Focus on God's Word

The Fatal Mistake

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Geoff Youlden


Series Code: FGW

Program Code: FGW000007

00:27 I'm going to read you two texts today
00:31 that seem to contradict one another.
00:34 Now we know the Bible doesn't contradict itself
00:38 because it just doesn't do that.
00:41 But these two texts do seem to contradict one another.
00:45 Let me read the first one to you.
00:47 Come over to the book of Ephesians the 2nd chapter -
00:51 at the back of the Bible, the book of Ephesians -
00:54 chapter 2 and verse 15.
00:58 Ephesians chapter 2 and verse 15.
01:01 Paul writes this statement:
01:22 Now here Paul is saying that a law contained in commandments,
01:28 the commandments contained in ordinances,
01:30 has been done away with.
01:32 It's been nailed to the cross.
01:34 So are we clear on that?
01:37 All right. Well maybe you won't be so clear when we read
01:40 the next verse. Come over to the book of James now
01:43 chapter 2 at the back of the Bible.
01:45 James chapter 2
01:49 and here James makes a very interesting statement...
01:54 the opposite statement.
01:56 James 2
02:00 and we'll have a look at verse 10.
02:33 Now this seems to contradict exactly what Paul was
02:38 talking about in Ephesians because Ephesians says
02:41 the law contained in ordinances has been done away with
02:44 whereas James says
02:48 we're going to be judged by the law.
02:51 How do you reconcile those two apparently contradictory
02:55 statements? One that says the law has been done away with;
02:59 the other that says we're going to be judged by it.
03:04 Now that's a serious problem and many Christians have
03:08 stumbled over this very point.
03:10 You see the word law in the Bible is a very, very broad
03:15 term... the same as we use it today.
03:18 For example, if I came to you and I said: "Today
03:21 I broke the law"
03:24 what would your next question to me be?
03:28 Yeah. Which law?
03:30 Because we all understand the word law can mean many things,
03:34 doesn't it? It just doesn't mean one thing.
03:37 I might have broken the road laws,
03:40 the health laws, the marriage laws.
03:42 There's a whole lot of laws that we could break
03:46 and they're all different.
03:49 And the word law in the Bible is a very broad term
03:54 and it's only the context that makes it clear
03:57 which law it's talking about.
03:59 So when we go back to Ephesians and Paul says there
04:03 that the law contained in ordinances has been done away
04:06 with, that is not the same law that James is talking about
04:11 when he says that we're going to be judged by that law.
04:15 Because you remember that James is talking about the
04:18 Ten Commandments because he quotes from the Ten Commandments
04:21 doesn't he? There in verse 11.
04:25 Whereas the law that Paul is talking about
04:30 is the law contained in ceremonies and ordinances.
04:34 And the two things are very, very different.
04:39 And it's because many Christians have not noticed the clear
04:44 distinction between these two laws
04:48 that we have an absolute hotch potch
04:52 in the Christian church today.
04:55 But it's a very simple thing. Once you understand
04:57 the difference, most of the problems that people raise
05:01 against the law and the Sabbath in particular disappear.
05:09 Let me read you some more verses.
05:11 Just come over to the book of Hebrews now.
05:13 Hebrews chapter 7 which is just back one book.
05:16 Hebrews 7 and verse 12.
05:19 Hebrews chapter 7 and verse 12
05:24 where again Hebrews says in verse 12:
05:37 So here Hebrews is pointing out that when the priesthood
05:42 was changed... that is, the priesthood was changed
05:46 from the earthly priesthood to the heavenly priesthood
05:50 that Jesus is engaged in today...
05:53 When that priesthood was changed there was made a necessity
05:57 to change the law, too,
06:01 because there was a law which governed the earthly priesthood.
06:05 And when that came to an end that was changed.
06:11 Have a look at Hebrews 5:1 which is just back another page.
06:16 Hebrews the 5th chapter and verse 1
06:20 where again Hebrews says:
06:38 In other words, because people sinned
06:42 and broke one of the Ten Commandments
06:45 then another law came into being
06:49 which stated and specified
06:52 what sacrifice was to be offered
06:57 for the broken law of the Ten Commandments.
07:01 Can you see the point?
07:02 So the second law - that is, the law of the Jews,
07:05 the law of ceremonies that Ephesians is talking about -
07:09 specified the specific gift or sacrifice
07:15 that was to be offered when people sinned
07:19 and broke one of the Ten Commandments.
07:22 And that's what Hebrews here is talking about.
07:25 And so that's why as Christians we do not involve ourselves
07:30 in the major ritual of the Jews:
07:32 because that came to an end when Jesus died on the cross.
07:38 The purpose of the ritual of the Jews, the ceremonies and
07:41 the ordinances that were associated with the Jewish
07:43 religion, all really pointed forward to the time when
07:47 Jesus was going to come in one form or another.
07:52 Because as you can imagine living back in the Old Testament
07:56 it was very hard to visualize the idea of Jesus
08:00 coming to die for us.
08:01 And so God had to make that a visual representation
08:06 like a kindergarten lesson
08:08 so that they could understand clearly that one day
08:13 Jesus was going to come.
08:15 And all of those sacrificial lambs and goats
08:18 and bulls and all the things that were done - the ritual
08:21 of the Old Testament - really the purpose of it was
08:25 to point those peoples' minds to the time that one day
08:30 Jesus was going to come and die for us.
08:33 And obviously, when Jesus did come and die for us
08:38 that ritual came to an end.
08:41 And that's what much of the New Testament is talking about
08:45 because once again, when you had had these rituals
08:50 for 1,500 years, they were going to die pretty hard
08:56 in the minds of the people that had been used to engaging
08:59 in this type of service for all of those long years.
