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Law, a Quagmire of Confusion.
 

For what purpose is the Law?  The Law was added because of the transgressions [of Israel], until the Seed [Jesus Christ] should come to whom the promise was made [to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob]; and it [the Law] was ordained by [an] angels [of God] in the hand of a mediator [Moses]. (See Galatians 3 verse 19 thru 21.) As we have asserted in several past chapters, that the Law was given by God to Moses, to cut down on the gross transgressions of the 12 tribes of Israel, and was designed to protect God's Promised (genetic) Seed of Ishshah/Woman that through time would generationally come from the genetic lineage of David, who was a genetic son of Judah, a genetic son of Abraham, a genetic son of Noah, a genetic son of Seth being the third genetic son of Adam.  God's Spiritual Law in Commandments revealed the unseen entity of sin in man with its spiritual power of death.  God's quarantining Law with instructions could not cure sin, but only curtailed its spread of evil in the set-aside children of Adam, until the Promised One in the Garden of Eden would come in God's preservation of the genetic seed of the first Adam, and then Jesus/Yeshua as the Son of Adam, would destroy the power of sin and death.

Now, if the Law of Commandments could not cure the sin within us slaves of sin and death, so then what do we do with the Law?

Unfortunately, there are many who think that the Law of God was the problem, and has completely passed away in Christ Jesus' death and resurrection, thereby freeing them to do as they please without consequences.  The just and righteous Law of God in Commandments is not the problem.  No! The problem is the existence of the 'law of  sin', hidden within man's self centered mind of flesh.  The will of the 'entity' of sin, is the corrupter of self, and the coercive force of sin has made each one of us prisoners of death within our own rebellious nature of our will of the flesh that is set against the good Will of the Creator.  The corruption of man kind has never been the Will of God, nor are His spiritual Commandments the instigator of sin.  The 'entity' of sin existed before God gave to man any law that would expose sin for the death that it is.  Man-kind dies, and did not have any conception of why.

Following the Grace of God, Abel offered worship to God through the sacrifice of his best lamb, and the offering with his heart was pleasing to God.  However, witness that Cain's offering to God was of the works of his own hands derived from earthly plantings from the soil of the earth, and his offering with the condition of his heart was unacceptable to God: And God said to Cain: Why are you angry, and why is your countenance fallen?  If you do well, shall you not be accepted?  If you do not do good then 'sin' crouches at the door, and 'his' desire is to have you, but you are to over rule 'him'. (See Genesis 4 verse 4 thru 7.)  Satan is the entity of sin that lays in wait to control, and then devour the man of flesh.  Sin caused jealous Cain to kill his brother Abel, and Cain's actions resulting in death was quite apart from the non existence, but coming laws of the condemning 10 Commandments.

We will come to understand that God's spiritual Law in Commandments are not sin, but were given by God to reveal God's opposition to an evil force called 'The Law of Sin and Death'.  God's Commandments were warning signs given to Israel 430 years after faithful Abraham had seen within the horror of his dream, God's Covenant Promised One, Who would defeat the entity of sin and death, with the Messiah's Own death and then His Bodily Resurrection from the dead. 

After Israel was delivered from their bondage in Egypt, God's Commandments that were given on Mount Sinai, were set in stone to identify the deadly nature of sin and its potential for corruption within the chosen people of Israel. (See Romans 7 verse 13.) The Messiah of God was to come through the genetic seed of Ishshah/Woman, and Elohim the Creator would protect that Promised Seed of His Covenant with the general cooperation of Abraham and Sarah and their descendents of the original Race of the first Adam/Man.  God gave to Moses and His chosen people of His Covenant, the Torah in Commandments with mediating sacrificial ordinances.  God's provisions of safety for His remnant people would continue until the Hebrew virgin Mary, a child of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and of the true genetics of God's first Adam, would conceive in her ovum through the Spirit of Father God, the Word made flesh, and then 9 months later she would give birth to God's Promised One, Who, as Messiah Yeshuah/Jesus, would become the very last Man from the original genetics of God's creation of Adam.

Now that God's Promised Messiah has come in the flesh of Adam, is the Law that reveals the destructive force of sin, passed away?  The Truth that is the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ has said, "I have not come to abolish the Law, or the prophets, but to fulfill":  Jesus Christ is declaring that He is the Holy One of God's Covenant Promise given in the Garden of Eden, and therefore, He is the fulfillment of the Promised Messiah.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the Seed of Woman/Ishshah conceived by the Spirit of God, to be born of the flesh of Adam, and as the genetic Son of the first Man, He would crush the head of the kingdom of wickedness.  Jesus Christ, the promised One would fulfill all of the Word's of the Torah and also all of the prophetic Words of the prophets concerning the Messiah of God.  As a True Son, Jesus/Yeshua Loved His Father above all things, and Jesus/Yeshua with His Sacrificial Love, fulfilled all of the Torah, with the Law's righteous demands as well of all of its ordinances for Israel, in complete obedience to His Father God.  Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall you know that I AM He (The Promised One), and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father has taught Me, I Speak These Things.  (John 8 verse 28.) (See also My Doctrine is not Mine.)

