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"The law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good" Romans 7:12. Many Christian teachers say that Jesus by His death abolished the law and thus people are free from its requirements. They say it is bondage which Christ freed us from with His death.
The prophets in the Bible do not agree with this. King David said "I will walk at liberty for I seek thy precepts" Psalm 119:45. Like wise the apostle James, who wrote after the death of Jesus, says the commandments are a law of liberty and we need to keep all ten of them. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all….So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty" James 2:10,12. In Revelation, John says "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city". We are to keep the commandments by surrendering our will to God and asking for His strength to overcome temptation.
The claim that Jesus died to abolish God's law has no foundation in Scripture. If it were possible to change the law or set it aside, there would no longer be any penalty for sin. But Ezekiel says "the soul who sins shall die." Ezekiel 18:4. Also we are told to "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out" Acts 3:19. If the law is done away with, then there is no sin to repent of. God wants us to turn from sin and restore our characters to be like His in perfect harmony with His law of liberty.
by Daniel Baldwin
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