-34)

 

 

The apostle Paul references the Law being written on the hearts and consciences (minds) of Gentiles and not just Jews:

 

Romans 2:

14   For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.

15   They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them

16   on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.    (NASB)

 

 

We also must not dismiss the Lord Jesus’ response to the rich young ruler when he asked Jesus how he might have eternal life.  Jesus said to keep the commandments:

 

Matthew 19:

16   Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"

17   So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

18   He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,'

19  'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "     (NKJV)

 

 

Jesus says this after the Sermon on the Mount when He told the people that He did not come to abolish the Law.  It is very clear that Jesus did not do away with the Law at all, because He is still referring to it and in fact, He ties it to eternal life.  This is a plain example that the Law indeed is greater than heaven and earth as the Lord Jesus also said.  When we contrast what He says here in Matthew 19 to what He says near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, the truth is made undoubtedly clear: the Law is tied to eternal life but to live without Law (lawlessness) is tied to eternal death:

 

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)

 

 

Just like we cannot say Paul put an end to the gospel of Christ, but he instead fully preached it, we cannot say that the Lord Jesus contradicts Himself by saying He put an end to the Law when He expressly says He came not to destroy it.  The truth is that just as the apostle Paul fully preached the gospel of Christ, the Lord Jesus fully taught the Law of God, His father.  Both the Lord Jesus’ words on the Sermon on the Mount and also the apostle Paul’s words in his letters declare the Bible truth that the Law of God is for everyone, both Jew and Gentile; and the gospel of Christ that Paul fully taught includes the Law of God that Jesus fully taught – the Law of God is not obsolete at all, but is an important integral part of the gospel. 

 

We will proceed in this article to show the Bible truth that the apostle Paul does not teach the Law of God is obsolete, but instead He supports the words of His lord, the Lord Jesus: the Law is not destroyed, but magnified, and is for both the Jew and the Gentile.

 

 

Because of the traditions of men, the truth we just discussed about the Lord actually expanding upon the Law for everyone instead of doing away with it has been hidden from Christians, and they have been deceived into thinking the Law of God is done away with by Jesus.  So believers go on fighting against the Law of God and continue to try and use Paul’s words to contradict the Lord Jesus and the Bible truth.  However, Paul does not teach against God’s Law in Romans or elsewhere; he supports it.

Nevertheless, Christians use the fact that no man can be justified by the Law to mistakenly reason that the 10 Commandments are no longer valid. Paul does not teach this. What he teaches is that no man is perfect and every man is sinful (except the Lord Jesus), and therefore everyone except the Lord Jesus has broken God’s Law and will never obey the Law perfectly, and will be subject to its penalty of death.

 

Romans 6:

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

 

 

He goes on to explain that it is our imperfection which inevitably leads us to put our faith on He who is perfect – and has paid the penalty for our sins.  Our imperfection proves we can never be justified by the Law, because all fall short of it, and therefore we need a substitute to pay the price that would rightfully fall upon us.  However, even though Christ’s blood covers us, we still must not sin against God, and God’s definition of sin is the transgression of His law.

 

This is exactly what we see in Romans 4 which is commonly misunderstood:

 

Romans 4:

13   For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed,

      through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

14   For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

15   Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

      (AKJV)

 

 

Notice what Paul is saying.  He is saying that the promise was not made through the Law, because we cannot ever obey perfectly and only Christ can.  This is why we must have faith in Christ as the son of God and Messiah who is our atonement.  But he tells us more.

 

Let us look at verse 15.  He says where there is no Law, there is no transgression – but this means that if there is transgression, then there must be a Law (that is transgressed), which is the Biblical definition of sin.   The honest person knows there is still sin, still transgression of God’s Law, because all mankind is still under judgment until the end of the age.  This means that the Law is still valid until the very end – which is exactly what the Lord Jesus said: “until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law”.

 

Sin, the transgression of God's Law, did not stop after the Lord Jesus sacrificed Himself to atone for our sins - this means that the Law is still active, because it is the measure of what sin is.

