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LAWS OF GOD ARE GOOD

(Part 1)

GOD’S LAWS ARE HOLY AND GOOD (Rm 7:7; 1Tm 1:18).

Do we do what is right in our own eyes or in the Eyes of our Heavenly Father (Dt 12:8; Mt 7:23)? The laws of God comprise of 2 main parts: Law of Commandments and Law of Ordinances (Ex 24:12; Lk 1:6).  The Law of Ordinances were placed into the side of the Ark of the Covenant (Dt 31:26); the Commandments were placed into the ark (Ex 40:20). Yeshua replaced the ordinances in Himself and He enabled us to keep the commandments through Holy Spirit.

 

LAW OF ORDINANCES (the veil) was added because of transgressions (Gl 3:19).  The purpose was to bring people into Covenant with God through Circumcision (Ac 21:20-22).  Once they entered the Covenant, only then were they able to cover their sins; either through Sacrifices (Hb 9:9-10; 19-22), killing or punishing the person who sinned, or by intercession of a righteous man (Nm 11:14-20; Ez 14:14; Cl 2:14; Ep 2:14-16). It also enabled them to receive from God through the temple, priests or feasts (2Chr 6; Hb 9:1). In summary the law of ordinances was the tutor to bring us to the Messiah (Gl 3:24-25) and this came at the time of Moses (Gl 3:17; Mt 19:8; Tt 3:9; Ac 13:38-39; Hb 8:4-5). It was a temporary Covenant, a shadow (Hb 10:1-7), until God revealed the New Covenant to enable people to get rid of their sin and receive favour from Him for eternity (Hb 10:8-18; Ac 3:19).  Ultimately the New Covenant is reconciling mankind to God for eternity – only possible by believing His only begotten Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Dt 18:15-19; Is 42:1-4). Therefore, circumcision which got them into the Old Covenant, is now nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters (1Co 7:19). 

 

LAW OF COMMANDMENTS shows what is good and acceptable to God, it is the knowledge of sin/transgressions (Rm 3:20; 2Tm 3:12-16; Jm 1:27; 1Tm 1:7-11; 1Jh 3:4-8). These have been around since the tree of good and evil (Rm 5:13-14). It was inherent that people knew them, even a non-believer Abimelech, through a dream, recognized that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, and abstained from touching her (Gn 20:6-9); Noah knew what were clean and unclean animals (Gn 7:2-8); and both Abraham and Jacob tithed to God (Gn 14:20; 28:22) etc. This all happened before Moses repeated the law to a people who had lost the understanding, because they had been in sinful Egypt for so long.  Under the Old Covenant, the Israelites were still unable to keep the law of commandments, now under the New Covenant through the Messiah, it is Holy Spirit who enables us to walk in His statutes and keep His judgments, IF we walk in the Spirit (Ez 11:19-21; Rm 8:4-7). 

 

 

THAT’S WHY YESHUA SAID: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. 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” (Mt 5:17-19)… “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice law-less-ness!'” (Mt 7:21-23).   

 

CONSEQUENCES – There are many examples where God judges the wicked (2Chr 21:18-19; Ac 12:23) like Paul cursing a man to go blind (Ac 13:10-12).  Even Christians are judged, like Paul handing a man over to Satan because of sexual immorality (1Co 5:1-5), or Yeshua going to cast Jezebel “a prophetess” into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation and kill her children (Rv 2:22-23), or God killing Ananias and Sapphira for lying to Holy Spirit (Ac 5:1-11) etc. 

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rm 8:1). “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gl 5:18-21). Therefore “neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1Co 6:9-10). “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rm 8:7).

 

CONCLUSION As we minister the Good News of Christ, we are to abide in Yeshua and walk even as He walked, so be holy (1Jh 2:16; Mt 5:48; 1Pt 1:15-16).  In so doing we establish the law, we don’t ignore it (Rm 3:31). We fear God (Rm 3:18; 2Co 7:1; Ep 5:21; 1Pt 2:17). “This is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Yeshua” (Rv 14:12). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1Jh 5:3).  “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1Jh 2:3).

 

For a partial list of laws click here (part 2): Laws of God are Holy

 

33 QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

(Improves understanding of the Law of God)

Why do so many Christians forsake the Law of God? Is it because of Galatians 3?  Did Galatians 3 really do away with the law or is it only talking about justification by the law (circumcision, sacrifices & temple)?  Jesus makes us righteous but we walk out His righteousness. “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who PRACTICES righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7).  Look at the word “practice.” It is works but the works are a result of a saved life (Eph. 2:10). The works show our heart and our love for Him.  Keeping God’s commandments or trying to is the base expectation.  Jesus Himself also raised the standard of the law to our thought life. He never lowered it.  And our assignment is to spread the good news that God sent Jesus to reconcile people to Him. 

