THE LAW OF GOD BEING THE BEST LAW FOR GUIDING A NATION AND EVERYONE INCLUDING ALL CHRISTIANS.
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The Christians have misunderstood the Law of God and its purpose, in doing that, they have failed to direct a nation to obey God’s Law to bring Harmony, Justice and Peace, so the leaders of nati!ons have ignored the role of God’s law to bring justice in the nations, in the due course, God is being taken useless and less important especially by national leaders since they are not considering his supremacy in his Law, the most Christians living in error also take the law of God as irrelevant and they have not guided national leaders and what pains me is that the Christians living under error using the spirit error are the many ones and they are stubborn ones creating commotion and promoting lawlessness in societies because they are not transformed but they claim they are born Again and they say that they are following Jesus Christ yet most of them think law has been abolished which is very wrong and Jesus Christ brought this into a better light for Christians to understand;
“Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true. Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with — not until the end of all things. So then, whoever disobeys even the least important of the commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be least in the Kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys the Law and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires. Mathew5; 17-20…
The law is there to guide the nations and therefore it should be observed by each nation to direct God’s people to live in harmony, peace and justice, Law was meant to direct the people of Israelites in their new land they were going and through people of other nations would copy and learn how to live in harmony without crimes. God understand humans so he has put his law to direct them, Jesus Christ warned his followers that we should surpass the works of the Pharisees, the reason was that Pharisees were not doing according to what they taught and they were loading it to the citizens and they were not doing exactly what God wanted. So in bringing Jesus Christ, God wanted to eliminate sin and because through Law sin was made redundant and useless, Jesus Christ came with a different formulae that through his death he would release his Holy Spirit to dwell in the Christians who have believed in him and in that, it meant that The Holy Spirit would write his laws on the hearts of the people and if Christians would be led by the Holy Spirit then they would be not under law because no sin would be in them but because there are hidden sins the Holy Spirit would help us reveal them to us and if we repent then God would remember them no more.
And the Holy Spirit also gives us his witness. First he says:
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts
and write them on their minds.” And then he says, “I will not remember their sins and evil deeds any longer.” 18So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed. Hebrews10; 15-17
In the above scriptures Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was a solution to burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin because they could not take away sins. Therefore Jesus Christ came to take sin away and the burnt offering not God’s Law, Law also cannot take away sins because there are sins which are hidden that we sin in thoughts and minds and were not provided in the law but the Holy Spirit convicts us of all unrighteousness and he reveals all the hidden sins, the work of the Holy Spirit is to write the law on our hearts and minds to be conscious of sin.
The law of God shows how God loves us to direct us in doing good, so when we are seeing Law we should not take it as a way of being burdened because that would annoy God and it shows that he is burdening us with his ways, Love is the best way to see the law of God, Law is the Love of God to direct his people to adopt his ways, we know very well that if we live by the Spirit we shall not be condemned by the Law because the Spirit leads us.
God is one, and he will put the Jews right with himself on the basis of their faith, and will put the Gentiles right through their faith. Does this mean that by this faith we do away with the Law? No, not at all; instead, we uphold the Law. Romans3; 30-31.
Paul brings up something amazing that if we have Faith in Jesus Christ then we should uphold the law meaning, that Law will be needed in our journey of salvation but what the bible warns us about is using Law wrongly in justifying ourselves to be saved through Law. We only get saved and be justified by having Faith in Jesus Christ and after we have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ then the Holy Spirit will teach us the good value of the law and how we should move, observing law is not salvation but Law is to regulate salvation and the Holy Spirit will guide us to use the Law of God since it will be written within our hearts and minds
Many lost Christians tend to disregard the Law because they misquote this scripture;
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galations5;18,
well if you look closely at the scripture it means that if we are being guided by the Holy Spirit we shall not be under law because you are only producing the fruits of the Holy Spirit and that you are not a law breaker. But Christians have ignored the commands of the Lord God using the “word WE are NOT under law but under Grace” and in doing so they have rebelled against God have only produced the fruits of the flesh and we know that Law is made for Law breakers and the people who living under the sinful nature hence producing sinful nature fruits and of those there is Law and these are the ones;
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galations5; 19-21.