 

The Law is never taken away – only the penalty or the curse for breaking it (sinning), which is death, is what has been taken away for those who believe in the Lord Jesus.  The Bible’s message that God’s chosen people must be spotless and blameless before Him still holds true in addition to our faith in Christ, and to be spotless is to be without sin as best we can.


 

Paul is telling us we must have Abraham’s faith.  To be like Abraham and have the faith of Abraham is to act and behave in a manner that reflects, supports and strengthens your faith.  Faith and your actions and behavior go together:

 

James 2:

20   But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

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

22   Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

23   And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."

     And he was called the friend of God.

24   You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.    (NKJV)

 

 

To have Abraham’s faith is to be obedient to God and keep His Law:

 

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)

 

 

Christians often say “we are not under Law, but under grace” as the reason to neglect God’s Law, but that verse is not used in the correct context.  They say faith has replaced the Law, and always put faith/grace against the Law as if the two are opponents and cannot exist together.  However, if believers actually read the entire verse itself within its correct context with an unbiased mind, instead of repeating only the part they have always been taught, they will see that it cannot mean the Law has been done away with:

 

Romans 6:

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

12   Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13   Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God,

     as those that are 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 the law, but under grace.  

     (AKJV)

 

 

The truth comes out that if we are true believers then sin should not have dominion over us, which means that we should not sin. It says this at the same time it says we are not under law even though sin is the breaking of God’s Law.  

 

To not sin and yet not be under law, means that we must be obedient to the Law of God and not sin, but where we fall short of it, we are not under the penalty of breaking it (“under law”), which is death.  Instead, by God’s grace, He has given us His son and even our faith in His son, that saves us despite our falling short.  It means that we are now of the light and holy, and we must not walk in darkness and sin, but if we do transgress the Law of God, God forgives us by the blood of His son Jesus:

 

1 John 2:

5     This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

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

7     But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

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

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

9     If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just 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. 

     (NKJV)

 

 

If you read the entire chapter of Romans 6 thoroughly, you will actually see that Paul does not do away with the Law of God at all, but he reinforces it as something which is required at the same time our faith is in Christ. For in the very next verse after he says we are not under law, but under grace, he goes on to say:

 

Romans 6:

15   What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.   (AKJV)

 

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

 

 

So even despite God’s grace, God forbid and we certainly must not even think of continuing to sin and sin is the transgression of God’s Law.

 

The Bible truth is that grace does not nullify the Law of God at all, but they co-exist together – it is the grace and power of God that enables us to be able to stop sinning and lovingly obey the Law of our Heavenly Father.

 

What we find is that Paul’s message in Romans is actually the very opposite of what Christians believe today. 

 

Paul did not teach the Law is obsolete, but he teaches that even though we have faith in Christ and are “under” grace, we still must not sin

 

The Bible says sin is the transgression of the Law, so this means that to stop sinning, we must stop breaking the Law

 

Paul says very clearly that God forbid or we certainly must not continue to sin/transgress the Law of God while we are under God’s grace.  If we continue to do so, we go against God’s will and take advantage of God and trample on the Lord Jesus’ blood.

 

 

In Romans 7 the apostle Paul proceeds to tell us that the Law is God’s measure of what sin and holiness is:

 

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)

 

 

Paul states the Law is holy, spiritual and good:

 

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) 

 

 

Therefore, it is un-Biblical for people to teach that the Law of God has been done away with when the Lord Jesus came. As the apostle Paul makes clear, the Law is holy, spiritual and good and without it, we would not know what sin is. Yet, modern Christianity teaches against the Law, but insists we must repent of our sins. 

Remember, the Lord Jesus came not to destroy the Law but to reveal its fullest and true spiritual meaning/intent; and we can see that the apostle Paul’s words supports the Lord’s words and does the same – this is why Paul calls the Law holy, righteous, good and spiritual.

 

The Bible tells us sin is the transgression of God’s Law. So if Christianity teaches the Law is obsolete, and therefore proves that it does not know or believe in the Bible’s definition of sin, than what are they teaching everyone to repent of?

