LLM Question for 1-13-2012, and, THE LLM STUDY OF THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS, CHAPTER 4, PART 3 of 3
First the Question: The first day of the week is the Christian Sabbath. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 1-8-2012
Question: The mixture of the Law and the Grace of God unto Salvation is an abomination in the sight of the LORD. An ABOMINATION! Like other ABOMINATIONS. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! With man’s utter failure, under the Reign of the Law, the Galatians wanted to AGAIN put their necks into the yoke of bondage. DO YOU? Would you let a Seventh Day Adventist, or any other “salvation by works” lawkeeper bewitch you? Now when some religious Christian comes with his law message, “Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” (Acts 15:1); or, “ye must keep the law, and the sabbath” (Acts 15:24); or comes preaching the Kingdom Gospel of Matthew with baptism, the golden rule, and the kingdom prayer, REMEMBER the allegory and cast out the bondwoman and her son. “For this Hagar is Mount Sinai.” Galatians 4:25. The law was given at Mount Sinai. That law proved to be a yoke of bondage to the people of God. Thus we see that the mixture of Law and Grace is an abomination in the sight of the LORD. An ABOMINATION! Like other ABOMINATIONS. Am I getting through out there? Now, out of the 765 responses we received to this question, 88.2% of you got it right. Praise the LORD! Therefore, now, let us take a look at,
THE LLM STUDY OF THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS, CHAPTER 4, PART 3 of 3
If it is true that Mohammed and the Mohammedans came from Ishmael, we can see something of the fruit of the unbelief of Sarah and Abraham. The bondwoman’s son (Ishmael) mocked. “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.” Genesis 21:10. “For this Hagar is Mount Sinai.” Galatians 4:25. The law was given at Mount Sinai. That law proved to be a yoke of bondage to the people of God. “The law entered that the offence might abound.” Romans 5:20. “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment (Law), wrought in me all manner of concupiscence.” Romans 7:8.
The law was added 430 years after God made His promise to Abram. Galatians 3:17. God preached the Gospel to Abram 430 years before the law was added till Christ, the Seed, should come. The law covenant has been abolished; it has been made old. Hebrews 8:13.
The Nation Israel is and will be restored and possess the land of Canaan, because the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:26-29. God sware this unto Abraham, confirming His covenant with His oath. It is impossible for God to lie. “And He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge; and afterward shall they come out with great substance. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” Genesis 15:13, Genesis 15:14, Genesis 15:18.
Now what happened 430 years later? “And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” Exodus 2:24-25. Why did God send Moses to deliver Israel from Pharaoh and Egyptian bondage and to lead them into Canaan? Surely it was not because the Israelites were worthy. It was because of God’s promise and oath to Abraham. Note the plea of Moses and why God was to spare the sinning Israelites in the wilderness; Exodus 32:13, “Remember Abraham”. Why did God save Lot? He remembered Abraham! Genesis 19:29. God will yet save Israel, because He will remember Abraham! God sent the Apostle Paul to the Gentiles because He remembered ABRAM! Galatians 3:8.
Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage was God’s act of Grace. But note the words of the Israelites in Exodus 19:8, “And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken WE WILL DO.” How many who made this covenant with God reached Canaan? Only Joshua and Caleb! How many kept the covenant? ALL were lawbreakers. Ishmael was born after the flesh. Hagar is Mount Sinai. The Israelites ended their law dispensation by killing the Prince of life. By His death and resurrection God brought in the Reign of Grace. With man’s utter failure, under the Reign of the Law, the Galatians wanted to AGAIN put their necks into the yoke of bondage. DO YOU? Would you let a Seventh Day Adventist, or any other “salvation by works” lawkeeper bewitch you?
Now when some religious Christian comes with his law message, “Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” (Acts 15:1); or, “ye must keep the law, and the sabbath” (Acts 15:24); or comes preaching the Kingdom Gospel of Matthew with the golden rule and the kingdom prayer, REMEMBER the allegory and cast out the bondwoman and her son.
Thus we see that the mixture of law and Grace is an abomination in the sight of the LORD. An ABOMINATION! Like other ABOMINATIONS. Am I getting through out there?
“And if by Grace, then is it no more of works; otherwise Grace is no more Grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more Grace; otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6.
“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Galatians 4:29. This is very much going on TODAY!
In Romans 4:16 we read that Abraham is the father of us all; and in Galatians 4:26, that, Jerusalem is the mother of us all. The LORD Jesus Christ spoke these words while on earth, “Call no man your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9.
Some Christians erroneously teach that the Church (the Body of Christ) is Israel. But then forget to also teach, “A blindness in part has happened to Israel.” Romans 11:25. Others go to the OTHER extreme and teach that the Body of Christ did not have its historic beginning until after the close of the period covered by the Book of Acts (about 30 years). That both believing Jews and believing Gentiles, during the “Acts” period, were baptized into One Body; were one in Christ; and that in Christ Jesus there was neither Jew nor Gentile; that the believers were in Christ; that Christ was in the believers; and YET that the Body of the “Acts” period was a different Body than the Body of Ephesians and Colossians. According to this wild interpretation, the Body of the “Acts” period was an “Israelitish” Church, as the members were children of Abraham, their hope was Israel’s hope; either the land of Canaan or the New Jerusalem. THEN, the members of the Body of Ephesians and Colossians are going to a different heaven, “far above all heavens.” With such a ridiculous exegesis, the saved Gentiles were necessarily proselytes to the Jew’s religion; and therefore, “Israelites” by religion.
However, the Epistle to the Galatians was written to CORRECT such an unsound exegesis. The Gentiles were distinctly instructed NOT to practice Israel’s religion. Christ said, “salvation is of the Jews.” In Romans 9:4-5, we read that the covenants and Christ were of Israel. But the Gospel preached to Abram, the uncircumcised Gentile, was not an Israelitish Gospel. In 2 Timothy 2:8, in the Apostle Paul’s last message, we learn that Christ was the Seed of David, raised from the dead.
Moreover the Gentile believers, in the One New Man of Ephesians 2:15, were saved during the “Acts” period, as were the Galatians, by the Gospel of the Grace of God. They were declared righteous without a cause. They were all members of the same Body. None of those saved Gentiles were in any sense the seed of Abraham as were the Israelites. There was a HUGE difference between Abram, in uncircumcision, and Abraham, in circumcision. Galatians 3:8.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)