Being under law means you are only engaged in the events of the world and gratifying its desires and you are living a life of sinning. But if you come under grace of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior you would overcome sin because Grace is Powerful in that it will neutralize sin and the sin will be eliminated because the Holy Spirit will destroy it and that is the power of Grace. But being under Grace does not mean there is no Law. So there is much power under the Grace of Jesus Christ. So a person not obeying the commandments, and the laws of God then he is under Law not Under Grace because if you are under grace that person should overcome sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately most Christians have been misguided on that matter and they only quote 1 scripture and even misinterpret it and they end up walking naked on streets in trousers especially in ladies and also they wear other kind of abominations before sight of God and they are deceived that you are not under law, they forget not to be under law you should be producing the fruits of the Holy Spirit, there is no way a women can wear a trouser or legging or may be a miniskirt without gratifying the desire of nature, first of all people looking at will lust after her and that is Adultery already in Mathew;5;27, other people would covet and all these fruits of the flesh that is sinful nature therefore that person is living under Law.
Christians should be very careful in ignoring the Law of God because they will be asked. Only those who want perish will ignore the law of God and rebel against the working of God because God has regulated everything and in that also Salvation is regulated.
If every person in the world was perfect like Jesus Christ, people everywhere could live in harmony without tension, but unfortunately that is not the way it is. Sin is pervasive. When people live in close proximity, sin makes people hurt each other and take things that others have worked hard to make. When sin takes hold, some people become violent and dangerous. Society needs a way to restrain the worst effects of sin, without hindering human freedom. Every human society needs laws to function smoothly.
Violence and theft really disrupt the relationships between the people living together in a community. If I am proud and arrogant, my neighbours may not like me, but they are not harmed. They can just ignore me. However, if I steal from them, they suffer. If I am violent, someone will get hurt. A good society needs protection from theft and violence.
There are three ways that another person can harm me. They can steal my possessions, assault my body, or lie about my character. Lies, theft, and assault are sins that directly harm other people. Laws that deal with these sins protect the structure and security of society.
Law provides a standard that allows human judges to make consistent decisions. If judges decide each case on the basis of their personal opinion, justice would become a lottery. Decisions would vary between judges, and a particular judge might made different decisions depending on his mood. Good laws proved judges with a consistent standard that prevents their decisions from being arbitrary.
Good law supports freedom. If only a limited range of actions are prohibited by law, everyone understands what they must not do. If we know what actions are illegal, we are free to take any other type of action. People can get on with life, knowing what actions are prohibited by the law. Provided they avoid theft and violence, they can do they like. This opens up a wonderful range of choices and brings great freedom.
Good law is important for any society. It is even more important in the Kingdom of God. The challenge is to obtain the best laws possible.
The prophet Habakkuk understood the purpose of law.
Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted (Hab 1:3, 4).
When law is ignored, strife and violence abound. Without law, justice is perverted and the wicked prevail. Good law reduces strife and violence, even in a society that has rejected God.
The consequence of our failure to understand the purpose of the law is prophesied in Proverbs.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully (Prov 28:4,5).
When people forsake law, wicked people benefit. In the last century Christians have not just rejected God’s law, they have lost interest in the concept of law altogether. The result is evil run rampant. Our failure to understand the role of law, has allowed evil and injustice to prevail.
God’s LAW being the Best
God created humans and all the world. He knows and understands us perfectly. This puts him in the best place to design laws that work well.
For the LORD is our judge, The LORD is our lawgiver, The LORD is our king; It is he who will save us (Isaiah 33:22).
God has infinite wisdom, so his laws will be perfect for us.
Paul understood that the law is a tool for dealing with people who disrupt the peace of society. This is a crucial verse.
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers (1 Tim 1:7-9).
The law is used properly when it is used to restrain the evil that harms society. It law is not for the righteous. It is not for Christians, thís means Christians should be guided by the Holy Şpirit not to be under law but if they are not led by the Holy Şpirit then law do get them because they do thíngs against the Law of Ğod. We must understand that the law is for thieves, murderers, adulterer and perjurers who would disrupt the peace and harmony of society. The righteousness of Jesus cannot deal with these people, while they are hostile to him. Until they are transformed by the love of Jesus, laws restrain their evil and prevent them from harming other people.
Just and Good
God’s law provides a way of restraining the harm that is caused by people who are willing to harm others. His law is the best for every human society.
Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good (Rom 7:12).
What could be better for the functioning of society than a set of laws that are holy, just and good? Any other laws will be suboptimal. They will be partly unjust and not always good. Why would any society want to have suboptimal laws? God’s law is the best, because he is God.
