The Law, Gospel or Both?

Bill Hitchcock February 28, 2014 1
The Law, Gospel or Both?

“Satan will allow his ministers to preach either the law or the gospel separately; but the law as established by faith in Christ’s righteousness and atonement, and the partaking of his Spirit, is the test of every false system.” Matthew Henry from his commentary on 2 Corinthians 11:5-15

It is an interesting concept that Satan would, “allow” ministers, “his” ministers to preach either Old Testament Law or New Testament Grace. Not both, it is an either or proposition. This should be a “Selah” moment and give us all cause to pause and contemplate.

(Selah is a term used primarily in Psalms. It is a command to stop and think about what was just said.)

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Jesus Christ is the embodiment and fulfillment of both law and grace. He is the marriage of righteousness and mercy. Christianity, those who are in Christ and Christ is in them are ambassadors and ministers of the husband Christ and the bond of Christianity.

Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.’ Matthew 5:17

An example of Satan allowing his ministers to preach just the law would be the Westboro Baptists Church. Wikipedia best describes this church as such:

“The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an American unaffiliated Baptist church known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people. The church is widely described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center.” Wiki

If the Old Testament Mosaic Law was, “bad” then what was its purpose?

“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:23-26

Old Testament Law

The Apostle Paul in his second epistle to the Corinthians referred to the Old Testament Law as, “the ministration of death” and the, “ministration of condemnation”. Paul makes it very clear that Jesus Christ made us, “able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”. (2 Corinthians 3:6)

Jesus Christ put it this way. “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.” (John 10:10)

And Jesus also put it this way, “It is the spirit that quickeneth (make alive); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)

The law is a set of ordinances and rules. It is also a standard for perfection. If you live by the law, then you must follow the mandates of the law. The eventuality will be death by the law. No one is perfect.

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4)

Christ is perfect. He paid the price for sin for us all. Have faith and belief in Him and live!

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Bill Hitchcock

Refining Truth


One Comment »

  1. edward piriczky February 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    The law was a good starting point for the Jew but they couldn’t keep it. The problem with the Law was that it had no lattitude. All or nothing!! The beautiful thing about grace is that we are given lattitude to grow in our Christian life. Christianity is absolute, complete,and never changing.(constant in it’s being). But it doesn’t demand of the believer total adherence from your conversion but allows time for growth and learning. But on another note the growth period can become polluted by the following of false teachings and the distraction of worldly religious influences.

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