Is God's Law Done Away?  (Part 7 of 7)

by: Wayne Schatzle

 

In this series of articles I have tried to cover all aspects of the topic "Is the Law done away?" I have spent considerable time on this subject because it may just be the most important doctrine of the Christian religion. Consider that the reason for the straits man finds himself in now is because of disobedience to God. Scriptures show that the first century church kept the Law- only when we study extra-biblical church history do we see a gradual departure from bible law keeping to church laws.

Not only is it the most important doctrine but also the most misunderstood. As previously mentioned, we are not to burden new converts with all aspects of God’s law- but to let them learn at their own pace. We are told to WORK out our salvation- to GROW in knowledge. For the doctrines the church was learning, Paul used the term of "milk" for converts and "meat" for seasoned believers. He even chided the church at Corinth, calling them babes for still being fed on milk {first Corinthian 3}. In another place the church is told they should be teachers by now but still feeding on milk. "For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness and a babe" {Hebrews 5}.

I have known people that have been professing Christians for over 50 years and are still of the mentality of new converts. Plus they seem to be comfortable being a babe in the faith! I would liken that to a teen who never learned in school and was still sitting in the tiny desk of a first grader. Many ministers also never seem to go deeper than "Jesus loves you- and you don’t have to DO anything but believe". Really? Is it not written that converts should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance" {Acts 26:20}. Be careful of those who speak not according to the Law- as there is NO light in them. {Isaiah 8:20}.

Jesus is the model for all Christians, as He kept the Law we should also. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But there are a class of people that are omitted from Law keeping, as Paul said, "the CARNAL mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, nor indeed can be" {Rm 8:7}. Carnal people are after the way of the flesh and God’s law gets in their way of their earthly goals and rewards.

One of the greatest personalities of all the Bible is David, a man destined to be a ruling king in the very Kingdom of God {Jer 30; Eze 37}, a great sinner and an even greater repenter, but more importantly known as a man "after God’s own heart". David’s pen revealed the avenue to God’s heart in many of the more than 70 Psalms that he had authored such as: "The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; His testimony makes wise the simple; His statutes are right rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever and His judgments are true and righteous- more to be desired than gold… and in keeping them there is great reward." PS 19. Was David a legalist because he seen that the very Law of God was integral to a close relationship with God?

Lastly, a chilling warning for all those who disregard the law: "for if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins" {Hebrews 10:26}. Think about it. 09/04


    Written by Wayne Schatzle, director, Freedom Biblical Information Center
P.O. Box 1806, West Chester OH 45071)

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