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The Precepts Of The Law

John Collins01/08/2013In Romans 2, Paul describes the reason for the Mosaic Law, and how it applies to the Gentiles.  Though no longer bound by the Mosaic Law, Paul explains the reason the Law was given to the Children of Israel.

Every man is born into sin, and is a sinner by nature.  Paul says that all who sinned without the Law also are laid to rest without the Law.  They were not bound by the Law, and therefore are not judged by it.

All who have sinned while under the authority of the Mosaic Law, however, will be judged by that Law.  Just simply hearing the Law does not justify men, those bound by the Law must also keep the Law.

Gentiles, Paul explains, are different.  They do not have the Law.  But, if Gentiles by nature keep the precepts of the Law, then their hearts gives them their own "law," though they do not have the judgement of the Mosaic Law.  By living their lives righteously, guided by their conscience, they show that the work God did through the Mosaic Law to the Children of Israel is written on their hearts.  The precepts of the Law are burned into our hearts, forever.

Paul says that when men do not abide by the direction given by their conscience, their conflicting thoughts will be judged when God judges the secrets of men by Jesus Christ.  Our conscience is God speaking directly to us from the heart.

Jews that rely on the Mosaic Law know God's will for them in their lives.  God will approve their way of life because they are instructed by the Law.  Gentiles, are judged by their hearts.

Paul spoke against those trying to enforce the Mosaic Law on their followers, calling them a "guide to the blind, an instructor of the foolish."  He said that while they taught others, they did not teach themselves!

Paul asked them, "While you preach against stealing, do you steal?  You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?  You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.  For, as it is written, 'The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.'"

Using the example of one commandment buried deep in the Mosaic Law, Paul explains that circumcision is of no value at all when you keep the Law.  Being circumcised does not glorify God, nor does it help you on your spiritual journey towards the goal.  If bound by the Law, however, and you are not circumcised, then your uncircumcision becomes sin.

Paul says that if an uncircumcised man, not bound by the Law, keeps the precepts of the Law, then his uncircumcision becomes regarded as circumcision.  Though physically uncircumcised, he will one day condemn the circumcised that have the written Law yet break portions of that Law.

We cannot impose the Mosaic Law upon ourselves.  Paul says that no one is a Jew outwardly.  Nor is our circumcision outward and physical.  He says that circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, and not by written Law.  Those bound by conscience to the precepts of the law do not keep the laws to be praised by men, but live by their hearts to receive praise from God.

As Christians, how many times have we broken every portion of this passage of scripture?  How often do we condemn others in our hearts because they do not live the way that we consider to be "Christian?"  How many times do we judge them by rules given in the Mosaic Law, while those we judge are not bound by that Law?  How many times have we condemned others for stumbling on any of the Ten Commandments while we ourselves break the precepts behind those Commandments?  

How many false prophets and leaders drag Gentiles back under the Mosaic Law, claiming that we are still bound by portions of that Law?  How many false teachers, like William Branham claim that Christ came to magnify the "rules" of the Law, and not the sin of mankind that was understood by the precepts of the Law?  

In 2013, after centuries of reading the Bible, how many still teach that you can look at a person and tell whether or not they are a "Christian?"  How many women bind Christianity to long hair, long dresses, and modest dress, all the while braiding their hair and breaking the word given by Paul in the same sentence of 1 Timothy 2:9?  How many men bind Christianity to keeping each of the Ten Commandments, yet break the commandment of stealing by cheating the government on their taxes?  How many preach against divorce and remarriage forbidding adultery, while looking at pornography in secret places?  How many preach against working on Sunday, yet sit in a restaurant to force others to work for them?  How many openly covet another's possessions?

How many preach against idolatry, having other gods before the One True God, yet think one must know and believe William Branham in order to become part of the Bride of Christ?