09:04 And so the New Testament clearly talks about the abolition
09:09 of the law of the Jews or the law of ceremonies.
09:13 The law of ordinances, the laws of sacrifices.
09:17 Now the Bible makes a very clear distinction between
09:20 these two laws. Let me read it to you.
09:22 Come back to Deuteronomy at the beginning of the Bible -
09:24 Deuteronomy chapter 33 - and you'll see very clearly
09:28 how the Bible distinguishes between these two laws.
09:31 Deuteronomy chapter 33
09:36 and we'll have a look at verse 2.
10:01 What law was that? That fiery law that came on Mt. Sinai?
10:05 And the Bible says God gave that law because
10:09 He loved the people. What law was that?
10:11 That's the Ten Commandments. Correct!
10:14 Couldn't disagree with that because the Bible's so clear
10:17 on it. That's the Ten Commandments.
10:19 And remember this: that God gave the Ten Commandments
10:22 because He loves us.
10:25 You know, you parents will understand this analogy.
10:29 We make laws in our home, we have rules in our home,
10:33 to knock and to be a hindrance to our children?
10:37 Is that the reason we make laws in our home?
10:39 No! It's because we love the children
10:43 and we understand that when they're growing up
10:45 and they haven't had a lot of experience in life
10:48 unless they have rules and regulations
10:52 they could do themselves a lot of harm
10:54 and get themselves into a lot of trouble.
10:56 So as wise parents because we love them
11:00 we make some rules.
11:03 Now God is exactly the same.
11:05 God gave us the Ten Commandments not to restrict us
11:09 but because He loves us
11:11 and He knows that without rules like we understand with our
11:15 children without rules they would just go berserk
11:19 and would grow up very, very warped personalities.
11:24 And so God knew the same thing.
11:26 That's why He gave us the Ten Commandments:
11:28 because He loves us. Now, have a look at verse 4
11:31 because it goes on to say:
11:37 You see how the Bible makes a distinction between what God
11:40 gave and what Moses gave?
11:43 Let me give you another illustration.
11:45 Come over to II Kings.
11:46 II Kings chapter 21.
11:50 II Kings chapter 21 and we'll pick up here
11:55 verse 8.
11:58 Chapter 21 of II Kings and we'll read verse 8.
12:26 Can you see how the Bible makes a very clear distinction
12:29 between what God gave when He says "I commanded them
12:32 and what my servant Moses commanded them? "
12:36 So all through the Bible there's a very, very clear distinction.
12:42 Now I'm going to read you a statement by Mrs. Booth.
12:46 Now I'm sure that many of you know who Mrs. Booth was.
12:50 She was a very famous lady.
12:51 She was the wife of Mr. Booth
12:55 or General Booth who was the founder of the Salvation Army,
13:00 and she was a mighty preacher in her own right...
13:03 probably a better preacher than her husband.
13:05 And she made this statement in one of her books
13:08 on Romans chapter 8.
13:10 Listen to what she says:
13:22 Let me just pause here for a moment to explain that big word
13:25 antinomianism.
13:27 It's not a word that you probably use today.
13:29 But it simply means to be anti-law.
13:33 When a person is anti the law
13:35 they are antinomian.
13:37 Comes from a number of Greek words.
13:40 And so when we read this statement
13:42 she said "there has come to be a spirit of antinomianism"
13:45 or there has come to be a spirit of being against the law.
13:49 Opposed to the law.
13:51 Let's read on:
14:48 Now can you see what Mrs. Booth is saying?
14:52 She was saying back in her day there was a spirit of
14:55 antinomianism or anti law.
14:56 I don't know what she would say if she was alive today.
14:58 But... because it's become a lot worse
15:02 today than it was back in her day!
15:04 But that spirit was evident when she was alive.
15:07 And she said there has come a spirit of confusion
15:10 between the moral and the ceremonial laws.
15:13 Now what would be the moral law do you think?
15:17 Yeah, that's the Ten Command- ments because it deals with
15:19 moral principles and the ceremonial law which deals with?
15:22 Ceremonies and ordinances and rites and sacrifices.
15:27 And she said in her day in theological circles
15:31 in the church there was a great confusion between those
15:35 two laws. And she said: "Be very careful.
15:39 Make sure when you read the Bible
15:41 that you are clear which law is being spoken about. "
15:47 Whether it's the great moral law which never can be changed
15:50 or the ceremonial law which in Christ was done away with.
15:56 And she said: "Because there has come a confusion... "
16:00 She calls it a "hotch potch. "
16:02 Real total confusion in the church today
16:05 because people don't understand the difference between
16:09 the Ten Commandments and the law of the Jews.
16:12 But the Bible makes a very, very clear distinction.
16:15 Now in order to make it clear, I've got a little sheet
16:18 that I'm going to ask the ushers if you wouldn't mind
16:20 just handing out to everybody
16:22 which clearly makes the difference very obvious.
16:27 So they are just going to hand that out
16:29 and then we are going to read it together
16:31 because you'll find it to be very, very helpful.
16:35 Extremely helpful.
16:37 And it sets out the difference between these two laws.
16:41 So you'll all get one of these.
16:43 And those of you who are watching will be able to see it
16:46 on the screen.
16:48 But these are the two major divisions
16:53 of the divine law. First of all
16:56 on the left-hand side you'll see the moral precepts.
16:59 For example, James says it is called "the royal law"
17:03 or "the law of liberty. "
17:06 Whereas on the other side the ceremonial is called
17:10 "the law of commandments contained in ordinances. "
17:14 The second point is that the Ten Commandments
17:18 were spoken by God Himself
17:21 whereas the law of Moses was given by Moses.