Furthermore the Lord confirms the Covenant strength of His Eternal Word, stating; Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5 verse 18 thru 19.)  Seeing that we are still here, then heaven and earth have not passed away: And from the Master's Words, it becomes evident that in any time period, it is not wise for kingdom people, who are saved by God's Spirit of Life and Grace, for them to preach or teach against the Ten Commandments (that are also known as the Decalogue). "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due the person for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad". (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 10.)  That which Jesus Christ fulfills in scriptures, pertains to the Messiah of God, and the Salvation by God's Grace that is found in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection: However, not all of prophecy is yet fulfilled in the Word of God that is written in the Psalms and the Prophets of God.  Jesus speaking of a future time of great tribulation says:  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (See Luke 21 verse 20 thru 28.) Not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law [Torah], till all be fulfilled.

Now again to the crux of our confusion.  Paul's writings in his letter to the Romans, distinguishes the difference between the Decalogue portion of the Torah, being the Ten Commandments, verses the renegade 'Law of Sin and Death', even as it was cited in the previous chapter.   Within this chapter, we will attempt to further address, the spiritual confusion that is a result of the renegade 'Law of Sin and Death' that began its enslavement of Man/Adam in the Garden of Eden before God gave within time His Law in Commandments to Moses that exposes sin and its death.

Broken Commandments revealing a dead relationship with God.

"I AM the LORD your God Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I AM the LORD your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,  but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments".  "You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His Name in vain".  "Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle, or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out of there, by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to observe the Sabbath day". (Deuteronomy 5 verse 6 thru 15.)

Broken Commandments revealing a dead relationship with man. 

"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you".  "You shall not murder".  "You shall not commit adultery".  "You shall not steal".  "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor".  "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Deuteronomy 5 verse 16 thru 21.)

The Apostle Paul, the wise master builder, does not oppose any of his own Master's Words, and would not teach against God's Law in Commandments.  However, in God's wisdom, Paul sees that the Decalogue is absolutely inadequate, to justify any person before the infinitely Holy God, for the Law was never given for the purpose of justification.  God gave the whole of the Torah to Israel, to keep the chosen people from their own corruption, both spiritually and physically, so that when they obeyed the quarantining aspect of the Law, the law set them apart, and prevented them from mingling with the sin and genetically corrupted people in the world.  At Mount Sinai, God's Torah instructions were given to Moses, as God's contractual instrument of obedience to His covenant Word for protection.  Israel's contractual obedience to the Torah would enable God to provide for the full protection of the circumcised, covenant people of Israel, enabling them, on their natural part, to bring to fruition, God's Covenant seed through Ishshah/WoMan taken from the side of the first Man Adam.  That covenant seed of Woman/Ishshah, would be conceived by the Holy Spirit of God the Father, to become a child from the seed of the first Man/Adam and the only begotten Son of God.  The first Adam as God's creation of Man sinned and brought death to all of his prodigy, but the second Adam being conceived by the Spirit of His Father Yahweh was of the genetics of the First Adam, was nurtured within the womb of the virgin Mary, the daughter of Abraham, to become Man, and also the Faithful Son of God, Who brought Life to all that faithfully believe in Him.

The Commandments are spiritual, but we are carnal, sold under the bondage of sin.
(See Romans 7 verse 13 thru 15.)

As Christians, we need to understand that the Ten Commandments, remain protective and reactive warning signs, revealing the hidden dangers of sin, that lie on either side of the straight and narrow way that Christ Jesus has called us to walk in.  The Christ of God is the Way of Truth, and we are to follow Him daily on the straight and narrow Way that leads to Life.  Paul writes of stealthy sin and his ignorance of sin's force that kills: I was alive without the Law, but once the Law came (into focus again), then sin revived and I died. The revealing Commandments of God showed that sin was alive within the flesh of Paul, and he found himself in the chains of the condemned dead. O wretched man that I am!  Who shall save me from this body of death? I Thank God through our Lord Jesus Christ. With the inspiration coming from the Truth, Paul, contends that the Ten Commandments are good, holy and just for its exacting purpose of exposing within all of guilty mankind, the corrupting influence of sin that resides in their flesh, and that draws them to the way side of death. (See Romans 7 verse 7 thru 25.) To declare, I say, at this time His Righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of those which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Careful here! Paul is raising the questions of what law can save a person. Confusion is found to be heavy in the first sentence dealing with a question of law and not understanding that Paul in the next sentence is asking if the 'law of works' can save a person.  Now Paul is distinct in His answer to the 'law of works' which is quite apart from the Commandments of God, and answers his own questtion with: Nay; but by the Law of Faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law (of works). (Romans 3 verse 26 thru 28.) The only place that the works of the law is mentioned is in the Letter to the Hebrews in reference to the work needed for the animal sacrifices.

