1-24-2017 Moses Not Christ

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). Jesus, “by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9 NKJV). God’s grace is offered to the world through the cross of Jesus Christ. Noah had “found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8 NKJV). The LORD told Moses, “you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name” (Exodus 33:17 NKJV).

However, “the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 NKJV).  The Gospel of Christ teaches “that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 2:16 NKJV).  Keeping the 10 commandments, Sabbath day, Seder, musical instruments, incense, or any of Moses’ Law, means “Christ died in vain.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Romans 5 Theology

SUMMARY:

  1. Justification is by faith (C-4), Abraham illustrating this, it is by faith that one enters into the spiritual realm of God’s grace; in this realm there is peace and hope (5:1-5). When a person responds in obedient faith, as with Abraham, God declares that one righteous (justified). One’s positive response to God brings knowledge and understanding, but it also brings rejoicing. This is all in relation to how God looks upon His creation.
  2. It is hardly likely that one will sacrifice himself for another, though there may be a rare occasion for this to occur (5:6-7). God, however, did this for man when he was (is) a sinner, one who is blackened by the evil of missing the righteous mark of God (5:8). Thus, the rejoicing is not in what the individual did, but what God did (5:6-11).
  3. Man was thrust into the realm of death (sin) as a result of what Adam and Eve did in the Garden.(a) For a period of time, sin and death reigned (from Adam to Moses) without there being any codified law given to man, any name (or nation), whereby this problem plaguing man could be addressed. Those who lived during that time faced death, which was (and is) the consequence of sin.(b) Then the Law of Moses was given to man, but only to a specific people, starting with Moses, who in turn gave this to the Hebrew people (or Israelites). Still, sin and death reigned, only this time, the Lord gave a temporary remedy/solution to addressing it. (c) Before the Law of Moses was given to man, each person who lived faced the consequence of sin, which was (at the very least) physical death. Paul said, however, they had no sin “imputed” or counted against them. (d) Once the Law was given to a specific people (Israel, or the Hebrew people), it was to those people who God called upon to own up to the consequences of sin, their own sin (5:12-14). They were given information/knowledge from God and came to understand what sin was (is) and why it stood against God. The issue/problem of sin in life was initially addressed by God.
  4. Sin was not a gift to man, but now there is a gift from God that thoroughly and completely addresses the problem of sin in the life of man, all men (women) everywhere (5:15-17). No matter the comprehensive nature of sin’s stain against man (which brings God’s judgment), “grace abounded much more” (5:18-21).

THEOLOGY:

  1. This “Abrahamic response” is Paul’s point in this chapter. One has peace and hope when justification comes from God as a result of one’s faith or trust in God (5:1-2). (a) Thus, while the Law of Moses educated (brought knowledge and understanding) a specific people, it also brought knowledge and understanding of God’s judgment to the same people when His Law was violated. (b) Jesus, on the other hand, brought something that could save man from God’s judgment, a judgment that will surely be experienced by those who reject what He brought (5:9; cf. Acts 17:30-31). (c) However, whether one was declared guilty by the codified law (Law of Moses), or whether one was guilty without such a Law, Jesus came to save both! This means that both Jew and Gentile can be saved (cf. Acts 4:12).
  2. In the remainder of the chapter Paul makes the point for the significance of Law in God’s plan of salvation and judgment. (a) Sin was in the world, but the penalty of sin (physical death) was only that which was counted against man. (b) There was another penalty for sin that was not counted against those who had no codified Law from God, a law that declared a righteous and moral standard of measurement. That other penalty was God’s wrath, or eternal separation of Himself from the individual man guilty of sin.(c) This is called the second death, which is a spiritual death.
  3. Death is the penalty that came to man because of the deed of one man (Adam in the Garden). Life is the reward (promise) that came to man because of deed of one Man (Jesus). How, then, can one get free from underneath this burden of sin/death? One must die to sin.

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9-14-2015 Jesus Not Moses

The Apostle Paul’s first recorded sermon reminded the Jews that God used their forefathers until Jesus Christ came. Those envious Jews put Jesus to death, but God raised Him from the dead (Acts 13:30 NKJV), no more to return to corruption (Acts 13:34 NKJV). Jesus, thus, was the firstborn to be raised from the dead, never to die again. “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” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). The Law of Moses provided no forgiveness of sins, like Jesus. God raised Jesus, not Moses, from the dead. The 10 Commandments today cannot save!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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3-31-2015 Who's “Killing Jesus?” #2 – Keepers of Moses' Law

Saul was told “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ (Acts 22:16 NKJV), “and he arose and was baptized” (Acts 9:18 NKJV). He wrote, “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). John said, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 NKJV). People who claim to be saved by keeping the Law of Moses, including the 10 Commandments, are, in effect, ignoring Jesus’ death, which removed the Law of Moses so that He could teach: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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The Twist You Didn’t See Coming

The biggest put you on the edge of your seat movies have them. The most drama filled novels are replete with them. And those situations can actually pale in comparison to what happens in real life! What is it? It’s the twist that changes how everything up to a certain point gets viewed. And such a twist gets revealed in Galatians 4.

While talking to the church(es) in the Galatia region about the damage that had been inflicted by false Jewish teachers upon the believer’s faith in Jesus’ work, Paul drops a twist in the plot line of the age-old story concerning God’s promise to Abraham in more ways than one.

The Jewish people prided themselves upon their physical heritage in Abraham (rightly so, but wrongly done), and they used that heritage to “lay claim” to the path that leads to salvation; a path that wrongly included various adherences to the Law of Moses after the Law of Christ had been given by God.

So to make his point clear when it came to the difference between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ, Paul uses two different mountains, two different women and two different children to show how the people who prided themselves on being the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were in reality more like the sons of Abraham, Ishmael and Nebajoth because of their attitude toward the faith delivered by God through Jesus. Paul says those who boast of Abraham and Sarah outside of Christ find themselves sitting in bondage at the foot of Sinai instead of enjoying the freedom that flows from Mount Jerusalem. At the end of the of day their circumcision had actually cut them out of the promise to Abraham through Isaac. Paul says that the false teachers were children of Abraham alright – but they were the wrong child.

What a twist in the story!

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 bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman 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.” (Galatians 4:21-28)

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Outline of the Book of Hebrews

There is an outline of the Book of Hebrews now available on: http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Book-of-Hebrews.pdf

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Psalm 117

Vs. 1-2 give “praise to the LORD.”

This is the last of the “Hallel” Psalms (113-118) which begins and ends with a “Hallelujah.” This 30-word Psalm is the shortest chapter in the Bible. This Psalm is addressed to “Gentiles,” which proves the Jews were never intended by God to be His people forever. God’s plan for salvation always included “Gentiles” as this Psalm shows. God promised a people to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), and a land (Genesis 13:14-16). The land promise was fulfilled (Joshua 21:43-45) and preserved (2 Chronicles 36:15-23; Jeremiah 25:1-14), the Israelites kept to preserve the lineage for Jesus to be born as the “only begotten Son of God” (Matthew 1:1-25; Galatians 3:1-29; Ephesians 3:1-12). Jesus Christ is now the King of His kingdom of Christians (John 18:36; Acts 17:7; 2:29-38).

Verse 1: “Praise the LORD” (Hallelujah), a thought common to Israelites, is directly pointed to “Gentiles” (an Israelite term referring to all non-covenant people). The call is for all people to have one worship for the One God, and for the same reasons. The Law of Moses stood between Jews and Gentiles, requiring Gentiles to observe Moses (Exodus 12:49; Numbers 15:1-31), but now that Law has been removed and Jews are expected to obey the Law of Christ as well as Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11-22). The only unity is found in Christ (Romans 3:19-31).

Verse 2: God’s “merciful kindness” has been demonstrated not only for the Jews, but also the rest of humanity, time and time again. Only in “Harlotwood’s” fantasies does Satan, evil, and wickedness prevail. Another expression for “merciful kindness” is “grace,” best expressed in Jesus Christ. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12). God’s “truth” is the only absolute truth to be found: His promises stand until He fulfills them; His Creation operates by His complex laws; His people (Christians) know His moral code brings purity to the impure; His Bible stands every challenge to its integrity; faith in Him gives certainty to the fearful. There is no other “truth” except that which is based upon God’s truth contained in His Creation and Bible. Solomon’s Book of Proverbs recorded: “So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?” (Proverbs 22:19-21)

Because God’s Way is best and planned for all men, indeed, “praise the LORD.”

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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