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BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

First we need to understand:

    >> "What is the Law of God?"

    >> What are the many "parts" - or components - of God's Law?


God has given us His Laws, Commandments, Statutes, Judgements, Precepts, . . . AND . . . Ordinances;

    *[NOTE: The word Ordinances - though in many Scriptures - is NOT in the Scripture below. Check concordance or Web-search it if you want to read 15-20 references].


Speaking here of God coming down at Mt Sinai (Horeb), giving His "Constitution" (that ALL NATIONS should be using), and National-Federal Laws for ALL nations:

    "You came down also on Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from Heaven, and gave them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes, and commandments:

    And made known to them your Holy Sabbath, and commanded them Precepts, Statutes, and Laws, by the hand of Moses your servant:"

    (Nehemiah 9:13-14)


Why does God's Word speak of so many different parts of God's Law? Aren't they all the same thing? Though it is seldom explained, they are NOT the same thing!

God has given us His Law, Commandments, Statutes, Judgements, Precepts, . . . AND . . . Ordinances;

    >> Can you define each of these?

    >> Do you think your preacher can?

    >> Do you think anyone you know can define them?

    >> [If you ask, do so with pencil and paper in hand, ask for real, definitions, not just for someone to 'baffle you with bull!]

    >> It is doubtful you can find anyone who who can explain the various components of God's Law - 'mostly because we don't think God's Law is important enough to study in the Hebrew language they were given!

HOWEVER . . . it is EXTREMELY important to understand these words BECAUSE GOD chose these terms, and put them in OUR BIBLE!

GOOD NEWS! . . . The good news is, they are much easier to separate and understand that it first appears:


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How can there be so many complicated components to God's Law?

BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

DEFINING GOD'S LAW, SPECIFIC!

God's Law, specifically and primarily, consists of God's Principles-Laws that CANNOT be broken! No now, not ever! If you think of the Law of Gravity, how that it cannot be broken, it will help much in getting a grasp of this concept.

Surprisingly to many, is that God's Laws do not have to order someone to do a thing, but rather simply make a statement that is absolutely true! Some examples are as follows:

God's Law:

    >> GOD DECREES: "It is not good, for man to be alone!" Proven true beyond any doubt!

    >> I will make a help-meet for the man, God said, and God created woman for this role! Women are to be the wives and permanent companions of men - NOT men with other men! These two 'LAWS of GOD' just as true today, as when spoken.

    >> God created humans to eat fruit of the ground with seeds therein, vegetarian, and uncooked: proven the most helpful. (Gen 1)

    >> The soul that sinneth, shall surely die! In the day that you eat thereof (forbidden fruit), you shall surely age-decay-and-die).

    >> The serpent shall crawl upon his belly in the dust of the Earth!

    >> Women shall bring forth children in multiplied sorrow and conception!

    >> Men shall bring forth food by diligently working, (tilling the soil, by the sweat of his face!).

    >> Furthermore, God said He cursed the soil FOR MAN'S SAKE! In other words, by making man till the soil, it actually would be good for his health, after eating of the forbidden tree, which apparently released hormones that begin the aging process.

      * That sweating by exercise has proven beneficial for humans beyond any dispute. Men may not till the soil much these days, but to the degree they don't work physically . . . they must sweat by exercise, and if not, they get weak, fat, sickly and die.

    >> Where is thy brother?"prompting Cain to answer: "am I my brother's keeper?" Apparently God believed so, or he would not have asked!

    >> If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?

    >> Seedtime and harvest shall not cease, so long as the Earth remains.

    >> There are clean and unclean animals.

    >> It hurts the heart of God to see a world full of violence, whose imagination of the heart was on evil, continually.'

    >> The rainbow, God said, would remind humans God DID destroy the Earth by flood, but promised NEVER again to do so.

    >> "Be not deceived, for God is NOT mocked, . . .

    . . . for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap! Gal 6:7

Please note the following:

    * ALL of these are Laws of God!

    * NONE of these are commands!

    * ALL of these (but the last) are from the first couple of chapters of Genesis!

    ** ALL of these are as true today as when God spoke them.


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How can there be so many complicated components to God's Law?

BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

DEFINING GOD'S LAW, GENERAL:

The "Law" is sometimes used to represent ALL of God's Various components in total!


DEFINING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS:

    You know the commandments well, such as the Ten Commandments:They are NOT the TEN RECOMMENDATIONS!


DEFINING GOD'S STATUTES:

A statue SEEMS like a command as translated in Old English Bibles, but the distinction can quite easily be discerned.

A STATUTE is a Bible term used like we use it today. It is a "Statute of Limitation!"

For Example: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth!

    FACT! This is NOT a command - that if your brother puts you eye out, that you MUST put his eye out!