But now the condemnation of sin and its death is purged in God's Law of Faith within God's Spirit of Life and Grace that is available to those who dwell IN Christ Jesus our Savior. For the works (the condemnation) of the law (Decalogue) is death. The Law of the Spirit is in the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ that God's Spirit of Grace gives to the redeemed in His Sanctifying Provisions at His Communion Table of Grace. (See Romans 8 verse 1 thru 10.)

We see in the following Scripture, that the good, holy and just Laws in the Commandments, became our Instructor: Wherefore, the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3 verse 24.) And as such, the Law is established for God's original purpose, of revealing the existence of sin, with the quarantining process of the Commandments.  Paul says this for our benefit: But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the Law, shut up unto the faith which would afterwards be revealed. (Galatians 3 verse 23.) The Faith is that of Christ Jesus.  Therefore, the Decalogue exposes within humanity, the unseen hostile and lethal infection of self serving sin that is innate to the flesh all of mankind, Jew or Gentile.  The natural man, is a prisoner of 'sin', and will test the limits of their conscious, and when reaching and exceeding its limits, they either modify the limits, or will seek their own way out of their dilemma, and justify themselves with better law keeping.  The cycle of sin and death is vicious.  There is no way out of sin's death, except by the revealed Faith in the Sacrifice of the Holy One of God, and Christ's resurrection over mankind's cycle of sin and death. 

Now, in keeping in step with the reasoning of Paul, if we were held under guard or kept under the Law of Commandments, then we were held as quarantined prisoners to protect ourselves from our selves, until the saving Faith in God's Promised Christ/Messiah would be revealed, and that Faith IN and OF Christ would be embraced within the core of our being.  Christ Jesus, the Incarnate Son of the Father, was that promised Covenant seed of the first WoMan, for He was made to be the Son of Man, and in His death and resurrection from the dead, He would bring an end to the condemnation of sin, that is exposed by the just Law in Commandments.  Even before the Law came into existence and exposed sin as death, Abraham believed in the Word of God and His Eden Covenant with Man, so then  Abraham was justified by his faith in Holy God's promised Messiah:  For Emanuel, Jesus the Christ of God, would overcome our death of sin, by His Perfect Love and Obedience to The Almighty God.  So Faith is established in the Righteousness of God and that of Jesus Christ the Son of Adam, for the first Adam brought death to man, but the second Adam brought Life to all that believe in the Word of God made the flesh of Adam. The Holy Spirit of the Father brought forth the First Fruit of His Word as the the incarnate Son of Man, for Jesus Christ would suffer and die on the cross for our sins, and Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty in total satisfaction of Christ's (Chagigah) Offering, raised Jesus Christ from the dead to become the Lord our Righteousness: For Jesus Christ, our High Priest is the only one, Who alone justifies the repentant sinner before Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh, the Infinite Lord God Almighty.

So then, Paul, fully understands that the purpose of the Law in Commandments, is not justification of man through their biased performance in keeping the Law, but rather is the absolute condemnation of all sinners, for all have broken God's absolute Standard of Love, and we as little gods born of flesh, have customarily served ourselves first in all things.  The Decalogue of the Torah, reveals to all of mankind of their helplessness to the deadly nature of the law of self serving sin, for the nature of sin is deeply rooted within the grey matter of the mind that serves its self first.  The Decalogue and its just condemnation of sin with its heavy weight of death, also becomes the Law's virtue, because it directs lost man to his only recourse to life with Faith in God's Salvation Gift.   Jesus Christ is God's Salvation Gift to man-kind, and through His absolute Love and obedient Faith to His Father, even unto His death on the cross, the Man, Jesus Christ, seeks to restore those who embrace God's Gift of resurrection Life and Faith in Him, to that same Love and Faith, that Jesus Christ has for Yahweh God His Father.

