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God's Law Current or Colloquial?

Obeying God's Law  - "Is that even a thing?"  I hear this question a lot when the subject of obedience comes up in "Christian" circles. There seems to be an inordinate amount of confusion on the subject!  I am writing this blog in hopes of clearing that up for some of the folk that follow me. Though, I am probably, "preaching to choir". 

 

In the letter to the Romans, Paul sets it out pretty clearly, “for those who have ears to hear”, and/or any  reading, or comprehension, skills! These portions of his teaching, on obedience to The Law, are from chapters seven and eight. I encourage you to go back and immerse yourself in the entire book of Romans. (These passages are from the Amplified Bible)

 

The Conflict of Two Natures (Romans 7:14-25)

 

14We know that the Law is spiritual, but I am a creature of the flesh [worldly, self-reliant--carnal and unspiritual], sold into slavery to sin [and serving under its control]. 15For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled and bewildered by them]. {Because} I do not practice what I want to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate [and yielding to my human nature, my worldliness--my sinful capacity]. 16Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good (morally excellent). 

17So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me. 18For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness--my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good] is present in me, but the doing of good is not. 19For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

21So I find it to be the law [of my inner self], that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22For I joyfully delight in the law of God in my inner self [with my new nature], 23but I see a different law and rule of action in the members of my body [in its appetites and desires], waging war against the law of my mind and subduing me and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is within my members. 24Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]? 

25Thanks be to God [for my deliverance] through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind serve the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness, my sinful capacity--I serve] the law of sin.

Escape from Bondage (Romans 8:1-9)

1Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 

3For what the Law could not do [that is, overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power] being weakened by the flesh [man’s nature without the Holy Spirit], God did: He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin. And He condemned sin in the flesh [subdued it and overcame it in the person of His own Son], 4so that the [righteous and just] requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not live our lives in the ways of the flesh [guided by worldliness and our sinful nature], but [live our lives] in the ways of the Spirit [guided by His power]. 

5For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. 

6Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever--because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God--both now and forever]; 7the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.

9However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God].


 

Because we simply can not keep The Law of God (a.k.a. The Torah) in our own strength, we humans have developed a sort of “go around”, using “Grace” as a religious excuse, a sort of warped, imaginary, “justification”, to kick “The Law” to the curb. Unfortunately, too many religious persuasions, denominations, etc., believe that we are no longer subject to The Law! And have, instead, substituted doctrines which are foreign to The Word of God, and imposed over top of it!

 

But that is NOT what Paul was saying. Nor did Yeshua teach that! In fact, Paul, and Yeshua's other disciples, referred to such teachings as “doctrines of demons”! Because they enable, reinforce, and attempt to justify sin, and the resulting strongholds which sin will produce in the fallen human nature. Sin, which separates humanity from God! As Paul put it, “Shall we continue to sin that Grace may abound? God forbid!”

 

Yeshua came, as He clearly expressed, to “be about His Father's business”. That “business” was to Redeem fallen man, by putting obedience to God's Law within our reach. That is accomplished through GRACE, which only covers us while we're working on renewing our minds and transforming our Characters into His Image - with the help of His Spirit and Anointing.

 

Yeshua came, not to bring The Law down to our level, but to bring us to “up to” it's level! His mission was to eradicate sin in us, and transform us into spiritual beings who reflect God's nature, and inherit His Character traits. This brings obedience to His standards, and boundaries, into the realm of possibility for us, making obedience second nature! He came to bring God's Law into the light of His Anointing, to transform us into His image, so that we could become Holy as He is Holy! And, being Holy means that His Law becomes second nature to us, as natural as breathing, instead of the struggle it has been!

 

The definition of “Holy” is simply the idea of using a thing, or situation, any of God's Creation, in the way in which GOD ordained, and intended that part of His Creation to be used. To “Profane” something, on the other hand, is to use what God made for one purpose inappropriately, by His standards and boundaries.

 

For example, language which is considered to be “profanity” is simply language which is used in ways that are unloving, or not edifying. That is not okay with God. He has stated that we're not to curse other humans, by speaking unkind, untrue, or unflattering things about them constantly! Instead He has made it clear that we are to use our words to bless others! Meaning that we are to speak or declare what is positive, affirming – things which do not tear down another's image or reputation.

 

Another example is that our bodies are to be set apart for His temple, because, on earth, He dwells in those humans who have invited His Spirit to do so! So breaking His Law, (concerning what we are to eat or drink, how we live, or what we do), is to profane our temple. This includes (but is not limited to...) eating pork, shellfish and other things which God did not designate as “food”. He forbade the consumption of those meats because those animals are the garbage collectors of the planet, they will eat virtually anything, and therefore often carry disease - so to consume them is to profane our temple, and put it in danger. Nor are we to drink to excess, to the point of becoming drunk, to do so is to profane our temples, because it can eventually lead to ungodly, even addictive, behavior, (wine and strong drink were meant to be used for digestive help, social enjoyment, religious celebration, etc. but excessive use is forbidden, and will harm us).

 

Nor are we to use sex inappropriately, for selfish means, so as to fulfill the lusts of the fallen nature, whether in marriage or out, to do so is to profane our temples, because, like other fleshly pursuits, that also creates addictive behavior, does harm to the souls of ourselves and others, creates soul ties which blur our discernment and damages future relationships, etc., so that it profanes us – makes us unholy. Nor are we to act in other ways that are unloving toward God or our fellow man, to do so is to profane our temples, by ruining our relationships with God and man, making us lone sheep for the enemy to devour; . . . etc.!