    FACT: This is a statute of limitation - that LIMITS the damages you may seek in compensation and justice . . . that if your brother puts your eye out, that MAY put his eye out - if after evaluating the situation with much prayer, proper counsel, etc., believe this is God's Will!

    FACT: If you and your brother have been best friends for life, and been through many difficult things together: bosom buddies. Then one day in the midst of a great difficulty - say the family farm catches afire trapping animals inside, and you disagree how to deal with it, and a fight ensues:

      >> In the battle, you are injured, and your eye is lost.

      >> Soon the barn is completely gone.

      >> Both of you realize the fight was so foolish, and if both of your families are going to survive, it will take both of you brothers working together - just like always.

    * SO, even though God's Statute of Limitation ALLOWS for seeking justice and equal compensation - IF YOU WANT TO FORGIVE - taking part of the blame for the fight;

    * REALIZING - it just as easily could have been you putting out his eye, and you would want HIM to forgive and be understanding (according to Christ's "Golden Rule" standard);

    * So you FORGIVE!

    * You both ask forgiveness from each other, your spouses and children who witnessed the whole thing.

    * You pray together, give a bear hug, and commit before your families and God to NEVER strike each other again no matter what the pressure of the situation!

    * This is how a Statue works!


SAD AND SHOCKING!

    >> Amazingly, most modern scholars, college professors, and theologians claim Christ's Golden Rule CONTRADICTS the LAW'S "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, etc"

    >> However, by understanding God's Statutes, we find Christ's Golden Rule PERFECTLY complements God's Law and statutes and gives the perfect guideline to make the RIGHT decision on using Statutes of Limitation!

    >> Thus Jesus was NEITHER contradicting God's Law NOR changing anything!

    >> Jesus said to DECIDE what you will do in pursuing the Statute of Limitation by Following the "Golden Rule: Do unto other as you would have others do unto you!" (more on this later)

    >> Doesn't thus display the Wonderful Wisdom of God?


And so it is, with MANY Statutes of Limitation in God's Law, which a modern lawyer in your congregation, can help sort out with a good Bible Teacher's understanding.

Thus almost all of the modern Politically Correct people criticizing God for being so harsh with "eye for an eye, etc.," SO GREATLY MISUNDERSTAND!


SIMPLE IGNORANCE AS WELL:

FACT: Most of the modern Politically Correct people think God's Command: "To love you neighbor as yourself" is New Testament:

FACT: It is NOT New Testament at all! It is OLD COVENANT, THE LAW OF MOSES!

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DEFINING GOD'S JUDGEMENTS:

Judgements are like "case law" in the USA and and modern World, when the situation MUST be determined, evaluated and "JUDGED". Thus where the situations can have many variables, and are often difficult to determine exactly HOW TO APPLY a law;

. . . When another court, wise Judge, Synagogue Tribune, City Council, or Elders reach a decision on a particular Law and how to apply it, other judges can consider how previous groups have determined such cases and use their wisdom, plus their own.

As these properly, carefully rendered "Judgements" were recorded and handed down - especially when "Judged" by Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David - they were then considered part of "CASE LAW", that is they were determined by actual cases.


EXAMPLE, THE SABBATH:

God gave man the Sabbath Day and COMMANDED to keep it Holy, forbidding to work. However, God did allow for emergencies, such as the ox in the ditch!

Thus as there are multitudes of difficult-to-determine matters in different fields of labor, that MAY classified as emergencies . . . or MAY not be so classified.

Sometime in the past, God's People decided nurses taking care of the extremely ill was NOT sabbath breaking.

So this Judgement" handed down based upon God's Law, agreed upon by wise, spiritual elders became a "Guide" to others judging those who were accuses of NOT obeying and keeping God's Sabbath.

Thus Judgements are like "case law" in the USA and and modern World, when each situation MUST be determined, evaluated and "JUDGED": Was the ox REALLY in the ditch, or was the man working his ox on the bank, so that if caught, he could say he was getting him out of the ditch!


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"GOD'S LAW!"

Includes Laws, Commands, Statutes;

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How can there be so many complicated components to God's Law?

BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

DEFINING GOD'S ORDINANCES:

Ordinances are Minor Rules and Regulations that are devised by Councils of Elders, or judges to govern minor situations that ENABLE people to OBEY Laws and Commands that are broad based!

For Example:

    >> God does command against uncleanness: SO . . . the Jews devised ordinances for various washings, washing hands before eating, etc., to ENABLE them to avoid uncleanness, as God commanded!

    >> God does command to Fast with praying, but never said how often: SO . . . the Jews devised ordinances to fast twice a week, to ENABLE them to fast, as God commanded!

