The Law of Sin and Death
Where there is no knowledge of the law, man cannot break it or trespass against it. When we speak of sin, we suggest that there is an existing law or principle that has been or can be broken. “Therefore, to him that knows to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin,” James 4:17. Why then should we trouble ourselves to become familiar with the law if it only serves to enlighten us and through our enlightenment slays us by condemning and making demands on us? Why shouldn’t we avoid judgment by remaining ignorant to the law?
If we remain ignorant to the law, we remain ignorant to our condition and blind to the truth that leads us from death to life. We would remain ignorant and blind to why we were created, who Yahweh is, and to our need for life. After we see Yahweh’s perfection and power in Christ, we will judge ourselves by that perfect man and see ourselves as sinners. This revelation can open our minds and hearts to the truth that has the power to transform us into his image. But we cannot manifest life if we continue on in the old nature.
The law (written word) reveals the lack in our nature, and also reveals the perfection of Christ. Even though our sin has been forgiven, we are still held in the grip of death. Christ is our way, and the law leads us to him. Just knowing the law is not enough, because man’s appetites and passions often lead him into sins that harm his spirit. Only the Spirit of Christ has the power to give us victory over the flesh. Hearing the truth is the knowledge of the law, or true principle. But it is the Spirit of Christ that gives us power over fleshly appetites and enables us to walk in life and love.
“Where is boasting then? Is it excluded? By what law? of works? Nay (no): but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he (Yahweh) the God of the Jews only? is he not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Yahweh forbid; yea, we establish the law,” Romans 3:27-31.
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of Yahweh in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that is should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more a promise; but Yahweh gave it to Abraham by promise,” Galatians 3:16-28.
If Yahweh had never given us the Ten Commandments, we would yet feel guilty if we transgressed against our brother, for deep down we know it is wrong to steal, kill, lie, etc. Maybe the primitive man did not know these things were wrong, but the sane adults that live in the United States know that they should keep the commandments if they ever hope to have a civilized environment for their children to survive and grow up in.
Would it not be more profitable for the ministry to fight sin than to seek to disannul the Ten Commandments, which was one of the only two messages the world has ever received that was written by the finger of Yahweh?
The other message that was written by the finger of the Lord was, “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; Yahweh hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians,” Daniel 5:25-28. This message was written to a primitive that had failed to humble himself. He lost his blessing, and so can we if we are yet struggling to justify the adamic nature—we are living in a divided kingdom that is crumbling.
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And Yahweh did rest the seventh day from all his works.”
“And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limits a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Yasha had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.”
“There remains therefore a rest to the people of Yahweh. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as Yahweh did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
“For the word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Yasha the Son of Yahweh, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” Hebrews 4:1-16.