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The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Heb 10:32  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

Heb 10:33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Heb 10:34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

Heb 10:35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Heb 10:37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

Heb 10:38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

Heb 10:39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Rom 14:23  …for whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Gal 3:12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and thelife which I now live

 in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 


  1. Let us look to Scripture alone to see the change in law that God has brought about for our good and His glory.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “THE MAN WHO DOES THOSE THINGS SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

 

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.

2Co 3:11  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

2Co 3:12  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what

was passing away.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament,

 because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into

the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

 

Gal 3:24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

 

Gal 4:9  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak

 and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

 

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

through which we draw near to God.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised,

 only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised

that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you

may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Rom 7:6  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.

Rom 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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

1Ti 1:9  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,

 

1Co 9:20  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,

 that I might win those who are under the law;

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

 

  1. The change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant has brought about four major changes
  2.  with reference to how a Christian is to live their lives.

 

(1)                      A new law.

 

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

Jas 1:25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well;

 

(2)                      A new commandment.

 

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Joh 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

We have 180 new commandments in the age of grace.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

 

 

 

(3)                      A new enablement.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great

Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

 through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored

more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God, 2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

 

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

1Th 5:23  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,

and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

(4)                      A new High Priest.

 

Heb 7:11  Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),

what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be

called according to the order of Aaron?

 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:13  For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through w

hich we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

 “THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

 

3.  The Holy Law of God is summed up in the Love of Christ which is fulfilled in us who walk in the Spirit.

 

“Law” is no longer either the principle which defines sin for believers nor the standard of God’s judgment. 

  

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [—] law. 

 

What law, what principle? — the principle of “loving one another.” There is no Greek article.

 

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment,

 it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Paul is teaching that Leviticus 19:18 is a royal principle of love which “comprehends” or “sums up

 the second half of the Ten Commandments. Rather than elevating the formal Law or even the Ten Commandments,

 the principle (“law”) of love is greater than the others.

 

13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of [—] law.

 

While the “law” principle made sin more sinful, the “love” principle fulfills or “fills full” the purpose of “law”

which law could not achieve.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

 

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A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

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www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.us

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The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Heb 10:32  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

Heb 10:33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Heb 10:34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

Heb 10:35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Heb 10:37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

Heb 10:38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

Heb 10:39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Rom 14:23  …for whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Gal 3:12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and thelife which I now live

 in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 


  1. Let us look to Scripture alone to see the change in law that God has brought about for our good and His glory.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “THE MAN WHO DOES THOSE THINGS SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

 

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.

2Co 3:11  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

2Co 3:12  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what

was passing away.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament,

 because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into

the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

 

Gal 3:24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

 

Gal 4:9  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak

 and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

 

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

through which we draw near to God.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised,

 only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised

that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you

may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Rom 7:6  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.

Rom 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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

1Ti 1:9  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,

 

1Co 9:20  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,

 that I might win those who are under the law;

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

 

  1. The change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant has brought about four major changes
  2.  with reference to how a Christian is to live their lives.

 

(1)                      A new law.

 

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

Jas 1:25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well;

 

(2)                      A new commandment.

 

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Joh 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

We have 180 new commandments in the age of grace.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

 

 

 

(3)                      A new enablement.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great

Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

 through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored

more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God, 2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

 

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

1Th 5:23  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,

and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

(4)                      A new High Priest.

 

Heb 7:11  Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),

what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be

called according to the order of Aaron?

 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:13  For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through w

hich we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

 “THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

 

3.  The Holy Law of God is summed up in the Love of Christ which is fulfilled in us who walk in the Spirit.

 

“Law” is no longer either the principle which defines sin for believers nor the standard of God’s judgment. 

  

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [—] law. 

 

What law, what principle? — the principle of “loving one another.” There is no Greek article.

 

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment,

 it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Paul is teaching that Leviticus 19:18 is a royal principle of love which “comprehends” or “sums up

 the second half of the Ten Commandments. Rather than elevating the formal Law or even the Ten Commandments,

 the principle (“law”) of love is greater than the others.

 

13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of [—] law.

 

While the “law” principle made sin more sinful, the “love” principle fulfills or “fills full” the purpose of “law”

which law could not achieve.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

 

Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

www.tithing-russkelly.com

www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.us

russell-kelly@att.net

 

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The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Heb 10:32  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

Heb 10:33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Heb 10:34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

Heb 10:35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Heb 10:37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

Heb 10:38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

Heb 10:39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Rom 14:23  …for whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Gal 3:12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and thelife which I now live

 in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 


  1. Let us look to Scripture alone to see the change in law that God has brought about for our good and His glory.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “THE MAN WHO DOES THOSE THINGS SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

 

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.

