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God’s Purpose

The Holy Ghost did not come to teach us the law. – Joseph Prince sound byte from Sunday, May 12, 2019

Yes he did. You might not be able to find a verse in the Holy Bible that says I am the Holy Ghost – I have come to teach you the law, but if you believe Joseph Prince you are missing the big picture.

The Holy Ghost helped with the production of the entire Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation to its translation into the KJV.

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Is the law truth? Is the Holy Ghost the Spirit of Truth? The answer to both is Yes! What is the Holy Ghost’s purpose and goal in teaching men the law?

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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So Close And Yet

Have you ever heard a sermon where you thought to yourself they just missed it. Many grace preachers fall into this zone. They offer truth, just not all of it.

I heard a sermon about a week ago. It was another legalism basher. And here’s the thing, while it might be okay to disregard man’s rules and regulations, it’s not okay to disregard God’s. (Often though, I think you will find its wise to follow even man’s rules and regulations. Following the speed limit and paying taxes are wise if you don’t want to face a penalty.)

So after telling us how we are free of the law, the pastor ended the sermon telling us how we are given a new spirit. In fact the preacher mentioned several times how God would give us a new spirit. Each time I finished the truth in my head that he could not or would not mention because it contradicted his premise that legalism was a bad thing.

Hebrews 8:10-11 KJV
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: [11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

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CLE

Lawyers take CLE, continuing legal education, classes yearly to keep their bar credentials valid and current.

The idea – in keeping current, there’s always room for improvement. We’re never too old to learn new material or to refresh our memory of something we have already learned.

Galatians 3:25 KJV says But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Faith then is our diploma.

Faith, primarily my faith, calls me to try to read the Holy Bible daily. We could call that continuing legal education. God himself recommends CLE. See 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth, and 1 Peter 3:15 KJV … be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:.

My faith tells me the Holy Ghost will teach me himself. There are things in the Bible I still don’t understand. There remains wisdom to gain everyday. And there remains room to grow in faith.

James 1:5 KJV If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Mark 9:24 KJV
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

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With One Excuse

I’m not a judge and I don’t play one on TV, but I imagine the excuses for not following the law range from far-fetched to hilarious.

There’s nothing funny about not following the laws of God. Yet so many of us make excuse.

It was the law of Moses, the Ten Commandments don’t apply today.

It was written to the Church at Corinth and only applied to them.

It was written only to the church back then.

You didn’t say it twice.

I thought it was just a suggestion.

We’re under grace, we don’t have to keep the law.

All our sins are already forgiven, so why does it matter.

It’s just a little sin.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Matthew 7:24 KJV
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

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Equal

I heard Pat Robertson say some troubling things on the 700 Club today.

1. Jesus has clearly said men and women are equal and in the Church they may hold any position.

2. There were deaconesses in the early Church.

If the Bible said that Mr. Robertson why not offer a verse?

How about…

1 Timothy 2:12 KJV
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

There is no evidence that either of these statements made by Mr. Robertson are correct except by the tradition of men. As believers we should learn to distinguish between traditions of men and the law of God.

Many who take Pat Robertson’s stance like to point out Aquila and Priscilla.

Acts 18:26 KJV
And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

It never says this was done in a church building or that Priscilla held a deaconess position in the Church. Sounds to me more like a dinner conversation.

There has been much said on the news lately about equality and that the U.S. Declaration of Independence states we are all created equal.

The truth is we are not all equal.

As a man can I give birth? Can I play in the NFL or NBA? Am I even welcome at a woman’s only Bible study?

The Holy Bible clearly lays out separate roles for men and women. To be brutally honest, The roles laid out by God are best for both men and women.

They might not enjoy those roles, but they are healthy and meet for Heaven.

Did you know Sarah called her husband Lord. Sadly, I can’t imagine a woman in the USA in today’s society submitting herself so fully to her husband.

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Seek the Commandments of the Lord

1 Chronicles 28:8 KJV
Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the Lord , and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lord your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.

I watch TBN and many a preacher complains about religion being rules and regulations.

If God is going to write his laws upon our hearts and minds, we have to let him. Having an open heart to seek his commandments is the first step. Keeping them is the second.

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3 Points

Three points to ponder.

  1. If the USA was truly a Christian nation we’d still be British.
  2. Don’t try to teach Greek without mastering the English Bible first.
  3. You can’t leave your schoolmaster (the law) behind without graduation.
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