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He taketh away the first.

Article by Anthony Smith

He taketh away the first. Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. (The word “first” here refers to sacrifices and offerings. He takes them away; that is, he shows that they are of no value in removing sin. He states their inefficacy, and declares his purpose to abolish them.That he may establish the second – To wit, the doing of the will of God. The two stand in contrast with each other, and he shows the inefficacy of the former, in order that the necessity for his coming to do the will of God may be fully seen. If they had been efficacious, there would have been no need of his coming to make an atonement. The Second is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the atonement of sin, once and for-all. God, as a person admits sin and a lost status, takes away the former man and establishes the second, eternal man. A change in attitude, structure, appearance and life style. God is willing to accept you as you are but He refuses to leave you as you were. The 1st. or Law, was limited to the House of Israel (The Jews), but the second was perfect, in that, There would be no more need for yearly sacrifices or a human priest-hood to establish laws of Rituals or conduce. The second was also perfect in fact because a human sacrifice was made. Not just any human tho but a perfect human in every aspect.) 1Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people(Gentiles), but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 1Jo 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (The law never forgave sins but only delayed them for another year.) Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.(Speaking of the Jews, for the Gentiles were never under the law.)Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (The righteousness of man is flawed so that they are not covered under any type of deliverance nor salvation. The righteousness of man was and still is a deception that leads to death of body and soul. The righteousness of man was and still is as a filthy rag, not only in the sight of God but also to those that believe in Christ and Gods word. God takes away you sin and gives you deliverance, He takes away your nakedness and clothes you, He takes away your fear and gives you peace, He takes away what you thought you knew and gives you knowledge of the ages. He takes away your unrighteousness and gives you His righteousness. He takes away you confusion and gives you a sound mind. He takes away the Law of Judgment and gives you the Law of Mercy. He takes away your Mortal life and gives you Eternal life.) 1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come,(Jesus) then that which is in part (The Law)shall be done away. (Not done away with but replaced for the adding of the gentile race to be included in the plan of salvation.) 2Co 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. (Both the Law of Judgment and the New Testament Law of Mercy were both Glorious. In that they accomplished what they were designed to do.) Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (This is the replacement of the old with the new.) Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (Showing that man can fall from grace(Back-sliding) 1Co 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. (Not trying to gain those that are not bound by the Mosaic Law with the Law but trying to gain them with the Law of Grace and Mercy.) Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. (The Bible tells us that without a Law there is not transgression of any Law and there-by, there is no sin.) Barnes states,”Nay, I had not known sin – The word translated “nay” alla means more properly but; and this would have more correctly expressed the sense, “I deny that the Law is sin. My doctrine does not lead to that; nor do I affirm that it is evil. I strongly repel the charge; but, notwithstanding this, I still maintain that it had an effect in exciting sins, yet so as that I perceived that the Law itself was good;” Romans 7:8-12. At the same time, therefore, that the Law must be admitted to be the occasion of exciting sinful feelings, by crossing the inclinations of the mind, yet the fault was not to be traced to the Law. The apostle in these verses refers, doubtless, to the state of his mind before he found that peace which the gospel furnishes by the pardon of sins.But by the law – Romans 3:20. By “the law” here, the apostle has evidently in his eye every law of God, however made known. He means to say that the effect which he describes attends all law, and this effect he illustrates by a single instance drawn from the Tenth Commandment. When he says that he should not have known sin, he evidently means to affirm, that he had not understood that certain things were sinful, unless they had been forbidden; and having stated this, he proceeds to another thing, to show the effect of their being thus forbidden on his mind. He was not merely acquainted abstractly with the nature and existence of sin, with what constituted crime because it was forbidden, but he was conscious of a certain effect on his mind resulting from this knowledge, and from the effect of strong, raging desires when thus restrained, Romans7:8-9.” “that he had not understood that certain things were sinful, unless they had been forbidden” Many try to say that at the time of Adam and Noah, there was sin, sin of adultery, fornication, polygamy and incest, but how can we justly say that the people at this period of time knew that these things were sin? Can we prove that at this time there was a Law of Judgment or a Law of Mercy? No. There is no Biblical proof that these people were under any Law. That is not to say that they, if they committed these things, will not be judged, but that they will be judged by their works, weather they were good or evil, this is according to Gods word. Man will not be judged by his sin but by his works. For we are all, all-ready judged and convicted of sin, ergo, we all must die a physical death. For sin is evil, but had God condoned evil in the days before the law was established? No. James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 1John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Here we see that even at the time before the law God had established evil from righteousness. The un-spoken Law of God. Here we see judgment established to all men from Adam to this present time. Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Jud 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. So we see that God has taken away our fear of judgment so long as we abide in His righteousness and that all men from Adam to the end will be judged by their works, which transgress the righteousness of God. ars.

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