Classic Christianity – Law & Thanksgiving Message Part 1 (11-23-22)
Are You Living in Law Land or Are You Living in Grace Land?
~ “All who sin apart from the law, and I just circled the law will also perish apart from the law. And all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Indeed, when Gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature, the things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. Since they show the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing them and even defending them. So he’s talking about the law.”
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Bob George 0:29
It said, I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone? What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if flipped through it several times a day? What if we turned around to go get it when we forgot it? What if we use it to receive messages from the text? What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it? What if we gave to our kid what we gave it to our kids as gifts? What if we used it when we traveled? What if we used it in case of emergency? Oh, and one more thing? Unlike our cell phone, we don’t worry, I have to worry about the Bible being disconnected. Because Jesus already paid the bill. This is something to make you go hmm. Where’s my Bible? It’s pretty good isn’t it.
Well, guys, let’s turn together, back again to the book of Romans. And, guys, I think that where the difficulty comes in many times in Biblical understanding is we forget that as an example, this whole book of Romans is dealing with the contrast between the law and grace. And showing us the purpose of the law and how we have misused its purpose, and made it a means of righteousness instead of a means of showing you your sinfulness. All through the Scripture, second chapter of Romans, I just outlined some things there. If you do like I do, I just cross I circled things. And in this passage, and chapter two, you might want to turn to that, beginning in verse 12. It just, I’m just going to go through some of these passages. All who sin apart from the law, and I just circled the law will also perish apart from the law. And all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Indeed, when Gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature, the things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. Since they show the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing them and even defending them. So he’s talking about the law.
Now, but he said and you you call yourself a Hebrew, verse 17, if you rely upon the law, look, here is the definition of people who have never escaped from the law. Now whether you are in Graceland over here or law land over here, if you are truly born again, as we described last week, you have been taken out of this realm over here all together. And you have been transferred over here into the kingdom of his Son that we love and whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sin. You have been removed from the demands of the law, folks, if you’re in law land, you are miserable. As Paul said, the things you want to do, you don’t do the things you don’t want to do, you’re doing them anyway. It’s a miserable existence, you’re in slavery. It says you are absolutely enslaved by the demands of the law. Because if you are under the law, then you are under the penalty of the law, which is spiritual death. It is not a desirable condition to be in. And yet people will hang on to what kills them to nation to slay, just like our cell phones, hang on tenaciously to what kills you. And come over here in Graceland and say you people are nuts. You can’t too good to be true. But the issue is that you’re in bondage. You’re miserable. You make people around you miserable, because you’re in bondage. And that’s what it says about the law. Now, he says, these kinds of people, what’s interesting about these kinds of people is they like to make people think they’re under the law and doing good under an otherwise, why would you call on the air as I’ve had for over 20 years? People say, You mean, tell me your daughter why you’re under that? Well, I have to say, you must believe that you are obedient to it. Why would you be calling? Why would you be calling to defend the law unless you thought that you were doing good under it? You’re dead. You’re lost. Because if you were saved, you wouldn’t be under that law. But here’s how people act. You are call yourself a Hebrew if you rely upon the law, to brag about your relationship with God. And that’s what people do. I’m our law. Boy, I’m one. I am one holy dude. He tells me that God loves you. And I just said, no wonder why I love me too. I’m so good. I say let me interview your wife. And if you know that, his his will and approve of what is superior, because you are instructed by the law. If you’re convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those are in the dark, we’re going to tell everybody what to do. We’re gonna tell everybody how to obey the law, because we are