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Ask the Theologian

LAW & GRACE

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law.


"Welcome to another view of religion. My name is Paynim Shibboleth and I'll be filling in for our regular host Mr Nullifidian for this edition of ask the theologian. Tonight we have as our guest the distinguished author and lecturer Doctor Credence Providential. Doctor Providential, thank you for joining us for tonight's program."

"I'm honored to be here Mr Shibboleth."

"The topic of discussion tonight is the controversy over law and grace. As I see it Doctor Providential, this aspect of Christianity is one of the greatest barriers to the churches coming together. By this I mean, setting aside all the small quibbles that, if had to, be dismissed should the time came that the churches were nearing an agreement, this one of law verses grace would bring such an amalgamation to a standstill. What is your opinion of this situation?"

"I would have to agree with you Mr Shibboleth. However, there are other issues that create a large barrier as well, such as the Trinity issue, and the divinity of Jesus. But such disagreements as baptisms, gifts of the Spirit, the rapture, dispensationalism, Sabbath worship and the like can, I believe, be set aside. However the Resurrection, the judgement, and other such essentials I don't see ever being overlooked. But there are none of mainline churches I'm aware of that question these foundational truths."

"I'm glad we're in agreement on this issue, at least to this point Doctor Providential. On the subject of law and grace, is it your contention that grace alone is all that's required to be saved as with so many of the fundamentalists? Or do you believe we must work beyond the grace given the baptized Christian?"

"I think a distinction must first be made between law and works Mr Shibboleth. In my way of thinking these two aspects of doctrine have been confused, and because of this confusion, people will not listen to what the holder of another opinion is saying. The Jews lived under the law. What they did they had to do, working the works of the law, and do it to the letter, or it meant their death. And if not their death, then at least it meant banishment from their society, which meant being outside God's graces. It wasn't a heart issue with the Jews, it was an obedience issue. This is clearly seen in the Pharisees. The Pharisees and other of the sects of that time saw obedience to the law the only thing that mattered. What a person thought of the law, or how they felt about doing what the law said was of no consequence to them. All that mattered was the outward obedience."

"Isn't that what law is Doctor Providential? In our society, as in any other, it's obedience that's important, not if we like the law or not."

"That is exactly so Mr Shibboleth. And this is where works and law part company. You see Mr Shibboleth, under Moses'law it's what you do that makes the difference. It's one's works, such as fulfilling the law, giving sacrifice, and paying your tithes that keeps a person in the church's, and therefore God's, good graces. Break these laws by your action, and you are punished. Because works are attached to obeying the law, the churches have come to the conclusion that works are a bad thing, and to be avoided. They're unable to distinguish between the two, that is works and the law, and they're unwilling to look at any view that tries to point out such a distinction. This phenomena seems incredible since the Bible warns us over and over that we must work, that Jesus said He worked, and that we will be judged according to our works. But logic has no place in religion, certainly not in Christianity. Obedience and agreement with denominational doctrine is what's important to the churches. And this is the problem the Pharisees faced."

"Are you saying the churches are Pharisaical in their view Doctor Providential? I can hear radios being turned off or thrown against the wall already. Please rectify this situation as best you can or else I'm afraid we'll lose our listening audience."

"I will say Mr Shibboleth that the opinions I express are strictly my own and have nothing whatever to do with you nor your station management. I hope that clarifies my stance and takes you off the hook."

"Thank you Doctor Providential. It will certainly help save my job and perhaps keep me from being mobbed outside the station. However you might have to watch out for your own safety."

"I'm quite used to being strongly disagreed with Mr Shibboleth. However, I'm not pointing my finger at any person or any group when I say we have a hard-headed view toward our own and other's doctrine. It's human nature to believe we are right and everyone who disagrees with us is wrong. But what I'm trying to do is get people to separate works from law so they can see what Jesus and the Bible is actually telling us. I don't see any disagreement within any of the mainline churches but that we are in fact saved by grace. I don't think any of them believe that they can work for salvation outside of accepting the sacrifice of Jesus. Our salvation can not be separated from our Savior. However, those who see salvation as a completed work on the cross can not allow for the fact that others see that they must do more, believing that any more than just falling on grace is trying to work for one's salvation."

