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Christian Doctrine, L, LAW OF CHRIST- LOVE

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 05/05/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

            THE LAW OF CHRIST...

            The  new  commandment, given by Jesus, is the law  of  divine  love,
            "Love one another. As I have loved you" (John 13:34).

            JOH  13:34  "A new command I give you: Love one another. As  I  have
            loved you, so you must love one another.

            It is that "perfect law that gives freedom" of James 1:25; 2:12, the
            bearing  of  another's burdens of Galatians 6:2, the loving  with  a
            pure  heart of 1 Peter 1:22-23, outpouring without restraint in  the
            power of the Spirit, that law of the heart and mind (Heb 10:16),  of
            the new covenant of grace.

            JAM  1:25  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law  that
            gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he  has
            heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.

            JAM  2:12  Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by  the
            law that gives freedom,

            GAL  6:2   Carry  each other's burdens, and in  this  way  you  will
            fulfill the law of Christ.

            1PE 1:22  Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth
            so  that you have sincere love for your brothers, love  one  another
            deeply, from the heart.

            1PE 1:23  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed,  but
            of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

            HEB  10:16  "This is the covenant I will make with them  after  that
            time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I  will
            write them on their minds."

            THE LAW OF MOSES...

            Due  to  the  length  of the "entire Law of  Moses",  only  the  Ten
            Commandments verses will be listed in this section. It will be  both
            in the King James Version and the New International Version.

            Israel received the Mosaic covenant in three sections...

            1.>    The Commandments,
                   Which was the fundamental Law of Israel,
                   embodying the divine will (Exodus 20:1-26);

            2.>    The Judgments,
                   Covering Israel's social life (Exodus 21:1--24:11);

            3.>    The Ordinances,
                   Covering Israel's religious life (Exodus 24:12--31:18).

            EXO  20:1  And God  spoke  all        EXO  20:1  And God  spake  all
            these words:                          these words, saying, (KJV)

            EXO 20:2  "I am the LORD  your        EXO  20:2  I am the  LORD  thy
            God,  who brought you  out  of        God,  which have brought  thee
            Egypt,  out  of  the  land  of        out of the land of Egypt,  out
            slavery.                              of the house of bondage. (KJV)

            EXO  20:3  "You shall have  no        EXO  20:3  Thou shalt have  no
            other gods before me.                 other gods before me. (KJV)

            EXO 20:4  "You shall not  make        EXO 20:4  Thou shalt not  make
            for  yourself an idol  in  the        unto thee any graven image, or
            form  of  anything  in  heaven        any likeness of any thing that
            above or on the earth  beneath        is in heaven above, or that is
            or in the waters below.               in the earth beneath, or  that
                                                  is  in  the  water  under  the
                                                  earth. (KJV)

            EXO  20:5  You shall  not  bow        EXO  20:5  Thou shalt not  bow
            down to them or worship  them;        down  thyself  to  them,   nor
            for I, the LORD your God, am a        serve them: for I the LORD thy
            jealous  God,  punishing   the        God am a jealous God, visiting
            children  for the sin  of  the        the  iniquity of  the  fathers
            fathers   to  the  third   and        upon  the  children  unto  the
            fourth generation of those who        third and fourth generation of
            hate me,                              them that hate me; (KJV)

            EXO 20:6  but showing love  to        EXO  20:6  And  shewing  mercy
            a   thousand  generations   of        unto  thousands of  them  that
            those who love me and keep  my        love me, and keep my  command-
            commandments.                         ments. (KJV)

            EXO   20:7   "You  shall   not        EXO 20:7  Thou shalt not  take
            misuse  the name of  the  LORD        the  name of the LORD thy  God
            your  God, for the  LORD  will        in vain; for the LORD will not
            not hold anyone guiltless  who        hold him guiltless that taketh
            misuses his name.                     his name in vain. (KJV)

            EXO  20:8  "Remember the  Sab-        EXO 20:8  Remember the sabbath
            bath day by keeping it holy.          day, to keep it holy. (KJV)

