Good Morning June 4

We have looked a laws in the Bible and said that Jesus fulfilled the law perfectly. Paul speaks of not being bound by the law​, and says “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.”(I Corinthians 10:23) This is where we come to the second type of laws that I mentioned in an earlier post. We do not follow the Old Testament dietary, ceremonial, or other laws like clothing and planting that we mentioned. But such commands as not worshiping idols is always valid. The Ten Commandments are always a guide for life. The instructions about marriage, adultery, fornication, and homosexuality are always valid. The word edify in the above verse carries the sense of being a house builder, of constructing, of building up. God is using us as living stones to build a holy temple.(I Peter 2:5) Such things as the Ten Commandments speak about simply do not provide good building material for God’s Temple. This second type of laws simply tell us what separates us from God, and what draws us near. Our desire is to respond to the words of the writer of Hebrews when he said, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”(10:22)

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