God’s law is good. He is just and good, so his law is the best basis for a harmonious society. God has provided the law that every society needs.
God gave the law just when it was needed. Up until the time of Abraham, there was plenty of room in the world, so people did not need live in close proximity. When people had disputes, they just moved away from each other. By the time of Jacob, people were starting to live closer together and disputes over property were becoming prevalent (Jacob and Esau, Jacob and Laban). A system for resolving disputes was needed.
Then they went down to Egypt to live as slaves, with no choice but to accept the Egyptian system of justice. This changed when they escaped. With a million people living in a small country, disputes were bound to occur. God gave the law to deal with the problem. He gave it when it was needed, because God’s timing is always perfect..
The law was a system of justice for dealing with disputes over property and violence towards people. God gave the law to restrain crime. It never had any other purpose and that purpose has not changed.
Law for Everyone
God’s law was not just only for Israel. It would make Israel into a great nation, but that was just a small part of God’s purpose. His strategy was for the nations to see the effectiveness of his laws and copy them. He hoped that the nations would become jealous of Israel’s judges and justice and borrow them. The other nations should look at their own laws and see that they are arbitrary, cumbersome and vindictive. When they saw God’s law working, they should recognise God’s wisdom and freely choose to live by his laws.
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today (Deut 4:5-8)?
God intended Israel to demonstrate the benefits of his laws and system of justice to the surrounding nations.
God’s influence would not grow through the expansion of the Israelite kingdom. Rather it would spread, as the nations copied the laws that God had given to Israel.
God’s system was a unique combination of law and judges and no king. The other nations had human kings and arbitrary malicious laws. God’s plan failed because Israel refused to accept his system. They chose a mixture of God’s law and human kings that produced failure and insignificance. The nations never got to see the greatness of God’s system of laws.
What a Great System
God expected the nations to look at Israel’s laws and system of government and say “What a great system! Why don’t we copy it!” Unfortunately, God could not get his own people to say these words. Instead, they looked at the nations with their kings and said, “What a great system. We need a King!”
God’s plan has not changed. He still intends the nations to live under his law (Micah 4:2). The difference is that he now expects Christian society to demonstrate the greatness of his law. He expects Christians to come together and establish communities in which good judges emerge to apply the law of God. People outside these communities will look in on these communities and see peace and order and choose to adopt the same system of law and judges. The wisdom of the law should be evident to everyone.
With the coming of the gospel, the order has changed. In Old Testament times, God expected the nations to copy the judicial laws first. Once people had experienced the benefits of these laws, they would start to enquire about the God who gave these laws and become interested in serving this God. The law came first, and loving God came second.
Since the coming of Jesus, the order has been reversed. When the gospel is preached and the nations accept Jesus as Lord, the should be taught to love God and to obey his laws
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matt 28:20).
The nations will love God first as they hear the gospel, and then apply his laws as they love his word.
God’s plan has not changed. He still expects that nations to look at his laws and be amazed at their wisdom. There is one small problem with this grand plan.
Christians have ignored his law . God cannot get his people to look at his laws and say “What wonderful laws!” He cannot even get them to look at the law, because most hate his law or are totally ignorant of its content. Instead, Christians look at democracy and say “What a great system! We want democracy”.
This should be a wake up call for us. God expects people to look at his law and say “What a great system”.
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path (see Psalm 119:97-104).
We must have missed something. We have not understood the greatness of God’s law. Perhaps it is time to have another look and find out what God was so excited about that he took the trouble to personally come down and give the law to his people through Moses.
Christians are confused about the purpose of the law (see Misunderstood Law). This is not surprising as even the people who received the Ten Commandments did not fully understand its role. God gave the law to Moses at a time when Israel was moving to live in a defined area of land to enable them to live together harmoniously. The Jews never full understood this.
The judicial case laws given in Exodus 21-23 make their purpose clear. They do not refer to personal holiness, but describe situations where people have harmed those living around them. They explain how to deal with people who do not respect their neighbour’s life or property. Solutions are provided for fights between people and disputes over property. The judicial laws of Moses were designed to deal with the issues that arise when people live together in close proximity. This is the main purpose of the law.
The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today (Deut 6:24).
God provided the law so that his people could live together in harmony. Human nature has not changed, so we still need judicial laws.
