Friday, October 15, 2021

The Christian and the Law

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Ephesians 2:15 (NET)
...when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace

Christians are not under the 613 laws of Moses, nor are we even under the Ten Commandments. We are under THE LAW OF CHRIST.

1 Corinthians 9:21 (KJV)
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the LAW [OF] CHRIST,) that I might gain them that are without law.

Galatians 6:2 (KJV)
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the LAW OF CHRIST.

Of the Ten Commandments, Jesus and His apostles reiterated nine and ignored that of the Sabbath (there are reasons for this, but that's not our topic today). The Lord gave other instructions that were not captured by the Law of Moses. Instructions like 'turn the other cheek’ or 'do not repay evil for evil’, etc, were not part of the Ten Commandments, but are part of the commandments of Christ (Law of Christ).

Anyone who has accepted Christ as His Lord will obey His commandments. For those who love Him keep His commandments (see John 14:15, John 14:21, John 15:10).

As for the matter of tithing, it is the prerogative of your church assembly. If they pay tithes in your church assembly, then you should pay tithes.

Just as with other matters like dress codes, you should obey the rules of your church assembly. And yes, it is rebellion (even before God) when a Christian disobeys the rules of his church assembly if those rules are not in violation of the law of Christ.

The last time I checked, tithing didn't violate any commandment of Christ. As a matter of fact, a time Jesus mentioned it, He didn't seem to discourage it (see Matthew 23:23).

Go into today knowing that grace is not a license to be lawless. Grace delivers people from the law of sin (and death) and brings them under the law of life (Rom 8:1-3).
—Pastor SD Abraham

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