2Co 3:11  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

2Co 3:12  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what

was passing away.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament,

 because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into

the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

 

Gal 3:24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

 

Gal 4:9  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak

 and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

 

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

through which we draw near to God.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised,

 only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised

that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you

may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Rom 7:6  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.

Rom 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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

1Ti 1:9  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,

 

1Co 9:20  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,

 that I might win those who are under the law;

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

 

  1. The change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant has brought about four major changes
  2.  with reference to how a Christian is to live their lives.

 

(1)                      A new law.

 

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

Jas 1:25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well;

 

(2)                      A new commandment.

 

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Joh 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

We have 180 new commandments in the age of grace.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

 

 

 

(3)                      A new enablement.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great

Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

 through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored

more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God, 2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

 

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

1Th 5:23  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,

and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

(4)                      A new High Priest.

 

Heb 7:11  Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),

what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be

called according to the order of Aaron?

 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:13  For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through w

hich we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

 “THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

 

3.  The Holy Law of God is summed up in the Love of Christ which is fulfilled in us who walk in the Spirit.

 

“Law” is no longer either the principle which defines sin for believers nor the standard of God’s judgment. 

  

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [—] law. 

 

What law, what principle? — the principle of “loving one another.” There is no Greek article.

 

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment,

 it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Paul is teaching that Leviticus 19:18 is a royal principle of love which “comprehends” or “sums up

 the second half of the Ten Commandments. Rather than elevating the formal Law or even the Ten Commandments,

 the principle (“law”) of love is greater than the others.

 

13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of [—] law.

 

While the “law” principle made sin more sinful, the “love” principle fulfills or “fills full” the purpose of “law”

which law could not achieve.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

 

Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

www.tithing-russkelly.com

www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.us

russell-kelly@att.net

 

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The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Heb 10:32  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

Heb 10:33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Heb 10:34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

Heb 10:35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Heb 10:37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

Heb 10:38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

Heb 10:39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Rom 14:23  …for whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Gal 3:12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and thelife which I now live

 in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 


  1. Let us look to Scripture alone to see the change in law that God has brought about for our good and His glory.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “THE MAN WHO DOES THOSE THINGS SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

 

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.

2Co 3:11  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

2Co 3:12  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what

was passing away.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament,

 because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into

the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

 

Gal 3:24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

 

Gal 4:9  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak

 and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

 

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

through which we draw near to God.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised,

 only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised

that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you

may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Rom 7:6  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.

Rom 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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

1Ti 1:9  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,

 

1Co 9:20  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,

 that I might win those who are under the law;

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

 

  1. The change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant has brought about four major changes
  2.  with reference to how a Christian is to live their lives.

 

(1)                      A new law.

 

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

Jas 1:25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well;

 

(2)                      A new commandment.

 

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Joh 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

We have 180 new commandments in the age of grace.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

 

 

 

(3)                      A new enablement.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great

Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

 through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored

more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God, 2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

 

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

1Th 5:23  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,

and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

(4)                      A new High Priest.

 

Heb 7:11  Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),

what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be

called according to the order of Aaron?

 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:13  For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through w

hich we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

 “THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

 

3.  The Holy Law of God is summed up in the Love of Christ which is fulfilled in us who walk in the Spirit.

 

“Law” is no longer either the principle which defines sin for believers nor the standard of God’s judgment. 

  

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [—] law. 

 

What law, what principle? — the principle of “loving one another.” There is no Greek article.

 

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment,

 it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Paul is teaching that Leviticus 19:18 is a royal principle of love which “comprehends” or “sums up

 the second half of the Ten Commandments. Rather than elevating the formal Law or even the Ten Commandments,

 the principle (“law”) of love is greater than the others.

 

13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of [—] law.

 

While the “law” principle made sin more sinful, the “love” principle fulfills or “fills full” the purpose of “law”

which law could not achieve.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

 

Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

www.tithing-russkelly.com

www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.us

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The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Heb 10:32  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

Heb 10:33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Heb 10:34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

Heb 10:35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Heb 10:37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

Heb 10:38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

Heb 10:39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Rom 14:23  …for whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Gal 3:12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and thelife which I now live

 in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 


  1. Let us look to Scripture alone to see the change in law that God has brought about for our good and His glory.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “THE MAN WHO DOES THOSE THINGS SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

 

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.

2Co 3:11  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

2Co 3:12  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what

was passing away.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament,

 because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into

the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

 

Gal 3:24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

 

Gal 4:9  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak

 and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

 

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

through which we draw near to God.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised,

 only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised

that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you

may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Rom 7:6  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.

