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Who gave the law and does it have any authority over me?

Isaiah 33:22 The Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King.

Isaiah 44:12 I have ,made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

Ezekiel 18:4. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Note: God made the law; He has the authority to do so as the Creator and Sustainer of man.

Why is the law important?

Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death.

1 John 3:4. Sin is the transgression of the law.

Romans 3:23. For all have sinned.

Note: Since we are all sinners, we are all condemned to death by the law.

How do I escape the death penalty imposed by the law?

John 3:16,17. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 John 1:7. And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

John 3:7. Ye must be born again.

How can I be born again?

Acts 16:31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Acts 3:19. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.

1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Note: Believe Christ can save you; repent, acknowledging the wrong you have done; confess your sins and rebellion, asking for forgiveness. Christ will forgive and restore you to His image.

What part does the law play in our salvation?

Romans 3:20. For by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Psalms 19:7. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.

Note: As a mirror reveals the dirt on someoneís face but cannot remove it, so the law of God reveals sin but cannot rid us of it. The law shows the problem and sends us to Christ for cleansing.

Can the law save us?

Romans 3:20. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.

Ephesians 2:8, 9. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Note: Paul teaches that the law is good for showing us our sin and thus our need for Christ but that it cannot save us; for that we need the grace of God. Those who have received forgiveness and pardon for their sins are under grace; they are no longer under the death penalty demanded by the law.

Does living under grace through faith mean we donít need to keep the law?

Romans 6:15. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Romans 3:31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Note: Being under grace does not mean that we are now free to break the law; it means that the law is written in our hearts and we are now in harmony with it and want to obey it.

What enables a person to keep the commandments?

John 3:5, 6. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

I Corinthians 3:16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Galatians 5:16. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Romans 8:7, 13, 14. The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. But if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Galatians 5:22, 23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

1 John 5:12. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

John 15:4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Note: When a person is born again, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, dwells in that person and brings him or her into harmony with Godís law.

John 14:15. If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Note: We donít keep the law to be saved, we keep it because we are saved.

Did Jesus keep the law?

John 15:10. I have kept my Fatherís commandments, and abide in his love.

1 Peter 2:21, 22. Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin.

Luke 4:16. As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day.

Are the Ten Commandments binding for New Testament Christians?

Jesus says:

Matthew 5:17, 18. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Matthew 19:17. If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

John 14:15. If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Note: The principles embodied in the Ten Commandments are a part of Godís character of love. These laws show us how to come into harmony with Godís nature. When they are presented, the rebellious heart says, "How can I get out of keeping them?" The heart that loves God wants to keep them and come into unity and harmony with God.

How does the born-again Christian relate to the law?

Romans 3:31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

John 15:10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love.

1 John 2:3, 4. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Psalm 40:8. I delight to do thy will, 0 my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

What role does the law have under the new covenant?

Hebrews 8:10. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.

Note: Those under the New Covenant will know and love Godís law.

The fourth commandment says, "Remember the Sabbath." Which day of the week is the Sabbath?

Genesis 2:3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work.

Exodus 20:9, 10. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.

John 19:31. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, ... besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Matthew 28:1. In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Note: Saturday is the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week; Sunday is the first day of the week.

Gods Eternal Law

"The temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament." Revelation 11:19.

The ark in the tabernacle on earth contained the two tables of stone, upon which were inscribed the law of God, His testament. Within the holy of holies, in the sanctuary in heaven, the divine law is sacredly enshrined. The law of God, being a revelation of His will, a transcript of His character, must forever endure "as a faithful witness in heaven." Not one command has been annulled; not a jot or tittle has been changed. Says the psalmist: "Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven." "All His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever." Psalms 119:89; 111:7, 8.

Can Godís law be changed?

Luke 16:17. It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Psalm 89:34. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Malachi 3:6. For I am the Lord, I change not.

How long will the law of God endure?

Psalms 111:7, 8. All his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever.

Revelation 12:17. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Note. These two texts from Revelation refer to the end time saints.

Revelation 22:14. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Isaiah 66:23. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

Note: The commandments will endure to all eternity. Love for God and love for others are part of what makes heaven such a delightful place.

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