 

The Pharisees, and every form of religious expression since then, were/are constantly attempting to amend God's Law – we arrogant humans are constantly padding it with excessive restrictions, trying to make it “manageable”, to put it within man's ability to keep it, apart from God's help. But the whole idea, God's whole motivation, was to encourage and increase the need for relationship with Him! He isn't interested in us just doing what we think He wants, in order to “stay on His good side” from a distance! Yeshua took back the Law and put it back in to the realm of God's control, so that is impossible with man, and only possible with the aid of His Spirit and Anointing!

 

“Working out our Salvation with fear (reverence) and trembling (humility)...” , therefore, does not mean taking His Word into our own hands to dumb it down to suit ourselves! Nor does it mean hiding in some dark corner, afraid to move, in fear of His judgment! It means, humbly seeking His assistance as we intentionally obey what is written to the best of our ability, as His Anointing increases His understanding and character in us! We must make this paradigm shift if we want to ever please God and live in His Blessing. He is not impressed with our hypocritical Pharisaism, even the “Protestant” or “Evangelical” versions.

 

That whole business with the “pork laden sheet”, which Peter experienced ( which is the lame excuse most church goers use to literally “pork out” on stuff like “bacon wrapped shrimp”), was not a removal of that boundary or restriction, it was God's Spirit simply instructing him to put aside his own religious restrictions, He was merely indicating that Peter was now free to go to the gentiles with the good news of Yeshua's Anointing and Spirit! In which the disciples now operated, often performing miraculous service to their fellow men. It was GOD saying to Peter, something to the effect of, “Don't be like the Pharisees when it comes to my Law. Don't tell ME how to interpret my own law! I am God, just HEAR ME, and DO what I say! I Am the ONLY ONE who can alter or extend my Law, and I Am extending it to the gentiles! Just obey me in this.”

 

We have got to stop warping His Word to suit our fleshly cravings. “Grace” would apply in dire situations I believe, like, if one's child was starving and pork was all that could be found, and one didn't have the faith to trust God to sustain life until better food was available …? Okay, then eat and trust God to cleanse and protect! Sort of like David and His men eating the forbidden “bread of dedication” in the temple, when under persecution, running for their lives from King Saul! But we are way too loose with our greasy grace, that we use as an excuse to justify pretty much anything we want to do! I will tell you, with God, MOTIVES MATTER! A heart desire for obedience will cover a multitude of failures!

 

Yes! Grace covers our sin! But that is ONLY until/while The Spirit of God, through Yeshua's sacrifice, works to eradicate it! Once we come to HIM, and RECEIVE HIS SACRIFICE, we are supposed to be about the business of renewing our minds in The WORD, and being in His Presence, in worship and fellowship with Him, through His Spirit, so that His Spirit can transform us into His Holy, Loving image!

 

Grace is merely what God put in place, through Yeshua's sacrifice, which holds our place in Him until sin is eradicated, but it was never meant to be some “holy ghost camouflage” that conceals our sin from God, protecting it so we can keep it! God forbid! And He did! Grace is access to cleansing! To redemption! We must stop abusing that now!

 

The Law is a simple set of boundaries, which God gave us to give us an idea of how to live the best life, on earth,  with the resources He has provided. As Paul points out so well, the Law exposes sin, and shines God's light on it – the contrast makes it visible to us! The Law was given to keep us within His parameters, protecting our bodies, souls and spirits, by teaching us how God would like us to use the resources which He has provided, and also to guide us in how to have the best, most healthy, relationships, with God, and other humans. It wasn't intended to just suck the fun out of life. God isn't like that!

 

In fact, until the Catholic “church” got hold of it and twisted it all to suit themselves, God had His people doing seven feast days a year, and only one fast day – as a nation unto Him! God is the One who created the sexual union, not just for reproduction, but for intimacy and enjoyment – there are few things which produce those feel-good hormones like properly done sexual interaction! That does not sound like the party pooper that religious flesh has made God out to be!

 

Nowhere does the Word instruct us to repress sexual desire! But it DOES instruct us to 'FLEE … LUST”. Lust is the out of control fleshly desire for anything – which causes us to profane God's provision for our lives! We can lust after food, ease, money, fame or anything. Lust isn't just about sex. It just shows up there a lot, because that area – which is rooted in a need for love and intimacy – has some very strong emotions and hormonal activity attached to it.

 

God created us. Therefore, it is just logical that He knows what we need, and what that should look like. When we know Him, and believe that He has our best interests at heart; that He is not out to get us, we will want to obey His commands. And will be willing to let His Spirit change us, in any way necessary, in order to do so!

 

He is out to adopt us and make us His own, not to warp us into some kind of weird robotic clones. Even judgement, which the Law – if disobeyed - does bring, is designed to get us to see our sin, repent of it, and be cleansed from it so that He can show us His mercy! So it is time we got a grip on ourselves, stopped believing everything we hear from the world, the flesh and the devil; and, instead, get into His Word, so that we can be transformed into His image, return His love, and keep His Law.

 

With man, as God has informed us, this is impossible. But we are also told that with God nothing is impossible! The question is, how much do we really love  & trust Him? And how much do we want His Blessing? Really. Because Blessing is inseparably linked to Obedience.

 

Again, there is that choice we must make. To “Choose Life” is to choose a lifestyle of obedience to God, over slavery to the flesh. We just can't have it both ways.

 

Have YOU made that choice yet?

 

Shalom, Haverim

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