law abiding. Anybody in here law abiding? Anybody in here want to stand before God with absolutely no sin in your life? Because that’s what it takes. If you’re under the law, Paul said, you’re under all of it. And James said, if you’ve kept the whole law in your life and violated just one point, you violate all of it. You want to stand before God like that? That’s his requirements, not yours, because you got self righteous requirements. But his bragging about how good you are. If you’re convinced that you’re a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in the dark and instructor of the foolish of the foolish teacher of influence, because you have the law, the embodiment of knowledge and truth. Then you who teach others do not teach yourself. Look what he’s doing here guys. He is just bearing us, if you’re able to be buried you who preach against stealing Do you steal? You steal people’s time? If you show up late all the time, your time stealer. Anybody here a time stealer? You say that people should not commit adultery. Do you commit adultery? Do you ever lust in your whole life, do you ever lust? No need to raise up hands. Well then if you’ve lost you committed adultery in the God’s sight, we’re not talking about this from. That’s how God looks at you not not how we’ve watched it and watered it down. But how God looks at it. Are you free from guilt? I don’t think so. You have horrid idols. Do you rob temples you brag about the law? Do you dishonor God by breaking his law? I mean, if you’re going to uphold something and brag on it, then brother you better keep it. Otherwise, what are we called? hypocrites, and that’s what most Christians are called, hypocrites. You know why they’re hypocrites because they’re saying I’m under the law and I’m obeying it when they’re not. And people see that. He’s a hypocrite. If you’re totally teaching the grace of God, nobody’s going to ever call you a hypocrite. Because you’re not teaching that you’re good anyway, you’re teaching He’s good.
Talks about something like circumcision, it could be Baptist, church attendance, it could be tithing record all those kinds of things as circumcision. It has value if you observe the law but if you break the law you become as though you have not been circumcised or have you not been baptized. You’re not been a churchgoer, or whatever it might be. It talks about the fact a man is not a Hebrew if he’s one outwardly nor a circumcision barely outward or physical. No man is a Hebrew if he is one inwardly and circumcision is the circumcision of the heart. By the Spirit. Not by the written code. That’s just one passage one, one group of passages in there about the law.
We go over into the chapter five. And we talk about the peace of God that passes understanding. It talks about how that we have been justified when we were God’s enemies lost. And it talks about being saved by His life. Now in verse 12, and chapter five, it says, Therefore, just as sin entered through the world by one man and death through sin, in this way, death came to all men because all sin, because before the law was given, so again, guys, what I’m getting at here is all through this book of Romans, it’s the law, the law, the law, and we’ve had we ignore that. Sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, reign a death reign from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking the command, as did Adam, who was the pattern of the one to come. In other words, the wages of sin is death, whether you’re under the law or not under the law. Before the law came, even though there was no law, still, the wages of sin was death. And so what he’s saying here is, we’ve all died, all of us are born into this world dead spiritually. What keeps us dead? the law.
And again, we have to see if you’ll go back over to verse 14, in chapter six, it says, The Law, their sins shall not be your master, because you’re not under the law, but under grace. So as long as you are under the law, sin is your master. Now, again, guys, we’re over here in law, land, and sin as your master. Why? Because you’re under the law. And if you’re under the law, what is the wages of sin under the law, death. Now, that’s a problem isn’t it? And God had to free these people. I’m just using these as examples, you understand, to free them from the consequence of sin, which is death, spiritual death, spiritual death. You have natural man and you have spiritual man, you have natural birth, and you have spiritual birth. We’re talking about spiritual things. They had to be saved from the consequences of sin, which is death, by the gift of God, which is life eternal. They are under the reign of sin and death. They have no choice. The things they want to do, they don’t do the things they don’t want to do. They do them anyway. You look into the mirror as I did for 36 years and Bob George, what in the world is this thing looking back at you? Who are you? What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you do and be the kind of person that God wants you to be?