"I'm afraid I'm confused Doctor Providential. It would seem to me that doing more than accepting the salvation provided for us would be trying to work for one's salvation. I think you're mixed up on this issue and not seeing the truth that's right before your eyes."

"You have been taught that grace alone is all that's needed for salvation. You've heard this all your life. You've seen it in the movies, read it in books, and from every corner this is what you've heard. And anyone who holds a different view, you have heard them be condemned as a heretic. So naturally your logical mind rebels against what I'm saying. But consider this Mr Shibboleth, the same people who say not to work will tell you that you should do good for your neighbor. They say you should tithe, that you should not drink or curse and a number of other things. These, whether a person so names them as such is works plain and simple. If you don't agree that works are important, then consider the big name preachers who have been taken down because of offenses that are not against the law, but against our moral judgement. Consider if one of your church elders came to church drunk and with a prostitute hanging on his arm. If you judge him, you are judging his works. And if you judge his works, then you are saying that works is different than law and beyond grace."

"All right Doctor Providential. I'll concede that point, as far as not wanting an elder to be less than is expected of him. But the New Testament is not as clear as is the Old concerning the law. We don't read a great many 'thou shalt's and thou shalt not's' in the New Testament. We read 'thou should,' which is a far cry from being a command, but rather a suggested way of life."

"You're right Mr Shibboleth, it's easy to read a lot of 'thou should's' in the Bible if that is what you're looking for. For me, because I want to fully serve the Lord, I look for what pleases Him in His Word, rather than try to find loopholes whereby I can stay in His good graces and yet still please myself. I find many occasions where the New Testament makes it very clear that I must do all I can to be perfected, that I must run the race to my fullest, and in its entirety. I see this because it's in me to do this. I feel called to do His will, and no longer feel compelled to do my own will. That's not to say I don't still have my lustful nature, because I do. But because I seek to please God, I do all I can to resist my sinful and selfish nature. The Lord has given us a choice, the same choice He gave Adam. He gave Adam the choice between a loving obedience, or a selfish death. Adam made the wrong choice because the serpent said God didn't mean what He said, that it was merely a suggestion. We see this very same thing in the churches today, and we see people making the very same poor decisions as did Adam and Eve. We have a choice, but we also have a consequence for the choice we make, as did our first parents."

"Very interesting Doctor Providential, but if what you say is true, how is it that so many apparently righteous and educated Christian leaders are so closely in agreement in their contention that we are fully under grace. Aren't you being rather presumptuous to go against such a heavy flow?"

"Being in the minority view is my confidence that I am on the right track Mr Shibboleth. If you recall Jesus, the Apostles, and the prophets of old were in the minority. Jesus told His followers that they too would be in the minority, and that the world would hate them and want to do them in. Being in the minority is not an indication of being wrong as is supposed by the majority, and because of the fear of being seen as outside the popular view, people refrain from expressing any other view than the popular one of the moment. Remember Mr Shibboleth, when the view you're referring to was presented, it was also the minority view, and the holders of such a view were persecuted and executed."

"You have just contradicted yourself Doctor Providential. You say your position is supported by the fact that it is a minority view. Now you say the opposing view, the one I set forward began as a minority view. Wouldn't that then mean it also is correct?"

"All views begin as a minority view Mr Shibboleth. And many very wrong views have seen the death of their founder for such a view. That does not mean a minority view is correct. It just means the founder and the holder of such a belief confident in their belief."

"Again I concede Doctor Providential, not to your conclusions, but to your reasoning. However, the issue at hand is that of law and grace. Would you not say Doctor that law is a binder upon those subject to the law, and that grace is the release from such restraints? If this be so, then how can law and grace coexist? Doesn't one nullify the other?"

"Not at all Mr Shibboleth. If I am a slave, as was common even not long ago in this country, and my master gave me my freedom, I have then two choices. I can either accepted that freedom and go my own way, or I can request to remain and become a voluntary slave. This is what we see in the Lord providing for us freedom from sin. He bought us with His own blood, then He gave us our freedom. Now we must decide what to do with that freedom. We can either go our way, and become part of the world, and suffer the consequences of such a decision, or we can bow before the Lord in love and appreciation and become His slave. We see this in the lives of the Apostles. Jesus, just before His death, told the twelve that He no longer called them servants, but friends. This is a great honor, one the churches have grasped on to and claims for their own, even though this honor was bestowed upon those who followed their Lord to the end and beyond. Yet we see all through the Epistles that not a one of these Jesus called His friends would be so brash as to refer to themselves as the friend of Jesus. In almost every case, and at the beginning of most of the Epistles, the Apostles announced themselves as the servant of Jesus rather than the friend of Jesus. These are our examples. And we have fallen far short of our calling."

