Thieves And Robbers

Jesus said, "All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers (John 10:8)."

"All that ever came before me" includes the law of Moses and the prophecy of Elijah. The law and the prophets did not lead the people to God. Rather they were a type and a shadow (or a schoolmaster) to point people to Jesus Christ. Because people believed they could get to God through the law (Moses) and prophets (Elijah) they were robbed. People ended up in condemnation and death.

Let's leave condemnation and death and enter the love and freedom of Jesus Christ. ELEMENTS SHALL MELT

We recently ran across a strange development in Bible study. It changes our whole concept about what is going to be burned up.

Most of us have been taught that sometime in the future the whole world is going to be destroyed by fire. In studying the "elements" that are going to melt with fervent heat we found the word for "elements" in the Greek is STOICHEION.

In every case where the word STOICHEION is used in the New Testament it represents the law of Moses. (Element in Gal. 4:3,9 and II Pet. 3:10,12 -- Rudiment in Col. 28:20 -- Principle in Heb. 5:12).

The conclusion of this study is that God's supernatural fire will melt (break up) the law of Moses which brings death. The thing that is keeping us in this present world (age) and preventing us from entering the new world (age) -- wherein dwelleth righteousness -- is the law of Moses (II Pet. 3:5-13).

A confirming idea is in I Cor.15:53-56. The grave is the product of death. The sting of death is sin. The strength of sin is the LAW. Conversely, when the law is fulfilled there is no more sin. When there is no sin there is no sting of death. The conclusion of this is that one step toward entering immortality is entering the law of Jesus by being led by the Holy Spirit, not the law of Moses.

"Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed, "

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written Death is swallowed up in victory ?"

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"

"The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the LAW" (I Cor. 15:52-56).

Notice that the LAW is the strength of sin.

To them who by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory and honor and immortality (God will render) eternal life (Rom. 2:7).

The Bible teaches us to seek immortality (the state of not dying) by being led by the Holy Spirit out of the law of Moses into the law of Jesus Christ which is love.

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