In the modern world, people still hurt each other and disputes over property, so this need has not disappeared. God provided the law to resolve these problems and allow people to live together in harmony.
One of the wonders of the modern world is that Christians with God’s law in their Bibles prefer living under man-made laws. They turn up their noses at God’s law and choose laws made by a group of elected opportunists and power-seekers. Most Christians seem more enthusiastic about changing the political process to produce different man-made laws than they are about living under God’s law.
In the United States, Christians are really stirred up about displaying the Ten Commandments in court rooms, but no one is suggesting that they should replace man-made law. Most American Christians believe that implementing a man-made constitution can produce good laws. They do not want to live under God’s law. I can understand people outside the gospel rejecting the law, but something is seriously wrong when God’s people reject his law in favour of living under man’s law.
For the LORD is our judge, The LORD is our lawgiver, (Isaiah 33:22).
If God is our Lawgiver, we do not need politicians and human lawyers to write laws for us. God has given us the perfect standard for justice, so we would be foolish to live under human laws.
Human law has as least seven serious problems.
1. Arbitrary Morality
A human legislature cannot decide what is right and wrong. Humans do not have authority to decide morality. God is our creator, so all morality must start with his sovereignty. Right and wrong originate in his character. He is the only one who can decree what is correct behaviour.
God has already given us a perfect code of behaviour, but the human problem is one of behaviour and not one of knowledge. We always know what is right; it is written on our hearts. Our problem is doing what is right.
I realise that most citizens of western nations do not acknowledge God. That is their choice, but if there is no god, there is no absolute standard of right and wrong. We are then left with a moral relativism; where each person’s opinion is good as another. A consensus on correct behaviour will be impossible.
Even if a broad consensus could be achieved, it would have no coercive power. In a society which values pluralism and tolerance any person would be free to opt out of the consensus. Today, we seem to have enshrined relativism as a god. However relativism provides no basis for coercing people to a particular kind of behaviour.
2. Totalitarian Law
Human law tends to become an instrument of virtue and forgets be a instrument of justice. It attempt to make people to lead virtuous lives. To achieve this virtue, the state must monitor every human action. When state starts power is used to force people to be good, horrendous totalitarianism often follows.
God’s law is the best antidote to totalitarianism, because it puts boundaries on human behaviour. Within these boundaries people are free to do as they wish. This gives them great freedom. Provided people do not break the law, the state cannot interfere in their lives.
Elected politicians and parliaments tend to implement rule systems. They attempt to legislate for the whole of life by passing laws that cover every conceivable situation. Unfortnately, they are not omniscient, so they always get things wrong. Some rules will contradict others. Conflicting laws produce confusion and result in illogical and unjust decisions. Extra rules are added to clarify the muddle, but this adds to the uncertainty. Eventually the rule system gets so complicated that a law degree is needed to understand it.
A system of rules can never cover every possible situation. New circumstances always emerge, so new clauses or regulations have to be added to deal with them. As more and more rules are added, the law gets more convoluted. The rules become so numerous that people can no longer know them all. However, no matter how much detail is added to the rules, a new state of affairs will emerge that is an exception to the rules.
The Old Testament law is not a rule system. Moses talked about laws and verdicts (Deut 5:1). God gave several clear judicial laws. He also gave some straightforward examples of verdicts to show how these laws should be applied in practical situations. These examples are not exhaustive, but they are sufficient to explain how the law should be interpreted and applied.
The judicial laws are not absolutes, because there are always exceptions. For example, killing a person is unlawful, but might be legitimate if a person is defending their family from physical attack. Killing a person deliberately is different from killing a person by accident. The books of the law explain how the judicial laws apply in these different situations, but they do not try to cover every possible situation, because that would be impossible. God did not need to cover every possible situation, because we have the gift of the Holy Spirit and can work some things out for ourselves.
4. Continuous Law Reform
Human law-makers spell out their laws in enormous detail, but there are always situations that they did not foresee. Clever lawyers find loopholes and criminals escape justice, because the wording of the law is imprecise. Human laws constantly need to be updated and reformed.
This continuous law reform creates full-time work for the law-makers and lawyers, but causes a lot of confusion for ordinary citizens. The law is constantly changing, so people are uncertain about what is a crime. The law gets so detailed that even lawyers do not fully understand it. Human law gets strangled by this confusion.
God has a different approach. He did the task once and got it right. He clearly stated his judicial laws, so their meaning is straightforward and simple. They do not need to be updated or reformed.
