Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shall we throw away all law

In my survey I missed an important verse - 1 Corinthians 9.19-21  "....I became as one under the law (though not being myself under law) that I might win those under law. To those outside law I became as one outside of the law (not being outside of the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law."
* the gracious Christian is prepared to adapt to law situations (when the gospel is not compromised) to fulfil the Christ given responsibility of winning others.
*Paul emphaticly states he (an Hebrew of the Hebrews) is not under law
*In face of the likelihood of being called two faced, inconsistent, hypocritical etc,Paul is prepared to change from law observations among Jews to non law behaviour  among Gentiles. We shall see shortly that the Galation story involving some withdrawing from the Gentile believers was a case of Gospel compromise. (ie behaving as though the Gentile believers were inferior).
*When Paul stood outside the law of Moses, he saw two other laws that still held control over his behaviour - the law of God  and the law of Christ. This is significant - a distinction is made between the law of Moses and these two laws.

What is the 'law of God'?
What is the 'law of Christ'?

How do these connect with the 'royal law' James 2.8  'Law of liberty" James 1.25   2.12
 or the 'law of the spirit of life' Romans 8.2
Romans 7.25 may help, chapter 8.7

I would be interested to receive the comments of others at

Until next time - 'rejoice in the Lord always'


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