 

What they teach about sin is ultimately useless, because it is not God’s definition of sin. Everyone is being disserved by being taught a lie. For how can anyone truly repent if we do not know what sin really is?

 

The Bible truth that the Law of God still applies to all believers in the Lord Jesus as the measure of what is holy and what is sin, and therefore who is holy and who is not, can be seen early on in Paul’s writing in Romans.

 

In Romans 2, Paul tells us that obedience to God’s Law has nothing to do with whether we are physically Jews (circumcised), but it is all about whether we are true Jews – spiritual Jews (even if we are Gentiles), those who obey in spirit and are spiritually circumcised:

 

Romans 2:

25   For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law,

     your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

26   So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?

27   And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law,

     will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law?

28   For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.

29   But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter;

      and his praise is not from men, but from God.   (NASB)

 

 

Therefore, Paul goes on to say that it is the true believer, Jew or Gentile, who establishes 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?  It is because the true believer in Christ is the one who is lovingly obedient and does not sin and transgress the Law of God.  The true believer in Christ establishes the Law, because he/she, God forbid, certainly does not transgress the Law of God even though he knows he is saved by God’s grace:

 

Romans 6:

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

 

 

In Romans 8 we are told why the true believer who is a spiritual Jew and establishes the Law can do what they do:

 

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 apostle Paul makes it clear in Romans 8 that being in Christ does not do away with the Law at all.

 

The true believer establishes the Law, because the spirit of God abides in them and changes them from within. If we have the spirit of God and Christ in us, we will be subject to the Law of God and obey spiritually though we may be Gentiles. But if we are not in Christ, then we are in the flesh, and we cannot be subject to the Law of God and cannot please God. By God working in us, we are children of God who are no longer in bondage to sin and obey God’s Law in spirit and truth.


Romans 8 tells us that the persons who are not subject to God’s Law are those who cannot please God, because they do not have the spirit of God and spirit of Christ dwelling within them.  However, those people who have the Spirit of God and Spirit of Christ dwelling within them are subject to God’s Law and do please God:

 

Fleshly mind  =  is not subject to God’s Law and cannot please God, because the spirit of God and Christ is not within them

 

Spiritual mind  = is subject to God’s Law and pleases God, because the spirit of God and Christ is within them


 

Since the Law is spiritual, only that which is also spiritual can discern and abide by God’s Law. That is why the spirit of God and Christ within us is subject to the Law of God. We are supposed to have the mind of Christ and are therefore to be spiritually-minded. If we do have the mind of Christ, then we should be abiding by the Law of God. Or do we really believe that Christ’s mind does not obey His father’s Law? Such a thought makes no sense and is impossible:

 

1 Corinthians 2:

11   For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, which is in him?

     Even so, no one knows the things of God, except God's Spirit.

12   But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God,

     that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God.

13   Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches,

     comparing spiritual things with spiritual things.

14   Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to him,

     and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15   But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is judged by no one.

16   "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?" But we have Christ's mind.    (WEB)

 

 

As we read before, Romans 7 tells us that the Law of God is spiritual, holy and good, but it tells us even more.  What is often overlooked is the end of Romans 7, in verse 25 and how it leads into Romans 8:

 

Romans 7:

25   Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.    (ESV)

 

 

Paul is talking about the mind obeying God’s law even though the flesh/body is weak and sins.  This one line tells us very plainly that faith in Christ and obeying God’s law go together and are not separated or for different sets of people – both together are for all people, Jew and Gentile.  The truth is: we are supposed to observe God’s laws, but where we fall short and sin, because of the weakness of the flesh, we have an atoning sacrifice and mediator in the Lord Jesus.

