Traditions Of Men Part 21

The Law was a covenant between God and the Jews. It was meant to constrain sin and preserve the bloodline through which mankind’s redeemer would come. God never intended for the Gentiles to live under its constraints.

Jesus came to set us free. The Church has preached the Law resulting in millions of legalistic Christians who know nothing of position in Christ.

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Romans 3:19

The Law never set a single person free. It was meant to bring an awareness of sin and remove any excuse for it. Feelings of guilt and condemnation are a result of attempting to live by the constraints of the Law.

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Hebrews 10:1-2

Jesus’ blood provides a cleansing and we should not even have an awareness of sin. I know this sounds like blasphemy but isn’t that Hebrews 10:2 is telling us?

Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
Hebrews10:2 (NIV)

If there were worshipers who already have their sins washed away and their consciences made clear, there would not be any need to go on offering sacrifices.
Hebrews 10:2 (CEV)

Otherwise, wouldn’t they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
Hebrews 10:2 (HCSB)

Otherwise, would they not have stopped offering them, because the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer be aware of any sins?
Hebrews 10:2 (ISV)

Religious traditions bind us to rules and ordinances Jesus came to set us free from. Unfortunately most Christians are missing a revelation of their position in Christ Jesus.

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20

The Law forces us to focus on our sin and unworthiness.

The cross forces us to focus on Jesus and our position in Him.

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1 Corinthians 15:56

The does not provide strength for our battle against sin. Sin had already beat mankind when the Law was given to create an awareness of the need for a Savior.

We are unable to save ourselves. The Law was given to make us aware of this.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23

There are people who live life ridden with guilt over their sins. This is the result of trying to live a righteous life based on self effort.

We should not live a guilt ridden life! All of our sin – past, present, and future – were placed on Jesus. His blood provides forgiveness before they are even committed!

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.
Romans 3:21-22

It is possible to get right with God without keeping the commandments of the Law. We do this by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus and confessing Him as our Lord.

The Law was not given for man to keep. It was given to create an awareness that we are unable to live holy lives outside of our redeemer, Jesus.

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