    >> God does command to be thankful for one's food, but never said how, or how often: SO . . . the Jews devised ordinances to "say Grace" or give thanks at each meal - (some before and after each meal), to ENABLE them to be thankful, as God commanded!

    >> God does command us to honor Him, but never said what to do in all cases, or how often: SO . . . the Jews devised ordinances to kneel for this event, stand for that one, etc., to ENABLE them to show honor, as God commanded!

    >> God does command us to love our neighbor as our self, but never said what to do in all cases, or how often: SO . . . the Jews devised ordinances to make "various covenants pledging support", (like David and Jonathan), proper rules childless relatives, etc., to ENABLE them to love their neighbor, as God commanded!

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"GOD'S LAW!"

Includes Laws, Commands, Statutes;

Ordinances, Judgements, Precepts, Higher Preferences;

How can there be so many complicated components to God's Law?

BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

DEFINING GOD'S PRECEPTS:

"Precepts" are to God's Laws, are like "principles" to science. Precepts are like "weak laws", or Laws with limited jurisdiction and/or application.

Precepts are almost always the right thing to do, but not every time, or every situation. For example:

    >> Jesus said to DECIDE what you will do by Following the "Golden Rule: Do unto other as you would have others do unto you!"

    >> Amazingly, this is neither a Law nor a command, but a PRECEPT!

    >> Why is it not a command for all places and all cases?


Quite simple actually. The Golden Rule is about SELF/ It is about things affecting you, personally, and only. The Golden Rule does NOT apply to everyone, everywhere all the time.

Where Golden Rule Doesn't Work!

FACT: Many men, in many places, much of the time WOULD LIKE every beautiful young woman they meet to make themselves available to the, sexually.

QUESTION: Should ALL SEXUALLY CHARGED YOUNG MEN, do unto EVERY young female they meet, as they would LIKE THE YOUNG FEMALES to do unto them?

(I wont waste space giving an answer!)

Beyond the Golden Rule "Male-Female-Sexual Limitation", is when it applies beyond you as a person.

Golden Rule Parameters:

    ** If you borrow my car, and the transmission goes out, I can FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE - tell you just forget it, say it was old and needed replaced anyway, just let it go, fix myself . . .

    . . . KNOWING that ALL things work together for good to them who love the Lord, and NOT make a big issue of it with my neighbor who borrowed it, as that's how I would like to be dealt with if the situation were turned around!

    ** HOWEVER, if you seriously molest my young daughter, I must hold you accountable, SEEK JUSTICE for the innocent's sake, the commands of God, and protect future possible victims!

The Golden Rule is for people dealing with people one-on-one within the framework of Christianity - NOT for lustful, sinful desires and situations. When the matter involves God, and moral justice, etc., We MUST honor God and protect the INNOCENT, the HELPLESS, and the VICTIMS - present and future.

Thus I can NOT ALWAYS do that which I would like you to do for me . . .

We all like mercy - and we want mercy even when it should not be given to us - but we are commanded NOT to judge with MERCY, ONLY; never holding anyone accountable, SO if we are ever accused - we will not be judged strictly either, (Matt 7:1)

Christ commanded us to Judge Righteous Judgement!

Golden Rule Considerations:

>> Thus, I cannot follow the Golden Rule if I am called to witness on your sexual case, where you deceived, misled, seduced, purchased-favor of a poor young under-aged girl and got her pregnant, and I happened to "catch" you in the act!

    o I may believe in you as a person!

    o I may realize the good life you have lived for decades!

    o I may realize the young girl enticing you for months!

    o I may realize 99% of men would have done the same thing!

    o I may realize I very possibly would have done the same thing (though hoping I would NOT have) . . . but if I had, and were caught . . . I would want mercy!

    o However, we CANNOT SHOW MERCY when it blatantly BLASPHEMES GOD!

Jesus did not ALWAYS Forgive, Show Mercy and Apply Golden Rule:

Therefore, Jesus took a WHIP and cleaned the Temple on multiple occasions:

    >> WHY?

    >> Because his DUTY to see that God was honored was GREATER than a neighborly, diplomatic duty to obey the Golden Rule.

    >> Thus this GREAT PRECEPT is called in modern society a"RULE" . . . and NOT a Command or a Law, because there is a HIGHER LAW: to do that which God wants done!


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How can there be so many complicated components to God's Law?

BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

ORDINANCES ARE MOST ABUNDANT; MOST IN ERROR!

As you can imagine, there is NO END to Ordinances, ADDED to the Law, Commands and statures of God, to ENABLE God's People to better obey the broad-based commands and laws.

In time, the Jews had added VOLUMES OF ORDINANCES to help them keep God's Laws and Commands! In time, the Ordinances became traditions, and the traditions became as important as God's Commandments! (Matthew 15: 1-10!)

