A Study By Timothy M. Youngblood
As taught from the Christian Bible.
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Grace

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The subject of whether we as Christians are under the Law or Grace is one of the greatest controversies among literally hundreds of Christian denominations. This subject of Law vs. Grace is a perfect subject that can divide the two groups, and has divided friends, and family down through time and will continue to do so until Christ returns. It seems that we have two types of Christian schools of thought and I believe the reason for this is because there are conservative Christians, and Liberal Christians which cause doctrinal interpretations that are either liberal, or conservative. Although Churches may divide and disagree, God is not divided, and He hates confusion, so Christians truly need to come to understand what God means in terms of grace.

Another big question among conservative, and Liberal Christians that corresponds with Law vs Grace is the subject of losing salvation after we have accepted Jesus as our savior, and if we can lose salvation; how? Are we only to be concerned with accepting Jesus alone, and is that all there is to it? This question of "Law vs. Grace" is a very important point of the gospel message that is to be preached to the entire world, and if we don't come to understand the truth concerning the gospel of the Messiah, then how are we to faithfully complete the commission He has given to the Church? How are we to be faithful servants of our Lord if what we teach is in error? So for the sake of doing God's will, let's study to find the truth from the Christian scriptures, and not inject what we think, or what someone have taught in times past. I'm sure Christians will agree that we need to get ourselves out of it and get on with our Father's business.

The mind and heart of the Holy Father and Jesus:
Do those who keep Christ-mass, or Easter lose salvation? Will Jesus hear the cry of an old widow if she worships on Sunday? Is the Holy Father’s grace, mercy or love limited as to not include the deceived and weak in the flesh?

Read the short comment below before answering.

What about a drunk? He or She will "Fall off the wagon" from time to time because of the weakness of the flesh. Should they be able to repent even though they know a day will come when they will fall again? When most drunks or others with addictions fail they will fail for some time. It never is just for a few days.

What about the boy that is raised by a mother that is a crack whore and has had to survive on the mean streets in his neighborhood without knowing anything about Jesus or sin? When at 10 years old a man offers him $50.00 to take a package to another man on the corner what do you think he will do? He just became a drug pusher so I guess if we judge him according to the standards of some Christian churches he also will burn and suffer in hell fire forever right?

Is Grace Unconditional?
I have read a lot about Grace lately and it seems that many are adopting the teaching of Grace alone, or better put, that Grace is Unconditional. They propose the concept that we can't stop sinning so we just need to accept ourselves as we are. This concept teaches that Christ is victorious over sin and we don't have to do anything to earn or keep it. They teach that all sin is vanquished, and that we are over comers in the Messiah alone, not in our overcoming anything. They accuse those who try to keep the commandments of just trying to please God so He will accept them and that is not necessary because, as they put it, God has already accepted everyone no matter what we do. The teaching that we need to accept ourselves as helpless sinners is also purporting that to try and change is just being self-righteous, and is an attempt at trying to feel spiritually superior to people who do things that disgust and offend us. This sounds good to many people because we all try and fail, and never seem to overcome every time and the truth is that we can't overcome EVERY TIME because we are still in the flesh. We do find in scripture that the flesh is corrupt, but should we accept this to the point where we quit trying and accept the teaching of Grace alone is all we need and anything else is a lack of faith?

I must say this kind of teaching is very dangerous to Christians because it speaks to our human nature that wants to receive salvation, but do as we please also. This teaching will cause many to justify their sins and thus let down in the good fight to overcome. What we need to understand is that God wants us to quit sinning because sin is not good for anyone. It is not a matter of God just placing some do's and don'ts before us, but a matter of life or death! We will find in this study that we MUST fight the flesh, and yes, this will please God our Father and Jesus our elder Brother, and just as we all want, it will also make the world a good place for all to live. Surely we as forgiving and loving parents may overlook a child misbehaving and not enact a just punishment the first time, but would also expect the child to do better in the future. Why would we expect God to be any different when it comes to such things?

