If you believe on the atonement for sins by the only begotten Son Of God, Jesus Christ, who took our punishment for sin on the cross you are what is known as “saved”. Now some believe that from the time of salvation that we are supposed to sin no more and obey the Ten Commandments or we could lose our salvation. This is NOT a biblical teaching though and it is important to understand that once forgiven… You have come under God’s grace and you are no longer held accountable under the law (Ten Commandments.) In the book of Romans 5, the Apostle Paul made this very clear:
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21 KJV)
Paul is saying that the Ten Commandments were given to man so that trespass (that is sin) might increase! That is NOT what many are teaching today is it? I remember very well that high school religion taught me just the opposite of this! In fact, I would say that many in this age, even Christians, believe something very different. So what’s up? What is the truth about the Law (ten commandments) and the Grace provided to us through Jesus Christ?
Do we first need to keep the 10 commandments and then God will forgive us ? Or did Jesus pay our sin debt in full? You cannot have it both ways. You cannot mix the old law with the new covenant of Christ. Jesus Himself spoke of doing such. Jesus paid it ALL for us. Since the time of Moses and up until the time of Jesus (and yes even until today) the Jewish people have added many other rules and regulations to the 10 Laws. One such law was regarding fasting as we see in Matthew 9, when Jesus was asked, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus’ reply shows clearly that Jesus has come to take away the sins of the world and that there is a NEW covenant that overrules the Old covenant and the results of the Law given to Moses:
“Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:14-17 KJV)
“ For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17 KJV)
The law given to Moses is the Ten Commandments. No one has ever kept all of the Ten Commandments (except Jesus the Christ). That is why the Jewish peoples sacrificed animals without blemish to atone for their sins. It was a foreshadowing of when the Messiah would come and be the final sacrifice for all humankind.
Two thousand years ago Jesus came and took upon Himself the punishment for the sins of every person from all of time and until this very day. It is a gift from God.. A free gift. It is God’s grace upon those that receive Christ as personal savior and Lord. The Ten Commandments are a mirror that when we look at it, we recognize our sin against a Holy God.
It is interesting to note that the first miracle performed by Moses was turning water into blood, thus causing death to people. But the first miracle mentioned in Scriptures by Jesus is at the wedding in Cannan when He turned water into wine, during a wedding celebration: a celebration of new life. It is no coincidence!! Under the new covenant whereby Jesus took our sin punishment and on the cross cried out “It is finished!” We are now under the NEW covenant of God’s grace, an undeserved and unmerited favor. It is nothing that we deserve or that we have because of our good works. It is 100% God’s free gift to us. It’s His loving grace.
The New Covenant Replaced The Old Covenant
I see many believers today and pulpits teaching that we are still to be under the Ten Commandments. That we should be obeying them and that God did not ‘do away with them’ when Christ came. From the perspective that the Ten Commandments are God’s absolute truth and are Holy, they are correct but they are missing the point. The Law is dead to the Christian because it is all about how the source has changed. What do I mean by that? Let’s look at a few Scriptures and then you will see it more clearly:
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under THE CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that NO MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW in the sight of God, it is evident: for, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. AND THE LAW IS NOT OF FAITH: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, being made a curse FOR US: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Galatians 3:10-13 KJV)
In this passage of Scripture we see that there has been a change when the New Covenant came into effect. The just (believers) are to now live by faith with the Holy Spirit indwelling as our source. Jesus Christ is now become our source and God lives within us now as the comforter and Holy Spirit. The Law and Ten Commandments are not to be our source anymore. Our source is God within us! Faith and trust in Him that is indwelling us.
In Romans 7 we are told by Apostle Paul that,
“…ye also are become DEAD TO THE LAW BY THE BODY OF CHRIST; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, WHICH WERE BY THE LAW, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. BUT NOW WE ARE DELIVERED FROM THE LAW, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in NEWNESS OF SPIRIT, and not in the oldness of the letter.”
We are dead to the Law of Moses which had 613 man made laws plus the Ten Commandments given directly by God. We were DELIVERED FROM THE LAW. There has been a change! After receiving Christ as our Savior in belief of the atonement for sins He provided on the cross, we now have the spirit of God dwelling within us. The Holy Spirit within has now become our source and replaced the Law of Moses.
It is all about the source; a person is either following the Ten Commandments or He is following the spirit. But does that mean it is okay to lie, murder, covet? Not at all. So what does this mean? Let’s think about this logically a moment. Let’s compare what life is like using these two different, yet connected sources.
Life Under The Law As Our Source
Living under the Ten Commandments and all the Law of Moses as our source is like us trying our best in our own ability to keep every commandment without fail. So if we are coveting, in self righteous efforts, we keep saying to our self, “Stop coveting. Stop coveting. Stop coveting. Stop coveting!” Yet when we do that, we find ourselves in the same situation as Paul in Romans 7… we keep coveting! It is like a kid who sees a sign on a lawn that reads.. “Do not step on the grass or else!” What does the kid do huh? Stomps around on the grass. (Okay maybe not all kids but you get my point.)
Following the Law as our source will not make you stop disobeying. It also will not forgive the sin you have committed. Romans 5:20 shows us that “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.” Because the Ten Commandments were given, humankind now sees just how sinful we are. And not only that, it increases our sin. Why? Because we have a sinful nature within us and it is bent toward sinning.