God also gave some “case laws” to explain how his laws should be applied (Ex 21-23). These case laws explain the difference between manslaughter and murder. They give examples of stealing. The rest can be left to wise judges. This a better approach. God does not need to reform his law, because concepts like stealing and assault do not changes.
5. Impossible Burden
Jesus confronted the teachers of the law for placing an impossible burden upon the people. They took the Ten Commandments and converted them into about 600 regulations. An enormous edifice of complicated rules was then built on ten simple rules.
And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them (Luke 11:43-46).
The modern state has turned the Ten Commandments into millions of laws and regulations. These are so complicated that no lawyer can understand them all. Jesus would say that modern legistlators are blind guides.
We do not need elected politicians to create an enormous burden of regulations that cover every permutation of life. We need wise judges to interpret God’s judicial laws in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
6. Politicians are Deluded
Politicians can only make human laws. Human laws are just words. On their own, they do not change anything. This makes politicians very dangerous, because they think that writing a law changes the world. Only God can speak and bring things into being (Rom 4:17).
God said, Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so (Gen 1:9).
Human lawmakers act like gods. They think that they can remove every problem by writing laws. They call things into being, but nothing is so. People who think they are gods are deluded. Letting them make laws is foolish.
Christians claim to live under grace and not law and then jump out of the frying pan into the fire by choosing to live under human laws. Very few are troubled by this strange situation. I cannot understand why Christians living under grace would want to live under laws created by deluded people.
7. Politicians are Redundant
God’s law makes politicians redundant. There is no evidence in the Bible of a group of people being elected to decide what the law should be. A parliament or congress is not needed because God had already provided his perfect law. This is a very important principle. We will not understand the kingdom of God, while we think that we need politicians to make laws for us. We already have a good and just law, so we do not need elected human representatives to craft legislation to improve our society.
Some Christians believe that the role of politicians is to write systems of legislation that translate God’s law into the modern situation. We should be careful about this, lest we fall into the same trap as the Pharisees and teachers of the law. They tried to codify the law, but they just made it complicated and harder to understand. Jesus called them blind fools and hypocrites.
Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering (Luke 11:52).
Any codification of the law is likely to distort the truth and mislead people.
We are better to go back to God’s word to learn his law. It will have to be interpreted and applied in different situations, but can be done best by wise, local, trusted judges. Elected politicians do not have the skills to for this task.
In conclusion the Christians today should go back to the basics and have again a look at the Law of God using the guidance of the Holy Şpirit and live in accordance of the Holy Şpirit guidance to apply Ğod’s law in their areas where they have Authority and Ğod Almighty will be pleased. Christians should not ignore the Law of Ğod as inneccesity but they should consider the law of Ğod fundamental for every aspect of life because Ğod has regulated everything according to his standard therefore its we Christians to adapt the standard and then others copy the standard of Ğod like the way God had planned with Israelites that through them he would expand his laws being copied and people would love God’s systems, so if change our attitude and follow the trend of Ğod then our neighbors who see us will be amazed by great work of Ğod in us, the advantage we the Holy Şpirit who will enable us to understand the law of Ğod and he will make us understand its goodness, being under the GRACE of Our Lord Jesus Christ then GRACE should enable us to obey the Law that is use of the GRACE for those who didnot know.
Grace makes us understand the law of Ğod and it’s goodness upon the nations, people and the outside people will see and copy. Example if the Christians ladies would obey the law of Ğod and abandon the trousers, miniskirts, peddles, patras, and other funny dressings that are abominable in Gods sight, they would change the lives of others, the people who are not born again would copy them and inquire about the Ğod who has transformed them and they wil develop love for God. But thís is different today Christians or born again are copying the people who are not yet saved and have behaved like Isrealites who rejected God from being there judge and king and prefered a system of other nations and failed God’s plan until Ğod brought the plan of Jesus Christ that people would come and obey Ğod ťhrough Jesus Christ, so his plan still stands, The scripture says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.Hebrews13:8. Therefore fellow brethren in Christ Jesus, Ğod wants us to adopt his way of working so that he bring Salvation to others ťhrough your transformation and change of your attitude, how will the unbelievers believe on Ğod if they see you are like them in dressings, behavior, no justice, no peace in you. Lets us uphold the Law since we have faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
Asher Namanya as usual the bondservant of Ğod the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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