The very first truth we as Christians should agree on is that we are saved (redeemed) through the blood of Christ if we believe the Holy Father sent Jesus, and if we accept Jesus as our savior. Let's read what Paul stated in his letter to Timothy. "However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long-suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life." 1 Tim 1:16. Jesus gave His life not only from setting in the safety of heaven on His throne but suffered a death that no one could suffer because when they harmed Him he felt not only the pain in the flesh but the great pain in His heart. The pain would be like your own child doing this to you. The very word "believe" in this scripture is to have faith in Christ or, to entrust especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ. To not do this would be rejecting salvation and the new covenant. So with that question answered, let's get started in this study concerning "Law vs. Grace" by asking and answering some other basic questions. To do this we must understand some important history such as, why did Jesus have to establish a new covenant, and what makes the difference between the old covenant, and the new? Just what did God promise Abraham, and how does that effect the new covenant that we are under by accepting Jesus as our savior? (For more on this see related links at the end.)

The very important key here is to understand what is meant in respect to the old covenant law, and what has been done away with. If you placed yourself in the shoes of a Jew, understanding their beliefs, and their keeping of the law during the time of Jesus the Messiah's ministry you would understand why they rejected Jesus' teachings. Because many Christians today never lived under the same Mosaic laws it is hard to understand the true meaning of Jesus redeeming mankind from the ceremonies and rituals of the old covenant, as well as redeeming us of the death penalty all mankind was under for breaking the law of God. When we do an indept study of the old covenant we find that it was a predecessor of the new covenant, and had many symbols that represented the coming Messiah. We also find that much of the Mosaic laws were made stricter as time went on because of disobedience.

Although the word "Grace" is found in the New Testament we have found in our research that Jesus Himself never preached using the word grace, we do however find that Jesus taught the concept of grace. This means that the very fact we now can receive eternal life by the blood sacrifice of Jesus, is in fact the grace of God by faith, and not by the keeping of the law! The Jews during Jesus' day, and today, could not accept this, even though it's stated many times in their old writings and prophecy's concerning the coming Messiah. It is a fact that we can preach Jesus and the gospel message using the Old Testament alone just as the apostles did, and as any bible student should know, the New Testament was not written during the apostles ministry. So it is there, in the Old Testament, that we can find the intent of God the Holy Father through Christ.

So what is Grace?
Let's take a good honest look at what "the Grace of God" truly is and learn why God gives it to us. Let's not consider the Webster's Dictionary definition on the word Grace because the meaning we are looking for needs to be defined from its source and the time of its intended meaning. I as many others use the Strong's concordance coupled with the Strong's dictionary and word history index to define words because they are a very reliable source to date. Although the word Grace" as used by others denoting forgiveness and salvation it is not used by Jesus in this manner however we can find the meaning in Hebrew which is in the Old Testament. The Strong's No. for grace is 2580 which is defined as graciousness, kindness, and favor. So we see the term grace in the Hebrew meaning Kindness, or well-favored, but the question is does it denote mercy, forgiveness, and salvation? Not so much as the word "mercy" does in the Old Testament which is from Strong's no. 2617 and means kindness and a very important term which is piety, or reproof. The words that stands out here for me is kindness and pity because that is what one must have towards another in order to forgive and not punish.

The word "Reproof denotes to rebuke and through my years of study I have found that God rebukes not out of a desire to punish but more out of love for the purpose to reform. Notice that the definitions of Grace and Mercy are very much alike, but neither one mentions the other within each definition. In order to be well rounded in understanding we also need to consider the scriptures that denote God's forgiveness then, now, and in the future. One such scripture written by King David in Psalms 86:5 reflects that King David understood the terms Forgiveness and mercy, denoting also what the Apostles meant as the grace of God. King David wrote, "For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You." So with that understanding how did the apostles use the Greek word grace, and does it really denote mercy? The Greek definition of grace means, "The divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in our life." Or to say, it's the influence of the Spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them. This statement is very important to the understanding of the grace of God in relation to our salvation and will be understood in greater detail on into this study as we will see it's true intent. *