Thus Jesus battled with the Pharisees constantly, as they accused Him of sin for Healing on the sabbath, not washing hands to eat an apple, etc.


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Colossians 2:14-17

    14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

So what did Christ NAIL to the Cross?

    >> God's Law? NO!

    >> God's Commandments? NO!

    >> God's Statutes? NO!

    >> God's God's Judgements? NO!

    >> God's Precepts? NO!

    >> MAN'S ORDINANCES to "H-E-L-P" man keep God's Laws? "Y-E-S!!!"


Colossians 2:14-17

    14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [NOT Laws, Commands, Statutes, and Judgements - JUST ORDINANCES] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    15 And having spoiled principalities (Local Councils, Synagogue Elders, etc.s) and powers (Tribunes, Councils, and Leaders of Israel) He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    16 Let no man therefore judge you (by the handwriting of ordinances) in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days

    17 Which (most importantly) are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.


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LOOKING AT COLOSSIANS 2:

There are four basic Christians ideas what Colossians 2:14-15 are about:

    [1] Sunday keepers use these verses to prove that: the weekly Sabbath has been nailed to the cross!

    [2] Sabbath keepers use these verses to prove that: the annual Holy Feast Days have been nailed to the cross.

    [3] Churches of Christ use them to prove that: all of the Old Covenant Law has been done away with at Calvary.

    [4] "Anti-nomians - the Radical Gracers that sin may abound - (like Joseph Prince) use these verses to prove that: there are NO COMMANDS, NO LAWS, NO STATUTES, NO NOTHING but LAWLESSNESS . . . for New Testament Believers, . . .

    . . . thus if there is no law, there are no sins: do as you wish with radical grace.

None of these views are correct, and all were devised by those unwilling to let the language God chose speak for God's Will! Thankfully, the truth is easy to discern, being clear, simple and certain understanding, of what is actually being said.

First the context of Colossians chapter two:

    >> In Col 2:4 Paul warns against deception:

      4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

    >> In Col 2:8 Paul warns against deception.

      8 Beware lest any man spoil you:
        * through philosophy,
        * and vain deceit,
        * after the tradition of men,
        *after the rudiments of the world,

        *and not after Christ.


      >> In Col 2:18 Paul gives his final warning about these same deceivers.

        18 Let no man beguile you

    QUESTION: In what way were they trying to deceive the Colossians?

    FACT: In Col 2:8 tells us that they were trying to exalt the traditions of men over the Messiah (verses Col 2:8, Col 2:19).

    FACT: In Col 2:22 Paul's says these commandments and doctrines of men will all perish!

      22 Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men?

    >> Please note this is EXACTLY the language of Jesus condemning the Pharisees in Matthew 15:9


    FACT: Please note carefully the importance of any context;

      o From the traditions of men in verse 8,

      o To the the traditions of men in verse 18 and 22;

      o The verses that occur between 8 and 22 must be understood based on the context of Paul's repeated warnings AGAINST the deceivers using the the traditions and commandments of men!

    Paul also calls these worldly traditions and teachings and the rudiments of the world.

      ** 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the 'rudiments of the world', and not after Christ.

      ** 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

      21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

      22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?


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"GOD'S LAW!"

Includes Laws, Commands, Statutes;

Ordinances, Judgements, Precepts, Higher Preferences;

How can there be so many complicated components to God's Law?

BESIDES . . .didn't Jesus nail "All of the Law of Moses and Commandments" to the Cross?

Now we can understand the key word in Col 2:14, "ordinances." The Greek word for ordinances here is a form of the root word "dogma" which means man-made rules, laws, commandments, precepts, etc. Paul is not talking about Yahweh's ordinances in this verse.

He is talking about mans ordinances or traditions. This same word is used in Col 2:20 pertaining to the doctrines and commandments of men; in Lu 2:1 pertaining to a decree from Caesar Augustus; in Acts 17:7 pertaining to a decree from Caesar; and in Eph 2:15, which we will look at later.

It always pertains to mans commandments, not Yahweh's. Compare the word dogma with the Greek word that pertains to Yahweh's ordinances, "dikaioma."

This word dikaioma was used in Lu 1:6 pertaining to the ordinances of Yahweh and in Heb 9:1,10 pertaining once again to Yahweh's ordinances.

Colossians 2:

    1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

    2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

    3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

    5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding 'your order', and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

    6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

    7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

    8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

    10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

    11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

    12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

    13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

    14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, [NOTE: these are NOT spirit beings, demons, etc., but rather the earthly powers of governments at various levels who were imposing the 'traditions of men Paul is warning against, for which they criticized, condemned, and crucified Christ!] he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

    17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

    18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

    19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

    20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

    21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

    22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

    23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.



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