            EXO  20:9  Six days you  shall        EXO 20:9  Six days shalt  thou
            labor and do all your work,           labour, and do all thy work:

            EXO 20:10  but the seventh day        EXO 20:10  But the seventh day
            is a Sabbath to the LORD  your        is the sabbath of the LORD thy
            God.  On it you shall  not  do        God:  in it thou shalt not  do
            any  work,  neither  you,  nor        any  work, thou, nor thy  son,
            your son or daughter, nor your        nor thy daughter, thy manserv-
            manservant or maidservant, nor        ant, nor thy maidservant,  nor
            your  animals, nor  the  alien        thy  cattle, nor thy  stranger
            within your gates.                    that is within thy gates:(KJV)

            EXO 20:11  For in six days the        EXO 20:11  For in six days the
            LORD made the heavens and  the        LORD  made heaven  and  earth,
            earth,  the sea, and all  that        the sea, and all that in  them
            is  in them, but he rested  on        is,  and  rested  the  seventh
            the seventh day. Therefore the        day:   wherefore   the    LORD
            LORD  blessed the Sabbath  day        blessed  the sabbath day,  and
            and made it holy.                     hallowed it. (KJV)

            EXO 20:12  "Honor your  father        EXO  20:12  Honour thy  father
            and  your mother, so that  you        and thy mother: that thy  days
            may live long in the land  the        may  be  long  upon  the  land
            LORD your God is giving you.          which the LORD thy God  giveth
                                                  thee. (KJV)

            EXO  20:13   "You  shall   not        EXO  20:13   Thou  shalt   not
            murder.                               kill. (KJV)

            EXO  20:14   "You  shall   not        EXO  20:14   Thou  shalt   not
            commit adultery.                      commit adultery. (KJV)

            EXO  20:15   "You  shall   not        EXO  20:15   Thou  shalt   not
            steal.                                steal. (KJV)

            EXO 20:16  "You shall not give        EXO 20:16  Thou shalt not bear
            false  testimony against  your        false   witness  against   thy
            neighbor.                             neighbour. (KJV)

            EXO  20:17   "You  shall   not        EXO  20:17   Thou  shalt   not
            covet  your neighbor's  house.        covet  thy neighbour's  house,
            You   shall  not  covet   your        thou   shalt  not  covet   thy
            neighbor's  wife, or his  man-        neighbour's   wife,  nor   his
            servant or maidservant, his ox        manservant, nor his  maidserv-
            or  donkey, or  anything  that        ant, nor his ox, nor his  ass,
            belongs to your neighbor."            nor  any  thing  that  is  thy
                                                  neighbour's. (KJV)

            EXO   19:8   The  people   all        EXO  19:8  And all the  people
            responded  together, "We  will        answered  together, and  said,
            do  everything  the  LORD  has        All that the LORD hath  spoken
            said." So Moses brought  their        we will do. And Moses returned
            answer back to the LORD.              the  words of the people  unto
                                                  the LORD. (KJV)

            As  related  to man dispensationally, the Mosaic  Law  covered  that
            period  of time from Sinai to the crucifixion  (Galatians  3:23-24),
            and  its relation to the believer during this age was made  manifest
            by  the  legal  teachings,  especially  regarding  circumcision,  as
            recorded in Acts 15:1-32 and Galatians 2:1-5.

            GAL 3:23  Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law,
            locked up until faith should be revealed.

            GAL 3:24  So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that  we
            might be justified by faith.

            ACT 15:1  Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching
            the  brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the  custom
            taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."

            ACT  15:2   This brought Paul and Barnabas into  sharp  dispute  and
            debate  with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed,  along  with
            some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles  and
            elders about this question.

            ACT  15:3  The church sent them on their way, and as  they  traveled
            through  Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had  been
            converted. This news made all the brothers very glad.

            ACT  15:4   When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed  by  the
            church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything
            God had done through them.

            ACT  15:5  Then some of the believers who belonged to the  party  of
            the  Pharisees stood up and said, "The Gentiles must be  circumcised
            and required to obey the law of Moses."

            ACT 15:6  The apostles and elders met to consider this question.

