In Romans 7:7-25, we are introduced to a person who wanted to please God by how he lived, by what he thought, and by what he desired, yet he was frustrated because of his continued failure to live a life pleasing toGod no matter how hard he tried (Romans 7:14-20).
The standard for this person’s behavior was the Ten Commandments, the law (Romans 7:7).
This man delighted in the Ten Commandments (Romans 7:22).
He knew the law was holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12).
He understood from Psalm 1 and Psalm 119 that to live according to the Ten Commandments would bring, life, freedom, and peace.
Spirit of God desires to reveal to you what God has prepared for those who love
this revelation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart
has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
revelation that God through his Spirit wants to give you is not something
conceived in the mind or heart of a person...no person could dream, invent,
develop, create, or design what God has prepared for you.
God has prepared is beyond the heart and mind of mankind.
As believers who live under grace (all that God did for us in Christ) and not under law (the Ten Commandments) does it matter then how we live?
The Bible teaches that as grace believers we should live a life pleasing to God.
Paul, whom the ascended Jesus personally taught, writes of pleasing God.
For example, in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 he writes:
“Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.
Those who live completely by grace through faith in Jesus alone and not by the law (Ten Commandments, rules, rituals, requirements, spiritual disciplines) and those who teach we live by grace through faith in Jesus and not by the law are many times accused by church leaders of not caring about or upholding the law.
Many of these church leaders believe we are saved by grace through faith, but also believe we live by the law (Ten Commandments) as a guide for moral living.
Many Pastors do a series on the Ten Commandments to teach people to live moral lives.
The Old Testament (Covenant) is understood by most to be a collection of books (Genesis - Malachi), and the New Testament is understood to be a collection of books (Matthew - Revelation).
However, this is an incorrect understanding.
The Old and New Testaments (Covenant) are not a collection of books but each testament reveals how God relates to people at different times in history.
The OT communicates how God related to Israel under the Law of Moses (Book of the Law, Book of Moses, or Written Code - Exodus 19-Leviticus, Deuteronomy) and the New Covenant is how God relates to everyone who receives his grace through faith in Jesus.
Joseph was verbally and physically attacked by his brothers.
They treated him without value, selling him as a slave to slave traders.
The slave traders sold him to Potiphar, the captain of the Egyptian Palace Guard.
Potiphar’s wife took notice of Joseph, desiring a sexual encounter with him.
But Joseph refused.
Why did Joseph refuse to have a sexual encounter with Potiphar’s wife?
The reason for Joseph’s refusal is summed up in these words:
“How could I do this sinful evil against God?
Have you ever been accused of being out of your mind as you shared the good news of God's grace with people?
You are not alone.
So was Paul.
In 2 Corinthians 5:13, Paul says,
“If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.”
So why would some people say Paul was out of his mind?
To understand why, we must look at this verse in context, starting with 2 Corinthians 3.
In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul explains that God made him a competent minister of the new covenant (grace) and not a minister of the old covenant (law-10 Commandments).
In one sentence...twenty-three words, Jesus sums up the entire Law of Moses, which consisted of 613 commands.
Included in these 613 commands where the Ten Commandments and two great commandments, which were to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to Love others as you love yourself."
In this one sentence, all of the Law of Moses is summarized. This sentence, spoken by Jesus, is found in Matthew 7:12:
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets
One of the accusations made against teachers of grace is that we do not teach people to obey the Law. Those making this accusation say that since Jesus instructed people to obey the Law, then we should obey the Law and teach others to obey the Law, too.
Those making the claim that we should obey the Law, and also teach others to do so, cite many verses from the earthly life of Jesus to prove that Jesus taught people to obey the Law. They conclude that since Jesus taught people to obey the Law, then so should grace teachers.
The most common attack made against teachers of the gospel of grace is that we are lawless, meaning against the Ten Commandments.
It is an attack that has been made against me since 1991 (26 years).
This attack is nothing new.
It is the same attack made against Paul when he proclaimed the good news of God’s grace.
Like Paul, we do teach that we are not under Law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
But we do not teach, as we are and Paul in his time was accused, that since we are not under Law then people are free to sin as much as they want.