"You make a good point Doctor Providential, if not with theological reasoning, at least with an superabundance of words. I suspect if you're unable to persuade your listeners with sound reasoning, you can at least overwhelm them with rhetoric. However, the topic of the day is not slavery, but of grace and the law. How do you attach works to grace, which is what I assume you're attempting to do?"

"Very good Mr Shibboleth, that is exactly what I am attempting to do. Under law we, that is the Jews, absolutely had to work, that is to obey the commandments given to them. And as we see by the actions of the Pharisees, this meant not only fulfilling the law as given by God, but also those ordinances they had added to the law. Works was a must, it was forced on the people. Today we're under grace. Jesus took a great deal of effort to point out that God does not want these works of the physical law. And we see over and over in the Old Testaments, especially in the prophets, that God hates our actions, our works when done as an action without heart. Jesus demonstrated and preached that we are to do our works from our heart. We see in the epistles, especially the epistle of John, that it is love God wants from us. Jesus concentrated the law into two aspects, and these two aspects were the same with different directions. That aspect is love, both for God and for our fellow man. And not only love, but the same kind of love Jesus exhibited, love with all our heart. Less is not enough. Our love is demonstrated by our actions. Actions are work. And these works, and the source of these actions will be judged. By source I mean, were the works done because they're expected of us by some one or some organization? If they were done for that reason, they're dead works and are as nothing. But if they're performed because we love God and our neighbor, then they're considered righteous works."

"Are you saying then that the law is abandoned? Am I to understand you to say God no longer cares about the law, only our works? You've lost me as far as your view of where we stand with the law. I can somewhat understand what you're saying about works, but what about the law Doctor Providential?"

"Jesus said He did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it. Is that not so Mr Shibboleth? And I think it has been established that we are to do as Jesus did. For instance He said in order to be His disciple and to have eternal life we must do away with this flesh, that is to say our own desires, and be willing to die as He did. We are to sacrifice our self on the alter as He did. Jesus said He came to fulfill the law. If Jesus said He came to fulfill the law, then aren't we also supposed to fulfill the law? Some groups take this to mean the laws of Moses intended for the Jews, so they stress the importance of such things as Sabbath worship, or they'll pick and choose other laws they deem significant. However, if a person is going to fulfill the law at all, then every one of the laws must be fulfilled or it means nothing. We have this in the New Testament. And we know the fulfilling of the law of Moses to the letter is impossible without the Temple and without a priesthood and without animal sacrifice. So it isn't the physical law Jesus was talking about."

"What you're saying Doctor Providential makes no sense. I consider myself reasonably familiar with the Bible and with church doctrine. I haven't heard anything close to what you're telling me today."

"I'm quite sure you haven't Mr Shibboleth. The likelihood of finding what I'm saying in any of the doctrines of the churches is very slim indeed. The only place you're likely to find it is in the Bible. And who would bother to look there?"

"I wish our regular host Mr Nullifidian were here today Doctor Providential. He would make mincemeat of your theory."

"I'm not trying to prove anything to you, nor to convince you of anything Mr Shibboleth. You asked me my opinion, and I've given it. I assume nobody will understand what I'm talking about except those who have been looking for this information because they have been called to it. They will take what I've said, research the Scriptures for themselves, and decide what has significance to them and what does not. Anyone else will dismiss what I say offhand just as you have done because it conflicts with what they've been taught. It matters little to me what a person does with what has been given to me. I end up in possession it either way."

"It sounds to me Doctor Providential as if you're saying anyone who doesn't accept what you say as truth is not saved. If that were to be the case, there would be very few people saved because as far as I can see nobody agrees with you."