            ACT  15:7  After much discussion, Peter got up and  addressed  them:
            "Brothers,  you know that some time ago God made a choice among  you
            that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the  gospel
            and believe.

            ACT 15:8  God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them  by
            giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.

            ACT  15:9   He  made  no distinction between us  and  them,  for  he
            purified their hearts by faith.

            ACT  15:10  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting  on  the
            necks  of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers  have
            been able to bear?

            ACT 15:11  No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord  Jesus
            that we are saved, just as they are."

            ACT  15:12   The whole assembly became silent as  they  listened  to
            Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God
            had done among the Gentiles through them.

            ACT 15:13  When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen  to

            ACT  15:14   Simon has described to us how God at first  showed  his
            concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.

            ACT 15:15  The words of the prophets are in agreement with this,  as
            it is written:

            ACT  15:16   "'After this I will return and rebuild  David's  fallen
            tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,

            ACT  15:17  that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and  all  the
            Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things'

            ACT 15:18  that have been known for ages.

            ACT 15:19  "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it
            difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

            ACT 15:20  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.

            ACT  15:21   For  Moses has been preached in  every  city  from  the
            earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."

            ACT  15:22   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, two men who were leaders among the brothers.

            ACT  15:23  With them they sent the following letter:  The  apostles
            and  elders,  your brothers, To the Gentile  believers  in  Antioch,
            Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.

            ACT  15:24   We have heard that some went out from  us  without  our
            authorization  and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what  they

            ACT 15:25  So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to  you
            with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul--

            ACT  15:26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our  Lord
            Jesus Christ.

            ACT  15:27  Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to  confirm  by
            word of mouth what we are writing.

            ACT 15:28  It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden
            you with anything beyond the following requirements:

            ACT  15:29  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.

            ACT  15:30   The men were sent off and went down to  Antioch,  where
            they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.

            ACT  15:31   The people read it and were glad  for  its  encouraging

            ACT 15:32  Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said  much
            to encourage and strengthen the brothers.

            GAL  2:1   Fourteen years later I went up again to  Jerusalem,  this
            time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also.

            GAL 2:2  I went in response to a revelation and set before them  the
            gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to
            those  who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or  had
            run my race in vain.

            GAL  2:3  Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled  to  be
            circumcised, even though he was a Greek.

            GAL  2:4   This  matter  arose  because  some  false  brothers   had
            infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ  Jesus
            and to make us slaves.

            GAL 2:5  We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the  truth
            of the gospel might remain with you.

            Christian relationship is...
                   God  required  righteousness under the Law  (Exo  19:5),  but
            under  grace  He  counts all righteous who  merely  believe  (Romans
            3:21-22); 10:9-10).

            EXO 19:5  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of
            all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the  whole
            earth is mine,

            ROM 3:21  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been
            made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

            ROM  3:22  This righteousness from God comes through faith in  Jesus
            Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,

            ROM 10:9  That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord,"  and
            believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be

            ROM  10:10   For  it is with your heart that  you  believe  and  are
            justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

            The  Law is holy, just, good, and also spiritual  (Romans  7:12-14),
            but  man  was  unable  to keep it, and it  became  a  curse  to  him
            (Galatians 3:10).

            GAL  3:10  All who rely on observing the law are under a curse,  for
            it  is  written:  "Cursed is everyone who does not  continue  to  do
            everything written in the Book of the Law."

            So Christ redeemed believers from that curse (Galatians 3:13),  also
            redeeming them from under the Law (Galatians 4:5), that they  "might
            receive the full rights of sons".

            GAL 3:13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a
            curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung  on
            a tree."

            GAL  4:5  to redeem those under law, that we might receive the  full
            rights of sons.

            And now believers, not only redeemed from the Law, are also dead  to
            it  (Galatians  2:19), being "not under the law,  but  under  grace"
            (Romans 6:14).

            GAL 2:19  For through the law I died to the law so that I might live
            for God.

            ROM  6:14   For sin shall not be your master, because  you  are  not
            under law, but under grace.



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