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An Overview Of The Seven Laws That Paul Mentioned Part 2

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2014-03-01

5. Law Of Faith

Romans 3:27-28 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

  • This instruction or law of faith is something that we are to obey…

Romans 1:5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

  • The Law of Faith is to conform your way of thinking to the Word of Yah. Paul refers to this as becoming the new man.

Ephesians 4:22-24 …to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of Yah in true righteousness and holiness

  • It is at this moment that we enter into the plan of salvation. It should be noted, that this is before we technically do anything.

Ephesians 2:8–9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Yah; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

  • Our faith is not defined by works, but leads to and is thus evidenced by works
  • Our faith is trusting that the Word of Yah is truth…and the Word of Yah is the character that we should conform to.
  • So, faith leads to works, it is not that works leads to faith.
  • Faith is the active attitude of total reliance on Yah’s absolute trustworthiness
  • That means that “faith” is demonstrated in the action of trust: of putting ourselves in His care, no matter what the circumstances
  • Until and unless we act on His reliability, we don’t have faith
  • Faith is only found in the action of trust, not the declaration
  • So, how do we get this faith? Yah grants it, freely, abundantly, continuously.
  • From Yah’s side of the relationship, nothing impedes your trust in Him.
  • All we have to do is act accordingly.
  • This is why, in Scriptures, there is a marriage between our internal faith and it being evidenced in the life that we live.
  • Meaning this…the righteousness is what others can see, and is derived from the Word of Yah that we believe to be truth.
  • The Law of Faith that we are to obey internally, that transforms us into a new man, and leads to the Law of Righteousness… is the observable practicing of the Word of Yah.

6. THE LAW OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of Yah is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

  • Paul was simply quoting the prophets…

Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.

  • This means that true faith, which comes first, will always result in the evidence of righteous works
  • What if someone told you your house was going to explode tomorrow. Let’s make the assumption you want to live and prefer not to be blown up. If you said you believe that your house is going to blow up, yet chose to stay in the house, would that make any sense? That would not be true faith. If you really believed that your house was going to blow up, you would not stay in your house. Likewise, if you really believed the Word of Yah to be truth, you would then have a desire to do the Word of Yah.

James 2:14–26 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that Yah is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed Elohim, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of Elohim. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

  • Again, true faith produces tangible results in a persons life…that we can see…it is the evidence of faith.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • Take some time and read the rest of Hebrews 11…it is example after example of men doing things because of their faith…evidencing their faith.
  • Because faith produces changes in our behavior that are consistent with the Word of Yah…the whole Word of Yah.

Romans 3:27-28 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

  • Remember, law simply means instruction.
  • Paul is teaching that if we follow the instruction of faith, that through such we are justified. On the flip side, an instruction of works does not justify us.
  • So what is the instruction of faith?
  • The instruction is to have faith, and then we will be justified unto salvation.
  • This begs the question, faith in what exactly?

Romans 3:26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Yahshua

  • Our faith is to be in Yahshua.
  • Again, what does that mean? What does it mean to have faith in Yahshua? Does that mean that we are just to believe He existed? Does that mean that we are to just believe that He died?
  • No…Yahshua is the Word of Yah in the flesh. To believe and have faith in Yahshua is the same as believing and having faith in the Word of Yah.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, can we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

  • So to believe in or have faith in Yahshua is to believe and have faith that the Word of Yah is truth, that it is the way to live.
  • It is in that faith that we will generate a desire to practice righteousness. It is the practicing of the Law of Yah that is the evidence of our faith to others

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous

1 John 3:10 By this it is evident who are the children of Yah, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of Yah, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

  • John communicates the same idea in the sense of our obedience is the evidence of our faith

1Jn 2:1-5 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Yahshua Messiah the righteous: 1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1Jn 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of Yah perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

  • So John is stating that it is his desire that we do not sin, and since sin is the breaking of the Law of Yah, he is in effect saying that it is his desire that we follow the law of Yah.
  • That grace however, is granted to those who have a desire to keep the commandments of Yah, to walk the same commandments our Messiah walked…the Sabbath, dietary instructions, everything.

1 John 2:3-6 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of Yah is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

  • The idea that our fruit or obedience is the evidence of our faith is not something invented by Paul or John. We already noted that the prophets taught that the righteous shall live by their faith. However, Yahshua of course, taught the same thing

Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

7. THE LAW OF Messiah

1 Corinthians 9:21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of Yah but under the law of Messiah) that I might win those outside the law.

  • In a moment in which Paul is talking about how he puts himself in the shoes of others in an attempt to help them better understand, Paul states that he is not outside the law of Yah, but under the law of Messiah. So, He is in the Law of Yah and Law of Messiah at the same time…meaning what
  • They are the same thing.
  • Therefore, to follow the Law of Messiah is the same as following the Law of Yah.

We have now reviewed the 7 Laws of Paul.

1) The Law of Yah (Romans 3:31; 7:22-25; 8:7)

2) The Law of Sin (Romans 7:23-25)

3) The Law of Sin and Death (Romans 8:2)

4) The Law of the Spirit of Life (Romans 8:2)

5) The Law of Faith (Romans 3:27)

6) The Law of Righteousness (Romans 9:31)

7) The Law of Messiah (1 Corinthians 9:21)

  • There is a process and order of how this sequence of laws are to play out in our lives in the faith…
  • The Law of Yah are our instructions from our Creator. Our flesh desires to not follow these instructions. This is defined as the Law of Sin. Sin leads to death. We have all sinned. We all deserved death. This is known as the Law of Sin and Death. While we are under the Law of Sin and Death, we are unknowingly in bondage and trapped in the promise of eternal death. The Spirit speaks truth to us, and points us to the everlasting life of the Word of Yah. In this, we realize that we are in bondage in the Law of Sin and Death. We realize that we must have faith in the Word of Yah by trusting and fully committing to the Word of Yah. This is a desire to follow the Word of Yah, characterized by a new desire that is contrary to the flesh that is against the Word of Yah. In this faith, we practice righteousness. This righteousness is the same righteousness of our Messiah, that he walked out in the faith. This is known as the Law of Messiah
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