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March 5th



A WORD IN SEASON TO THE WEARY

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ..” (Rom. 7:4)
Paul says that if a woman marries while her husband is alive, she is an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free to marry somebody else (Rom. 7:3,4). The old Law is like that. It is now dead to us and has no claim on us and we are now married and are alive to the new Law of grace. Imagine a widow remarrying and someone bringing the bones of her former dead husband and compelling her to keep them. Have you ever seen a woman keeping the bones of her dead husband in her house? Paul said that the woman is free from her dead husband. The Seventh Day Adventists are trying to bring dead bones into our homes. We are dead to the old Law and have been married to the new Law of God’s grace. Why then should we go into bondage? The apostle Paul strongly warns the people of Rome and other places of the great danger of wrong teaching. “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (Rom. 7:6). We are free from the old Law and have come under the new Law, the Law of the Spirit. You may question me, “Then why do we repeat the Ten commandments?” It is the devil’s trick and it has become a common custom in many buildings on Sunday morning for the congregation to stand up and repeat like parrots the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ Creed. We are not told in any part of the Bible to repeat these passages. We are not under any commandment but we have come under God’s grace. Our Lord has taught us that when the Spirit of grace comes into us we automatically love and serve God and love our neighbor and fulfil the Law, not be merely repeating the Ten Commandments. The Lord’s Prayer or the apostle’s Creed. We cannot on our own fulfil the Law, but by the Lord Jesus Christ living in us, and by being led by His Spirit. We fulfil God’s righteousness. The more we are led by the Holy Spirit the more we fulfil divine laws. Thus we have not come to Mount Sinai, but to Mount Zion.