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Romans 13

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Matthew 22

“ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38“This is the great and foremost commandment. 39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

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The term "schoolmaster" is the Greek word "paidegogos" which literally means boy-leader or child-leader. The schoolmaster at the time of Paul's letter was usually a slave of the house or a servant of the house. Their function was to safely transport the children from their dwelling place to the school. They were not teachers. They were not tutors. (Such poor, contemporary translations.) They simply watched over the children as they went to school.

"Before faith came we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed."

When Jesus said: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."

He was claiming that He is the fulfillment of the law. The law was meant to protect the people through whom the Seed would come. The Seed, Jesus, was now in their midst. Therefore, the function of the law had been fulfilled. This is how the law was holy and good: it did not spoil in the earth. It was the word of God and it did not return void: Christ arose, as was promised to Abraham, through the people kept under guard by the law.

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Torah Moshe (Law of Moses) was to drive us to Torah Moshiakh (Law of Christ).

This thread is about the purpose of the Law. This is the purpose.

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Beloved Rstrats...what is sin?

Sin is transgressing the Law…1 John 3:4

Salvation has always been by grace through faith, even from the beginning. As you probably are aware the Bible teaches that “the soul the sins must die.” That is the Law. We first here of it even before the old covenant with Israel in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). James makes it even more plain that if we break as much as a jot or a tittle (a mere punctuation mark) we are guilty of breaking the entire Law (the commands of God). Now since “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, then we are all worthy of and headed for judgment and condemnation. There is no going back and making up for it by being good. This of course would please the Lord but it cannot justify us before Him nor can it remiss our sins (remove them). The price is due for sin and somehow it must be paid.

Now death is the payment due. But the Law itself demands a sinless sacrifice. A lamb without blemish (and bulls and goats and turtledoves, etc.,) and all this does is to temporarily atone, until the next time it is required under the law, but none serve to remove the curse of the Law (the death penalty). In the very beginning the Lord spoke of how this was going to be accomplished (Genesis 3:15) and He continues to define the Redemptive plan more clearly throughout the Scriptures and it has to do with a Redeemer elsewhere referred to as our l’Shelem or He who completed the transaction. We see indications of this one foreshadowed in Scriptures like Isaiah 53; Daniel 9; Zechariah 12:10, etc.,).

Now were there those who at some point in their lives made such effort that they really kept the whole law (all 613 commandments)? Well there were only they had already sinned at some point so without the shedding of blood there was no remission.

This is why St Paul in Galatians 2:16-21 says, “…know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"
In Matthew 19 we hear the story (not a parable) of the rich young ruler which says, “Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life? According to this story and because the young man was still under the Law, Jesus tells him to obey the commandments and we discover this young man had done so successfully since his youth (at least believes he has)…but yet he is still thinking that there is something more he must do in order to get into heaven (the error of man…salvation comes by works). So Jesus gives him a task He knows will be impossible to this young man…the disciples knowing this young man obeyed all the commandments are confused about this and we read, “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, Who then can be saved? Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Why?

The answer comes in Titus 3:4-7 where we read, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Thus, “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:21, 22)

No one has ever kept the whole law and thus all are under condemnation without redemption…only by redemption can they be bought back, the penalty due for their sin being paid… Romans 3:20 - Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight
Where then is the error for “good people” that will not be saved? Why won’t they be saved? Romans 9:32 tells us, “Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works and so, They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."

They repented unto good works but failed to pay the wages already due for their previous imperfect lifestyle before God. Remember, “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law." And who has not sinned at least once? Only Christ our Savior our Redeemer who Himself is the propitiation for our sins….
So Romans 6:23 reminds us that “The payment due for sin is death (that is the second death in gehenna) but the gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Y’shua (Y’shua means “the LORDs salvation”). And once given it will never be revoked (Romans 11:29). Now then how does one attain this blessed position where the Lord Himself commutes our just sentence? By being born of His Spirit and becoming a new spirit man (John 3:3-8) the old soulish man being reckoned as dead (Romans 6) so that now we have two natures one still lingering though we reckon it as dead, which still pulls us toward our flesh (of the first Adam), and another pulling us toward higher things of the Spirit (of the second Adam who is Christ). When the Lord draws us we change our mind from unbelief to belief (trusting in, relying on, and cleaving to Him knowing without His sacrifice we face hell and incomprehensibly being thankful for this amazing grace) and are immersed by the Spirit into the Lord Jesus Christ and then the Spirit comes and takes up residence within us. By this gift of the Holy Spirit (the promise of the Father – Luke 44) we are sealed until the day of redemption of our bodies (Acts 3:38). We ARE seated with Him (Ephesians 1) and we are already translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1, 2).

So Jesus is saying it IS better to enter heaven maimed than to enter hell, but salvation is still by grace through faith not by obeying the commandments. If it were then even unbelievers who hate God could simply obey and get in…this would make no sense at all.

