The Bible Teaches Us Three Types Of Law:
Moral Law…we get this from the 10 Commandments.
The moral law of the Ten Commandments is an expression of God’s character; it is the standard of all righteousness, an expression of His will. The Holy Bible was written by men under inspiration of God. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). In the King James Version of the Bible there are 1189 chapters. Of them, 1188 of them were written by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, only one chapter was actually written by the finger of God. Exodus Chapter 20. The moral law of the Ten Commandments was not given by inspiration, but was written by God’s own finger on tables of stone. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them” (Exodus 24:12). “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31: 18). See the Moral Law (Exodus 20:3-17) and (Deuteronomy 5:7-22).
The moral law is the embodiment of two great principles: Love toward our Creator and love toward our neighbor. When a lawyer asked Christ “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt 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 22:36-40). The transgression of the moral law is called sin. Therefore, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).
Of the moral law Jesus says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, 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: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).
Judicial Law…we get this from when the judges ruled the land
Ceremonial Law…there are some 613 Ceremonial Laws mentioned the Bible. The ceremonial or provisional law was added because of the transgression of the moral law. The ceremonial law consisted of ordinances, ceremonies and sacrifices in the sanctuary system that pointed to the future redemption through Jesus Christ. This law typified the mysteries contained in the plan of redemption in Jesus.
After Christ’s death, the ceremonial law is no longer to be observed. Therefore “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:14-17). The laws consisting in ordinances, typifying Christ’s death was the one nailed on the cross, “having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace” (Ephesians 2:15). “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect” (Hebrews 10:1).
God wants to make a new covenant with His children, and that covenant consists on writing the moral law in their minds and hearts. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. . . . For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:8,10).
Jesus is our righteousness! He fulfills all the prophecies regarding the Messiah. There are over 400 prophecies written over a period of over a period about 1700. If just one or two were fulled that would be phenomenal but all four hundred! You would have a better odds winning the lottery! Jesus fulfilled all the demands of the law for us! (Romans 3:10, Matthew 5:3, Galatians 4:4-7)
He fulfilled the by dying in our place. (Romans 3:19, Romans 5:15-21) The Law demanded perfection as well as punishment. (Ezekiel 11:19) 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” We can LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY in FAITH. We are Save by GRACE through FAITH. Without WORKS, FAITH is dead.
Signs your righteousness might not be real…
- You don’t get anything out of worship — Is your worship less about Him and more about you. Are you not “feeling” it? Maybe you are not involving ALL of your senses when you worship. Look to David, than man after God’s own heart…now he knew how to worship. Are you lifting Holy hands…clapping…are you ashamed to worship?
- Quick to judge others — easy on yourself. (Re-read Matthew 7. We are absolutely called to be judges…but there is a right way and a wrong way to judge and there are things we are forbidden to judge. Read my essay on judging for guidance.)
- Does it take you a long time to forgive? (James 1:2) — Jesus equates anger with murder….He also said that if you couldn’t forgive your brother that He couldn’t forgive you. Don’t go through life harboring bitterness and hatred…learned to forgive…and forgiving IS forgetting as if it NEVER happened.
- Do you condemn yourself when you blow it? — Apparently, you need to order a copy of my book from Amazon, Without Spot or Blemish. We all make mistakes. We all blow it. It’s about our life style. Stop beating yourself up. Grace is a wonderful gift from an incredible God who loves you. Grace is for helping us get through those difficult sins…it is not a license to continue sin…thank you Jesus!
- You have no prayer life. — I have met people that tell me they are Christians yet, they don’t even pray at the supper table. I would have to say…no, no you are not a Christian. How can you say you know God…how can you say you are Christ-like…that’s what the word means…Christian…it means Christ-like if you never pray. Jesus prayed all the time to our Father in Heaven. Why did He pray to Himself. To teach us how…to be an example. If you are a pretender…you better start spending some time on your knees.
- You have no joy/happiness in your life. — You can usually tell when someone is unhappy. And usually, it means they are unsaved. I understand that that is not always the case but sometimes it means that their righteousness may not be real…and if they are unhappy…you can go right up this list…no prayer life…condemning themselves…don’t get anything out of worship…quick to judge…forgiveness….ALL OF THEM.
- There is no real sacrifices in your life. — When is the last time you tithed? I am not talking about putting 10% in the offering basket at church, because if that is all you are doing you ain’t tithing anyway. Nope…sorry. Remember the woman in the Bible that gave a mite. And Jesus said she gave more than anyone else because she gave all she had? It’s not about how much we give…it’s about the condition of our heart when we give. Tithing, I realize means a 1/10. But it means a sacrifice…it means…giving with your heart…I mean you should support your local church. But when is the last time you went down and volunteered at a soup kitchen? Or donated to Save a Village or some other charity and I am not just talking about monetary donations…what about of your time? Are you sacrificing? It’s not about your wallet! Remember this phrase, ya ready? SACRIFICE AND LOVE DOES NOT COME FROM YOUR WALLET. Now you should answer quietly in your heart…”where do they come from?”
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