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The 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 angel [of God] in the hand of a mediator [Moses]. (See Galatians 3 verse 19 thru 21.)

When God spoke to Abraham of His Promise to come,  Abraham (Abram) did not have the Law, being the Ten Commandments that condemned the renegade law of sin that dwells in the flesh of every person born on earth.  The Law, God's Decalogue in Commandments, was given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, some 430 years later.  Therefore Abraham, not having the Decalogue that reveals the nature of sin and death, was justified by God because of Abraham's faith in what God had Promised to him and his future seed. (See Romans 4 verse 13 thru 16.) Therefore, from the beginning of the flow of time, Omniscient God would justify, not only Abraham by his faith in the Promised Word of God, but also all those in the future, who would come to have the Faith of Abraham and his unfailing belief in God's Promised Messiah, for God's Promised Word would come be born of the genetic seed of Abraham, a son of Adam.

As we assert here and have asserted in several past chapters, the Torah Law (Instructions for Israel) was given by God to Moses, so as to cut down on the gross transgressions of the 12 tribes of Israel, and thereby protect God's Promised (genetic) Seed of Ishshah/Woman.  With God's intervening protection through time, the Seed of Woman/Ishshah would generationally continue through Seth the genetic third son of Adam and Eve, to a genetic son Noah, to a genetic son Abraham, to a genetic son Judah to a genetic son King David and would continue in the Eternal God's Promised genetic lineage of Adam, to the Hebrew virgin Mary, the natural mother of Jesus the Christ of God.

With God's preservation of the genetic seed of the first Adam/Man through Ishshah/Woman, then Elohim's Garden Word of the Promised One would come to be born of the flesh of Man as Jesus/Yeshua haMashiach, and the very last Son of Adam.  The first Adam, in his insurrection, brought death to his human prodigy, but the Last Adam, the Man Jesus Christ, with His Perfect Love and Obedience to His Father God Almighty, would, in His resurrection into the Life of His Father, would destroy the power of sin and death because of the treasonous act of the first Adam/Man.  God's Spiritual Law, in Commandments, revealed to man the unseen entity of sin with its spiritual power of death.  God's quarantining Law's in Commandments could never cure the entity of sin in man, but was ordained by God to curtail sin's spread of corrupting evil within the pure genetic children of the first Adam. 

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 the Law was taken 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 separating and individualistic 'law of  sin and death', hidden within man's self centered mind of flesh.  The will of the 'entity' of sin, is the corrupter of self, and this coercive force of sin has made each one of us prisoners of death within our own rebellious will of the flesh that is set against the good Will of the Creator.  The corruption of man-kind was never the Will of the Eternal God, nor are His spiritual Commandments the instigator of sin, but the revealer of the sin that kills us.  The rebellious 'entity' of sin existed in the fabric of time, before God gave to his creation of free thinking Man/Adam a law in the Garden that would expose sin for the death that it is.  And the Lord God commanded Adam; saying: Of every tree of the garden you may eat, but of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, you may not eat, for in the day you eat there of, you shall surely die.  The natural man of the earth dies, and does not have any conception of why.

In the course of time, both Cain and Abel presented their offerings to God.  Abel offered worship to God through the sacrifice of his best lamb, and the offering, in respect to his heart of thanksgiving, was pleasing to Elohim God.  However, witness that Cain's offering to God was of the works of his own hands, having been derived from his earthly plantings in the soil of the earth, and his offering was tied to the condition of his heart that 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 that relies on his flesh.  Sin caused jealous Cain to kill his brother Abel, and Cain's actions, resulting in the death of his brother, was quite apart from the existence of just laws that would condemn the violent actions of sin, such as the murder of Able.

We will come to understand that God's spiritual Law in Commandments are not sin, but were given by God to Moses to reveal God's absolute opposition to the evil force of sin.  Paul identifies this evil as the spiritual 'Law of Sin' that breeds death.  God's Ten Commandments were warning signs given to Israel 430 years after faithful Abraham had seen within the horror of his dream, that God's Covenant Promised One, would defeat the entity of sin and death, with the Messiah's Own violent death at the hands of man, and then he would rejoice in Christ's Bodily Resurrection from the dead.  (See John 8 verse 56.)

