Pharisees Tradition

The Pharisees demanded that every male be circumcised because Moses' law said so. The New Testament says, "if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing" (Gal. 5:2). Circumcision can be an aid in personal cleanliness, but it will not help in finding favor with God.

We can see that this applies to other parts of the law as well.

We can see that this applies to other parts of the law as well.

Philippians 3:2-3 says,

"Watch out for those wicked men -- dangerous dogs, I call them -- who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For it is not the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshipping him with our spirit. That is the only true circumcision" (Living Bible). We believe that you may substitute other laws for the word "circumcision" and the spirit of the passage will be kept.

A word of caution is appropriate now. It is wholesome and healthy to desire to be led by the Holy Spirit. That is good. The Holy Spirit can lead you to do things which are not in keeping with the letter of Moses' law -- but these leadings are always in keeping with the spirit of the law.

Now here is the catch...If you desire to leave the law -- you are wrong. The law was given for your protection and you need it. That is, you even need to keep the letter of the law until the Holy Spirit leads you out of it.

Sometimes when an immature Christian learns that there is freedom from the law of Moses through Jesus Christ, the person commits improper or immoral acts that he has been wanting to do -- but has refrained from because of the restrictions of the law.

We cannot use our freedom from the law when we are motivated by our fleshly desire. "Unto the pure all things are pure; but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled" (Titus 1:15). "For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another (Gal. 5:13)". "But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak" (I Cor. 8:9).

BETWEEN

GRACE

Bridging the gap between law (Moses) and freedom (Jesus) is JOHN THE BAPTIST.

BETWEEN

LAW AND

GRACE

Bridging the gap between law (Moses) and freedom (Jesus) is JOHN THE BAPTIST.

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