What's Up with the Law?
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I. The Law tell us what God wants so we can do it, specifying the beneficial behaviors that reap God's blessing
Ps 119:97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Josh 1:8 Book of the Law shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do acc to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Dt 6:5 love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, strength. 6 And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children 17 You shall diligently keep the commandments testimonies, statutes...18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you 20 'What meaning...God has commanded you?' 24 LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. 25 Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.'
Dt 7:9 LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and hesed for a 1000 generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments 10 He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face. 11 Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them. 12 because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, the LORD will keep with you the covenant and the hesed which He swore to your fathers 13 He will love you and bless you and multiply you; 14 and you shall be blessed above all peoples...
Dt 17:19 read it all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
II. NT Believers are freed from the ceremonial/kosher obligations of the OT Law
Gal 3:19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made...21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has enclosed all under sin, that the promise ek faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under watch by the law, enclosed eis the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 the law was our tutor until/eis Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. See 4:1-5
Rom 3:20 by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin 21 now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 the righteousness of God, thru faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace thru the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, thru faith...26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 31...we establish the law.
Rm 10:4 Christ is the telios of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Mt 23:23 weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith
III. NT Believers are under an even higher standard of pleasing God.
Jn 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Js 2:14 What does it profit, brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
Gal 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ Js 2:8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well; 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
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Loaded words: Works; Righteousness; Holy; Blessedness; Grace; Salvation: justification (God/man), sanctification, glorification; love/mercy