We understand from New Testament scripture that we can't earn God's grace, and that grace is freely given because God loved us first and has mercy (or pity) even though we have not earned it. Yes, freely given denotes that the one receiving it does not have to do anything to receive it, but where many go wrong in their understanding is that they believe it should be "freely continued," however freely given does not necessarily mean freely continued. The point is that God is not under any obligation to give us grace, but because He loves us so much, He is willing to overlook our past sins and many of our weaknesses. The big point here is that God is giving those that are sincerely trying, room to grow. But does that mean people should be able to just treat the gift of God with disrespect? If you owed a debt of $10,000 and were forgiven that debt should you then go borrow another $10,000 thinking its fine because they will not demand payment? If you were the banker and found someone had this attitude what would you do? Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins, and it is important to note again that the grace of God give us room to grow, but we should never treat this love and grace from God with an ungrateful attitude. God is just that...God, and whether He continues grace in anyone's life is totally God's right and should never be judged by any person because God judges righteous Judgment based on all circumstances in each persons life, which no one else can know and understand but God!

Grace and condemnation:
The facts are that there will be those who are condemned so we can't rightly study the subject of the grace of God without understanding the condemnation of those that reject the blood of the covenant, or have the attitude of un-thankfulness, or disrespect towards the gift of God. According to our research of the scriptures God will forgive as long as we have a real true repentant heart, but He will reject those that treat the gift of Christ cheaply. I'm sure that you have heard of the doctrine "once saved always saved." Is it realistic to believe that all that have come to Jesus will be saved regardless of the converts actions, and attitude, good or bad? Let's let the words of the author of the book of Hebrews answer this question, as he is more qualified than we are to answer. He states in Heb 6:4-6..."For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame."

Also brethren we find scripture in II Th 2:11-12, that warns if we reject the truth of God and choose pleasure over righteousness we will be condemned. I know for most Christians it is hard to accept that some will be condemned but the scripture plainly states that fact if we reject the truth and salvation of God. Let's read it for ourselves. "And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." Another example is the scriptures in Matt 13:22 where Jesus was teaching about the seed sown and how some fell on good ground and some on bad ground. This teaching by Jesus Himself was relating to our choosing pleasure over righteousness. I direct you to the seed that fell among the thorns and what Jesus stated. "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, (Or Truth of God.) and he becomes unfruitful. This denotes that the person hears the word but wants the riches and pleasure of this world more than truth which is in fact every ones free will choice, but please understand that they were offered salvation! They heard the truth but rejected it! Remember I stated above that freely given denotes that the one receiving it does not have to do anything to receive it, but I stated that where many go wrong in their understanding is that they believe it should be freely continued, but freely given does not necessarily mean freely continued as we see here by Jesus' own teachings. Let's not forget the old saying that we attract what we dwell on, and what we dwell on we become! So brethren if we allow Satan to deceive us into an attitude that we are saved no matter what we do, then we run the real risk of falling into the trap of becoming lax, and careless with God's grace!

There is another trap being placed on many loving and sincere people that can lead in the wrong direction. Let's cover the law of love a little here so we will be careful not to fall for the kind of love that is not of God. This may shock you but there is a kind of love that is not from God. This type of love allows the person to accept sin such as false doctrine, or pagan worship in order not to offend people; or to love others so much we don't tell them what sin is such as homosexuality, and that witchcraft is condemned by God. To truly love others that are deceived or still weaker in the flesh is to teach them the truth so they too can receive the true Messiah for salvation and understand how to use the Power of His sacrifice. Please understand that I believe love is the greatest and most important commandment because God's true love in our hearts will have understanding of other's weaknesses, and addictive habits. Not accepting them as OK but without condemnation. True love will have mercy, and compassion on those that fail without condemning them, realizing we all need God's mercy. The love of God can see what a person can become, not what they are, and this is the way God the Father and Jesus views us, and is the way we should view others. Those that have God's Holy Spirit working with them have help overcoming where others may not be able to do so until they too accept the help that can only come from God. You see, again it is because we accepted, first the Messiah as the Son of God and His sacrifice, and through walking in the His Spirit daily we can overcome, not because of the law, but because we have changed over time and have come to "desire" to do what is good. This is what the Holy Spirit does in us as was stated above.*