Yahweh God is the God of the living, and not of the dead.  The Almighty God of Infinity, gives True Life through His Gift of Living Faith, that enables a person to begin to believe, in the Perfect Sacrifice of Yahweh's Loving and Obedient Son, Yeshua the Messiah.  The Perfect Love of the Word of God, took on human flesh from the seed of a virgin woman that Elohim had promised in the Garden.  In so doing, the Word of God became the Son of Adam, and with the shedding of His Holy Life Blood on the cross at Calvary, Jesus , the sinless Man, became a Holy Sacrifice that overcomes our sin and death, and reconciles the faithful to His Holy Father God.  As the obedient Son of God, and the Son of Man, Jesus Christ became the Perfect Mediator of holy peace between sinful man kind, and Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh Lord God Almighty.

Paul, writes of God being the justifier of those of Faith: "Seeing it is one God, Who shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith." Although the promised seed of WoMan, had not yet come, nevertheless the circumcised of Israel were justified by their faith in waiting for God's promised Messiah.  Now that God has brought forth the Promised Messiah Yeshua through the flesh of the circumcised, the Gentile, as well as the believing Jew, is justified by their Faith in God, Who promised that the Holy One of His Word, with His Sacrifice of Perfect Love would defeat God's enemy of sin and death. (See Romans 8 verse 2 thru 3.)

Paul, now poses a rhetorical question, followed with his definitive answer: "Do 'we' then make void the Law, through Faith? God forbid: Yea, [rather] 'we' establish the Law. (Romans 3 verse 29 thru 31.)

The 'we', which God has justified by and through our faith in Christ Jesus, are the same we of Faith that do not void the Law, but rather, the we of Faith are those who establish God's Moral Law (that is the Decalogue).  Thus, the Decalogue's revealing condemnation of all "sin, which leads to death", would continue to stand, revealing to all who will hear, of our corrupted nature, and our helplessness to overcome sin's death.  The Law of God remains a good teacher, and is not an enemy.  For the Law in Commandments should be considered a valuable friend, in that the Law instructs us in what we should do, and not do, so as to avoid the condemnation of death that remains underneath the just Law.  A Peace Officer, is an upholder of the law of the land.  If he stops you when you are speeding at 90 miles an hour in a 60 mile an hour zone, is he your enemy because he stops you from potentially killing yourself.  As an Officer of Peace, if he gives you grace, and never writes the ticket you deserve, and begins to talk to you about the beauty of God's creation and the important things in life, is he now seen as a friend or foe?  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me(Psalm 23 verse 4.) No doubt that peace officer, with his remediation of our error, would be greatly appreciated.

Jesus Christ is God's Peace Officer, Who mediates our offenses before we enter into the Presence of our Holy God.  The just who live by Faith are absolutely dependent upon our High Priest, Who remediates, with God's Love and Mercy, the sins of mankind, through the cleansing and regenerative Covenant Blood of God's Sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Paul says this: For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: For it is the power of God unto Salvation, to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For there in is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: As it is written, The just shall live by Faith. (Romans 1 verse 16 thru 17.) And not of yourself lest any shall boast. (See Ephesians 2 verse 8 thru 10.) (See also Habakkuk 2 verse 4, and  Deuteronomy 30 verse 10 thru 16.)

Indeed, those who are just, are justified only by the imputation of God, and they shall live in their Gift of justification through their Faith in Holy God's Righteous Holy Word, that reveals His redeeming mercy in the Holy Life Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus said unto Martha, I AM the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11 verse 25 thru 26.)  Martha's brother Lazarus was dead, but his soul would hear the quickening voice of Life, and his body that was dead because of sin, was raised to Life, in demonstration of the Power that was in Christ's Living Word.

Now coming back to Paul's conditional if we establish the Law then it is, to show sin for what it is, death.  So then what is Paul saying in Galatians 2 verse 16 thru 19"But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found to be sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin?  God forbid. For if I build again the things, which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  For through the law I'm [already] dead to the law, [because of the lethal action of sin] that I might live unto God."  With or without the Law, Paul understands that sin has already killed him, as well as all of humanity.  The condemnation of sin by God's righteous Law has revealed that sin has already slayed sinful Paul, and slayed all of sinful humanity as well.   Whether we are Jew or Gentile, redeemed or not redeemed, we are already dead in our body of sins and trespasses.  We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God's Presence, and now the flesh of our being has an appointment with sin's corruption into death with a return like all flesh into the dust of the earth. (See  Hebrews 9 verse 27.) You cannot be resurrected by a Law that only has power to reveal that you are dead in your sins and trespasses.   The spiritual Laws in Commandments is a revelation of God to expose the violence of sin that brings death to all of humanity.   Keeping the Law as a standard of righteousness is futile, in this, Paul is vehement in his argument.  Paul's absolute Standard of Righteousness is the resurrected Christ Jesus, and not the Law, which reveals that he Paul and we are all found to be sinners, breaking the Law, and falling far short of the Glory of God.  Oh wretched man that I am, who shall save me from this body of death!  It is God the Almighty, and His gift of Faith and Grace, through His righteousness and that of our Savior Jesus Christ:  For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the [incarnate] man Christ Jesus(See 2nd Peter 1 verse1, and 1st Timothy 2 verse 5.)