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Bob George 14:19
Because I was under the law. Now, did I know I was under the law? I didn’t know it was I didn’t pay attention to it. But it still was true. I was under a death penalty. I was still empty inside. I didn’t know it was because I was dead spiritually. But I sure knew I was empty spiritually. Even though I went to church on Sunday and gave my dollar a week if I felt generous that week, yeah. So you can play church over here. And you can be aware of your emptiness over here. Why? Because the Scripture tells us that the purpose of the law is Is to manifest your sinfulness and to show you that you are sinful and to show you that there is a consequence for sin called death, and you are dead spiritually and in need of spiritual life. That’s the purpose of the law. Not to use it as a standard of holiness because you cannot keep it. But to show you your death, death is final. It’s bad. There’s no spiritual life over here. I mean, you can play church, don’t get me wrong. You can play church, you can dress up and go to church every Sunday. You can you can give tithes offerings. You can play religion. In fact, that’s what Satan gets you to do. Satan says, I sure the heck I’m not gonna teach you that you’re dead and there’s spiritual life available to you. So I’ll teach you how to be religious. Teach how to go to church teach how to dress up and look good. Teach you how to lie spiritually. I can teach you how to evangelize, I can teach you anything. You can be taught anything, but you’re dead. It’s not the case of how bad you are, or how good you are. It’s how dead you are. It’s all through the script, the wages of sin is what? death. Sin shall not be your master, which means when you’re under the last sin as your master, he’s your owner. You’re just like a slave. With an owner, a mean one that takes you and manipulates us, coerces in every way, shape or form came to what? to steal and destroy and kill that’s Satan. That’s your land over there.
Now, what is salvation guys? Oh you’ve sinned, you need your sins forgiven. You know, we’ve never gone beyond that. So you’ve sinned and you need your sins forgiven that salvation to this day. That is the major teaching in Christendom. That all you need is to get your sins forgiven. Why? Because basically, you’re a good person. No, you’re dead. You’re a stinking corpse dead. I don’t care how nice you look. I don’t care what kind of spiritual perfume and deodorant you put on your dead. And we said, oh, no, no, no, no, I gotta be politically correct. That’s not very nice to say about those sweet people. To not be near some nice people. That’s, yeah, was their dad. Yeah, probably some nice corpses around, but they’re dead. And we have to understand this is what God had to come to do. Not just to take away your sins. Your sins are what caused your death. So if I didn’t take away what caused it? Why would I give you live? Because if it didn’t take away what caused it and it gave you life, the next time you said you’d be dead again, I had to free you guys from that whole realm. Over here, the whole realm that you live in the whole realm of it. Under the control, prisoner locked up until what? Faith in Christ should be revealed. Now guys, who in the world is going to be capable of taking you out of that state of death into life? Is Buddha gonna do it? Is Mohammed gonna do it? Is any man that you know gonna do it? These people that get up and say, Oh, well, this religion is their bull. Religion, all of it is junk. All of it, including the Christian religion, if that’s all you have is religion. It’s all what he says, dung, compared to that of what? knowing the only one whose life was capable of being laid down, totally taking away the sins of the whole world, not covering them, taking them away and was raised from the dead, so that you and I could be raised from the dead. New citizenship.
As an example, you have let’s say we have a map and of the United States. And at the lower end of that map, do we have that map? On the computer? On the yeah, there it is. On the southern end is Mexico, northern end Canada. Now let’s say that you were born in Mexico. And then Mexico. And again, these are just examples. In Mexico, it’s tough life. You got a tyrant let your master and he reigns, does he not as long as you’re there he reigns. But one day somebody comes and comes and gets you, as we showed last week with James and his wife and picks you up and moves you over to Graceland. You’re no longer over here. And that’s why it says you used to live there. So sin. If we if we died to sin, shall we live in it anymore? You don’t live there anymore. You don’t live under the sin principle. God folks is not dealing with you as a born again, believer. And James, wish you guys you just get up move again. Will you do that for me? In fact, let’s all of you move out of there, all of you who are born again, move out of there. And what I’m saying is you’re out all under the law. So when you move, you’re moving out of the law. So get out of there, empty, that place out. You’re over here now. In Graceland, and I could see you better to. Now you got one couple back there that wants to stay dead. And if they want to stay dead, that’s their choice. But you’re dead under the law. And if you stay there, you’re going to go where you want to go. Because you don’t want to go to Graceland. You want to stay under the law. Dead. And you got a privilege. You got the right to do that. And you’ve got a choice to do that. But to those who said no, no, I want to live I don’t want to live under that law kills me. I want to live under grace. I want to be led internally by the Spirit of God. And now they’re over here. Brand new, brand new place, they’ve moved down to Mexico. And now they live in the United States. And in the United States, you can choose many, many places to live. That’s why they call it the United States is because it’s states that are united one to another. And even though different states can have different laws, they’re all under the one law called America, the United States of what? America. You are now children of the living God. You are now not a Baptist, or Presbyterian or Methodist, your identity isn’t where you park your body on Sundays or Saturdays. Your identity is who you are. You’ve been made into a new creation. You’re over here now. You’re no longer over there. Now, you say well, I can, Can I go back? No, he can’t go back. You absolutely cannot go back any more than a caterpillar can go back or butterfly can go back to being a caterpillar is a new creation. But you can visit close by. And that’s what a lot of Christians do. They say, Well, I know I can’t go back. But I’m gonna sit on this aisle right over here, where Jean is. Closest I can get to the law but realizing that No, I’m not under it. But I’m close to it. Because it was my friend says, heaven forbid, heaven forbid.