The point many Christians miss concerning this is that God wants us to quit sinning because we have come to understand what sin is. Because we understand that sin destroys all in its path and when one comes to truly understand what that means then one overcomes sin because they have changed with understanding and not just because of a law. Like "giving" for example; if we give only a tenth because of what we believe is a current command from God then we only have conformed to the letter of the law, however if we give (Even more than a tenth) when there is no command to do so, and most importantly when no one is watching, then we have become what is intended, loving others like Jesus and the Holy Father. One message of Jesus is that we should "repent" which means to turn from our old ways but many don't understand that He also meant it to mean to turn from the old covenant and turn to the new covenant. (See our study titled The Covenant as taught from the Book of Hebrews) Repent also means we must turn to God the Father, and also do what the very word "Faith" means which is to place our spiritual salvation in Jesus the Messiah and that Christ alone can give salvation and that salvation is not of ourselves. As we have found in the book of Hebrews the Law of Moses was done away at Christ' resurrection and as we found from scripture in other studies God is looking at the heart now and not the law because He writes His law in our hearts.

Imputed Righteousness:
Now that we have studied the words "Grace" and Mercy" which gives us Imputed Righteousness we need to find out just what Imputed Righteousness is. Again we must first look closely at a word in the Hebrew language to understand what is meant here. It's recorded in the Old and New Testament scriptures that Abraham was called the father of the faithful. Was this because he never sinned? No; It was because he "believed" God! This point is very important to understand because we can't be justified or have imputed righteousness if we don't believe that God sent Jesus as our savior. You might ask why is it so important to believe in order to receive salvation? Let's ask another question in order to answer this one. What really happened when Eve, and then Adam disobeyed God? They rejected God through their unbelief! God told them what He wanted them to do, and they instead, believed and obeyed the serpent! The whole point God has been making down through time is that His children, or creation, have rejected Him through disobedience.

God wants us to accept Him, and believe what He says because He, and all He commands are good and right for all living things. We must realize and fully understand that God hates, at the top of His list, "Unbelief" because to disbelieve God is to reject the right way to true prosperity and happiness, not only for ourselves, but for our neighbors as well, which includes all living things on earth. We must come to "believe God" just as Abraham did even to the point of giving his only son's life even after God had promised to raise up many nations by this very seed. Notice in this scripture in Rom 4:20-25. "He did not waver at the promise of God through "unbelief", but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification."

We find that in the original Greek translations the latter part of this verse should read, "and was raised again for our acquittal." The term "acquittal" is a better term as it means that we are relieved from the punishment for our sins, not that we have not sinned. Notice the word "Imputed" also has the same meaning as attributed, or given as if to have or make righteous, or justify. Not that we are righteous, but that we are counted "as" righteous. We need to understand this because many are teaching, and many believe, that we must be righteous, or that we need to be under the law if we are to enter the kingdom of God. Again remember, to have righteousness "imputed" only applies to those truly working on becoming like Jesus in spirit and in truth because they are working on changing from within. Those that believe Jesus is the Son of God will love Him and keep His commands. God always in Old or New Testament times stated that we will receive mercy if we obey Him, but condemnation if we reject His ways. Even the book of Revelation points out that those that do not repent and obey God will be destroyed! (You might want to read Chapter four and five in our book, "The Great Apostasy.")

Let's look at what Paul explained in the book of Galatains 3:16-29 concerning the old Mosiac law and it's out dated purpose. Paul stated..."Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is the Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in the Messiah, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. Paul goes on to state that if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin that the promise by faith in Jesus the Christ might be given to those who believe and that the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Also we find more understanding along these lines in Acts 13:38-39. "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." How much more clear can it be when stated that, "everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses?" They were preaching to the Jews that were still under the law at the time. The people under the law, which includes the Jews today, are still trying to be justified by the keeping of the law of Moses, and are obliged to keep it all. That includes the washings, wave offerings, burnt offerings, and all other laws under the old covenant. Brethren, the point here is that we don't need to keep the law for salvation, and we should never let some preacher convince us we are sinning if we don't go to his feast sight or have Sabbath services the exact way their Church does it. The truth is, if we don't accept the fact that Jesus came to free us from that old covenant law then we will be rejecting Him and could very well lose salvation!

