The Gospel of Grace

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Look at the law and the prophets, confirm it in the announcement in the gospels and find it in the Epistles.  For instance the correct theology is prophesied in Jeremiah in a concise way.  Jeremiah 31: 31-34:

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.  32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,”  declares the Lord33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

A few things to notice here.  The days were “coming” when God would “make a new covenant” with both the people of “Judah” and the people of “Israel.” [separated]  At Jeremiah’s day the law was the covenant then in force.  Jeremiah prophesied around 600 B.C. whereas the northern kingdom had been removed from the area of the northern kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians in 100 plus years before.  This new covenant, with Israel, would not be like the Law of Moses given in the wilderness after all Israel left Egypt.

Very important here we see clearly there was a time coming and after that time verse 33:

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time.”

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The Lord had rejected Ephraim as spelled out in Hosea.  Ephraim was the figurative used to the prophet for Israel meaning the norther 10 tribes of Israel, whose capital was by the time their removal; Samaria, separate from Judah, in Jerusalem.  So the separation here in Jeremiah’s prophecy is significant.

Next we find, I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  Further Jeremiah is told, I will be their God and they will be my people.  Hosea 1: 9:

“After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted.”

The plot is thickening here as we see.  Beginning again in Jeremiah 31: 34:

“No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

If we are familiar with the Bible we should recognize these words.  Matthew 5:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

Once again back at Jeremiah 31 we read this new covenant will not be like the old covenant.  So what is going on here?

John 19: 30:

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

This is the instant when “everything was accomplished” in Matthew 5: 18 above.  Per pexels-photo-1010513Matthew that is the instant the veil in the temple was torn from to to bottom.  The religious and many of those confusing themselves with commentaries in seminaries use 5: 18 to make the errant claim the Law is still the means of obeying God for salvation.  It most assuredly is not.  One wonders can they read?

Matthew 5: 19:

“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 

That is again the language of Jeremiah in chapter 31 above.  The letters of the law are, however, still to be used as the measuring rod to judge those not born again of the Spirit who then live out that life in the Spirit.  Jesus in Acts 9: 15:

“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.  

Here is Israel again without Judah.  Judah was a tribe from which Jesus came.  The Jews is a name for those of Judah.  Judah on the whole, with priests, Levites rejected Jesus as the Messiah.  So they remained under the law refusing the deliverance from under that law which comes through Jesus.  Jesus said in John 14:

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

The law will no longer get anyone to the Father.  Let’s look:

And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

God brought Israel out of Egypt, not Gentiles, by the way.  But let’s ask since these reflect God’s heart, Does anyone love God with all your heart 24/7/365 for 70 years give or take?  NO!

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

 

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Anyone who has not, even once misused the name of the Lord?

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Anyone here do no work ever on the Sabbath?

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Anyone ever talk back to your mom or dad?

13 “You shall not murder.

Jesus moved this one into the heart plainly, I tell you whoever is angry with his brother will e subject to judgment.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

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Anyone ever look at a woman lustfully?  Jesus said that is adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

Anyone here ever take anything?

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Now the religious being pious claim this say this commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Lie.”  The Nazi at the door looking for Jews.  Do you lie if they are hiding in the attic?  YES and it is not a sin.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

How about his new Cadillac or Corvette?

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In Revelation 5:

“I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

One obeyed the Law of Moses.

Paul taught the gospel of grace, announced by Jesus, however, he himself was under the law as all in Israel as a political requirement until 70 A.D. when the Syrian and Arabic soldiers in those Romans Legions destroyed the necessary temple, killing or dispersing the necessary Levite Priests and putting an end to the necessary nation of Israel; for the law to be in effect.

In about 52 A.D. Paul went up to Jerusalem because James’ disciples had tried to Judaize the Gentile believers in Antioch.  James, Peter and John were there.  This is the best documented event in the New Testament.  Paul and Barnabas were sent by the church to Jerusalem.  The council of apostles met and then sent Paul, Barnabas with Judas and Silas back to Jerusalem with James’ Letter explaining that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus stating the Holy Spirit told them so.   Acts 15: 13-35:

“When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon[a] has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:

16 “‘After this I will return
    and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
    and I will restore it,
17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
    even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things’[b]
18     things known from long ago.[c]

19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. 21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers

22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers. 23 With them they sent the following letter:

The apostles and elders, your brothers,

To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia:

Greetings.

24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.

Farewell.

30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them. [34]  35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.

The religious struggle with this since they no longer having anything to make other people do.

Paul in Galatians 5: 13-

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Uh Oh the sufferings of Christ.

Then we are told the gospel position:

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

Finally we will look at one more confirmation of all of this:

“For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
    I will sing the praises of your name.”

10 Again, it says,

“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
    let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for visiting my site.  Thank you for reading.  Please leave comments below.  Leave any questions there also.  I will reply.  Thank you.  Chris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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