 

Paul is essentially referring to the truth that believers must use our mind over matter (flesh) which we as spiritual sons and daughters are supposed to use and control so we may not sin; remember – we have the mind of Christ.  It is not the flesh of our bodies that is in view, but it is our sin and weaknesses that are represented as the flesh or body, as opposed to holiness and the heavenly strength of the spirit. With the mind of Christ within us, we are supposed to keep the Law of God with our minds and not fall to the weaknesses of the flesh/body and sin (transgress God’s law).  This is why the end of Romans 7 leads into Romans 8 stating that the spiritual person IS subject to God’s law, because now with God and Christ dwelling within us, we have a new heart and a new mind and are spiritual, and we will not sin. 

 

We must renew our minds and be transformed to do that which is good, perfect and acceptable to God.  It is God’s law that is good, holy and spirit which we know is acceptable to God, and we are supposed to observe it, because both God and Christ keep the law of our Heavenly Father – and now they are to abide in us and we are to have their mind:

 

Romans 12:

2    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.    (NASB)

 

 

Again, it is putting away our sin and weaknesses --- putting into submission our flesh or body with our new heart and mind which is now spiritual, because WE are now spiritual:

 

1 Corinthians 9:

24   Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win.

25   Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.

26   So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air.

27   Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.    (NET)

 

 

The true believer is to become a new person with the mind of Christ.  We are to be renewed in our mind and become like the one who created us:

 

Ephesians 4:

20   But you did not learn Christ in this way,

21   if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

22   that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self,

        which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

23   and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

24   and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.    (NASB)

 

Colossians 3:

1    If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2    Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3    For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4    When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

5    Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

6    Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

7    in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

8    But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

9    Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

10   and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

11   where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free,

            but Christ is all and in all.    (NKJV)

 

 

Sin is the transgression of God’s Law.  Once we are saved, we must not go on sinning.  We cannot ever totally obey, but once we are saved we are empowered to obey.  The truth of Romans 8 shows us exactly why in Romans 6 that the grace of God certainly does not do away with the Law of God.  It is the holy spirit of God that changes us to enable us to walk in the spirit of the Law and bear this fruit (remember: the Lord Jesus elevated the Law to its true spiritual nature as confirmed by Paul when he says the Law is spiritual in Romans 7).  The mind of Christ within us makes us a new person where we can truly imitate Christ – not in mere words, but in our actions and actually living/walking as Christ did.  The only-begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus, lovingly obeyed the law of His father even unto death.

 

The true believer lovingly, not grudgingly, obeys the Law of God, because now armed with the mind of Christ that is spiritual and not of the flesh,  the true believer is no longer a slave of sin (God forbid), but he/she is now a servant of holiness and righteousness.  Our old ways are fleshly and sinful (lawlessness) which leads to more lawlessness and death, but if we claim that our old man/person has died since Christ abides in us and we are now a new man/person, then now we must be holy and stop being lawless, and rather start to obey God’s Law (verses 16-19); this is Romans 6 in its entirety:

 

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.

20   For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

21   What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

22   But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness,

          and the end, everlasting life.

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

 

 

Romans 8 ties together everything that Paul has written about the Law: that the Law is still valid and not obsolete. The Law is holy, spiritual, good, and tells us what sin is. God is gracious, but we must certainly not continue to sin. The true Jew is a spiritual Jew not by their human birth, but by being born of God. This true believer upholds and establishes the Law, because they are the ones with the spirit of God and Christ within them, which changes them from within to conform to the image of Christ:

 

Romans 8:

29   For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,

     that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.   (NKJV)

 

 

Even with God’s grace, we must stop sinning against our heavenly father.   According to God, to be holy and righteous, is to not sin – to not transgress His Law.  According to God, to be holy and righteous children is to imitate His son Jesus – and His son did not sin and transgress the law of His father.

 

 

 

Imitate me as I imitate Christ

 

 

We have just seen that the apostle Paul in the Book of Romans in no way teaches that the Law of God is obsolete, but rather he upholds it as what is necessary to let us know what sin is in order that we may be holy children of God; without God’s spirit, we are of the flesh and not subject to the Law of God and cannot please God.

 

Since most Christians today are quick to say Paul is the one who said the Law was obsolete and say he is a role model who teaches faith over law, then let us take to heart and see if what he supposedly says about the Law is true in his own life.