Questions:

1)      Why do so many Christians think the law was done away with when Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matt. 5:17-18).  He even puts a condition on it, “until heaven and earth pass away” and it hasn’t passed away yet!

2)      Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” (Matt. 7:21-23).  What would Jesus’ disciples considered lawlessness to mean?

3)      What was Paul response to, “Do we continue to sin that grace may abound? (Rom. 6:1-2).

4)      If the law is forsaken why then is it written on our heart? And what is the law that is written on our heart? (Jer. 31:33). 

5)      Is the law of God good or not? (Rom. 7:12).  And if good are we to keep it?

6)      Would Paul have known “not to covet” unless the law said so? (Rom. 7:7)

7)      Is it sin that causes death through the law or is the law of God the cause of death? (Rom. 7:23)

8)      Is Paul saying that it is a good thing to serve the flesh (carnal) or the law of God? “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man… I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Rom. 7:22, 25). 

9)      Why is carnal mind against God and what does it look like? Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God! (Rom. 8:7).

10)   Why did the Galatians want to be circumcised and to offer sacrifices in the temple - Was it because they didn’t believe their sins could be forgiven by the Blood of Jesus and wanted to sacrifice animals to justify themselves?

11)   Did you know there is a difference between “the law of Commandments” and “the law of ordinances”? (Luke 1:6). Could it be that the commandments is the knowledge of sin and the law of ordinances is the Old Covenant – How to connect with God and get rid of sin.

12)   How did the early Church know what sin was (1 John 3:3-8)? Sin is ….

13)   Is this law only to the Israelites and if not why not? Jesus said, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Because before he says this he addresses Israel, “Hear, O Israel…”

14)   Are these two laws a summary of the law or are these separate from the law? 

15)   Is the love the only measuring stick - If so then would having sex with animals or homosexuality be okay I they love God, our self and others – they are not hurting anyone?

16)   If we are only required to obey the two main commandments – Love God and Others, why then did the early Church burn their magic books and not sell it to give to the poor? (Acts 19:19)

17)   What do you think Paul’s audience understood by his statement, “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God” (1Co 7:19)?  And what commandments would they have understood if all they had was the scripture from Genesis to Malachi?

18)   Are we to teach what Jesus taught His disciples (Matt. 28:20)? If yes then shouldn’t we teach the law according to , “Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do“ (Matt. 23:1-3).

19)   Are all things that we need to do only mentioned in the New Testament books or are there some things not mentioned in the new testament books that we need to do?

20)   Are the following mentioned in the New Testament books and are we to keep them and based on what? Can we take the Lord’s name in vain in, can we make idols, can we participate in incest, do we have sex with animals etc.

21)   Is Acts 15 against the entire law of God or is it about specific Old covenant laws (e.g. everything to do with the temple and sacrifices, the only way to have access is through circumcision)? 

22)   In the four laws given to those “turning to the Lord” they were “abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.” (Acts 15:29) where did they get these from and why was it so important that they keep them?

23)   Which scripture is Paul referring to in 2 Tim 3:16-17 was it Genesis to Malachi or Genesis to Revelation, what would Timothy have understood, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

24)   Are we a slave to sin or slave of Righteousness? (Rom. 6:16-18)  If we are a slave to righteousness then are we free to do what we want?

25)   Why did Holy Spirit come to dwell inside us - wouldn’t the New Testament church have preached Ezek 11:19-21?

26)   Is keeping the commandments burdensome and what commandmentS is John referring to? "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3).

27)   What is unspotted from the world look like? (James 1:27)

28)   Should we be a friend of the world or not?  “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4)

29)   How did Noah know what were clean and unclean animals since the law wasn't written down until much later?  (Gen. 7:2-8)

30)   Who wrote the 613 laws that people talk about and have you read them?  Isn’t there way more laws than 613 and of the 613 Christians should keep more than 200 of them.

31)   Who defines what food is – God or us? Who defines what the Sabbath day is – God or us?

32)   What are the deeds of the Nicolaitans that Christ hated (Rev. 2)?  What was the stumbling block Balaam he told Balak that caused Israel to stray (Rev. 2:14)?

33)    Why will some “Christians get whipped”?  “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:47-48)

 

Did Jesus break God’s Law in John 8 because He didn't stone the woman caught in Adultery. And didn't he act contrary to the law by saying “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”  Who is without sin so no one should have stoned anyone in God’s law from the beginning?

