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Perpetuity of the Law
Where must all men
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he
hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10.
What will be the
standard in the judgment?
"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law
of liberty." James 2:12.(See also Romans 3:19).
In what condition
are all men?
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
How many are
included in the "all" who have sinned?
"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have
before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin."
By what are all men
thus proved guilty?
"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.
What effect does
faith in Christ have upon the law?
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we
establish the law." Romans 3:31.
In what did the
apostle Paul delight?
"For I delight in the law of God after the inward man."
How does the carnal
mind stand related to the law of God?
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:7.
How long did the
Saviour say all the law would be in force?
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and
earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till
all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:18.
When asked which
was the great commandment in the law, what answer did Christ make?
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
as thyself." Matthew 22:37-39.
What did He say
hung on these two requirements?
"On these two commandments hang all the law
and the prophets." Matthew 22:40.
NOTE. - As long as these two
great commandments continue, all the law must exist, as well; for it is
suspended on, and inherent in, these two great principles of love. As long
as these last, that must continue. If one loves God with all his heart, he
will not worship idols nor images, neither will he profane the name of
God. He will remember the day which God has set apart as a day of worship.
So, if one loves his neighbor as himself, he will not kill him, steal from
him, lie about him, or covet his possessions, etc. It is plain that if one
had in his heart the two principles of love set forth by the Saviour, he
must keep the law of God in all its parts.
What does the
apostle say about the practice of Christ in keeping the law?
"And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in
him is no sin." 1 John 3:5.
What does Christ
say of Himself in this respect?
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide
in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in
his love." John 15:10.
If one would abide
in Christ, what ought he to do?
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk,
even as he walked." 1 John 2:6.
How does James say
one may be blessed in his deeds?
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25.
What is said of
those who profess to know the Lord, and yet do not keep His commandments?
"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is
a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 John 2:4.
What is the test
whereby one may know he has passed from death unto life?
"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."
1 John 3:14.
How may one be sure
he loves the brethren?
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God,
and keep his commandments." 1 John 5:2.
And what is the
love of God?
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and
his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 5:3.
characterize the "remnant" church?
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war
with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17.