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Whether the holy writings show that Christ addressed obeying the law is the topic, today.  Also there is more on believing GOD to be a divine trickster.  A “Yahoo! Answers United Kingdom” writer using ID “Olly” (Level 6 with 10,907 points, a member since February 23, 2008) posted the following:

 

Is there any mention in the Bible by Jesus to obey the law?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Divine Trickster? (09/02/2013)—(4.)  The processes of GOD for the redemption and salvation of mankind also are to impart, portray and reveal the nature of divine person.  As a result, those chosen as disciples, followers, priests, prophets, and spokespersons serve displaying gravity, humility, sobriety and truth (see John 4:  23-24, 1st Timothy 3:  1-13 and James 3:  13-18, KJV).   Believers can never obtain the benefits of new life from GOD relying upon craftiness, guile, lies and trickery.  See  1st Peter 2:  1-10, 1st Peter 2:  19-25, 1st Peter 3:  10-18 and Revelation 14:  1-5, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:  I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  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.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:  but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:  and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council:  but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.  (Matthew 5:  16-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); What to Take Literally (03/11/2013)

 

Olly, the holy writings record many instances of conflict and controversy for Jesus that centered upon the traditions of law for Israel, and the authority of Jesus as Christ and Messiah.  Many Christian believers find the following points to be helpful:

(1.)  Not all Jews believed that the Scriptures contained promises of a Messiah, a divine ruler who would be sent from GOD to reign over the covenant people of GOD in the earth.   While Jesus rarely made any public boast or claim to be Messiah, he identified his work as a fulfillment of the word of GOD, and repeatedly proclaimed that he was not sent to alter, destroy or replace the covenants and promises that served as the foundation of Israel as a nation, and as the divine law of GOD among mankind.

(2.)  Acknowledging the doctrine and teachings of Jesus, New Testament writers affirm that all the law given to mankind from GOD is “holy, and just, and good.”  However, through ceremony, informal practices  and traditions that fostered and continued human error, the true nature and spirit of divine law has been warped, and made to appear as flawed.  Because the law in and of itself does not eliminate sin, or establish salvation, there are many spiritual disappointments and limitations collectively called “the curse of the law.”  The Gospel of Jesus Christ also proclaims, by the blood of the Cross, Christ ended the curse of the law.  The Savior has demonstrated that the sacred purposes and righteousness of GOD established and performed through the law is also accomplished through the operations of faith.  In the new birth, believers are transformed to display the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD.  Their new divine content includes faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin.  By exalting the spirit of the law, rather than blind obedience, and detailed attention to the letter of the law believers have fellowship with GOD through faith that conveys the righteousness of the law, and establishes the same condition as would absolute and perfect obedience to the law.

(3.)  The teachings on divine grace encouraged believers of the early church to declare that “all things are lawful” with the admonition that “all things are not expedient.”  Jewish laws intended to cleanse, sanctify, and separate the covenant people from all uncleanness operated as a barrier to the spread of the Gospel.  Maintaining such laws defining Jewish culture as the rituals of circumcision were held to be acceptable and reasonable.  However, such laws also were to be understood as not directly relevant to the new dispensation.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  By extension of the saving truth that GOD is establishing hope, life and recovery from sin through the device of mankind upon the earth, all government leaders, those having legitimate authority (e.g., caretakers, parents, spouses), and the civil law are to be obeyed, remembered in prayer, and properly respected.  The correct responses to oppression, persecution and tyranny therefore may include cooperation, martyrdom, submission, and suffering.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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The possibility that GOD is unrighteous, and that believers are all being deceived and tricked by GOD is considered, today.  Also, there is more on being merciful by ministry to sinners.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jasmarie Jackson” (Level 1 with 162 points, a member since August 10, 2013) posted the following:

Question for Christians?

What if God made the bible up and hes going to trick us at the end because we thought he was good?? What if were not going to heaven?? what if he wants to laugh at us for thinking hes good?
Her friend by the way…

THE BATTLE AXE:  (09/01/2013) On Being Merciful—To the extent believers miss the truth that they are called to Christ as those who must unselfishly give and minister to sinners, there are many who become mired and stuck in religious forms of self promotion and selfish pleasure.  Included are enjoying sacred music as entertainment rather than prophecy, church gatherings as ones primary form of amusement and social interaction, and intense arguments and debate regarding belief and Bible doctrine.  Through the person of Jesus Christ resurrected to serve as Judge and head of his church, both the great commission and the passage from Jude center upon divine judgment, proclaiming mercy as an aspect of judgment along with divine wrath, and what it is to be dutiful as a believer in the salvation of GOD in Christ.  See Zechariah 7:  8-14, Zechariah 8:  16-17, Micah 6:  7-9, Matthew 5:  7 and Luke 6:  27-38, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This commandment have I received of my Father.  There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.  And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?  Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?  And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.  And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.  (John 10:  14-23, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); A Guilt Trip? (07/11/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013)

Jasmarie, here are some points you may find helpful that are often shared among growing Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit, and does not operate with all the carnal, material, private and social goals of a man or woman in the flesh.  GOD is the source of all that has place within existence; and is therefore sovereign over life itself.  As a result, believers trust that GOD does not lie; GOD does not introduce contradictions of his own word; and GOD does not promote spiritual confusion.  The word from GOD is a putting forth of divine substance.  Thus, spiritual truth is only apprehended using spiritual devices and procedures.  Therefore, every believer must receive the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD supplied through the ministry of Jesus Christ, GOD incarnate. 

(2.)  The challenge to all believers is that they become balanced, consistent, stable and thorough in their response to the claims of GOD in Christ.  Born again, and containing the spirit substance of Christ, believers must learn and mature again.  Despite having new measures of faith, holiness, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin, the very make-up of GOD, believers must encounter “growing pains” and obstacles from those who disbelieve, enemies, family, friends, strangers, and many who do not yet understand.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (3.)  GOD is not a divine trickster.  Believers can only know GOD because GOD makes himself knowable (we say, allows himself to be discovered, reveals himself).  Where the “faith” a person expresses repeatedly condemns, criticizes, denies GOD, or displays doubt and unbelief, that faith is not from GOD showing himself, and speaking of himself.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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