Answer: Yeshua did not break the law, if He had He would have sinned and we all know that He did not sin (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jh 3:4-9). Yeshua didn’t disagree with them on the consequences of the adultery because they had already broken the law by bringing her to Him.  Keep in mind that the Pharisees and the Scribes wanted to trick Yeshua so that they might accuse Him.  This meant everything they said wasn’t true according to God’s law. For example; they said “Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned” this is not true – He never said stoning for adultery they had misquoted him.  If they valued God’s law so much why misquote Moses.  In addition, Moses said that the man and woman were to be put to death – where was the man, why did they bring only the woman? (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22).  They were already false witnesses from the start (Ex 20:16).  So instead of Yeshua pointing it out, He turned it back on them as witnesses. He who is without sin cast the first stone. Now the condition for being a witness is NOT sinless but someone who is a reliable witness and 2 are required (Ex 20:16; Deut. 17:6) per the context. They being false witnesses themselves which implicated them, meant if they stoned her they themselves would have been stoned per the law.  Deut. 19:16-19  “If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong; then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days; and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.” In context Yeshua was saying He who is without sin” (per the law of being a truthful witness) cast the first stone.  There was NOT ONE accuser like He said (John 8:10) because they were all false witnesses therefore she could not be stoned.  Stoning her would be contrary to God’s Law – this was the trap the Pharisees and the Scribes had set! Yeshua saw through their hypocrisy.

 

Do you know the difference between Law of Commandments & Law of Ordinance?

 

Law of Commandments

Law of Ordinance

From the beginning

From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Repeated/reflected in the law of Moses.

 

Purpose: To Identify, provide the knowledge of sin.

 

DOES NOT obtain righteousness but points out sin.

 

 

 

 

e.g. 10 commandments Exo. 40:20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark.

 

Rom 5:13-14 For until the law, sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed (consequence) when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned (consequences of transgression) from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according (how did they know what sin was – by law on their conscience) to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

 

 

From points in time

Mostly from Moses.

 

Purpose: To cover Sin identified, get into covenant with God and how to commune with God. 

 

This was the tutor bringing us to Christ.

They are no longer in effect for Christians (Gal. 3).

 

e.g. law of Moses Deut. 31:26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

 

Gal. 3:17 this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ.

 

Matt. 19:8 - They said to Jesus, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away? “Jesus said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

 

Points out sin: Rom.7:7 What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  


Rom.3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

Good for Christians to use the law if used correctly.  1Ti 1:7-11 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.

 

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain goodworks. These things are good and profitable to men. (Tit 3:8)

 

2 Tim 3:16-17 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.

 

Added because of sin (sacrifices, tabernacle etc.) Gal. 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions (notice Because of transgressions meaning first transgressions are identified then the law shows how to deal with it), till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

 

 

 

But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. (Tit 3:9)

 

Jesus empowered and enabled us to keep the law through Him.  He raised the standard of the law and didn’t lower it (Matt. 5:17-22).

 

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Co 15:56-57)

 

Rom.7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 

“that through this Man (Jesus) is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not bejustified by the law of Moses" (Act 13:38-39). 

 

 

How do we respond?

Live the commandments in Christ!  God is with us!

 

Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Mat. 5:17-18)….  Therefore by their fruits you will know them (Matt. 7:15-20). "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Mat 7:21-23).

 

 

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

 

1John3:4-6 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.  And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.  Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

 

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

 

Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

1Jn 2:1-6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

 

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

Rev14:12  Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus

 

Rev22:14  Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city

 

Mat 24:12  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

 

Jer31:33  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

How do we respond?

Grateful that Jesus made the way and replaced it.

 

The curses for breaking sin.  Col. 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross

 

He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments containedin ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. (Eph 2:14-16)

 

 

 

Are we to judge others by the law? Yes but the same measure we use it will be used against us (Matt. 7, Rom. 2)

 

James 2:10-12 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 

 

1Co 6:1-3 And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

 

Rom 8:7.Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

1 Cor 5:1-6 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father's wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

Do we judge with the law? No

 

Col. 2:16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: (meat and drink offerings, not the dietary law!  e.g. there is no mention what to drink in the dietary scriptures.  OFFERINGS - Heb. 9:10; Ex 29:41; Joel 2:14.  Also the Sabbath days are referencing the days part of the festivals not the Sabbath)

Examples of Law of Commandments

 

No Idols, no eating blood, no sexual immorality, no taking Lord’s name in vain, 10 commandments, love God, love self and love others

 

In the law it is written: WITH MEN OF OTHER TONGUES AND OTHER LIPS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE; AND YET, FOR ALL THAT, THEY WILL NOT HEAR ME," says the Lord. Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. (1 Cor. 14:21-22)

 

Rev. 2:14: I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Why does he call Christians children of Israel and why not only the children of Abraham? Because we are children of Israel too! Eph. 2:12)

 

Act 15:19-21 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath." (they would have heard the law)

 

Act 15:29.If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.  (If you don’t do it, whether a Christian or not, it will not be well with you)

 

Rom 7:7-14. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. 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."…. Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

 

1Co 6:9-12 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

1Co 6:18-20 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

1Co 7:39A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

 

1Co 14:34Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.

