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Paul wrote to Titus who was in Crete, about those who say they know God but whose works were denying Christ in them:.Titus 1:16..Luke 9:23 "And he said to them all; If any man will come after me, let him deny.(original, 'to separate', 'to deny', 'to forget one's self', 'lose sight of one's self and one's own interests').himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.(become as He is, and He is His nature, and His nature is love)."

Paul tells Titus to hold fast the truth.(Titus 1:9).as there were some dominant individuals who were trying to gain a following for money.(of course, telling those whom God had called that adherence to certain Old Testament practices should be observed, especially tithing, right!)..In Titus 1:9-11, Paul tells Titus to rebuke those so swayed by these deceivers that were turning some from the truth and makin' a few bucks besides:.also verses Titus 1:13,14

Some churches today play around with some of the things that were in the ancient Mosaic Law by mixing those things with New Testament grace?

If you do not.perfectly.keep all the ancient Mosaic Law.(and with its sacrifices for when you fail), you have placed yourself under a curse:.Galatians 3:10.(note 'all things which are written in the book of the law'). Why, unless you were out to control others for your selfish advantage, would you patch together an old cloth to a new garment?.Matthew 9:16,17. Galatians 2:21 "I do not frustrate the grace of God, for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 5:4 "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, you are fallen from grace."

One cannot separate any part of this ancient Mosaic Law thinking that keeping a debased.concoction of it, as the Pharisees in Christ's time on Earth in the physical did, puts a person in good stead with God. What this does is simply place oneself under a now useless shadow of an old dead covenant.(as far as God is now concerned).and under a curse if every part of this old covenant Mosaic Law fails to be kept:.Deuteronomy 17:19; 27:1-3; Deuteronomy 27:26 "Cursed be he that confirms not all the words of this law to do them...".Deuteronomy 32:46.

The Mosaic Law did include provision for forgiveness when one failed keeping it, which everybody back then in the time of this onerous law probably did. 

The Mosaic Law was a whole law for a people who needed wholeness, but having no heart for such things, it didn't do any good for them:.Deuteronomy 5:29. Why? Because it's purpose was to point to He who would do good for them, Christ. And Christ was about a change of heart for people as a gift. That's why the old law didn't do any good:.Hebrews 9:9.

Today we need not keep any law to get and keep righteous with God, because it's the gift of grace that does that:.Romans 3:24 "Being justified f r e e l y by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Emmanuel." Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Emmanuel has made me free from the law of sin and death."

This curse for obedience to any part of the abolished Mosaic Law is so that one will eventually come to see how frustrating trying to do this is and instead hopefully come to fully live within the gift of grace which is freely chosen by deciding to follow the example of our Savior who had such a close relationship with the Father, the Great Infinite One:.John 11:42 "And I knew that you hear me always.....".So if you are keeping a part of the law, the ancient now done away Mosaic Law.(say, the commandments).in your relationship with Creator-God, you had better be keeping all of it, all the ancient feasts and you had better be circumcising, you had better be sacrificing animals, using ablutions when necessary and keeping all the rest of the ancient rigmarole that Paul called a ministration of death and condemnation: 2Corinthians 3:7-11.

That law was only for a time and for a people who needed it in order to see a better way was needed. They at least saw that, even though they had no intention of applying it to their lives, but it was fear of retribution and fear of peer pressure for not following it, so they just did it. Like people today who just go along with laws they completely dislike and so their heart was not in it:.Deuteronomy 5:29.

Paul really understood Old Testament law:.Philippians 3:5,6; Acts 26:4,5

In Hebrews Paul says these were regulations for the physical:.Hebrews 9:8-15 ".....the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing, which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,.that could not make him that did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience.(what makes us perfect?). Which stood only in meats and drinks and divers washings and.carnal ordinances.(note it says carnal, not spiritual), imposed on them.(imposed on them because it was not of their heart to be so; back then they generally did not have the nature of a higher consciousness; and all those rules, regulations and sacrifices were mostly for a history lesson).until.the.time of reformation. But.Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands...How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death.(Emmanuel's death), for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament.(what about any transgressions in the time of the New Testament?), they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance."

Romans 7:5 "For when we were in the flesh.(before God called you to focus on the spiritual things of love, kindness, etc.), the motions of sins, which were.(illuminated).by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.".Romans 3:20 ".....for by the law is the knowledge of sin.".And now, since Christ took sin away, it is a very different story than that which was in Old Testament times.

Those who today espouse Old Testament laws as if they are necessary to be and remain in a spiritual relationship with the Infinite One, are, in essence, keeping out of their lives, all that Christ came to Earth to do. What teachings such as this do is make people think that they should emphasize, as near as humanly possible, a sinless life if they are to expect freedom from those things which caused them to believe that they were sinners in the first place. It's a witchcraft teaching in opposition to the freedom Christ made possible:.2Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

The commandments, along with the rest of the law was for the ancient physical nation of Israel, not for the Gentiles or for spiritual Israel.(us).

And Paul.throughly understood the new covenant.(Acts 9:22), even rebuking the Apostle Peter:.Galatians 2:11. Paul was uncompromising in what he believed, both before and after God called him. 

The way of God.(Acts 18:26), is the way of Christ now.(John 14:6).and no longer the way of the Old Testament law,.any.part of it. 

The entire book of Hebrews shows how much greater Christ was than anything regarding Old Testament law again, Hebrews 7:19; Galatians 3:24,25

The law.made nothing perfect.and only showed the necessity of a better hope which was Christ's nature becoming our nature. Why would anyone want to keep that which could not produce perfection, when there exists a way that would?

In Christ, God now calls you perfect! The law was so people could see that, in a relationship with God, something more than the "carnal ordinances" of do's and don'ts, rules and regulations, was needed. 

In the Old Testament, most people lacked the heart, the attitude.(again, Deuteronomy 5:29).necessary to have the kind of intimate relationship God dearly wants to have with us:.John 17:12 and verses 21-26 there. 

We are now to worship:.(original is 'give attention to').this Great Infinite One in the spirit, in our hearts.(what is you deep down in there as directed by your mind).and get away from having confidence that any part of any law you may feel that you should keep will give you confidence that God is pleased with you:.Philippians 3:3,4.

Keeping a law binds you to duty. The things of the spirit free one to progress. To get to the 'spirit', one must take time in the quiet to focus the mind on what love is, because love is what best describes the nature of the Infinite One, a nature that we can align with.

Paul had more reason than anyone.(Philippians 3:5,6,9).to have a twisted confidence, a confidence that makes one feel superior as he measures himself by some set of rules that when kept, provides presumption that he is ok with God. 

Paul shows in Philippians 2 that it is the care and concern for others that is important; this is love. Paul came to see that the righteousness of faith.(Philippians 3:9).enables one to focus on the importance of the nature of love Christ came to reveal to humanity:.verse 10.


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