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The Ten Commandments: are they still relevant? – Part 14


My chains are gone - chris tomlin 2013 FBWe were last reading in the book of Galatians, chapter 3 and it should now be established in your hearts that God’s Laws are not a curse. The curse was simply this: if you sinned….you died! This is the curse in a nutshell. However, this is the total grace from God, that He sent His Son to take that curse upon Himself; He stood in our place and was put to death for our sins, not His own. This is GRACE! Undeserved merit and favor from a Supreme God who should rightly have executed every single one of us for the transgressions we have committed against His holiness. Now does this put an end to the Laws of God? Absolutely not! Here is the deal: Accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior allows God the Father to place within you His Holy Spirit and He looks upon you and sees the righteousness and holiness of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. From this vantage point, we now have the ability to keep God’s Laws and to remain in obedience to the One True God. When our flesh does fail, we have an advocate with the Holy Father to restore us to righteousness.

So what serves the Laws of God? It was placed there because of transgressions.

Galatians 3:19

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

If I do not know that something offends a Holy God, how can I avoid doing it? I cannot. Therefore, God established His Holy Laws so that His people would know what to do and what not to do. It set up parameters for the people of God to be able to judge between:

HOLY and UNHOLY

RIGHTEOUS and UNRIGHTEOUS

CLEAN and UNCLEAN

GOOD and EVIL

BEST and GOOD

The book of Galatians goes on to explain that the promise of a mediator, the one and only Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ was coming. Furthermore, the law would not end the promise, but the promise would bring to fulfillment all the laws of God. Even in the Garden of Eden, there was at least one Law, which was, “Thou shalt obey me.”

Galatians 3:21-26

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The law is not against the promises of God because the promise was given to Abraham before the Law was put into place. Furthermore, as the Scripture so plainly states that if righteousness could have come by the Law, then God would have made it available. However, God wanted righteousness to be made available not through our works, but through faith in His Son’s accomplishments for us at the Cross of Calvary. That it would no longer be centered upon us, but on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In this way, we would never be able to lose our righteousness ever again. As we can see from the Scriptures, righteousness was centered upon the works of Adam and Eve. They subsequently lost that righteousness because of their works also. This is why God wanted to establish our righteousness not in our works but in His Son who would never lose His righteousness ever. In this way, we would never be condemned to death ever again.

But before faith came we were kept under the law and the law was our schoolmaster or our tutor. It defined for us that which was Holy and Unholy, Clean and Unclean, etc. It taught us how to choose between these differences. NOW… We are no longer under that tutor, but as children of God, we have received the Holy Spirit…He has taken over that role and the law is no longer external, but internal in our born again spirits, filled with Holy Spirit that guides us and reproves us when we are starting to move towards sinful activity.

John 16:13-16

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Now shall the Holy Spirit indeed negate the laws of God and tell you to do things that break those laws? Absolutely not! You will find that when the Holy Spirit commands you to do certain things that it establishes the Word of God in you.

We will continue in Part 15…so stay tuned.

 

 

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Movie critique; ‘Son of God’


Son of God movie posterThis writer viewed the ‘Son of God’ movie last night with much anticipation of how Hollywood was going to handle this latest epic about the Lord Jesus Christ, his life and his mission.  Amid much critique by other bloggers and other writers, it still ranks a four-star rating from this writer.

There has been some accusations by some branches of Christianity that it contained a lot of New Age overtones, however, this writer did not see any overt or gratuitous New Age pandering.  The only thing that this writer can surmise is that some Christians (non-Pentecostals) might view the scenes where ‘Jesus’ is prophetically seeing near future events; namely, Judas’ betrayal and his own subsequent crucifixion.  But for the Pentecostal side of the church, amazingly, this scene was well done.  Because in this writer’s opinion, that is exactly how one sees prophetic visions given by the Holy Spirit.

Now…there are some issues that this writer did have with this movie: for one thing the director placed certain events out of order.  The Gospel writers place Jesus’ proclamation in the synagogue that the prophecy was being fulfilled in their ear at that moment at the beginning of his ministry.  The director took liberties with this text and placed it near the end of his ministry.  However, if one can say it quite this way; the crucifixion was tastefully rendered and the earthquake scene at the moment of Jesus’ death was great cinematography in this writer’s opinion.  Plus, the resurrection footage was also well done and Jesus’ entrance into the locked rooms of his disciples showed a tenderness in that Jesus shows the nail holes in his hands to Thomas.  But again, in the Gospels, Thomas was not present the first time that Jesus revealed himself post-resurrection to his disciples.  Jesus presented himself a second time in which Thomas was finally present.  Another issue that this writer was disappointed in is that the director presented a montage of certain biblical events regarding Jesus i.e., his baptism as an afterthought, if you will.  Then as Jesus is leaving the temple, he tells a child that “no stone will be left upon another, not one,” when in the Gospels, he tells his disciples as they are sitting on a hill looking down at the temple mount.  However, again here is a praise for the movie; the director included a short reference to the book of Revelation with the Apostle John in exile on the Isle of Patmos, with Jesus coming to him and proclaiming that He is the Alpha and Omega.  This has not been included in any other Jesus film that this writer knows about.  Plus, this writer gives much kudos and applause to the writers who included Mary Magdelene along with Jesus’ male disciples (although there were quite a few women disciples following Jesus), but at least it shows the truth even as the Gospel narratives record the fact that Jesus had women disciples as well as men. While there can be given some literary license in how things are portrayed by Hollywood, when it comes to the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, remaining true to the Biblical narrative is the best course of action.

Over all, despite the fact that critics are citing that Diogo Morgado presents a ‘hunky, and hot Jesus’ suitable only for Hollywood should be overlooked and more weight given to the Gospel narratives with the end result being that those people who have never known that much about the Lord Jesus Christ may want to look deeper into the matter.  This movie can be used as a great Evangelistic tool by Christians as long as the correct Gospel narratives are supplied to those that are seeking the one and only, Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth.