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Thursday, August 18 2016
Galatians 5: What Does God's Law Prohibit?
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God"
Many Christian-professing people have been misled into believing that they are not "under the law," but notice very carefully that God's Law prohibits the things that violate His terms of Salvation - repentance. Christians are not under the penalty of the Law if they repent and obey God's Law (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and the Fact Finder question below).
"5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
The confusion about what the Holy Bible actually says about "the law" most-often is the result of people regarding the man-made traditions of Judaism, which were not the Law that the LORD actually gave to the Israelites (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism), and all of humanity, as "the law." They mistakenly believe that the command to do away with vain "laws" is doing away with God's actual and pure Law. But it isn't.
Notice that the Messiah rebuked them for not observing what the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) actually gave to Moses: "For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say ... Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye."
"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 7:12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." (Mark 7:6-13 KJV)
It was that vast distinction that the apostle Paul was emphasizing when someone had been attempting to convince the Christians of Galatia (see Unto The Churches Of Galatia) to observe the very religion that had rejected the Messiah with their dead-end traditions. Paul was not teaching freedom from the Law of God. He was taking about the freedom that comes from the true Law of God as it was actually given (see Faith Is The Law). As we read above, salvation depends upon that true freedom: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
"5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Again, the true Law as it has been from the very beginning, and the dead-end that awaits those who refuse to repent: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."
"5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Fact Finder: Why is genuine repentance required for grace? What does "grace" actually mean?
This Day In History, August 18
684: Umayyad partisans defeated the forces of Ibn al-Zubayr at the Battle of Marj Rahit, thereby bringing about Umayyad control of Syria (see alsoDamascus In History And Prophecy and A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria).
1304: The indecisive Battle of Mons-en-Pevele was fought between armies of the French and the Flemish.
1503: Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) died. His corrupt behavior contributed to the Protestant Reformation (although the "Protestant" churches have maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines right to this day; see Antichristians).
1559: Pope Paul IV, pope from 1555 to 1559, died. His reign was marked by his implacable opposition to Spain, renewing the war between France and the Hapsburgs.
1572: Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre married Margaret of Valois, in an attempt to make peace between Protestants and Catholics in France.
1634: Urbain Grandier, a priest accused and convicted of sorcery (see also What Is Sorcery?), was burned alive in Loudun, France. Most historians believe that Grandier was the simply victim of a politically motivated persecution led by the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.
1698: After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
1759: A French fleet was destroyed at Lagos, Portugal, by the British under Admiral Boscawen.
1783: A massive fireball meteor was seen over the east coast of Britain (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1825: Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu, now in Mali. He was murdered there the following month.
1868: The French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen discovered helium.
1917: Fire destroyed nearly half of the city of Thessaloniki, Greece (known in the Bible from the Thessalonians who lived there; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition). Over 70,000 people were left homeless.
1932: Scottish aviator Jim Mollison made the first westbound transatlantic solo flight, from Portmarnock, Ireland, to Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada.
1943: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completed the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.
1961: Construction of the Berlin Wall was completed.
1969: The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was launched in Skokie, Illinois.
1971: Australia and New Zealand announced that they were withdrawing their troops from the Vietnam civil war.
"French Indo-China" was a creation of France in the 20th century before France proclaimed that Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were "independent" colonies within the French union. After France retreated from the region due to the civil wars that their imperialism created, the U.S. became involved in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam). When the U.S. left in the early 1970s, Vietnam restored itself into the single nation that had existed for centuries before French and U.S. involvement.
1983: Hurricane Alicia killed 22 people and caused 1 billion dollars of damage in Texas.
2005: An electrical generation failure affected nearly 100 million people on the Indonesian island of Java.