Be dead to the law of the flesh and come alive in the Law of the Lord
Romans 7:4 -
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Assumption has caused most people to be misled and has turned them into blind people even though they have proper functional eyes.
Like in today's message the meaning of the word 'law' in English and that in Greek is assumed to be same, but is not. The English word refers to a set of instructions or guidelines of dos and do-nots that need to be taken seriously and if not, it would have consequences. But in Greek the word 'nomos' translated as law has more than just that. It also means the customs that are passed down generations, which we call as 'traditions' in English. So Nomos is a word used both for the law as well as traditions.
When the Jews were credited to be keepers of the law of Moses they were not credited to be keepers of the Law of the Lord the Law which the Lord was given through Moses, but they were credited to be keepers of the traditions of Moses (from the times of Moses).
Let me explain, for example doing the things connected to the Passover as given in the book of Moses and these were a statutes, but now that the true Passover Lamb was revealed and things which were in the shadow were brought to the light, then this statute comes to pass. So still doing the things of the shadow is no longer a statute but a tradition.
Traditions are a taboo to Christianity, and nowhere does it have place in a Christian's life. People confuse between statutes and traditions. Traditions are manmade and are the works of the flesh but statutes are things which the Lord has asked of us to do till the time we come to the true knowledge of its understanding. Statutes too will one day cease, ones all mankind comes to the knowledge of it. Jesus came to destroy traditions and to bring all statutes to light and into spirit.
I was amazed to learn this last Sunday as I was sharing the Word, the Lord revealed that no doubt the God of the Jews was Yahweh, yet He was the second God for them. Their first god was not Yahweh but was Moses. The words of Moses was abiding to them as life and death but they never took the pain to ever understand what the Lord meant by these words. They were keepers of the letter not the spirit of the letter.
One of the greatest enemies of God's people still controls His people. The Jews (followers of Judaism) lost their rights to His Kingdom when they forsook Jesus Christ. Today we have people who have accepted Jesus Christ but still have forsaken His Word by giving the traditions of man a place over and above God's Word.
This Sunday the spiritually dead people who keep the traditions of man will celebrate Easter Sunday and those who are spiritually alive will celebrate Resurrection Sunday - the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. You will know by this as how many have really died in Christ and how many are really alive in Him. This will also tell you why Jesus warned only a few will enter the gates of Heaven and how successful the Beast is in ruling over this world.
Brothers and sisters in Christ be dead to traditions, come alive in Spirit. Keep the statutes of God as written in His Word. You cannot satisfy God in the flesh but only in Spirit and Truth.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are God and Spirit. You created this whole world yet You chose only a few to be your Children and to receive the inheritance You have set for them in your Kingdom. The people in the flesh will perish but those that overcome the flesh will have eternal life with You. Lord, we ask You in your mercy to open the eyes on the spiritual blind and soften the hearts of the hard hearted that they may discern the things they do and things they follow...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came on him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,
13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Acts 7 - (Stephen does not deny it but tries to explains it).
Romans 2:29 - But he a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise not of men, but of God.
Romans 7:6 - 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 the oldness of the letter.
2 Corinthians 3:6 - Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Matthew 19:8 - He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
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