After Israel was delivered from their bondage in Egypt, God's Commandments that were given on Mount Sinai, were set in stone by the finger of God, 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 Commandments with mediating sacrificial ordinances.  God's provisions for the safety of 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 Word of God conceived by the Spirit of God, in the ovum of the Hebrew woman, Mary, and was born of the flesh of Adam.  As the genetic Son of the first Man, Jesus/Yeshua, 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 as 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 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 Commandments of the Torah, being the Ten Commandments, verses the renegade 'Law of Sin' that brings 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' 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 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 given for the sole purpose of quarantining sin.  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 with Commandments were given to Moses, as God's contractual instrument for Israel's obedience to the Almighty's Covenant Word given for their 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 Promised Covenant seed through Adam's wife Ishshah/WoMan.  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 that Child born of the flesh of Adam is the only begotten Son of God.  The first Adam, as God's creation of Man, rebelled against his Maker, 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, and was nurtured within the womb of the virgin Mary, the daughter of Abraham, to become the last Man, and also the Faithful Son of God.  For the Christ of God, is Emanuel, God with us, and came to bring 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 those who are called to Christ Jesus, we need to understand that the Ten Commandments, remain protective and reactive warning signs, revealing the hidden dangers of sin, that lurks in our flesh.

The Christ of God is the only Way of Truth, and we are to follow Jesus 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, seemingly dormant, was alive within the flesh of Paul, and when sin found him out, 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. Now with the inspiration coming from the Truth of the Word of God, Paul, contends that the Ten Commandments are good, holy and just.  The good, holy and just Commandments of God, remain active for its exacting purpose of exposing within all of guilty mankind, the corrupting influence of sin that resides in their flesh.  The way of sin always draws sinners 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 believe in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith [in Jesus Christ].

Paul is raising the questions of what law can save a person from sin's own judgment of death.  James, in a portion of his letter to the tribes of Israel, will provide part of the answer: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point (of God's Law), he is guilty of all (of the Law). (James 2 verse 10.) The Ten Commandments reveals sin that kills, and it is not the sinner judging the Law in Commandments.  The natural flesh of man, although decaying in sin with its death, sets themselves in a position like god to judge other sinners, but in doing so also judges themselves and more specifically the Law Giver.  If man breaks one of the Laws and yet keeps the Sabbath, he is nevertheless guilty of breaking all of the condemning Commandments. For the Almighty God says in the 1st Commandment of Principle: I AM the LORD your God:  You shall have no other gods before Me.  It is a practical fact that all people are born of natural flesh and all die.  In the process of the 'law of  sin and death', we are all little gods making our own self justifying rules that in our inevitable death are all broken down, before the Face of the Eternally Just Law Giver, the only Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty of the living.

We see that both Paul and James are distinctly one in their answer to justification through faith and not through the 'law of works'.  We see Paul answering his own question: Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law; of works?  Nay; but by the Law of Faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith [in Christ] without the deeds of the Law. (See Romans 3 verse 26 thru 28.) Out side of the letter to the Romans and Galatians, the only other place that the 'works of the law' is mentioned, is in the Letter to the Hebrews, for it references the priestly works required within the old covenant that were to be performed daily with the animal sacrifices for the sins of the people.

But now in the resurrection of Christ Jesus, the condemnation of sin and its death is purged in God's Law of Faith through God's Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. So then the Grace of God's Spirit is present to those who dwell WITHIN Christ Jesus our Savior. The Law of the Spirit of God is within the Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ: For God's Spirit of Grace gives renewed Life to the redeemed through the Almighty's Sanctifying Provisions at His Communion Table of Grace. (See Romans 8 verse 1 thru 10.). To the redeemed, the abundance of God's Grace, through His Spirit, promotes the Law of Love to those who abide within the Body of Christ Jesus. (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 24.)

