Keeping the laws of god



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KEEPING THE LAWS OF GOD

By Stephen Green

First Published in Christian Voice March 2010
Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. ...

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: ...

19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.
Over the last two months, I have been arguing out of Hebrews and Galatians that our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled and abolished the sacrificial and ceremonial laws of God given by Moses whilst leaving the moral and civil laws of God intact.
I showed from the scriptures - in their context - that the receivers and hearers of those two letters would have understood exactly that message. The Hebrews were plainly finding it difficult to give up the Temple and all its ritual, whilst the context of Galatians is that these gentile believers were in danger of being led back into the ceremonial law, with its major issue of circumcision.




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