17:26 That's why it's called The Law of Moses.
17:28 Moses was told by God what to say
17:31 but it was still given through Moses.
17:33 Whereas the Ten Commandments remember were written by
17:36 God's finger on stone. That's the third point.
17:39 God never even trusted Moses to write the Ten Commandments down.
17:43 And when the first lot were broken,
17:45 God wrote them down the second time with His own finger
17:48 on stone. That's how sacredly
17:51 God regards the Ten Commandments.
17:53 Whereas on the other side
17:56 the law of Moses was written by Moses in a book...
18:00 in the book of the law.
18:02 On the other hand, the Ten Commandments were placed inside
18:06 the ark. Now we're not talking about Noah's ark here.
18:10 This is the ark of the covenant in the sanctuary.
18:14 And whereas the law of Moses was placed in a little pocket
18:18 on the side of the ark in the sanctuary.
18:22 A very clear distinction.
18:24 One was inside; the other was on THE side of the ark.
18:29 The Ten Commandments existed before sin...
18:32 otherwise there would be no sin
18:34 because it's the Ten Command- ments which define what sin is.
18:38 And if you don't have a definition of sin
18:42 there would be no sin.
18:45 Whereas the law of Moses was given after man had sinned.
18:51 The Ten Commandments the purpose was to reveal sin.
18:55 It was to point out what sin is.
18:57 Whereas the law of Moses the purpose was
19:02 to reveal the remedy for sin
19:04 through the ordinances and through the ceremonies.
19:08 The Ten Commandments were a complete, perfect, holy, just,
19:13 and good the New Testament says in Romans.
19:15 Whereas the law of Moses was subject to change
19:20 and the Bible says it made nothing perfect
19:23 because it pointed forward to the perfection that was to come
19:27 in Jesus. The Bible says the moral law or the
19:30 Ten Commandments was eternal
19:32 and it was established by the gospel.
19:34 Whereas the law of Moses was temporary
19:38 and abolished at the cross.
19:40 So I just thought that you would be pleased to get
19:43 that clear distinction because
19:45 that makes us clear in our minds of the distinction
19:49 that the Bible makes between the two.
19:50 Now by the way, this distinction is not something
19:54 which Sabbath-keepers have come up with.
19:58 Do you know that every church has taught the clear
20:01 distinction between the ceremon- ial law and the moral law?
20:05 This is not just something that I have thought about.
20:09 All churches have taught that.
20:12 In fact, those of you who have been brought up in the
20:15 Anglican church or Episcopalial church
20:19 and the Methodist church, Uniting church,
20:22 will remember that as the minister reads each one of the
20:27 Ten Commandments the people stand up and they say
20:33 "Lord, incline our hearts to keep this law. "
20:39 And that's good Biblical teaching.
20:42 I commend the churches for doing that because that's
20:47 good Biblical teaching.
20:50 But it's interesting that the same prayer book out of which
20:54 you - the congregation - read their response
20:57 as the minister reads each one of the Ten Commandments
21:00 the same prayer book makes this statement. Listen:
21:30 So the Anglican prayer book clearly points out
21:33 that there... while nobody has to keep the law of ceremonies
21:37 now everybody is obliged to be obedient
21:42 to the commandments which are called moral:
21:46 the Ten Commandments.
21:48 That's good Biblical teaching
21:50 and it happens to be good Anglican teaching.
21:53 It's pretty good teaching just about from every church
21:56 that's taught that. But you see, a problem arose...
22:01 and the problem was this:
22:03 when Sabbath-keepers came to town and they said:
22:05 "Look, we agree with you good Christians
22:08 in upholding the Ten Commandments.
22:10 We believe, too, with you; we are all united in believing
22:14 that the Ten Commandments are eternally binding. "
22:17 But Sabbath-keepers said:
22:20 "Why is it then that you do not observe the fourth commandment
22:25 which says the seventh day is the Sabbath
22:28 not the first day of the week? "
22:31 That was a deep embarrassment to these people.
22:35 And do you know what they did? In order to get around that
22:37 difficulty they then picked up verses in the Bible
22:42 that apply against the law of ceremonies and ordinances
22:46 and sacrifices and they then applied that against
22:50 the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath in particular.
22:55 And because the average person doesn't read their Bible
22:58 too much, they just read that the law was done away with
23:04 and they presumed because that was what the church
23:07 was telling them... they just presumed then that that meant
23:10 that the law of God, the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath
23:13 in particular, was done away with.
23:15 Now can you see why Mrs. Booth says "there has come about
23:20 a hotch potch in the church today? "
23:22 An absolute confusion.
23:26 Because there are no verses... there's not one verse
23:29 in all the Bible that ever talks about the abolition of
23:32 the Ten Commandments or any one of the Ten Commandments.
23:34 Not a single verse anywhere.
23:36 But there are many verses which talk about
23:40 the abolition of the law of Moses... and rightly so!
23:44 And that's why Mrs. Booth says we ought to check up
23:48 to make sure in the context which law is being referred to
23:53 when we... when we read about the law.
23:57 You know, it's interesting that if you go over to the book
24:00 of Isaiah in the middle of the Bible,
24:03 Isaiah the 30th chapter... Just turn with me
24:05 to Isaiah chapter 30, would you?
24:07 Isaiah chapter 30 and verse 8.
24:12 I wish this verse actually wasn't in the Bible, but
24:14 it is and we need to read it
24:17 because it doesn't show Christians up in a good light.
24:20 But Isaiah chapter 30 and verse 8 makes this statement
24:24 where Isaiah is told:
24:34 God wants us never to forget this.