Now that we are saved should we obey God? Yes, obey all that Christ has commanded us. It is our duty to obey God now that we are able to learn to do this, but is our salvation merited by doing this? No! Sonship is the gift of God provided to us by grace through His own Blood. Thus the Lord says 'When you have done all that is commanded you, say: "We are useless servants: we have only done what was our duty"' (Luke 17:10).

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Good article becauseHElives!
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THE LAW AS THE SCHOOLMASTER

Dispensationalists who teach that Old Testament law has been completely canceled out by Christ, quote Galatians 3:23-25 as proof for their claim: "Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law." (The last phrase in the New King James Version translates as "we are no longer under a tutor.")

In order to fully understand this passage we need to answer two questions.

1. 1) What does Paul mean by the term "law"? and
2. 2) What does he mean when he says "we are no longer under a tutor"?

We need to keep in mind the context and history of the book of Galatians and the specific problems that Paul was addressing [See Justification and the Law]. One of the issues was that of the Judaizers who were teaching two serious doctrinal errors. They believed in salvation through Christ and human works, and they wanted Gentiles to first become Jews before becoming Christians. In essence they were teaching that the Gentiles had to first follow the Mosaic ceremonial laws before they were qualified to become Christians. It is this second error that is in Paul's mind when he condemns circumcision in Galatians 5:2-3, and also when he refers to the elements in Galatians 4:3, 9. "But now that you know God — or rather are known by God — how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you." (Galatians 4:9-11).

Therefore, because Paul is concerned with counteracting the Judaizers' view that Gentiles were to keep the whole system of Jewish ceremonial law, it is clear that he is speaking of law in terms of the Mosaic administration of God's covenant with the Jews. He is telling the Galatians why it is no longer necessary to follow the ceremonial laws of the old covenant.

What, then, does Paul mean when he says that those who have come to Christ are no longer under a tutor?

Given the meaning of law within this context, Paul is saying that the ceremonial law served as an instructor in salvation by grace. It taught the old covenant people of God about the perfect redemptive work of the coming Messiah through pictures (known theologically as types). But since Christ has come and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice "once for all" (Hebrews 10:10), the tutor is no longer needed. Under the old covenant, the Jews were saved by faith in the coming Messiah, and not by their works. However, this old covenant, with its pictures and ceremonies, was inferior to the new covenant. Paul is comparing the old covenant to the immature life of slavery under a tutor, with the new covenant where believers are described as sons, who are heirs of God (Galatians 4:1-7).

As John Calvin wrote in his commentary on Galatians and Ephesians, "A schoolmaster is not appointed for the whole life, but only for childhood, as etymology of the Greek word [paidagogos] implies. Besides, in training a child, the object is to prepare him, by the instructions of childhood, for maturer years. The comparison applies in both respects to the law, for its authority was limited to a particular age, and its whole object was to prepare its scholars in such a manner, that when its elementary instructions were closed, they might make progress worthy of manhood. And so he adds, that it was our schoolmaster [eis Christon] unto Christ. The grammarian, when he is trained as a boy, delivers him into the hands of another, who conducts him through the higher branches of a finished education. In like manner, the law was the grammar of theology, which, after carrying its scholars a short way, handed them over to faith to be completed. Thus, Paul compares the Jews to children, and us to advanced youth."

To put this a little clearer: when we were children in school, we needed teachers and headmasters to point us in the right direction and discipline us when necessary. Once we were fully instructed, we moved on, but are not to forget or neglect the things taught to us in school. Similarly; before we were in Christ, we needed a schoolmaster to point us in the right direction and discipline us. The Law is that schoolmaster. Once we have come to Christ, we move on, but are not to neglect or forget those things taught to us beforehand.

This then leads us to the question of; what Law are we no longer under?

The Law of works
After the fall of man in the garden of Eden, God has always dealt with man on the basis of the covenant of grace. Grace did not come only at the cross, it has always been there. It is just the direction one looks to the grace that has changed. In other words, from the fall in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), until the second coming of Christ, anyone who is saved, whether under the old covenant or the new, is saved by grace through faith. No one, can be saved by his own works of righteousness. Even the sacrifices of animals under the old covenant did not save "because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Hebrews 10:4). The sacrifices were pictures that pointed forward to Jesus Christ who "by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy" (Hebrews 10:14).

Galatians 3:21 teaches that the law of God is not against the promise. The law as a covenant was an expression of the covenant of grace. The ceremonies pointed to Jesus Christ and taught the people to trust in the shed blood of the coming Messiah (Isaiah 53:3-12), "the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" (John 1:29). The law of works - essentially the ceremonial laws - ended with the coming of Christ and the new covenant because it had served its purpose and was no longer needed. The pictures are replaced by the reality, Jesus Christ.