"Far be it from me Mr Shibboleth to even hint of such a thing. What one believes is of no consequence as far as I'm concerned. It's not what we know that matters, it's what we do with what we already know that's important. A person with a thimbleful of truth and searching for more is ultimately going to end up with a lot more truth than a person who has a bucket full and thinks they have it all."

"Well Doctor Providential, be that as it may, our topic is law and grace. You said the law God wants fulfilled is not a physical one. What other law is there but the physical law?"

"We're told in various places that God would put the law in our hearts. Jesus stressed this over and over, that we are to obey and to do good because of love. Love comes from the heart. God does not want our works, but our heart. We are given the freedom to do what we like, that is grace. But we, as born again Christians have the Holy Spirit. If we have the Holy Spirit, then we have God either with us, or in us. How can we do less than our best with God right there with us? How can we be selfish without God nagging us to do good for others without regard for our own desires? If the law is on our heart, then we will know what is right and what is wrong and what God wants from us. We don't need a law written in stone to tell us what we are to do. We won't be obeying the law because we have to, we'll be obeying the law of love because we want to. We want to make God happy, we want to make our fellow man happy and safe and secure. And we'll gladly sacrifice ourselves to do this. And this Mr Shibboleth is how works, grace, and the law come together. They are not separate, but one and the same. They can not be separated. Somehow we who bear the Christian name have gotten the notion that we are better than others. Yet we're told that we are to consider ourselves less than others, the servant of others. And in this same vain we have begun to believe ourselves above the law, as if freedom makes us free from the law. Grace only gives us the freedom to do more than the law requires. And love, and the Holy Spirit, calls us to do everything for God and for others, to sacrifice everything for others. By reading Romans eight we can see that those who have taken on such an egotistic attitude are not in fact born again as they suppose themselves to be, and their actions, their works, prove this. And if not a born again servant of our Lord who bought us and gave us grace, that is freedom, then we are still of the world and lost as is the world. Works, Mr Shibboleth, is a part of life, as is the law. By our works we are either serving the law of the flesh, which is the law of sin and death, or we're serving the law of the Spirit, which leads to life eternal."

"We're running out of time Doctor Providential, and I have one more question before we sign off. You said we have a choice as to whether we want to obey the law or not. By this I take it we have free will, even as a Christian. This being the case, then what if I don't want to sacrifice for my neighbor or go out of my way to do these good works you speak of. What then? Do I lose my salvation in your opinion?"

"No Mr Shibboleth, I don't believe you would lose your salvation. If you do not have an overwhelming love for God, wanting to learn all about Him and follow every dictate He may give you, and if you don't love your neighbor and want to sacrifice for him, then I would say you don't have the Holy Spirit, who's job it is to lead you into all righteousness and knowledge. And Mr Shibboleth, if you don't have the Holy Spirit, then you aren't born again, which means you're still under the condemnation of the world. And the way to tell where we stand, is by examining our works."



16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Mat 19:)

34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Mat 25:)

16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Mat 19:)

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Mat 7:)

23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. (John 14:)

27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:)

35But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, (Luke 20:)

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Mat 7:)

34Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:)

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal 6:)

10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:)

16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:)

9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1Cor 6:)

17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (Jude)

3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2Tim 4:)

13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (Mat 3:)

21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. (Mark 10:)

19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. (James 2:)

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:)

6Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Mat 15:)

11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (Rev 20:)

26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? (Luke 14:)

5Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Heb 10: see also Heb 8:9-11; Jer 31:33)

14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1John 4:)

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:)

16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:)

16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2Cor 6:)

3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Mat 13:)

19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:)

11For there is no respect of persons with God. 12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Rom 2:)

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalm 111:)

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:)

3For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Rev 10:)

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Mat 5:)

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, If so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Rom 8:)

2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2Cor 2)

16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18But IF ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Gal 5:)

14For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Rom 2:)

19Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:)

24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Heb 10:)

31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. (Rom 3:)

8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: . . . 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (James 2:)

23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:)

23and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (Rev 2:)

27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Mat 5:)

19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, (Deut 30:)

2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. 3To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Prov 21:)

5Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. (Hosea 6:)

6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. (Isa 64:)

21I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. (Amos 5:)

7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; (Heb 10:)

13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mat 9:)

17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. (John 5:)

10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:)

How are your works? Or are you being told you shouldn't work today?


 

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