Now let’s read this. Shall we go on sinning so the grace may increase? In other words, it says where the law is. Grace increases where sin increases Grace increases all the more. So he said well, then should we go on sinning so this grace can increase? Said by no means you died to sin. You’re over here. You die you where you lived. That’s sin and death over here. Guys, do you realize that God is no longer dealing with you on the basis of sin and death? Do you realize that he’s not dealing with you on the basis of sin? Not if you’re over here.
You say God I did it again. He said did what again? Well, the sin that I committed yesterday, it’s been taken away. Well, the sin I’m gonna commit tomorrow, it’s been taken away. What do you come to me for? For the sin issue? I’ve dealt with it. I dealt with it 2000 years ago. I dealt with it at the cross. Your sins were judged. The verdict was guilty. The punishment was death. And I took it all. That’s why there’s none left for you. That’s why it says in the Bible, there is now No condemnation awaiting you who belong to Christ Jesus. Well, why is it there any condemnation awaiting you? I deserve some condemnation. He said, That’s not the issue. The issue is, I’ve dealt with it. And I dealt with it in the most harsh way that I knew, I crucified my Son. So that that blood that was shed for you could be put on you, and you could be identified with him. And it’s through that identification. Be free from sin. I’m not dealing with you on the basis of sin today. Now, that’s a far cry from that continual teaching isn’t, Joe, you keep on sin and brother, and God’s gonna get you. And you keep on sin and Jim, and God could take your business away from you. Or you keep on sinning and I’m gonna take the Cowboy tickets away from you. It’s a far cry, because that’s not true. It’s not true. Do we deserve punishment? Yeah. Do we get it? No, no condemnation. Why? Because that was God’s plan. He said, I’m not going to be dinking around with you folks. For 1000s of years, I’m going to deal with sin one time, I’m going to deal with it, I’m going to judge it. And I’m going to eliminate it. To all of those who come to Christ by faith. You’re in a different realm. You live in a different community, you live in a different country. You no longer live in Mexico, you live in United States. No longer living in Canada, you live in the United States. You’re under the rule and the reign of the United States. Different ruler. Our ruler is Jesus. Their ruler was Satan. Which world you want to live in? Satan’s world? Or God’s world? You had a choice. Over here, what does this world bring you? Misery. Misery. It sounds so good. It sounds so tempting. But the end of it is death.
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Stand on the firmness of truth. Don’t keep going back and forth. Thank Him that the forgiveness issue is settled.
Let’s pray together:
- Lord Jesus,
- I thank you for taking away my sins on the cross,
- never ever to see them again.
- Having done that, I now thank you for giving me eternal life,
- through your resurrection.
- I now receive that life.
- And I am going stand in the fact that I am a child of the living God.
- In Jesus Holy name I pray.
All believers are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”