Christ and the Perpetuity of the Law

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

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Many religious people today claim that they are true Christians, yet these people are foremost in spreading some errors condemned by the Bible or not biblical in its nature. Strange kind of gospel has been introduced in this age which aim is to destroy the credibility of the word of God and His reputation as an infallible God. Often that His goodness was mis-interpreted by the religious preachers thus church members are becoming too old and passed without knowing the fullness of God’s will. One of the prominent false teachings today is denying of the importance of the Law of God; a teaching declaring that since we are in the period of God’s grace and that faith is essential to attain salvation, Christians doesn’t need the Law of God anymore. By misquoting biblical texts, these preachers indoctrinate the people on how to attain salvation without emphasizing the importance of God’s law in their life. Hence, God declared in His words, “I am profaned among them”.

A government without law is dull. The ruler rules absolutely according to his desire, and the people act the same as the ruler. But God is a God of order, and He don’t want His people to live in a harmful freedom that today’s preachers are actually injecting to their flock. God’s law is the foundation of His government not only on earth but originally in heaven. Christ in His prayer declared;

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)

The law of God is the will of God. David said; ” I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Psalms 40:8). When we invited Christ in our heart, the same way we are letting the government of His Father to rule within us, and as David said, we should be delighted to do His law.

Many Evangelicals and Born-Again preachers are using the argument that God’s law is so much difficult to fulfill. They ignorantly say that no one can fulfill the law since everyone is a sinner, hence Christ came into the flesh to fulfill what His people cannot fulfill, and by faith alone in Him, we are becoming partakers to what He fulfilled. Then they finally declare, “We don’t need the Law or do any good work in order to attain salvation. Faith alone is the key to salvation”. Oh my friends! These are definitely lies. John the Beloved stated in his letter;

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (I John 5:3)

The commandments of God are not grievous unlike what false preachers taught. In fact, it is the duty of man to fear God and keep His commandments. First of all, He created us and loved us. The love of God persuades us to follow His commandments, because by following His commandments we are preserving the life He had given to us. Ignoring the law of God is ignoring the Creator, and making ourselves nonsense. Secondly, there will be a judgement and we will be judged according to our deeds whether it be good or evil.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

Many people misinterpreted the law as grievous and impossible to be fulfilled. It is because the law is of spirit and many people are of flesh. No way that flesh will satisfy the law neither anything that belongs to spirit. God knows it, so He made an extraordinary thing enable the people to fulfill what the law states. Of course, He will never give any commandment that impossible for man to obey. God is the Provider and He is also the Sustainer. He gave the law and He provides the way to fulfill it. No one can fulfill the law, unless he will be directed by God. Paul said;

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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. (Romans 8:3-5)

By faith in Christ, we are all resurrected into spirit  from being dead in the sinful flesh. And now that Christians are resurrected as children of God in the spirit, we can now walk according to the spirit, according to the law which is of the spirit. Christ is not against the law neither He came to abolish the law. He came to establish the law and to seal it by the His precious blood.  Jesus Christ stated,

 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5: 19)

Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death” and “sin is the transgression of the law.” (Rom.6:23; I John 3:4) All people have sinned so we must die according to the law. But Christ came into the flesh, putting all our sins unto Himself and died in our stead. The death of our Lord shows the immutability of the law; it shows how powerful are the words written in the law. Now that Christ freed us from the curse of the law because of our own transgressions, we can now freely walk into a new form of life, a life saved from the wages of our past transgressions. Is it mean that the effectiveness of the law lost its ground? God forbid. John said, “sin is the transgression of the law”, so the existence of sin signifies the existence of the law. Thus Paul declared in his epistle;

” Let not sin (transgression of the law) therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

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

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

 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:12-16)

God never gave us the license to sin or to transgress the law after we had saved from it. Why? Because if we sin, we are placing again ourselves as slaves of what we are doing. We are freed, so we should not go back to those sins that enslaved us in the past. We’re already freed so we can now freely turn ourselves as slaves of God’s righteousness. In short, a man who had been freed from sins, from the curse of the law, and now placed under the power of God’s grace is a person who walks away from making sins. He doesn’t kill, he doesn’t worship idols, he doesn’t steal, he doesn’t covet, he doesn’t lie, he doesn’t commit adultery, and if there’s anything that can separate him from God, he walks away from it. A person who had been saved from sins is a person who walk harmoniously with the commandments of God as what King David said, “Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.” (Psalms 119:115.  And again, John  the Beloved said;

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law…

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

 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God“(I John 3: 4,8-9).