Royal Priests, the Sons of Most High, are Freemen with Freewill like our Father. Law rectified -5
I love Jews. I am a descendent of Abraham and Isaac (Galatians 3:29; 4:28-31). My surname is a Hebrew name and means "house of God." By God's grace I love all my enemies, which we are commanded by Jesus, the Christ to do.
Frequently I receive letters or literature from Messianic Jews and other Christians of similar persuasion trying to get me to keep the Law of Moses. They are sincere, but misled. All false doctrine is the doctrine of demons and to put it bluntly, the spirit is demonic that is influencing these dear brothers and sisters in Christ regarding trying to keep Moses' Law.
I have written on this subject before, but in this article I will be brief and to the point with a simple question-and-answer format straight from the Word of God. But first it should be made clear that because Christians are not under the Law but under Grace, this is in no way a license to sin. Indeed, there is an almost total lack of understanding concerning what grace is.
Grace is not mercy. Grace is not overlooking our sins or failures or mistakes. Grace is not merely unmerited favor. Grace is not compassion. So what is grace? Grace is the God-given power and desire to do God's will. Philippians 2:13 says, "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." This is what grace is.
Grace is given to the humble, not the proud (James 4:6). If you are trying to be justified by the Law you have been severed from Christ and fallen from grace (Gal. 5:4 NASB)!!!
Christians under the New Covenant have a much higher calling to holiness than did the Old Testament saints under the Law of Moses. Does this sound as though grace is a license to sin? That concept is a perverted straw man that Messianic Jews and others have constructed having been deceived by demonic spirits. One purpose of this demonic deception is to subvert souls saying that you must keep the Law (Acts 15:24 KJV).
Again, we have a higher calling to holiness under the Covenant of Grace. Instead of committing the physical act of adultery to be guilty of that sin under the Law, under the Covenant of Grace you are guilty of adultery if you even look at a woman to lust after her (Mt. 5:28).
Instead of having to physically kill someone to be guilty of murder under the Law, now if you even hate your brother you are guilty of murder (1 Jn. 3:15). Instead of having to bow down to an idol to be guilty of idolatry, now, if you are covetous you are guilty of idolatry (Col. 3:5). More could be cited regarding this, but the point has been made for those with ears to hear.
Under the Old Covenant Not God's but Yahweh’s people were given laws that they could not keep because of the sinful nature. They were not given the power to keep the Law, that is, they were not given grace as Christians have under the New Covenant.
The persuasion for Christians to keep the Law does not come from God (Gal. 5:8).
Did Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and pre-Law Moses, live by the Law or by faith? By faith (Heb. 11:4-30).
Why was the Law given later by Moses and what was the purpose of the Law? "It was added because of transgressions" (Gal. 3:19); "The Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster" (Gal. 3:24-25).
How long was the Law in effect for God's people who are born-again? "Til the Seed [Jesus] should come to Whom the promise was made" (Gal. 3:19); "Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone that believeth" (Rm. 10:4); "The Law and the prophets were until John [the Baptizer]" (Lk. 16:16a); "The Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (Jn. 1:17).
Are those who are under the works of the Law under a blessing or a curse? "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse" (Gal. 3:10).
Are Jewish Christians under the curse of the Law? No. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law" (Gal. 3:13).
Is anyone justified by trying to keep the Law? No. "No man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the Law is not of faith" (Gal. 3:11-12).
Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my NOT commandments BUT PRINCIPLES" (John 14:15). Jesus said to keep His commandments, NOT keep the Mosaic Law. There are approximately 180 New Testament commandments.