The validity of God’s commandments cannot be overemphasized. The claims that Jesus Christ set aside the laws are not only now manifest, but are also justified on a false basis based on distortions of the definition of sin. A catastrophic development for every person who adheres to these heresies.
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One of the most important but now most despised statements in the gospel is the law of God. According to one theory, the commandments were abolished with Jesus Christ. Although the term “sin” is still used, it is applied in a completely distorted context. Anyone who confesses to Jesus Christ is no longer under the law. Although this is true in a spiritual sense, it does not mean that God’s “eternal and everlasting law” is abolished. Although sin is clearly defined in a single verse of the Bible, this statement is knowingly ignored. 1 John 3:4:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The Bible is full of examples that emphasize God’s valid commandments, including in the New Testament (Info).
Lawlessness is sin, according to the apostle John. Which laws? The laws or commandments of God. Anyone who violates any of these commandments commits sin. Really quite easy to understand.
It is astonishing that even the German Bible Society does not use the terms “law and commandment” once in its explanation of the keyword “sin, sinner”.(Source). In their presentation the principle of sin is even reversed. It is not sin that separates us from God, as the Gospel explains, but man’s turning away from God constitutes sin. “Man’s sin consists in the fact that he abuses his freedom given by God to turn against him to ask,” was the declaration of an institution that believed that it should actually know it correctly. In this case, however, understandable. If one simply declares God’s commandments obsolete, a different definition of sin must ultimately be formulated.
The fact that the German Bible Society has now also been corrupted by Gnosticism is demonstrated above all by the numerous Bible versions it has distributed that are permeated by Gnostic ideas (Info).
God defines laws that He declares to be “always and forever” only to then abolish them again? This question alone should encourage you to question yourself as to whether you may have gone astray, since, after all, God has never changed and will never change. This is what the Lord said to the last prophet of the Old Testament. Malachi 3:6:
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Of course, this also applies to Jesus Christ,Hebrews 13:8:
“JJesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.“
The unchanging laws of God are the “classic” 10 commandments in their original version, as they are written in Exodus chapter 20 and in Deuteronomy chapter 5 and not as they are presented by the large churches (Info).
It is clearly defined in 1 John 3:4 that sin is the transgression of one of God’s laws. King David knew how to correctly evaluate the laws,Psalm 19:8:
“The statutes [Hebrew torah – instruction] of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.“
God’s commandment contains much more than just a list of various “regulations”. They contain the fullness of the entire teaching of the Gospel and also include the view of love for God and fellow human beings expressed by Jesus Christ. This is well illustrated in Ecclesiastes 12:13:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
The following verse already makes clear the coming judgment on every person. On what basis does a judge make a ruling? On a law. If there were no longer any law, a court would be completely pointless and would have nothing to do with justice. Without a law, the verdict was based on pure arbitrariness. Ecclesiastes 12:14:
“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. “
Just as God Himself will never change, so can we be assured of His everlasting righteousness,Psalm 119:142:
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.“
The law is truth! Anyone who denies God’s law also has a serious problem with the truth.
The law defines sin. Breaking one of God’s commandments IS sin. Since God, in the perfection of His creation, did not impose any natural laws (in the sense of physics) on humans, but rather allowed them free will, a set of rules had to be defined. Even before the Fall, Adam and Eve were in the unfallen state and therefore still in the image of God. They were not inclined to sin. But the laws were already in effect at this point and it never even occurred to the person who had not yet fallen that he would ever violate any of these commandments. Everything changed with the fall of man through the seduction of the serpent.
As a result, the law has become extremely important for people. What is good and what is evil? Even before the Fall, this question was irrelevant because there was no evil intention that opposed the good. However, after sin, the difference between good and evil was relevant. At what point does a person commit a sin and what is permitted? These questions are answered based on the commandments. The commandment of God is the standard for man’s actions and according to this standard God judges in the final judgment. That is justice. The admonition to keep the law did not only occur in the Old Testament. James also pointed this out,James 2:12-13:
“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.“
“The Law of Freedom” sounds controversial at first glance. This is also a very often misunderstood connection. Faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death and resurrection sets us free. Yes that is correct. But freed from what? The misunderstanding describes “liberation from the law” and the erroneous thesis of “abolished laws” arises.
However, the truth is that man is freed from the bondage of sin as well as from the bondage of the current “prince of this world.” Anyone who confesses to Jesus Christ, bears His testimony and also keeps His commandments is no longer under the wing of the great adversary. This does not cancel the commandments. Just as God calls His servants His servants, and even in Isaiah 53 describes His announced son on earth as the “righteous servant”, so every person should strive to be a servant of God rather than a slave Satan’s.