 

Jas 2:8-12 if you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, "DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "DO NOT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.

 

Eph6:2  "HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER," which is the first commandment with promise:

 

1 Jn 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

Matt. 5:22 (above Lev. 19:17) But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.

 

James 1:27 (above Ex 22:21) Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

 

1Ti 5:17-18 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE AN OX WHILE IT TREADS OUT THE GRAIN," and, "THE LABORER IS WORTHY OF HIS WAGES."

 

1 Tim 5:13 (Lev. 19:16) And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

 

Act 19:17-19 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.

 

Gal. 5:18-21 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Examples of Law of Ordinances

 

Trying to be justified & worship God through: Temple, Sacrifices, getting into Covenant(circumcision), Festivals and the Sabbaths linked to the festivals.

 

Heb 8:4-5  For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "SEE THAT YOU MAKE ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."

 

Act 21:20-22 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; 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. What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.

 

Heb9:1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.

 

Heb 9:9-10  It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience—  concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

 

Heb 9:19-22  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, "THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD HAS COMMANDED YOU." Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

 

Heb 10:1-4For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

 

 

2 Cor. 3 Commentary

Moses’s veil was added after the commandments given to Moses. The Veil is not the Commandments but it is something added after because they were unable to do it: they weren’t able to behold the Glory.This is the ordinances.  The veil was something they could look at/do because of their inadequacy.

Verses

Commentary

2Co 3:1  Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

 

2Co 3:2  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

 

2Co 3:3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

The evidence of the ministry is not written down but their lives and changed lives.  Law is on their heart no longer on a letter. 

 

As inmarriage one can be married legally through paper but they are not married if they are not intimate and surrendered to each other.  The legal document is nothing but the actual act of marriage is the important thing. 

2Co 3:4  And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God

Not to rely on selves but on Him.  God with us is the key; without God we have nothing.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life

Thank God we don’t do everything on our own or else we will all die. Eze 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you (to do what?) to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

Sharing the standard 10 Commandments brought an awareness of their depravity, showed them their death.  The meaning of death is “separation from God” like the “Dead” burying the Dead.  Yet the awareness also showed the Glory of God and made them aware of Him, his is a good thing.  Moses face shinedas a result of the Presence of God but it faded away.  The people couldn’t look on Moses face because they were so condemned and unable to listen and do.  Therefore he covered it.

2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

So work (ministration) of the Spirit enables us to keep the commandments therefore more glory.  What couldn’t do in our flesh God sent his spirit.

2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

If ministration of their inadequacy is glorious (showing them how unrighteous they are) how much more the empowerment by the Spirit that enables us to walk righteously (we are righteous because of the Spirit therefore we walk righteously not breaking the commandments).

2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

For even that which was made glorious (commandments) had no glory because no one could keep the commandments – it was still glorious.

2Co 3:11  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

“If that”means what? If the ministration of condemnation v9, the inadequacy, is done away with it is because the spirit who remains gives us this victory.

2Co 3:12  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

Because of hope in the Spirit we use plain speech.

2Co 3:13  And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

We are not to be like Moses who had to put a veil on because they were unable to see the Glory (taste it).  The way to the glory has been abolished; the way was in their own strength but now they have help (Eze 36:26-27).  Now we can through Christ.  The veil was added after the commandments to help them do something and not feel inferior:OT sacrifices, temple, going through Moses vs direct to God (priest), etc.  This is the veil.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

Because they couldn’t look into the glory their minds were blinded and they were still trying in their own strength (ordinances because they couldn’t do the commandments).It is repeated in Heb 9-10. 

2Co 3:15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

Now when Moses is read the vail in still on their hearts and they are still trying to keep the commandments in their own strength.  Veil on their heart means trying to do something: sacrifices, temple, etc.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away

Now when they turn to the Lord (Christ) and not to themselves then the vail is taken away and they are able to see. This is similar to “only when you lift up the Son of Man (Jesus) you will know”andnot before.  He enables us. We can’t say Jesus is Lord except by Holy Spirit.

2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

As Eze 36:26-27 says the Spirit enables them and therefore we have this freedom.  Freedom from what? Freedom from condemnation and sin.We are righteous and not trying to be righteous.  Now because we are righteous we walk righteously (1 John 3:3-8; Rom 3:31).

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

Side note: Net the veil was ADDED after the commandments given. This veil is the same concept of veil used later in the temple between the mercy seat (Holy of Holies) and the Holy Place.  Now this veil is removed in Christ so we can come boldly to the throne of God.  Sin is still sin regardless.  The issue is if we come boldly and continue in sin there remains no more sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:26-28).  Repentance is not a “nice to have” but essential to living in the glory. It brings damage to people.  “Be Holy” says the Lord. In other words: walk as He walked and let Him walk through you.  That is why we need to have God with us to help us. The OT didn’t have God with them as we do now.