Life With The Holy Spirit Within As Our Source
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE.” (Romans 6:14 KJV)
If we walk in the spirit we avoid the sins of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16). God resides within the believer and so if we find ourselves having trouble with the sin of coveting, we need to go to our new source, the Holy Spirit within us. With the same example of coveting, we acknowledge (confess) and thank God for forgiving all my sinful ways and we pray to God knowing that without Christ as our source, we cannot bear good fruit (John 15) in self righteous efforts. We pray to God that we are having a problem with coveting. You want to stop but you cannot do this on your own. “God, please renew my mind on this and help me to stop coveting.” Do you think that is a prayer that God will not honor? Yes it is!
The more we renew our mind by the Word of God and with the help of the Holy Spirit within us to guide us and help us we will eventually come to the place where coveting ends in your life. This is following our new source within, our comforter, the Holy Spirit of God. And His guiding and help will follow the Ten Commandments because they are absolute truth and are Holy and right. Plus, Christ fulfilled them!
You see, Christ fulfilled the Law and now God resides within you as the Holy Spirit. Will the Holy Spirit as the source want you to murder, or lie, or covet? No. The Holy Spirit is Christ in you. Christ follows the Ten Commandments perfectly. Apostle Paul puts it this way, “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:10 KJV). This righteousness is not our self righteousness. It is the righteousness we now have because Christ is indwelling us as the Holy Spirit. Having accepted the Free gift of eternal life and forgiveness of our sins through belief on Christ crucified as our sacrificial substitute without our own efforts (John 3:18, Ephesians 2:8-9), we are set free from the punishment of our sins. We now have a newly created spirit within us.
SO when you hear that believers are dead to the Law, it means we are no longer using following the Law as our source. We follow the Holy Spirit as our source.
Jesus’ commandment to believers under the New Covenant is to, “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
God’s Grace Declaration
Under this new covenant of Grace God declares:
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:16-17 KJV)
You see, for all that accept His free gift of salvation from our sin debt against God, God does not even remember our sins anymore! THAT is why Jesus cried out on the cross “It is FINISHED!”
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14 KJV)
We are no longer under Law! We are under grace!
In fact, the Bible states clearly that teaching people to obey the Ten Commandments as a way to gain God’s righteousness and forgiveness is called a “ministry of death”. And yet, it is preached so often in the pulpits theses days one starts to question if the presenter has read the Bible at all? We need to stop living under the Old Testament Covenant!
“But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:7-9 KJV)
Now don’t misunderstand me. The law is Holy and good and true 100%. It is not done away with but remains. It is Holy. However, the point is that it cannot MAKE you Holy!! Break just one and you broke them all ! The law is a mirror causing a person to see the truth about how sinful we all are. After all, a look in a mirror can show that you have a grease stain on your shirt you otherwise may not have known about, right?
So many Christians are preoccupied with our sin. When we sin we can easily think it stops God’s grace and we try to make up for the sins by doing good works. This is simply not Biblical! God is not waiting to hit you with a stick when you sin! If you received His free gift of salvation through Jesus, God does not remember your sins anymore because Jesus already paid the debt of sins for the entire world; past, present and future. If you accepted the pardon Christ provided on the cross.. It is 100% finished! Look at 1 Corinthians 15:56-57,
“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57 KJV)
Yeah, there it is…the Strength of sin is the law! Apostle Paul talks about the very same thing in Romans 7. It is so unfortunate that Satan is being allowed and using the pulpits of many churches/denominations to fool people and accuse people of their sins and wrong doing and he is teaching the ministry of death!! The devil is using the ten commandments to condemn you and accuse you. This is NOT God’s way! And NOT what God is like at all. He has nothing but love for humankind… He gave His only Son to die for us. God is love.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY ANY MAN OR WOMEN, ONE OF THE CLOTH OR NOT! Hear and read the Bible for the truth!
God is teaching people the new covenant of grace in these last days! It is time to for the redeemed Christians to stand up and get the truth of the Bible out! Don’t just take every word from a pulpit or someone saying they are Christian telling you to use good works to cover your sins. It is the biggest lie of the devil himself. Who do they think they are? They think they are better than you? We are all sinners and Christians should not be boasting as if they are clean while others are not because they do more good works. That is utter non sense! Stop boasting about your good works! They will not save you from your sin debt!!
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9 KJV)
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14 KJV)
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)
Do not boast about how good you are as a Christian while the “other people” are evil. Boast about the truth; even as a Christian you too are still a sinner!
The Bible is not telling us about a God waiting to bash you in the head every time you do something wrong! Nothing is further from the truth. The Bible is God’s word showing us how much He loves us. It is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord unto salvation from the Wrath of God to come upon all sinners who have not accepted the pardon of God!
Salvation Does Not Come Through Condemnation Of Others
“Salvation comes through condemnation.” Ever hear this taught?
They accuse you of your sins and try to convince you to repent. Yet, their own ministers are doing all kinds of evil. This is the times we live in. The last days! But God is moving today and the truth of the Bible is coming alive and the Gospel of grace is spreading like wild fire. Why? Because once people see the truth of Scripture regarding Law verse Grace.. It sets people free.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17 KJV)
Just look at what Jesus DID! Read everything He did and that is how God truly is. In every case you will see that the goodness of God comes before repentance. Jesus never condemned a person and said “go and sin no more”. Instead He said, “…Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. ” (John 8:11 KJV) THAT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE!
Jesus showed people the truth about God. He showed God’s GRACE and then the people repented. Jesus healed people and they repented. He saved a women from stoning by her accusers, forgave all her sins and she repented. This is the Gospel! The grace of God! Do not mix the Law with the Grace of God. We are living in the days of God’s loving grace being poured on all who believe. Receive it.. it’s yours for the taking. Jesus paid it all !