Notice the very important points here that denote "No Longer" being under that law of Moses and what that law was for. It was a "tutor" Now let's go on down to chapter five of Romans and see what else Paul said about this subject. He wrote..."Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this "grace" in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Paul goes on to teach in chapter five that by one man (Adam) sin and the judgment of condemnation came upon all mankind, but through one Man (Jesus) salvation is offered or made available to all mankind. Many teach that this means that "all" mankind will receive salvation, but this is not the case. Again, grace is "offered" to all mankind, but all are not accepting it therefore it is not continued. If it were then as I stated above what do we do with all the scriptures that state those who "accept" Jesus will be saved, and all that "reject" Him will be condemned to eternal death? Also there are many scriptures that state the wicked will be condemned, that is, those that continue in unrighteous life-stiles, and those that have an unrepentant heart. Brethren, there is a big difference between someone that sins out of weakness, and someone that is evil, or someone that disrespects the gift of grace. Again, the grace of God has to be accepted in order for it to be used, and the person using it has to be sincere. Remember, the demons believe and know God, but still continue to rebel.

Grace and Law:
What about grace and works, or keeping the law? Many times we have people teaching one extreme or the other. Some teach we don't need to do works if we are under grace, and others teach that we need to keep the law or we will be condemned. What is the truth? The truth is that we should accept the grace of God and as a result we will keep the law of love. Please understand; God has not done away with His law, namely the Ten Commandments. The law of God is good and for our benefit, but where many miss the mark here is that they fail to realize the law of God has changed from a physical law to a spiritual law. Let's look at a scripture that reflects this in Gal 2:19-21; "For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."

And we find again the point of God changing the law from a physical law to a spiritual law on down in Gal 3:1-6 as Paul states…"O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain-- if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? --- Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."

You see what God has done away with through Jesus is the "penalty" of the law, which is eternal death. Also under the old covenant there were, most of the time, immediate consequence to sin, which was the penalty of the law that in many cases are deferred under the law of grace. This does not mean we can, for example, drive reckless and expect not to have an accident if you get my meaning. We must understand that to be redeemed from the curse of the law has more to do with eternal death, or eternal life than anything else. Remember, when sin came into the world, God stated that we shall surely die because of it, but the Christ came to make atonement for us because of their great love and mercy. We find in Gal. 3:13 that Jesus has "redeemed" us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.")

Let's look at what Jesus stated in Matt 5:17 concerning the law and His role in redeeming those that would accept Him. "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." We know Jesus was speaking of the law here as spiritual because in verses 38-42 of this chapter we read, "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." Jesus went on to relate that if we lust after a woman in our heart we have already committed adultery with her. Jesus showed throughout Matthew chapter five that He was changing the law from physical to spiritual, meaning we are to change from with-in because we see the light of God's goodness, not because of a law in itself or fear of punishment. He also made this point clear when He stated, in Matt 15:11 "It's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." Meaning that we need to change from with-in, which is a spiritual change that can only come from the cleansing blood of the Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit from the Holy Father.

Now let's look at what we read concerning Jesus statement that He came to "fulfill the Law." Paul shows the true intent of the term "to fulfill" in Rom 10:3-4. "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." We see this same message being preached by the apostle John in John: 3:16-18. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Notice the term "BELIEVE" being used in this scripture? As stated above, it is very important to understand why we must believe, which is to look to and trust God with all things in our lives, now and forever.

