“Why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

3 09 2011

All over the world, many churches preach a “contaminated” message, a message that mixes law and grace. Religion uses parts of the law as it suits their needs and purposes. For example, it uses the Law to get people to “tithe” and get the people to give their hard earned money by quoting Mal 3:9 MKJV You are cursed with a curse; for you are robbing Me……

Religion teaches that we have to keep certain laws and other religious traditions, and they are based on Judaism. Paul rebuked the Galatians harshly for this error in Galatians chapters 3,4 and 5.

Paul rebuked Peter for trying to make the Christians follow the Jewish laws and ordinances.

Gal 2:11-21 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (12) For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. (13) And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. (14) But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? (15) We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, (16) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (17) But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. (18) For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. (19) For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. (20) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (21) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

We must see that the Law dealt with the fleshly man, and grace deals with the spiritual man. I really believe that if Paul was alive today, he would rebuke the church for the same error. We cannot use Jewish Law, and apply it to the born again believer. We are new creatures, new creations. We are living in the dispensation of grace. We have been set free by Christ Jesus and the lives we live, we live not by our own faith, but by the faith of the Son of God in us!!!!

In closing: Please read Col 2:8-23 and Php 3:2-3


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