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 in Commandments remains established for God's original purpose, beginning with the quarantining process of the Commandments given to the Jew first, and continues as the Decalogue reveals the existence of sin in all peoples,  Paul says this for our benefit: For the Scriptures has concluded that all are under sin, so that the Promise by the Faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith [in Jesus Christ] came, we were kept under guard by the Law, shut up unto the faith [of Jesus Christ] which would afterwards be revealed. (See Galatians 3 verse 21 thru 23.) The Promised Faith is revealed in Christ Jesus, the Incarnate Son of Adam/Man.  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.  When reaching and or exceeding the limits of the conscience, man kind either modify the limits, by seeking their own justifying way out of their dilemma, and may attempt to justify themselves with better law keeping.  The cycle of sin and death is vicious.  There is no way out of sin's permanent death, except by the Grace of the Spirit of the Living God revealing Living Faith in the Sacrifice of the Holy One of God, and Christ's resurrection over man kind'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 Jesus would be embraced within the core of our being.  Christ Jesus, the Incarnate Son of the Father, was that Promised Covenant seed from the first Woman, for the Word of God was made to be the Son of Man, and in Christ's death and resurrection from the dead, He would bring an end to the condemnation of sin, that is exposed by the Good, Holy and Just Laws in Commandments. 

Even before the Law came into existence and exposed corrupting sin as death, Abraham believed in the Word of God and God's 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 His Father 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 conceived in 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 the sins of man kind, 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 the Man, Jesus Christ, is our High Priest and is the only Mediator, that can justify 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 for the justification of man through their biased performance in keeping the Law, but rather is for the absolute condemnation of all sinners, for all have broken God's absolute Standard of Love.  We, as little gods born of flesh, have customarily served ourselves first in all things, and left the Eternal God and Creator completely out of focus.  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, for it directs lost man held in death, to his only recourse of Faith with the Hope of Life in God's Salvation Gift.   Jesus Christ is God's Salvation Gift to man-kind, and through Yeshua/Jesus' absolute Love and obedient Faith to His Father, even unto His death on the cross, the Man, Jesus Christ, provides the only Way of Salvation into God's Kingdom of Life.  All those who embrace God's Gift of Resurrection Faith in Jesus Christ, the same are those who love and obey Yahweh God, the Holy Father of Jesus Christ.

Yahweh God is the God of the living, and not of the dead.  The Almighty God of Infinity, gives His Gift of Living Faith, through His Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus that enables a person to begin to believe, in the Perfect Sacrifice of Yahweh's Loving and Obedient Son, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah.  The Perfect Love of the Word of God, took on human flesh from the seed of the virgin woman that Elohim had foreseen before the foundation of the world, and gave His Word of Promise in the Garden.  In God's time, the Word of God became the Son of Adam, and with the shedding of His Holy Life Blood on the cross at Calvary, Jesus Christ, the sinless Man, became God's 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, speaking of God being the Justifier of all those of Faith, writes in his letter to the Romans: "Seeing it is One God, Who shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith." Although the Promised Seed had not yet come, nevertheless the circumcised of Israel were justified by their faith in waiting for God's promised Hebrew Messiah.  Also when God had brought forth the Promised Messiah Yeshua through the flesh of the circumcised Jew, then the Gentile, as well as the believing Jew, is justified by their Faith in God: For Elohim Promised in the Garden of Eden that the Holy One of His Word, would crush the head of 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 of flesh, 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 art 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 deadly 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 awaiting death 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 to life by a condemning Law that only has the power of death and reveals that you are already 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, for in this logical fact, Paul is vehement in his argument.  Paul's absolute Standard of Righteousness is the resurrected Christ Jesus, and not the through the condemning 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 that is 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, has come through the circumcised of the children of faithful Abraham, then know that the outward 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, through Faith, the Eternal Covenant is established in the Sacrificial Life Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Man/Adam.  It is God, with the Sword of the Spirit that is circumcising the inward 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 all been 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 Jesus'/Yeshua's 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 the Perfection of His selfless Offering, 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 Spirit 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, all the 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.  God's Spirit of Truth and Grace, Sanctifies (sets apart from sin) through the Blood of Jesus, 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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Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten