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Paul Taught Against Transgression of the Law (a.k.a. sin)

 

Published by Rob Skiba May 27, 2014 at 12:55 AM

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Welcome back. OK. So, this morning while Sheila and I were listening to the Bible.is reading of the first 4 chapters of Mark, we wondered what the Scriptures would look like if we actually used the Biblical definition of sin. Like in situations such as:

Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

What is sin according to the Bible? 

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

So, if this is the BIBLICAL definition of sin, let’s now use it to see how much of a clearer picture we have of what is really being said:

Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and {transgressors the law} sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and {transgressors the law}?17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but {transgressors the law} to repentance.

Wow! So much for Yeshua coming to take away (abolish) the Law! Let’s take the story of the woman taken in adultery (a violation of the 7th Commandment) as another example:

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and  {transgress the law} no more.

Now that we can see the principle at work, let’s see where Paul stood on the matter by replacing the generic word “sin” with what it actually means in his writings too:

Romans 3:9What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under {transgression of the law};

Romans 3:20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of {transgression of the law} .

Romans 4:8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute {transgression of the law}.

Romans 5:12Wherefore, as by one man {transgression of the law} entered into the world, and death by {transgression of the law}; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have {transgressed of the law}:

Romans 5:13(For until the law {transgression of the law} was in the world: but {transgression of the law} is not imputed when there is no law.

Romans 5:20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where {transgression of the law} abounded, grace did much more abound:

Romans 5:21That as {transgression of the law} hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in {transgression the law}, that grace may abound?

Romans 6:2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to {transgressions of the law}, live any longer therein?

Romans 6:6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of {transgression of the law} might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve {transgression of the law}.

Romans 6:7For he that is dead is freed from {transgressions of the law}.

Romans 6:10For in that he died, he died unto {transgression of the law} once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Romans 6:11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto {transgression of the law}, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:12Let not {transgression of the law} therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Romans 6:13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto {transgression of the law}: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 6:14For {transgression of the law} shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:15What then? shall we {transgress the law}, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Romans 6:16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of {transgression of the law} unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 6:17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of {transgressions of the law}, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Romans 6:18Being then made free from {transgressions of the law}, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Romans 6:20For when ye were the servants of {transgressions of the law}, ye were free from righteousness.

Romans 6:22But now being made free from {transgression of the law}, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Romans 6:23For the wages of {transgression of the law} is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 7:7What shall we say then? Is the law {transgression of the law}? God forbid. Nay, I had not known {transgression of the law}, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 7:8But {transgression of the law}, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law {transgression of the law} was dead.

Romans 7:9For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, {transgression of the law} revived, and I died.

Romans 7:11For {transgression of the law}, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Romans 7:13Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But {transgression of the law}, that it might appear {transgression of the law}, working death in me by that which is good; that {transgression of the law} by the commandment might become exceeding {full of transgressions of the law}.

Romans 7:14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under {transgressions of the law}.Romans 7:17Now then it is no more I that do it, but {transgression of the law} that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but {transgression of the law} that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of {transgression} which is in my members.

Romans 7:25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of {transgression}.

Romans 8:2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of {transgression} and death.

Romans 8:3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of fleshly {transgressions of the law}, and for {transgression of the law}, condemned {transgression of the law} in the flesh:

Romans 8:10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of {transgression of the law}; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Romans 14:23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is {transgression of the law}.

1 Corinthians 6:18Flee fornication. Every {transgression of the law} that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication {transgresses the law} against his own body.

1 Corinthians 8:12But when ye {transgress the law} so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye {transgress of the law} against Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:34Awake to righteousness, and not {transgression of the law}; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:56The sting of death is {transgression of the law}; and the strength of {transgressions} is the law.

2 Corinthians 5:21For he hath made him to be {an offering for transgression of the law} for us, who knew no {transgression of the law}; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Galatians 2:17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found {transgressors of the law}, is therefore Christ the minister of {transgression of the law}? God forbid.

Galatians 3:22But the scripture hath concluded all under {transgression of the law}, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Ephesians 4:26Be ye angry, and {do} not {transgress the law}: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

2 Thessalonians 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of {transgression of the law} be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 Timothy 5:20Them that {transgress of the law} rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Hebrews 3:13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of {transgressions of the law}.

Hebrews 4:15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without {transgression of the law}.

Hebrews 9:26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away {transgressions of the law} by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 9:28So Christ was once offered to bear the {transgressions of the law} of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without {transgression of the law} unto salvation.

Hebrews 10:6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for {transgressions of the law} thou hast had no pleasure.

Hebrews 10:8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for {transgressions of the law} thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Hebrews 10:18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for {transgression of the law}.

Hebrews 10:26For if we {transgress the law} wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for {transgressions of the law},

Hebrews 11:25Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of {transgressing of the law} for a season;

Hebrews 12:1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the {transgression of the law} which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against {transgressions of the law}.

Hebrews 13:11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for {transgressions of the law}, are burned without the camp.

Call me crazy, but looking at ALL of the above, I just can’t see Paul being an advocate for {transgression of the law}. That being the case, I wonder why so many teach that he was? Furthermore, it appears that even though we are “under Grace” that the Law is still important (especially since it is now supposed to be IN us – Heb. 8:11).

Conclusion:

Clearly there is no such thing as an “age of Law” and an “age of Grace” as if they are somehow separate and mutually exclusive. They have ALWAYS been together and always will be so long as the present Heaven and Earth remain (Matthew 5). In fact, you cannot have one without the other. If there is no Law, what need is there for Grace?

The bottom line: Should we sin {transgress the law}? Paul says “God forbid” (several times in fact). He and John (and others) also state that if we do sin {transgress the Law}, we have an Advocate in Christ Who will plead our case for us (1 John 2). Thus, there is therefore now NO condemnation for our failures (Romans 8), but there is also no excuse for continuing to sin {transgress the Law}. Praise YHWH!

Case closed.

– Rob Skiba

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