24:38 What does He want us never to forget?
24:40 Verse 9:
25:03 You know, what a commentary on the honesty
25:06 of Christians today
25:09 as it was a commentary on people back in Isaiah's day
25:14 who professed to be followers of God.
25:17 They said to their preachers and to their leaders
25:20 "Look, we want to hear anything from you. You can tell us
25:24 deceits. You can tell us lies. You can preach anything to us
25:29 but don't preach the law of God to us.
25:31 We don't want to hear the law of God.
25:36 Tell us lies if you want.
25:38 Tell us anything...
25:40 but don't preach the law of God. "
25:44 I want to tell you friends, that's a very sad indictment
25:46 against people, isn't it?
25:47 When God can write up that that's what people want.
25:52 Until today about the only thing that you ever hear
25:56 people say about the law, unfortunately, is that it's
25:59 done away with. And I've seen it.
26:00 Whenever I run a series of meetings I have people come
26:03 to me and they say: "Geoff, we have never heard
26:05 the Bible explained as simply and as clearly as you
26:08 are doing. " But some of those same people
26:13 when we talk and read from the same book
26:16 about the commandments and the Sabbath in particular
26:18 I couldn't shoot them out of the room quicker
26:22 if we had a machine gun.
26:24 Now why is that?
26:26 Well, it's because as the Bible says that people will not
26:30 be interested in the law of God.
26:34 They're not interested in hearing the standards
26:37 that God has. And if there's ever a generation
26:40 that is alive on this earth it's the generation alive now
26:44 that hardly knows the difference between right and wrong
26:47 and if ever a time in human history when we need to
26:50 be upholding the Ten Commandments it's now!
26:54 Because we've got a generation growing up that doesn't know
26:59 what is right.
27:04 And in fact, if you go to people today and you say
27:07 "Well this is what the Bible says" or "Well, this is
27:10 the right thing to do" they almost say that you're a bigot
27:13 or you're narrow-minded.
27:17 And our generation today is summed up with that song
27:21 that Frank Sinatra popularized many years ago
27:24 when he said: "I Did It My Way. "
27:26 That's the attitude of people today.
27:30 They want to do what's right in their own eyes.
27:35 But the Bible says there is a standard of right and wrong
27:38 and that standard is summarized in the Ten Commandments.
27:42 And instead of the church upholding the Ten Commandments
27:44 they are crying out for union
27:47 because they see people are dwindling away from the church.
27:52 And friend, I tell you what people want today:
27:54 they want to hear the Word of God.
27:58 I will beat a path to a man's door that can preach
28:02 it up and unfold the Bible to me
28:06 but I'm not interested in going along to a church
28:09 and just listening to what some person thinks is right.
28:13 Nor are millions of others.
28:14 That's why they're leaving the church.
28:19 The Bible says here in Isaiah that in the last days
28:22 people will not be interested in hearing the law of God.
28:26 And you and I see prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes
28:31 today.
28:32 I don't have to prove that to you.
28:34 And if you haven't yet heard people talk against the
28:36 Ten Commandments, you haven't talked to them much about
28:39 the Sabbath and so forth.
28:40 When you do, let me tell you, you'd better be prepared
28:43 because that's what they're going to tell you.
28:49 Now there are a couple of verses that my friends who
28:52 oppose the Sabbath always want to quote,
28:56 and I want to have a look at one or two of those now.
28:58 Come over to the book of Galatians.
29:00 In fact, I've had people say to me:
29:01 "The way to fix up you Sabbath- keepers is just simply
29:05 to read Galatians. "
29:06 "Galatians will soon put you straight. "
29:09 Well friend, I have never had anyone who wanted to stay
29:11 in Galatians very long at all
29:14 when you simply point out 1 or 2 little things to them.
29:16 But let me read you the verses that are often quoted to me.
29:22 When I say "to me" I mean "against me
29:25 and against what I'm teaching. "
29:27 This is the first verse... Galatians 5 and verse 1:
29:41 And they say: "That's you! You are putting a yoke of
29:45 bondage on the people
29:48 by teaching them to keep the Sabbath
29:52 and upholding the Ten Commandments.
29:54 You've got this yoke of bondage on them. "
29:59 But you know, friend, they never read the next verse
30:01 because the next verse explains what the yoke of bondage is.
30:05 But they only ever read that first verse.
30:09 What does the next verse say? Have a look at verse 2:
30:21 What was the problem?
30:23 Well, it was simply this:
30:25 that back in those days the Jews who had become Christians
30:30 were teaching the Christians or those who were pagans
30:34 who wanted to become Christians they said: "Look,
30:36 in order to become a Christian you've got to become a Jew first
30:39 before you can become a Christian
30:42 and you have to be circumcised. "
30:43 Because being circumcised was the outward evidence
30:47 of being a Jew back in the Old Testament.
30:49 That was correct.
30:51 And they were continuing teach- ing this in the New Testament
30:55 after Jesus had come.
30:57 And Paul is thundering against that teaching
31:01 because he says: "In Christ that has been done away with. "
31:06 And you can understand, friend.
31:08 We must not be too intolerant of these Jewish Christians
31:12 because we've got to understand that the tradition
31:15 of circumcision had been in the church -
31:17 or the Jewish church - for over 1,500 years.
31:20 And suddenly Christ comes along and the New Testament teaching
31:26 comes along. Paul starts to teach them
31:28 it's all done away with. Now you can understand that
31:30 that was very unsettling to them. Can you see the point?
31:33 And they really struggled coming to grips with this.