We see in Gal 4:4-5. "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Notice the term " to REDEEM those who were UNDER the law," Also we see in Rom 7:6 "But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." Notice he stated that we have been delivered from the law, and we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." This is to say the Holy Spirit will impart the fruits of the Spirit to us and therefore we will keep the commandments that Jesus stated was still important which is the Ten Commandments. Remember the denotation of grace that we looked at before? "It's the influence of the Spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them." * Remember Jesus stated; "we are a slave to whom we obey recorded in John 8:34-36. He stated... "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." To be a slave to sin is the same thing as to become addicted to drugs, sex, or wine and to become addicted happens because we choose and love the world and pleasure more than God and even more than anyone else! Some may say that we can overcome and never sin again but we know Jesus understood we will sin because He stated in Mark 14:38; "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak." This is a warning statement to watch and pray because we are still living with the weakness of the flesh, but this does not mean we should just give in to it either. Again, was the law of Moses evil? No! But the new covenant of grace means we don't have to be under the old covenant with the old hierarchical priesthood's strict sacrificial rites and laws. We are free from Mount Sinai if we accept Jesus as our savior.

Now let's read what Paul stated about this subject of the law. "Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bond-woman, the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the bond-woman was born according to the flesh, and he of the free-woman through promise, which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar--for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children--but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband." Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bond-woman and her son, for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman." So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman but of the free." Gal. 4: 21,31. Also we see Paul being very clear as to what law he was referring to in Col 2:14-17. Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ." Notice that he stated the very Gospel message that the substance is of the Christ!

These scriptures are very clear on the fact that we have been freed from the law and are under grace and although someone may come along and say, Timothy Youngblood is teaching the old Protestant religion saying we can do what ever we want and we are saved. I say no brethren, I'm not teaching that misconception the Protestant Church teaches, but it is very important to understand the points that Jesus made when He stated that He came to fulfill the law. Remember what I stated in the first paragraph of this study that there are conservative Christians, and Liberal Christians, and that we have doctrinal interpretations that are either liberal, or conservative? This is the very reason I made that point, so we can understand that both are right in most points, however, we need to read ALL the scriptures and come to understand that there is not a contradiction, but a matter of misunderstanding because of the way misguided ministers have FOCUSED people to one side or the other.

We need not be just liberal, or conservative, but Christian in all we do and teach! The fact is that Grace works with the law which is the Ten Commandments, which includes the seventh day Sabbath which was established at creation. Paul shows in the above scriptures that Jesus is the end of the law, which means that the old ceremonial, and ritual laws are done away and that the new covenant brings the Holy Spirit to those that accept Jesus as their savior and as a result they, by walking in the Holy Spirit, will fulfill the law because of a change of heart. Again it is a matter of the physical law vs. the spiritual law. When walking in the spirit of the law we will come to understand the old saying that sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden; but it is forbidden because it is hurtful. Jesus whom we should follow boiled it down in Matt 22:37-40 that ALL the law and the Prophets could be hung on the two Great Commandments which is to love God with all your heart soul, and mind, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. If you look at this statement close you will see that Jesus was denoting the Ten Commandments. The first four are denoting loving and worshipping God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and the fifth command is our relationship with our parents. The last five commands are, loving our neighbors as the second great command states.

If we love Him:
Please understand that I believe as Jesus Himself stated that if we love Him we would keep His commands, and I believe that we should work on our weaknesses, but as long as I'm feeling true regret for my weakness I believe that Jesus' mercy and compassion will apply to me. I'm saying scripture shows that we are justified by faith in Jesus, and being justified does not mean we should do what ever we want to do. What it means is that we will keep His commands if we love Him, and we will also love as Jesus loves because the Holy Spirit is allowed to love and work through us. This does not do away with good works as we do find scripture that tell us that our faith should produce good works in us as we live in the Spirit as recorded in James 2:14-20. As I have stated in the study "By their fruits" the list of the fruits of the Holy Spirit are not things we do because of a command or a list of do's and don'ts, but because the Spirit lives in us. Keeping the ten commandments does not do away with grace, because we are saved through the grace of God and not the law. Where people have become confused on this issue is that they come to believe that if we are under grace then the penalty of the law, which is eternal death, cannot affect us no matter what we do. They come to believe in what is called "once saved always saved" as we covered above, but this concept is absolutely wrong as we read in many scriptures. Again, I will go so far as to say that this teaching can cause one to lose their salvation and the reason is because in time it causes one to let their guard down and become slothful in their Christian growth.