The term “servant” has negative connotations, at least in the German language, and is often equated with a slave. But Jesus Christ refers to all people who do the will of the Father as His brothers, sisters and mothers. Jesus Christ even called His disciples friends because He kept no secrets from them and shared all His plans, as is unusual in the relationship between a master and his servants.
At “every corner” of the Bible it is affirmed that God’s laws are valid forever. Conversely, there is no evidence that this was ever carried out. Actually, one statement from Jesus Christ was enough to take the wind out of the sails of theses about abolished commandments. Matthew 5:17-18:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.“
The law “fulfill” here means “to hold” and not “to abolish after the work is done”.
The opposite is actually the case. God never announced the abolition of His law, but continually raised it up,Isaiah 42:21:
“The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.“
Jesus Christ Himself emphasized the law. Keeping the commandments is a consequence of true faith and true love towards God and fellow human beings. John 14:15:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.“
Anyone who truly loves God or Jesus Christ also keeps the first four commandments. Anyone who truly loves their fellow human beings as themselves will also keep the other commandments.
Jesus Christ repeatedly exhorted people to keep the commandments and even exalted the law. Matthew 5:27-28:
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.“
The exhortation to keep the law extended even beyond Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. This once again refutes the abolition of the law through Jesus’ work of salvation. Matthew 24:20:
“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:“
Jesus Christ spoke of the coming time in which Jerusalem will be besieged by Romans and destroyed at the second attempt. In fact, Roman troops moved in and surrounded the city. Surprisingly, they left again, leaving the people who believed Jesus Christ’s warning a window of opportunity to escape. This also happened. The Romans returned and put an end to the city. This happened in the year 70, long after Jesus Christ’s ascension. Ancient historians recorded that not a single Christian died at this time. Everyone believed in God and was able to get to safety. Unspeakable suffering and final slaughter followed for everyone who remained.
The core message of Jesus Christ’s warning lies in the Sabbath. The Fourth Commandment of God. The escape was not to take place on the sacred seventh day of the week because it remained fully valid. And this continues to this day (Info). But the war against the Sabbath and with it God’s Fourth Commandment also began at this time (Info).
Since the entire law of God is valid and the Fourth Commandment is a part of that law, shouldn’t the Sabbath also be observed as a matter of course? Because James 2:10 says:
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Very often, evangelicals react reflexively with the argument of “legalism” when the validity of God’s commandments is emphasized. But there is also a big misunderstanding on this point. The fact is:
Yes, God’s laws are fully valid!
No, you can not do justice by keeping the laws!
The so-called legalism claims that by keeping God’s commandments one can achieve the righteousness that is necessary for salvation. This is actually wrong because this is not possible at all. Because every person has already sinned. Sinning once, i.e. violating one of God’s commandments, inevitably leads to death. Romans 6:23:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.“
Two important statements in one verse: death because of sin and salvation because of the grace of God or Jesus Christ.
It’s actually quite easy to understand. Anyone sentenced to death for murder cannot receive justice if they do not commit murder again for the rest of their life. This also applies to theft, adultery, coveting, blasphemy and idolatry. It is (would be) too late, because with sin (breaking the law) righteousness is gone. Once the sin has been committed, the person essentially walks on death row and waits for the final judgment. It is already a grace of God that a person does not immediately drop dead after a sin, but is still given the opportunity for sincere repentance.
Here man is dependent exclusively on the grace of the judge and this is specifically Jesus Christ. He is so full of love for His creatures that returning to Him, admitting one’s transgressions and sincere repentance immediately results in His forgiveness of all sins confessed to Him (not to priests!). At this moment man is righteous again in the eyes of Jesus Christ. “All forgiven and forgotten”. But people always fall, but Jesus Christ stands by His word and will forgive again. However, this requires sincerity on the part of the person and not calculation. Intentionally sinning in order to get this cleaned up with a clean bill of health leads to absolutely nothing. You cannot deceive God. Everyone should be aware of this.
If a murderer sentenced to death has been pardoned by the judge, then the former murderer has not been given the right to commit further murders or to violate any other law. Still, and especially in the case of grace already received, man is obliged to continue to observe the prevailing laws.
The Bible has clear descriptions for those who claim to be without sin and also for those who claim to believe in Jesus Christ but call the commandments invalid.
1 John 1:10:
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.“
1 John 2:4:
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.“
For all people who reject God’s commandments by simply declaring them invalid, Jesus Christ has already announced a terrible consequence,Matthew 7:22-23:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.“
By the way. The German law alone, the “Civil Code” (BGB), which is based on Roman law, contains 2,385 paragraphs. God’s commandment consists of only 10. Anyone who claims to be a law-abiding citizen would have to know all of these laws by heart in the Civil Code alone.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1 John 5:3
Bible verses from King James Version