31:36 And so many of them wanted to go back to their old ways
31:40 and they wanted to accept Christ but they wanted to
31:42 hang on to the old as well
31:44 and they wanted to link them together.
31:46 And the purpose of the book of Galatians
31:48 is to thunder against that misteaching.
31:53 In fact, if you read through...
31:56 and once you point this out, of course, to people
31:58 they want to get out of Galatians pretty quickly.
32:00 Because I have simply said to people: "You show me
32:03 one reference in the book of Galatians to the Sabbath. "
32:06 There's no references to the Sabbath in Galatians.
32:09 Not talking about the Sabbath;
32:11 it's talking mainly about circumcision.
32:14 In fact, circumcision is mentioned over 13 times
32:17 in the book of Galatians and there's only six chapters!
32:21 In fact, if you have a look... Let me just read it to you...
32:24 Have a look at verse 3 of chapter 2.
32:27 Chapter 2 verse 3:
32:36 Verse 4:
32:46 And then if you go down to verse 7
32:50 you'll notice that circumcision is mentioned again.
32:54 Verse 8... circumcision. All through these verses.
32:59 The subject is circumcision
33:02 because they were wanting to teach the people
33:05 that you have to be circumcised or to become a Jew first
33:08 and follow the ceremonies of the Jewish religion
33:11 and THEN you can become a Christian.
33:13 And Paul writes Galatians to say: "Nothing doing
33:17 because you're taking us back into bondage.
33:21 Now Christ has come and set us free from that! "
33:26 So friends, that's not saying... God is not saying
33:29 that set us free from the Ten Commandments.
33:31 There's no reference to that anywhere in Galatians.
33:34 It's circumcision which is the subject of Galatians
33:37 or the major emphasis in Galatians.
33:40 Have a look at chapter 5 again in verses 3 and 4.
33:45 And Paul says here in verse 3:
33:54 Tell me... is that logical?
33:56 "If you're going to follow circumcision, " Paul says,
33:58 "you have to do everything. "
34:00 You have to become a debtor to the whole law...
34:02 which is logical. Verse 4:
34:17 So the issue here was over circumcision.
34:23 In fact, let me read you again chapter 3 of Galatians.
34:26 Just back a page.
34:27 The third chapter of Galatians and verse 10 where Paul writes:
34:36 And I say that's you... talking to me.
34:39 You're putting a curse upon the people
34:42 in what you're preaching.
34:44 So hang on, let's just continue to read:
35:00 What was written in a book?
35:02 The law of the Jews. We noticed that before.
35:07 In fact, if you come down to verse 19
35:11 again Paul makes it clear when he says...
35:15 Because you see after arguing against the law of ceremonies -
35:19 the law of circumcision - you could ask the question
35:22 that is asked in verse 19:
35:24 "What purpose then does the law serve? "
35:26 If it's done away with, what purpose did it have?
35:31 Well he adds:
35:43 So the Bible makes it very clear that this law -
35:47 the law of the ceremonies - was for a temporary period.
35:51 "Until the Seed should come. "
35:54 Who was the Seed?
35:55 That's Jesus!
35:57 And when Jesus came, that law was done away with.
36:02 And you can understand, friends, that people don't want to stay
36:05 in Galatians very long
36:06 once you point out one or two of those things.
36:09 Galatians is not a difficult book at all.
36:11 As I said, the major emphasis in Galatians is over the...
36:16 over circumcision. That's what occurs over and over
36:19 and over again.
36:21 Now another verse that is terribly misunderstood
36:25 by many Christians is found back here in Romans
36:28 chapter 6 and verse 14. Let me just read this to you.
36:31 Romans chapter 6 and verse 14.
36:36 And I'm sure you've heard this verse.
36:38 You only ever hear half the verse,
36:41 but it's half the verse which is quoted over and over again.
36:44 Romans chapter 6 and verse 14 where Paul writes:
36:58 See, they say "You're no longer under the law
37:01 because you've been saved by grace. "
37:04 And people think that that verse teaches that the
37:07 Ten Commandments have been done away with.
37:10 Well let me illustrate.
37:11 Let's say I'm driving my car around town
37:14 and I'm thinking about the meeting and so forth,
37:18 I'm not worrying about the speed.
37:20 I should be concentrating, but my mind's on other things.
37:23 And suddenly I see a blue light and a red light
37:27 flashing in my rear vision mirror.
37:30 Pull over.
37:31 So I pull my car over, and whenever that happens
37:35 I always get out of the car. I never have the policeman
37:37 look at me through the window.
37:38 I always get out and look him straight in the eye.
37:40 You can see I've had a bit of experience with this.
37:43 And so I get out, and he said:
37:48 "Can I see your license? "
37:50 "Is there any reason that you were doing 80 kilometers an hour
37:54 in a 60 zone? "
37:56 "Well, I really haven't got an excuse. "
37:59 And with that he gets into his pocket and gets out the book.
38:04 The book goes back, and he gets his pen out
38:08 and then I know things are pretty serious now.
38:11 And he begins to write.
38:14 And I object, you see, a bit.
38:15 "Well, " he said, "if you want to object, you can go down
38:18 to the court. " So, that's what I do.
38:21 When it comes up an opportunity I go down to the court.
38:25 And the magistrate says when my name is called up:
38:28 "How do you plead? " I say: "Look, your honor,
38:30 I plead guilty with extenuating circumstances. "
38:35 "Oh? What are those circumstances? "
38:38 Well I explained that my mind wasn't on things
38:41 and I was going to a meeting to teach the people
38:43 to keep the law... and here I am breaking it myself!
38:47 So I said: "It's a great embarrassment to me. " See?
38:50 Well I put up a pretty good case
38:53 and I'm polite to him and he says: "Well, look,
38:55 under these circumstances this time...
