LAWFULLY USING THE LAW

By

Shelby G. Floyd

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When our forefathers came over to the land that is now called America, the country was under native law made up of the various tribes and nations of American Indians. This law had been formulated over centuries by the patriarchs, the tribes and the combination of tribes that formed over 500 different nations.

After Columbus discovered America in 1492, the country was flooded over the next few centuries by people from all over Europe and around the world. At various times, different sections of America were under Spanish law, French law, Dutch law and English law. By the time of the American Revolution, and the founding of the Constitution of the United States of America, our founding fathers largely based the laws of America on the political, philosophical and moral doctrine of John Locke and Sir William Gladstone. They believed that a republic could only survive if the citizens were a moral people. Therefore, the laws they put on the books were based for the most part, on natural law and nature’s God, which refers to revealed law. As someone said, “In nature God impressed his laws, but in the Bible God expressed his laws.” Therefore, we have natural revelation and divine (special) revelation.

The Law of Moses was never given to any nation except Israel. None of the Gentile nations, then or now have ever been subject to the Law of Moses. But just as some Spanish law, French law, Dutch law, and English law have been brought over and made a part of American law—so the same thing has happened in the divine law of the New Testament—the law of Christ—the law of the gospel—the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The church today is not under the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments were only given to Israel. But the principles of the 10 Commandments have all been brought over and made a part of the gospel of Christ—the New Testament law. Continue reading “LAWFULLY USING THE LAW”

Moses or Christ

By

Shelby G. Floyd

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Many sincere but uninformed persons believe that one may be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments. One may be justified by the law of Christ, or the gospel, but not by the Law of Moses. In the Roman letter, Paul taught that,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and. death. For 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: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-4).

We notice in these verses that there is a contrast between the Law of Moses which could not justify because of the weakness of the flesh, and the law of Christ which makes one free from the law of sin and death. We also notice that there is no condemnation to those who abide in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. But this is predicated on three conditions: (1) that they are in Christ, (2) that they walk not after the flesh, and (3) that they walk after the Spirit.

The Law of Moses was never given to the Gentile people, but it was only given to those people who came out of Egyptian bondage, the children of Israel. In the book of Deuteronomy we read, “And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, 0 Israel, the statues and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day” (Deuteronomy 5: 1-3). This law which was given to the children of Israel who came out of Egypt also included the Sabbath day (Deuteronomy 5:15).

The Law of Moses continued in effect for 1500 years, but during all those years that law could never take away sins in the absolute sense: Continue reading “Moses or Christ”