Now that God's promised Messiah, born from the seed of a woman, has come through the circumcision of the children of faithful Abraham, that circumcision of the flesh with the keeping of the Law and the animal sacrifices, is not a sign of God's Eternal Covenant, but now the Eternal Covenant is established in the sacrificial Life Blood of Christ Jesus.  It is God, with the Sword of the Spirit that is circumcising the hearts of the believers into God's Life Covenant.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into One Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (1st Corinthians 12 verse 13.) Where there is no distinction of Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all [sufficient], and in all.  (See Colossians 3 verse 8 thru 13.) For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.  And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:  In Whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with Him through your faith in the workings of God, Who has raised Him from the dead. (Colossians 2 verse 9 thru 12.)

Our Holy Lord Jesus Christ, as the Incarnate Son of Adam, is man's kinsman redeemer of the soul.  By His unswerving Faith in His Father God, our Redeemer, Jesus/Yeshua presents Himself as a Peace Offering (Chagigah) of Perfect sacrificial Love and trusting obedience to His Father, and in so doing, He has paid the ransom price in His Life Blood, for our death and for sin's violent hostility that severs mankind from the God of the Living.  The Lord Jesus, in the Perfection of His Love for His Father, was absolutely obedient to His Father's will, and the Almighty excepted the pleasing sacrificial offering, Chagigah, of the Soul of the Son of Man.  The first man, Adam, with his original unloving and treasonous act, brought death to all of mankind, but Jesus Christ the Man, and the last Adam, pays that debt of treasonous self serving sin, through His Perfect Love and obedience to God.  Paul makes it clear that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation. (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 19.) Yahweh God Almighty has both given, and received back the Peace Offering of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, and again God gives back the Spirit of His Son to all faithful believers.  If you can picture this, then Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God is the Peace Officer of the heavenly kingdom that mediates the grace of God between sinful man and Holy God.

If the resurrection promise of the Holy Spirit of God indwells us, then He will reprove us of our sin, and reveal the righteousness and judgment of God, while leading us into all Truth.  Jesus the Word of God prays to His Father: Sanctify them through Thy Truth; Thy Word is Truth.  As Thou has sent Me [Thy Word] into this world, even so have I sent them into the world; and for their sakes, I sanctify My Self that they may be sanctified by the Truth.  The Spirit of Truth, sanctifies his people, that is sets apart from sin, all those who come to the Lord, so that they would be of one Mind of the Spirit; as Thou Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they may also be one in Us: That the world would know that Thou has sent Me [The Truth of the Word of God](See John 17 verse 17 thru 21.)

Our being is dependent upon the power of God's Holy Spirit, that instills within each one of us, hope's expectation of the resurrection of our souls into the new Life of Christ that God promises to those who Love Him.  If we understand that the law of sin with its opposing will against the God of the living, has already killed us, then why should we continue to live in sin's willful corruption, and defile the exceedingly great promise of the Life of Christ that God has given to us.  If you think that Christ died so that you can continue the life of sin that breeds death, then you will loose the life that you love, and will perish into the dust of the earth.

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. (See Hebrews 6 verse 4 thru 11.) Perhaps we might think upon this holy matter with this thought: As saved members, in the Body of Christ Jesus, we would be alive and have our being within His resurrection power, and while we yet live in these decaying bodies, we would present ourselves, in these bodies of flesh, as living sacrifices of God's Agapao/Love, to the praise of God our Savior.  We are called to be His ambassadors of His Peace.

Jesus says:  If you Love/Agapao Me, then keep My Commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.  If you keep My Commandments, you shall abide (live) in My Love/Agape, even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide (live) in His Love/Agape(John 14 verse 15, and chapter 15 verse 10.) Agape Love, is the  definitive Commandment of Christ Jesus and that of His Father's.  For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should Love/Agapao one another. And this is Love, that we walk after His Commandment. This is the Commandment, that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it [Agape Love].  (1st John 3 verse 11, and 2nd John 1 verse 6.)

Choose today and tomorrow and every day after that, the Life of Christ, and live with the expectation of Christ's Faith.  Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

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