38:57 We've checked your record; we'll let you off this time.
39:00 The court is going to extend its grace to you today. "
39:03 Well I'm delighted because that was going to cost me over $200.
39:07 So I'm delighted.
39:09 So I go out of the court and I get into my car
39:12 and I turn the engine on and I rev it up.
39:17 Big throaty motor.
39:19 Rev it up.
39:21 And I speed off and kick the stones out the back
39:25 and I'm driving 'round town. And it's not long before
39:28 I attract the attention of the law again.
39:30 And you wouldn't believe it... the blue light, the red light.
39:33 Pull over, and it's the same policeman if you please.
39:36 He said: "Haven't I met you before? "
39:39 And I said: "Yes, a couple of weeks ago we met. "
39:42 "Well, " he said, "what's the reason you're speeding
39:44 this time? " Well I said: "Listen, officer, "
39:47 I said, "I have been to court since I last saw you
39:51 and I want to explain to you that the court
39:54 extended its grace to me.
39:56 And I want you to understand from this point onwards
40:00 don't ever pursue me again because now I'm under grace.
40:04 I don't have to worry about your law. "
40:09 Tell me, friend, what would happen if I was foolish enough
40:13 to argue like that?
40:14 What do you think would happen?
40:16 When I face up the magistrate the next time
40:19 do you think he's going to extend any more grace to me?
40:21 Absolutely not. He'll throw the book at me!
40:24 Now listen, friends, in real life no one would argue
40:28 such foolish nonsense like that.
40:30 But when it comes to Christianity, that's exactly
40:33 what Christians argue.
40:35 They argue that because we're saved by grace
40:38 that that frees us from being obedient to the commandment.
40:45 But listen!
40:47 The very fact that we need to be saved by grace
40:52 is the greatest evidence that the Ten Commandments
40:55 are still binding.
40:57 Let me illustrate.
40:59 Let's say a policeman comes in here
41:02 and he arrests us all.
41:04 And we all have to go down to court tomorrow morning.
41:07 And the magistrate says, the judge says: "Why have you
41:09 brought all of these people? " And the policeman says:
41:12 "I caught them all studying the Bible. "
41:15 "Well, " the judge says, "I don't think there's any law
41:19 against that. Well, I'll pardon the lot of you. "
41:23 How would you react if the judge said: "I'll pardon you? "
41:28 Would you accept his pardon?
41:31 I see you shaking your head in the negative.
41:33 Why wouldn't you accept his pardon?
41:35 Or why don't you need to accept his pardon?
41:39 We haven't broken any law!
41:41 I only need grace when I've broken the law,
41:46 isn't that right?
41:47 If there is no law, I don't need grace!
41:51 Is that right? Absolutely!
41:55 If there was no law which said you only have to drive
41:59 at 60 in this zone,
42:01 could the officer pull me over for speeding?
42:04 Never. Only because there's a law
42:09 that I will need grace if I break it.
42:12 And the greatest evidence that the Ten Commandments
42:15 is still binding upon us today
42:17 is the fact that we need to be saved by grace.
42:20 I wouldn't need grace if there is no law!
42:26 Well you say: "What does this verse mean: 'you're not under
42:29 the law but you're under grace? ' "
42:31 It simply means when we accept Jesus we are no longer
42:35 under the law's condemnation. That's what it's saying.
42:38 And thank God for that! Aren't you glad of that?
42:42 That when Jesus comes into our life and He atones
42:47 for our sin we are no longer under the law's condemnation.
42:52 That's what Romans is talking about.
42:54 It's not saying the law's been done away with
42:56 because clearly in the book of Romans Paul says
43:00 "Do we do away with the law? " "No, " he says,
43:03 "we establish the law. " Romans 3:31
43:06 and many other verses like that in the book of Romans
43:09 over and over again.
43:12 Now there's another verse, too, that many folk misquote
43:17 and I want to have a look at it with you.
43:19 Come over to the book of Colossians.
43:21 Colossians chapter 2 because
43:24 I want to have a look at these verses because listen
43:27 I can almost promise you that as you get excited about
43:31 these messages... and I know you are
43:33 as I became excited about them when I first heard them...
43:36 and you begin to talk to other Christians about the Sabbath
43:40 and the commandment, I want to tell you these are the texts
43:43 that they're going to bring up to you.
43:45 So that's why I'm going over them
43:47 so that you are familiar with them. Get the idea?
43:49 And you need to pay a lot of attention to this
43:53 because I can promise you these are the verses
43:57 you will meet. And Colossians 2 in particular.
44:01 This is what it says in verse 14:
44:14 So here is something that was nailed to the cross.
44:18 Then verse 16 is the verse that is so often quoted
44:23 but misquoted:
44:40 "Oh, " you say, "it mentions the Sabbath
44:43 which is a shadow of things to come. "
44:46 Yes it does, but I want you to notice the context
44:50 that Paul is talking about here
44:52 because he says here
44:55 that we are not to judge anyone in food or in drink.
44:58 How many foods and drinks are mentioned in the
44:59 Ten Commandments? Are there any?
45:02 No. What about festivals or new moons?
45:05 Any of those mentioned in the Ten Commandments?
45:08 No.
45:09 Are they mentioned in the Jewish law?
45:12 The law of ceremonies?
45:13 Absolutely. Full of them.
45:17 Well you say it mentions the Sabbath.
45:19 Yes it does, and the context here: "which are a shadow
45:23 of things to come. " The things that Paul here
45:26 is talking about that were done away with at the cross
45:29 were those things which were a shadow of things to come.