The Law of Sin and Death
Another manner in which believers are no longer under the law is that believers are not under the curse of the law - the Law of Sin and Death. "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit." (Galatians 3:13-14).

Paul says that by Christ's death on the cross, believers are set free from the curse or penalty of the law which is due to us, for as God said, "The soul who sins is the one who will die" (Ezekiel 18:4b). John the Baptist declared that "whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:36). Paul, by saying that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23), is showing us the just punishment of man by God. Man has no escape within his own power, or within the law (Galatians 3:21).

The sinner finds himself without escape; and the magnitude of his dilemma is revealed in the words, "for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."" (Galatians 3:10).

But, at the cross, Jesus Christ bore the guilt and the penalty for the sins of the world. The complete wrath of God that we deserve for our sins was placed upon Christ. However, just because Christ bore the judgment that we deserve does not mean that believers are no longer under law as a guide for daily living and the ongoing process of sanctification. Such a view is antinomianism (anti-law), for there is no sanctification by lawlessness.

The Law Convicts Sinful Man of Sin
The third way in which Christians are no longer under law is as a means of conviction to lead us to Christ. Paul says: "Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin." (Romans 3:19-20).

It is a mistake to argue that God's law is evil, unfair or harsh. The law is not the problem; man is. Man has an evil heart that loves sin. One of the reasons God has given the law is to expose sin in order to convict rebellious hearts. "What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet." But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good." (Romans 7:7-12).

We can see from Paul's personal experience he knew that the law convicted him of his sin. As a Pharisee, he was taught that keeping the law was an external matter that was achievable by man. By saying that he "was alive apart from the law" (v. 9) he is saying that without a biblical understanding of the internal aspect of keeping the law, he was deceiving himself and being self-righteous. But when the command "Do not covet" (v. 7) came into his consciousness, his self-righteousness came to an end. What Paul is actually referring to is to the original purpose of the law; to direct and regulate man's life in the path of righteousness and, therefore, to guard and promote life.

While still a Pharisee, Paul expected salvation through the law. He expected happiness and holiness, but instead he descended into the despair of guilt, condemnation, misery, wrath, and the displeasure of a righteous, just and holy God. "For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death." (Romans 7:11). Sin had deceived Paul, for what Paul wanted the law to do, it could not do. This was not because the law was defective, or because the law was evil, but because the law was not designed by God to secure our salvation.

This is the experience of every believer. He first turns to the law, to his own self-righteousness and strength, but he soon finds out that all the law can do is aggravate the guilt and misery. God uses the law as a mirror of man's heart. Once man knows his guilt and that he cannot obey the law, man is brought to his knees and runs to the cross of Christ. The burden of guilt is washed away by Christ's blood and his perfect righteousness. Once man has accepted this gift, the condemnation is removed, and he is no longer under that effect of the law.

However, it still serves its purpose of being a mirror of our sinful desires that keep rearing their ugly heads in our lives. The difference is that there is no longer any condemnation, but conviction of the Holy Spirit that guides us in righteousness.

Preparation of the Heart
Although the law does not save man, it does prepare the heart for the gift of grace. I believe that it is this function that Paul is referring to in Galatians 3:24, which then leads one to Christ for justification by faith. Before any man can receive the Lord Jesus Christ, he must be shown the sinful state he is in and that by his own power he cannot escape. The law exposes many areas of one's life which would not have otherwise been recognized as sin. It is essential to declare the ten commandments – the holy standard of God – in order to show the sinner his heart of hatred toward God and man. Only then will he be able to accept the grace of God in Jesus Christ to provide him with righteousness and love. As Walter Chantry put it, "It is the sharp needle of the law that makes way for the scarlet thread of the Gospel.

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What is sin?

The sum of all the commandments is love; sin in its nature is egotism and selfishness. Self is put in the place of God (Romans 15:3; 1 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Timothy 3:2, 4; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).


They misunderstood their own Law (Romans 10:4-13).

Everything about the Jewish religion pointed to the coming Messiah—their sacrifices, priesthood, temple services, religious festivals, and covenants. Their Law told them they were sinners in need of a Saviour. But instead of letting the Law bring them to Christ (Gal. 3:24), they worshiped their Law and rejected their Saviour. The Law was a signpost, pointing the way. But it could never take them to their destination. The Law cannot give righteousness; it only leads the sinner to the Saviour who can give righteousness.

Christ is “the end of the Law” in the sense that through His death and resurrection, He has terminated the ministry of the Law for those who believe. The Law is ended as far as Christians are concerned. The righteousness of the Law is being fulfilled in the life of the believer through the power of the Spirit (Rom. 8:4); but the reign of the Law has ended (see Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14). “For ye are not under the Law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14).

Paul quoted from the Old Testament to prove to his readers that they did not even understand their own Law. He began with Leviticus 18:5 which states the purpose of the Law: if you obey it, you live.

