Law is spiritual

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The Law is spiritual.

After my article on James 4:4 and adultery.

Someone commented that the Law is spiritual. Someone else asked them to expound on what that meant before I could.

But no one expounded on this reference to Romans 7:14 " For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin."

We know that "the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good."[1]

If we go onto Romans 7:25 we see "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."

We see Paul getting to the point in what is labeled as the next chapter Romans 8:1 "[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

So what Paul was saying is that if you are violating the law of God then you are living of the flesh and not of the spirit and are in need of repentance. And if you have not repented and show the works of the flesh your faith is dead as James also says and you are not really saved because your acceptance of Christ is a lie.

Many people like to say they believe in Christ and in their mind the matter is settled. But do they believe in the real Christ?

  • Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.

There are many opinions about Christ but there is only one true Christ. How does one know if they believe in the real Christ or one of the many images of Christ created by different religions or denominations?

Is it not by the fruit of the spirit? If you really love the real Christ wouldn't you be keeping His commandments?

The flesh is not sinful in itself. The sin is in following the flesh rather than the spirit of the law.

What is the Spirit of the law?

The law is love.

  • Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
  • Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
  • Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  • James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Do we follow the law of love or the desires of our own wantonness and sloth?

I know many people who say they love Jesus but they make a habit and a policy to bite one another to satisfy their own desires. They pray to men who call themselves benefactors but only give what they take from our neighbors. To do that is to work ill upon your neighbor, not love. So if we continue in that way which is contrary to the way of Christ and the words of Christ can we say God is doing a work in us or are we actually workers of iniquity that will be cast away?

The instructions are to repent and to seek the kingdom or government of God and the righteousness of God. Seeking that righteousness will require sacrificing some of your life, your sweat, even your blood for love of others which brings growth.[2] But if we have not repented and are not seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness then what growth should we expect? So have modern Christians actually repented?

Are they seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?

Most Churches today do not do what the early Church did. They certainly do not do what John the Baptist said to do nor what Jesus said to do. In fact they do more things like the Pharisees. Early Christians would not take benefits from men who exercised authority like Caesar.

To desire those benefits would be coveting their neighbor's goods. The first century Church gathered to be of assistance to others seeking to live without coveting their neighbor's goods. Every week they came to give if they could and if they needed aid, they hoped people would help them. In the early church "service" was actually service. In a real Church established by Christ those that had extra shared with those who did not have enough. This was the Eucharist of Christ.

It was a "righteous welfare" that showed love for one another. Today, most church services are really of no service to anyone unless you count "tickling the ears" of the people. People today go to church to feel good. They pretend to "worship" God and Jesus with their mouth but since they have not repented and do not want to do what it requires to provide a righteous welfare for one another their sin remains.

Why did Paul say in the law is spiritual?

Do we have to keep the commandments?

But on our own we cannot because our flesh is inadequate.

If we do not keep the commandments it is telling us that our faith is lacking and our hearts are not following the law of love but the way of flesh.

The "law" written and interpreted by men who brought the people into bondage with their consent to schemes of Corban and benefits rulers who exercise authority one over the other was done away with by Christ being crucified. He was crucified for those who repented of the covetous ways of the Pharisees and had accepted the Baptism of Christ, however the law of God which was not meant to be written on dead stones remained upon the living stones.

If we truly repent, and seek to be governed by The Way of Christ in righteous service and love for one anther then God can write the law on our hearts.

The law was to be written on our hearts from the beginning.[3]

Are we doing what Christ Said?

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus and the early Church advocated a Daily ministration that was dependent on Charity only and it was not like the system of Corban of the Pharisees and Rome.
  • Do you only gather for the comfort it gives you, or do you gather to benefit others?
  • Christ came to serve, not be served. Do you desire to be served or are you coming in His name and according to His character to serve others?

If we desire His Grace but we only love those who love us then there is no Grace because it is clear we do not really believe in Him.

If we do not Repent of our Covetous Practices and are not diligently gathering together in Free Assemblies of Love for all to provide for one another in Charity according to the Perfect law of liberty then we have nothing according to Paul. According to Luke 6:32 if we only love those who love us there is no "Grace". Christ also said if you do not Forgive neither will the Father forgive you.[4]

It is not enough to hate the deeds of the workers of iniquity, but we must return to Thy first love and thy first work. To break the yoke we need to return to the ways of righteousness spoken of in Isaiah 58 which are the ways of Christ and the early Church. And His yoke is light for it is carried by our love of one another.

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Christ all created Networks of charity to care for the true needy of society without force which is how they were able to help set people free. Do you gather with His Church to attend to the Weightier matters as Christ said?

  • Are you gathering in a Network of righteousness?
  • Do you come to love others or just be loved?

Early Christians found themselves in conflict with these systems of social welfare because they made the word of God to none effect. Christians had repented of their covetous nature when they received the Baptism of Christ. They heard and became Doers of the word not hearers only.

Remember Proverbs 12:24, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the Slothful shall be under Tribute."

We know that liberty under God is not for the covetous who are Biting one another but it is also not for the slothful. If we are not congregating together in free assemblies bound together in a broad network by faith, hope, and charity alone according to the perfect law of liberty then we are not truly seeking the Kingdom of God nor His righteousness.

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  1. Romans 7:12 "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good."
  2. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    • 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
    • John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
  3. Jeremiah 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    • Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts [as] an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
    • Romans 2:15 Which shew 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;)
    • 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
    • 1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
    • 2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
    Hebrews 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
    • Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
    • Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    • Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
    • Hebrews 10:16 This 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;
    • Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
    • James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
    • James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
    • James 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
    • James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
    • 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
  4. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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