 

The apostle Paul told us to imitate him just as he imitates the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 11:

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

 

 

According to modern Christianity, if Paul taught the Law was obsolete, then did he practice what he preached? What did the apostle Paul actually do himself?

 

First, let us start with the beginning. We must begin with Stephen, who was the first martyr in Christ. Why? Because as the very first martyr, Stephen is representative of all of Christ’s disciples who speak the true words of God and was killed for it. Also, at that time, Paul (who was then called Saul) was not yet converted on the road to Damascus, but was against the believers in Christ and stood by approving of Stephen being killed (Acts 22:19-20). The Bible tells us that Paul, the one who persecuted Christ and His believers, has now become the complete opposite, and Paul is now the one who is persecuted in Christ’s name.

 

The charge against Stephen for which he was stoned to death was that he spoke against God and the Law:

 

Acts 6:

11   Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."

12   And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council.

13   They also set up false witnesses who said,

     "This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;

14   for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs

     which Moses delivered to us."   (NKJV)

 

 

But we must take note. The charges of Stephen speaking against the Law were false charges. So if it is false that Stephen preached against the Law, then the truth is that all the disciples of Christ have never preached against the Law of God.

 

This is very important to understand. And we must always remember that the example of Stephen is representative of this fact for all Christians: believing in Christ does not speak against the Law and make it obsolete (and we must be prepared to die for our faith regardless of the charge).

 

With this context established, what does the Bible tell us about Paul and how he lived his own life? Since he supposedly taught the Law was done away with, did he live with this “new truth” and did not follow the Law of God? Or did he live according to the Law?

 

Acts 21:

17   And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18   On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.

19   When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.

20   And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, "You see, brother,

     how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law;

21   but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses,

     saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.

22   What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.

23   Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow.

24   Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads,

     and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing,

     but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.   (NKJV)

 

 

As in what happened to Stephen, false charges are also being leveled at Paul. But it is made evident in verse 24, that not only did Paul not teach against the Law of God, but he himself kept the law. He did not put on a “show” of obeying the Law to try to please the Jews, but the context is very clear that Paul observed the Law on his own accord and God’s will, since it was the Jews themselves who are criticizing him and bringing up the false charges.

 

If the Law was truly gone and faith is all that matters, then why would the teacher of this doctrine of the Law being obsolete (which Christians say Paul is), still live by the Law himself?

 

How can Christians say Paul taught the Law was obsolete, when if we obeyed the Bible to imitate Paul as Paul imitates Christ, we will see that the apostle Paul obeyed the commandments of God and therefore this is how we also should live?

 

 

We see this again in Paul’s own words testifying before Felix, a Roman governor:

 

Acts 24:

10   When the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded: 

     "Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense,

11   since you can take note of the fact that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.

12   "Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself did they find me carrying on a 

      discussion with anyone or causing a riot.

13   "Nor can they prove to you the charges of which they now accuse me.

14   "But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, 

      believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;

15    having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a 

      resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

16   "In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.   (NASB)

 

 

Paul defends the accusations against him and note what Paul says in verse 14. He says he is a part of and lives “according to the Way which they call a sect” which is original, untarnished Christianity (being a Nazarene; please see the article: 'We Are One Israel').  And how does Paul describe how these Christians live? He says they believe ALL that is in the Law and Prophets. If he supposedly taught the Law was no longer to be followed, then why does he still follow the Law and say that “the Way which they call a sect” exactly DOES still follow the Law? Either the Law was done away with or not. The fact of the matter is that the Law is not obsolete.

 

And yet again, now we see the apostle Paul just straightforwardly say that he never disobeyed the Law, and since we know he was inspired by God as to what to write and speak, we know he was not lying:

 

Acts 25:

8   while Paul said in his own defense, I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.     (NASB)

 

Mark 13:

11  When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.     (NASB)

 

 

This supports again what Paul has said all along: the Law is holy, spiritual and good and by it we know what is sin. It matters not if we are Jew or Gentile by birth, but we must be spiritual Jews who are subject to the Law of God and do not sin, because the spirit of God and Christ are in us, molding us as children of God into the image of His holy son Jesus.