Rom 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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

1Ti 1:9  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,

 

1Co 9:20  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,

 that I might win those who are under the law;

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

 

  1. The change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant has brought about four major changes
  2.  with reference to how a Christian is to live their lives.

 

(1)                      A new law.

 

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

Jas 1:25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well;

 

(2)                      A new commandment.

 

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Joh 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

We have 180 new commandments in the age of grace.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

 

 

 

(3)                      A new enablement.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great

Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

 through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored

more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God, 2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

 

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

1Th 5:23  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,

and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

(4)                      A new High Priest.

 

Heb 7:11  Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),

what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be

called according to the order of Aaron?

 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:13  For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through w

hich we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

 “THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

 

3.  The Holy Law of God is summed up in the Love of Christ which is fulfilled in us who walk in the Spirit.

 

“Law” is no longer either the principle which defines sin for believers nor the standard of God’s judgment. 

  

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [—] law. 

 

What law, what principle? — the principle of “loving one another.” There is no Greek article.

 

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment,

 it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Paul is teaching that Leviticus 19:18 is a royal principle of love which “comprehends” or “sums up

 the second half of the Ten Commandments. Rather than elevating the formal Law or even the Ten Commandments,

 the principle (“law”) of love is greater than the others.

 

13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of [—] law.

 

While the “law” principle made sin more sinful, the “love” principle fulfills or “fills full” the purpose of “law”

which law could not achieve.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

 

Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

www.tithing-russkelly.com

www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.us

russell-kelly@att.net

 

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The Dangers of Putting Christians under the Law 

10/24/10

 

Today so many Christians are trying to live their lives under the legal system of Moses.

 

They have not learned that the old covenant of Moses has been done away with in Christ.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

And they have never been taught how to live under the grace system of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

It is so dangerous to place Christians under the Law of Moses because Christ will be of not profit to them to live their Christian lives.

 

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

 

Gal 5:2  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that there has been a change in law from the Law of Moses to the law of Christ and to not honor this change that God has brought about in the Person and Work of Christ is dangerous to the well being of a Christians’ life and this disobedience insults the Spirit of grace. 

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Heb 10:32  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

Heb 10:33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Heb 10:34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

Heb 10:35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

Heb 10:37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

Heb 10:38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

Heb 10:39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Rom 14:23  …for whatever is not from faith is sin.

 

Gal 3:12  Yet the law is not of faith, but “THE MAN WHO DOES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and thelife which I now live

 in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Col 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 


  1. Let us look to Scripture alone to see the change in law that God has brought about for our good and His glory.

 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 5:17  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

 

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Rom 10:5  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “THE MAN WHO DOES THOSE THINGS SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

 

Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

 

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.

2Co 3:11  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

2Co 3:12  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what

was passing away.

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament,

 because the veil is taken away in Christ.

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into

the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

“CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

 

Gal 3:24  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

 

Gal 4:9  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak

 and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

 

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope,

through which we draw near to God.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised,

 only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised

that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you

may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Rom 7:6  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.

Rom 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.”

 

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

 

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.

 

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,

1Ti 1:9  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,

 

1Co 9:20  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,

 that I might win those who are under the law;

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

 

  1. The change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant has brought about four major changes
  2.  with reference to how a Christian is to live their lives.

 

(1)                      A new law.

 

1Co 9:21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ),

 that I might win those who are without law;

 

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

Jas 1:25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

 

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you do well;

 

(2)                      A new commandment.

 

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Joh 15:12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

We have 180 new commandments in the age of grace.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

 

 

 

 

(3)                      A new enablement.

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Heb 13:20  Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great

Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

 through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored

more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God, 2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel

 could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

 

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

1Th 5:23  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,

and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

 

(4)                      A new High Priest.

 

Heb 7:11  Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),

what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be

called according to the order of Aaron?

 

Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Heb 7:13  For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For He testifies: “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through w

hich we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

 “THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK’ “),

Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

 

 

3.  The Holy Law of God is summed up in the Love of Christ which is fulfilled in us who walk in the Spirit.

 

“Law” is no longer either the principle which defines sin for believers nor the standard of God’s judgment. 

  

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled [—] law. 

 

What law, what principle? — the principle of “loving one another.” There is no Greek article.

 

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment,

 it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Paul is teaching that Leviticus 19:18 is a royal principle of love which “comprehends” or “sums up

 the second half of the Ten Commandments. Rather than elevating the formal Law or even the Ten Commandments,

 the principle (“law”) of love is greater than the others.

 

13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of [—] law.

 

While the “law” principle made sin more sinful, the “love” principle fulfills or “fills full” the purpose of “law”

which law could not achieve.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

 

Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

www.tithing-russkelly.com

www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.us

russell-kelly@att.net

 

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