What is the great point of what God is doing?
God wants a family that's concerned for the good of all the creation. God wants a family that has His mind and desires to fulfill His will. God wants a spirit family that will love Him and trust all He commands knowing He loves us, and knowing He is all wise. God wants a spirit family that is full of the love that can only come from God. This love from God is a true love, which is the type of love that goes away from the self, and outward towards others. As stated above this love does not condemn, but can see what we can become. This love will also hate evil because evil destroys all it contacts. We must receive this love by submitting to God before He will ever entrust us with the power He has. We can't expect to be in the kingdom of God if we want and love the ways of Satan, and although many don't understand at this time, to accept the pagan ways of this world is to accept Satan as your god. Would you really want to live in a world of evil and selfishness forever? Would you want to live in a world like we see today with all the suffering from war and crime? Would God want to have a kingdom like Sodom and Gomorrah? The profound truth of God is that Satan, his demons, and those that truly love evil and refuse to accept the love of God will not be there!

He who overcomes will be there:
As we have seen in this study, if we come to "love God" and His ways, and come to have His character of forgiveness, which is born out of love we can be in the kingdom of God. If we come to understand through the Holy Spirit what God is offering us, then we will repent and begin to strive to overcome, and with the grace of God we can overcome! Jesus our savior does not intend for those that truly accept Him to fail. He has provided everything for our success. He first came and died for our sins so we can be reconciled to God the Father. He for the first time in history, showed mankind the Father and informed us the Father loves us Himself and wants a personal relationship, in love with each and every person. God is all-powerful, and He is standing ready with all His power to help us overcome the down pull of our human nature. He has His angels standing ready to help and His Holy Spirit opening our minds as we study His word so we will be able to withstand the many cunning attacks of those who would try to take our salvation. Salvation is offerede to us now under the grace God gives, so please don't let someone convince you to put off what you should be doing, believing you already have it forever. Please don't get trapped in the thinking that you don't need to be diligent and continue to seek the fullness of God's Holy Spirit. Don't let anyone convince you that you don't need to know the difference between false and true doctrine. Don't become discouraged when you fail, and please never become discouraged to the point where you give up the fight. I would like to meet you there.

We must go away from the self, and reach out to others not only with the needs of others but with this great news of the Gospel that God the Holy Father sent to us by way of His Son Jesus and its the doing and giving of the gospel message that helps us grow in it. This good news that we can be forgiven, and that we need to forgive, and we can be under the fantastic grace of God never having to fear, or never having to be under the law like the Hebrews were is the greatest news ever given! We can experience the true freedom in Christ knowing we will not have to go through this life alone, knowing that God will never leave or forsake us. He is always there, and will always send help and comfort in time of need so we can walk with Him even in this weak flesh. The love of God is the great key to the grace of God, (The two Great Commandments) and true heartfelt forgiveness, and understanding towards those that may offend is the true love of God in action.

Related links.
The Covenant (The Book of Hebrews)
The Gospel of Jesus the Messiah:

Are Christians under the Law of Moses?

Just what is Sin?
The unpardonable sin, Just what is it?

Judge Gently
Author unknown

Pray don't find fault with the person who limps or stumbles along the road, unless you have worn the shoes they have worn, or struggled beneath their load. There may be tacks in the shoes that hurt, though hidden from view, or the burden they bear placed on your back might cause you to stumble too.

Don't sneer at the person who's down today, unless you have felt the blow that caused their fall, or felt the shame that only the fallen know. You may be strong today, but still the blows that were theirs if dealt to you, in the selfsame way or the selfsame time might cause you to stagger too.

Don't be harsh with the person who sins or pelt them with word or stone unless you are sure yea, doubly sure that you have no sins of your own!
For you know perhaps if the tempters voice should whisper as softly to you as it did to them, when they went astray it just might cause you to falter too.

In Jesus’ service
Pray for the Messiah to return soon.
Timothy M. Youngblood 
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