 

 

Remember, we are to be like Him and be as one with Him – a holy and righteous people who are members of

Christ's body and of His flesh and bones:

 

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.

28   So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

29   For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

30   For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

31   "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

32   This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33   Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.    (NKJV)

 

 

In fact, God reminds us that we must be righteous and holy immediately after He tells us that sin is the transgression of His law, because in the next few verses He states:

 

1 John 3:

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   (AJKV)

 

 

The Bible tells us very straightforwardly that we must be righteous just as Jesus is righteous, and we know what that means – we must not sin and transgress God’s law.  The Bible says that if we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us, than we will not sin (transgress God’s law).  And if we do sin, the blood of Christ covers us and God is gracious. 

 

However, God is making it very clear that law and grace go together – this is why we are to imitate Christ even though Christ obeyed the law of His father perfectly. 

 

This is the Bible truth and is exactly the opposite of what Christians believe today:  Christianity today chooses what is pleasing to it and throws out God’s law while saying God is gracious.  This creates a people who continue to sin against God and are not truly righteous, though they are deceived into believing everything is fine. 

  

But the Bible tells us that the Christian belief that the Law of God is done away with is false. 

 

The Bible tells us that the blood of the Lamb of God is not to be used as an excuse to throw out God’s law and live in sin against God.  We must not praise God for His grace while continuing to sin against Him to His face by dismissing His law which defines sin.

 

 

 

We live by God's Word only and not by the traditions or commandments of men

 

 

The Bible tells us we must live by the Word of God only and not the traditions of men:

 

Mark 7:

6     He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

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

7     And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

8     For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men --- the washing of pitchers and cups,

     and many other such things you do."

9     He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

10   For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'

11   But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban"

      --- ' (that is, a gift to God),

12   then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,

13   making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down.

     And many such things you do."   (NKJV)

 

Proverbs 14:

12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.   (also in Proverbs 16:12, NKJV)

 

James 1:

22   But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

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

24   for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

25   But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it,

     not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.   (NASB)

 

 

Have you studied the Bible and proven to yourself that God does not want you to obey His 10 Commandments?

 

2 Timothy 2:

15   Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed,

     accurately handling the word of truth.     (NASB)

 

 

That is what the core of the matter is.

 

Does the Bible teach God has done away with His 10 Commandments or not?

 

 

Instead of being fed false traditions of men passed down for centuries, have you proven for yourself what the Bible says on the matter? Have you proven for yourself to see if God really/supposedly commanded that you no longer have to obey the commandments of God?

 

But if the evidence shows that the 10 Commandments are very much still in force and applies to all believers in the God of the Bible, then will you follow through and be a doer of the Word and not just a hearer of the Word?

 

 

The Bible says to imitate the apostle Paul and he obeyed the Law.

 

The Bible says to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ and He obeyed the Law.

 

The Bible says He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and we are to imitate God:

 

Matthew 5:

48   "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.   (NASB)

 

 

Do we really believe that God does not obey His own commandments? We know the Lord Jesus obeyed His father’s commandments. Since we are commanded to imitate them, why are we ignoring the commandments of God?

 

Let us not deceive ourselves and be reminded of God’s other definition of sin:

 

James 4:

17   Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.    (NKJV)

 

 

The time is short. God is preparing a people for the all-out war the enemy (Satan) will wage against us. Never before in the last several years have more Jews believed in their Messiah Jesus, more Muslims are converting to Christianity and more Christians are being awakened to the truth that the true roots of Christianity is loving obedience to the will of God, which includes His 10 Commandments.

 

How do we worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24)? We start by knowing Him and knowing His ways. The 10 Commandments is the way of God.

 

 

 

Please also see articles: 'We are One Israel - the Faith Once Delivered',  ‘All about our Character’,‘Biblical Repentance’, ‘To Imitate Christ’, and others in this section.