Turn TO The Law or AWAY From The
Under Covenant, Israel was told to turn TO the law.
God, through the prophet Joshua, promised them prosperity if they would "turn not" from the law.
Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all the
law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not
from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Under Grace, we are told to turn AWAY from the law.
Paul asked how could someone "turn ye again" to the weak and beggarly elements of the law after coming to know God
by grace through faith?
Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God,
or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
A significant question we must
ask the legalistic-lordshippers who have pervaded their way into TRUE Christianity is this:
How can we "turn not from"
something we are "dead to"?
Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my
brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even
to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Galatians 2:19 For I through
the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God
This begins to make sense when
we realize that Paul was given DIFFERENT instructions for DIFFERENT people under DIFFERENT
He was given the Ephesians 3:2 "dispensation of the
grace of God”.
According to that dispensational
information, after being justified by faith, if someone decided to turn BACK to works, they would be guilty
of fallen from grace.
“Christ is become of no effect
unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” (Galatians
Our apostle tells us to "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in
This self examination is not an OUTWARD one as some
wrongfully teach, and as we see, proof of this is
found in the next half of the verse: "Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be
It is evident that the examination is one of the
INWARD man and not one of the outward.
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in his sight:
So ask yourself, am I law-working or
If you're law-working, you've “fallen
from grace” and back to self.
From God-centered to
From God-dependant to
From God-confident to
From cross-reliant to
And the result is, you've become self-serving instead of
When God dependence is replaced by self dependence, bitterness
replaces joy. When God centeredness is replaced by self centeredness, distress replaces peace. When humility is
replaced by pride, enmity replaces love. When God assurance is replaced by self assurance, disappointment and
oppression will be lurking near by.
When our focus on the cross gets obscured by our looking in the
mirror, we're no longer God-reliant, but self-reliant.
"Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell
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