45:33 Now listen:
45:34 was the seventh-day Sabbath a shadow of anything?
45:40 When was it made? Before Adam and Eve sinned
45:44 or after?
45:45 BEFORE in the Garden of Eden.
45:48 Before the death of Jesus was even necessary
45:50 the Sabbath was made... the same as marriage.
45:54 Both of those gifts that God gave to us were in existence
45:58 before Adam and Eve sinned. Therefore,
46:01 neither of them point forward to Jesus and His death
46:06 because as yet that death wasn't necessary.
46:11 It was only after Adam and Eve sinned
46:14 that Jesus needed to die, isn't that right?
46:17 The seventh-day Sabbath points backwards to creation.
46:21 But you say: "It mentions the Sabbaths here. "
46:24 Yes it does. And what we have to understand
46:27 is that in the Jewish law -
46:32 the law of ceremonies - there were seven annual Sabbaths.
46:37 That is, they were kept once a year.
46:39 There was Pentecost Sabbath. Day of Atonement Sabbath.
46:43 Firstfruits Sabbath. Seven of them all together.
46:47 Passover Sabbath. Seven of them all together.
46:51 And they were kept once a year and they fell on a date
46:55 because like the Passover it commemorated a particular date
46:59 when the angel of death - remember? - passed over.
47:02 And so every year it fell on a different day
47:06 like Christmas does. Christmas falls on a different day
47:08 every year because it's a date, right?
47:11 So these annual Sabbaths - the seven of them -
47:14 fell on different days every year.
47:16 Now sometimes those days
47:21 coincided with the seventh- day Sabbath
47:24 and that's why the New Testament refers to it
47:26 as a "high day" when the two Sabbaths came together:
47:30 the ceremonial Sabbath and the weekly seventh-day Sabbath.
47:35 But this verse is talking about those ceremonial Sabbaths.
47:39 All the things that had to do with the ceremonies.
47:41 The drink offerings... the new moon.
47:47 The food offerings. All of that was associated with
47:50 the ceremonial law... that was done away with
47:53 when Jesus died on the cross.
47:54 And that's what Colossians is talking about.
47:57 It is not talking about the weekly Sabbath.
48:03 And once you understand that, friend, and just apply those
48:06 simple rules then there is no problem at all.
48:08 And that's why in the book of Revelation... If you come over
48:11 to Revelation chapter 14 and verse 12
48:15 John the Revelator makes this statement.
48:18 Revelation 14 and verse 12.
48:30 Those two things go together.
48:32 And it's interesting that the book of Revelation - written for
48:34 the last days - doesn't point out God's people
48:36 as keeping circumcision or the law of the Jews
48:40 but the Ten Commandments and the faith of Jesus
48:43 because those two things go together.
48:45 When we love Jesus we'll keep His commandments.
48:47 And God's people in the last days are going to be a people
48:51 who love Jesus so much that they are willing to do
48:55 all that He asks us to do.
48:57 And then after writing the book of Revelation
49:00 John wrote his epistle of John, that is, the letter of John.
49:04 Let's come back to the beginning of Revelation
49:06 and you'll go back past Jude
49:08 then you will come to I John.
49:11 I, II, and III John.
49:12 We'll have a look at I John chapter 3 and verse 4.
49:17 And here's a very interesting statement.
49:19 Very clear statement. I John chapter 3 and verse 4
49:23 where John writes:
49:34 So if you want a good Bible definition of sin
49:37 it is lawlessness.
49:39 When a person doesn't want to follow the law
49:41 and breaks the law, that's sin.
49:46 Now look... let me illustrate.
49:50 Let's argue the way some Christians argue.
49:56 First of all the Bible tells us if we put this into
49:59 diagrammatic form because there is a law
50:02 and a law that's broken, then there is sin. Is that right?
50:06 You can see that.
50:08 Because we have sinned and we've broken the law
50:12 we need who? A Savior.
50:16 Because we have a Savior we have a gospel.
50:22 And because we have a gospel then we have ministers
50:28 who tell people about that.
50:33 Now let's argue the way some Christians argue:
50:38 that the law's been done away with.
50:39 So let's just for a moment we'll say the law has been
50:43 done away with.
50:44 So as we look at our illustration again
50:47 the law's been done away with.
50:48 And if there is no law, is there any sin?
50:51 Can't be... because only where sin is
50:55 where there is a law... otherwise there would be no sin.
50:59 If there's no sin, do we need salvation?
51:01 No, because we're not sinners.
51:05 If there's no salvation, is there any need of a Savior? No.
51:09 If there's no Savior, is there any such thing as a gospel? No.
51:13 And if there's no gospel, is there any need of these fellows?
51:16 All in the doll queue... social services.
51:20 Can you see when you look at that equation now
51:24 on the screen, what is the devil really trying to aim at
51:27 when he teaches people that the law has been done away with?
51:30 What's he really getting after?
51:32 He's not so much worried about the law as such.
51:35 What's he really after in that equation?
51:38 What's he wanting to minimize in people's minds?
51:42 Yes, sin... and therefore the need of a Savior.
51:45 Isn't that right? He's aiming right at Jesus
51:48 because listen: if I don't think that I've sinned
51:51 why do I think I need to go to Jesus?
51:53 "I'm doing pretty well myself thank you very much.
51:56 I live a good life. " And you hear people say this.
51:59 "Don't talk to me about going to church.
52:01 I pay 100 cents on the dollar.
52:03 I don't do my neighbor any bad turns
52:06 and I live as good a life as anyone else. "
52:08 You ever heard people talk like that?
52:09 Hear it all the time. And you know that when a person
52:12 talks like that they are a long way away from Jesus
52:15 because when you're a long way away from Jesus
52:17 you talk about you're... yes, you feel you're doing well.