“But we did obey it!” they would argue.

“You may have obeyed it outwardly,” Paul would reply, “but you did not believe it from your heart.” He then quoted Deuteronomy 30:12-14 and gave the passage a deeper spiritual meaning. The theme of Moses’ message was “the commandment” (Deut. 30:11), referring to the Word of God. Moses argued that the Jews had no reason to disobey the Word of God because it had been clearly explained to them and it was not far from them. In fact, Moses urged them to receive the Word in their hearts (see Deut. 5:29; 6:5-12; 13:3; 30:6). The emphasis in Deuteronomy is on the heart, the inner spiritual condition and not mere outward acts of obedience.

Paul gave us the spiritual understanding of this admonition. He saw “the commandment” or “the Word” as meaning “Christ, God’s Word.” So, he substituted “Christ” for “the commandment.” He told us that God’s way of salvation was not difficult and complicated. We do not have to go to heaven to find Christ, or into the world of the dead. He is near to us. In other words, the Gospel of Christ—the Word of faith—is available and accessible. The sinner need not perform difficult works in order to be saved. All he has to do is trust Christ. The very Word on the lips of the religious Jews was the Word of faith. The very Law that they read and recited pointed to Christ.

At this point Paul quoted Isaiah 28:16 to show that salvation is by faith: “Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.” He quoted this verse before in Romans 9:33. He made it clear in Romans 10:9-10 that salvation is by faith—we believe in the heart, receive God’s righteousness, and then confess Christ openly and without shame.

Paul’s final quotation was from Joel 2:32, to prove that this salvation is open to everyone: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Paul had already proved that “there is no difference” in condemnation (Rom. 3:20-23); now he affirms that “there is no difference” in salvation. Instead of the Jew having a special righteousness of his own through the Law, he was declared to be as much a sinner as the Gentile he condemned.

This entire section emphasizes the difference between “Law righteousness” and “faith righteousness.”

(Wiersbe)

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THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW

7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psalm 19

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quote:
Originally posted by John Hale:
Actually, if you read Leviticus... even if one doesn't know what they did is wrong they are still guilty.

Purpose of the Law:

Galatians 3:24-25 (KJV)
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The Law (Torah) given to Moses (Torah Moshe) was to establish the ground rules and the definition of sin and the minimum requirement for righteousness... which man could not keep (since we are all born in sin (Psalm 51:5). So... we are forced to seek righteousness that is achieved another way than by our means... that is Grace or the Law of Christ (Torah Moshiakh). Observe:

1 Corinthians 9:19-21 (NIV)
19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.

We are not without law. Just another law... a higher law, the Law of God or Christ's Law... and if you are careful to watch for this distinction you will see it throughout the Bible using words like "my law."

It was just a simple question. "What is sin?"

We are not talking about the Nation of Israel.

Rom.2

1. [14] For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:


No need to confuse the baseball fans.

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Actually, if you read Leviticus... even if one doesn't know what they did is wrong they are still guilty.

Purpose of the Law:

Galatians 3:24-25 (KJV)
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The Law (Torah) given to Moses (Torah Moshe) was to establish the ground rules and the definition of sin and the minimum requirement for righteousness... which man could not keep (since we are all born in sin (Psalm 51:5). So... we are forced to seek righteousness that is achieved another way than by our means... that is Grace or the Law of Christ (Torah Moshiakh). Observe:

1 Corinthians 9:19-21 (NIV)
19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.

We are not without law. Just another law... a higher law, the Law of God or Christ's Law... and if you are careful to watch for this distinction you will see it throughout the Bible using words like "my law."

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quote:
Originally posted by rstrats:
What is sin?

James.4

[17] Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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What is sin?
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by Cornelius R. Stam


How little most people know about the Law, the Ten Commandments!

First, most people have a hazy idea that the Law was given to Adam; that it existed as long as the history of man. This, of course, is wrong, for in John 1:17 we read: "The law was given by Moses." Moses lived some 2,500 years after Adam, about 1,500 years before Christ. So for about 2,500 years mankind lived without the Ten Commandments.

Second, most people suppose that the Law was given to mankind in general, while the fact is that it was given to Israel alone. It was a covenant made between God and Israel. Before giving it God said: "Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people" (Ex. 19:5). This is not to say that the Law does not affect all men, for, as the divine standard of righteousness it affects us all.

Third, most people think that the Law was given to help us to be good. Even some clergymen teach this, though the Bible itself states again and again that the Law was given to show us that we are guilty sinners and need a Savior. Note the following Scripture passages.

Rom. 3:19: "Now we know that what things soever the law sath, it saith to them that are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may be brought in guilty before God."

Rom. 3:20: "By the law is the knowledge of sin."

Gal. 3:19: "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions...."


Thus the Law can only condemn the sinner. But thank God, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree" (Gal. 3:13).

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