52:21 It's only when we get close to Jesus
52:24 that we recognize our sinfulness.
52:29 And that's why Satan is trying to minimize
52:32 the commandments in people's minds.
52:35 Because if they have no great acute sense of what sin is
52:39 they haven't got an acute sense of their need of Jesus.
52:43 And that's the central issue.
52:45 And the purpose of the law is not to save us.
52:49 We're not saved by keeping the law.
52:50 God forbid that anyone would ever think that.
52:52 The purpose of the law is to drive us to Jesus,
52:55 and that's why I want to uplift the Ten Commandments!
52:58 Not as a means of our salvation
53:00 but to drive us to Jesus.
53:03 Because the more I look into the mirror of the law
53:06 as James says... When I go to the bathroom in the morning
53:09 and I look at the mirror... The mirror... I don't wash
53:11 my face in the mirror but the mirror reveals
53:14 how much I needed the soap.
53:16 And that's why James says the law is a mirror.
53:19 Because the purpose of the law is to reveal to me
53:22 how much I need of Jesus.
53:25 That's why the Bible upholds the commandments
53:27 and why it's so necessary.
53:29 Let me just read you I John chapter 5.
53:31 This is a wonderful little book: I John.
53:34 Chapter 5 and verses 2 and 3. Look at this where John writes:
53:53 "For this is the love of God" it says
53:57 "that we keep His commandments.
53:58 And His commandments are not burdensome. "
54:02 When you love the Lord, the commandments aren't a burden
54:05 at all, John says. And it's true.
54:07 Let me illustrate.
54:09 It's about 5 o'clock
54:12 and the boss comes to John. Says: "John, I've got to
54:16 have this parcel taken over the other side of the city
54:19 and delivered to one of our clients. "
54:21 "Oh, right on knock-off time. "
54:24 Well... it's the boss and it's the job.
54:27 So he goes around to get the bus and realizes
54:33 that today there is a bus strike.
54:36 "Bother" he says. Grab the bike.
54:38 So he goes round to the back of the office - the shed
54:41 there - for a few things and a bike,
54:44 but the bike hasn't been ridden for so long
54:47 that the tires are all flat.
54:49 So he drags it out. Goes round to the bike shop.
54:52 But by now it's about quarter past five and the bike shop's
54:55 all shut up for the day and the man's gone home.
54:59 Drag the jolly bike back. Puts it back in the shed.
55:02 Realizes he'll have to walk, and it's one of those hot
55:05 humid days.
55:07 And as he walks and walks over to the other side of the city
55:10 he can feel the perspiration running down the back of
55:12 his neck and he thinks about that boss.
55:14 Thinks Herr Hitler is an exciting comparison.
55:18 But finally he delivers the parcel
55:21 and then he wanders home.
55:23 He gets home, and he's been so tired now after the day's
55:27 work and all this long walk that he just flops into the
55:30 easy chair and it's not long before he's sound asleep.
55:34 And all of a sudden the telephone rings.
55:36 Now I'm sure all of us have been woken up by the telephone
55:40 from a deep sleep and for a moment you wonder
55:41 what's going on. Then he suddenly realized
55:44 it was the telephone. He picks it up.
55:45 Feels like lead he's so tired.
55:47 Puts it up to his ear.
55:49 It's his girlfriend.
55:53 "Come around to tea? " "Sure, yes! "
55:56 "Yes, I know there's a bus strike.
55:58 Look, I'll jog around. That'll be no problem at all. "
56:03 What's made the difference?
56:05 Yes... a little word spelled L-O-V-E.
56:09 And I want to tell you friend, if you and I are struggling
56:12 with the commandments, the problem is not with the
56:16 commandments. Doing away with the commandments is not
56:18 going to solve the problem.
56:20 If I'm struggling with the commandments, what I need
56:23 is more of the love of Jesus in my heart, isn't that right?
56:27 Because when the love of Jesus comes into our hearts
56:30 we naturally want to do what God wants us to do.
56:33 It's not a burden.
56:35 It becomes a delight!
56:38 In fact, our highest delight is to do what God wants us to do
56:44 when we are in love with Him.
56:47 And we can all understand our relationship with love.
56:52 Because when you really love somebody you want to do
56:55 that which pleases that person.
56:57 It's not a burden at all.
56:59 Even washing the fellow's socks is not a problem.
57:04 Not when you love them, see?
57:06 But if there's no love, it becomes an absolute burden.
57:09 And that's why the Bible is talking here about
57:12 when we love Jesus we'll keep His commandments.
57:15 And I trust that God will help us and we will sense
57:20 the wonderful relationship between His commandments
57:23 which reveal to us our need of Jesus
57:26 and it drives us to Jesus to get to know Him better.
57:29 Let's just bow our heads together in prayer.
57:31 Our wonderful Father in heaven, I want to thank you
57:34 again for Jesus, and I want to thank you for
57:37 Your commandments. Not because we're saved by
57:40 keeping the commandments, Lord, but the commandments
57:42 reveal to us how much we need of Jesus.
57:46 They are like the mirror that as we look at the mirror
57:50 it drives us to the soap. And so the commandments
57:52 drive us to Jesus. And so I pray that You will help us,
57:56 Lord, to understand the relationship between
57:58 grace and law. That You'll help us to understand
58:02 that Jesus has given to us the commandments
58:04 because He loves us.
58:06 And so as we go home again today please be with us
58:09 and bring us back as further we study and look into these
58:12 wonderful wonderful truths.
58:14 For I pray for Christ's sake, Amen.


Revised 2014-12-17