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Lawless Saints?

“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the
keeping of the commandments of God
” (1 Cor 7:19, NASB).

Paul couldn’t be clearer. There is a distinction between God’s moral law and the Jewish ceremonial law.

“Do we then overthrow [make void] the law by this faith? By no means!
On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31, ESV).

If you believe that God’s Law has been done away with, you have swallowed heresy,
For such is the craziest notion to enter the Christian Church, tragically.
Not only is it a nonsensical notion, but a very dangerous one,
A notion that’s contrary to Scripture, most offensive to the Father and Son.

“Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments is a liar,
and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4, ESV).

Imagine any government without its laws, or a lawless humanity,
A planet of fallen beings without some kind of moral code, clear cut boundary.
Wow! There would just be chaos, and given that Christians also act rebelliously
Laws and moral codes are clearly essential, and God’s Holy Law especially.

Hence why the Father sent His Son, for how could He abolish the Ten Commandment Law?
A law that points out sin, and shows us how to behave — a law we shouldn’t ignore.
Quite the contrary, Paul warns us, for Christians are hardly to continue in sin,
Willingly, that is, which we won’t if we’re genuine, and if the Spirit’s within.

Oh, by the way, we’re not talking perfection, as we’ll always fall short of the mark,
And that’s exactly why we’re saved by grace alone, when on the Christian walk we embark.
God knows our best will never be good enough, that we’re sinners by nature, sadly,
And that grace is therefore the only method by which we’ll receive eternity.

That is, if we’re truly repentant, and if our life’s in harmony with God’s will,
For Scripture makes it clear that the saved ones are only those who His wishes fulfill.
Not those who take license with His grace, thus effectively slapping Him in the face,
For why would God save such abusers, users, who Christianity thus disgrace?

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins [God’s grace is made void], but [rather] a fearful expectation
of judgment [unless we repent]...” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

It’s really very logical, as sense says it couldn’t be any other way,
For why would God’s gift of grace cover sin as well as sinners, at the end of the day?
Hence why when we sin we need to ask God’s forgiveness, with contriteness deep within,
Not think that we can get away with it, for we won’t — not if it’s conscious sin.

No, grace isn’t a once accepted, always covered, sinner’s insurance policy,
That’s just Satan’s attempt to lull Christians into a false sense of security.
And as a consequence, to have them continuing to willfully sin, sadly,
Whereby, they’ll forfeit eternal life, and meantime, propagate error, witness badly.

One can hardly sin where there’s no law, hence why Satan wants us to think God’s Law has gone,
And there’re those who’re happy to embrace such, and sinfully as before carry on.
But in doing so, they ignore the words and actions of the apostles, clearly,
For after the cross, the apostles still upheld and kept God’s Law unswervingly.

Satan, we’re told, has been sinning since the beginning — therefore, law has always been,
And given that Adam and Eve sinned, they too, must have had a law to contravene.
And likewise, we too, for sin can’t go unchecked, (neither before or after the cross),
Thus, should we foolishly continue to willingly sin, it could be to our loss.

God’s Law, arranged and expressed to meet humans in their fallen condition, (clearly),
Was handed down from father to son, and reiterated at Sinai awesomely.
That reiteration and the tablets of stone wouldn’t have been necessary
Had the descendants of Abraham never been seduced by idolatry.

The Israelites, who’d been enslaved, had forgotten much of what had been known previously,
Thus, God sought to impress upon them the importance of His law very strongly.
And what a solemn scene it must have been, one that God didn’t intend they forget,
For there at the base of Mount Sinai — thunder, lightening, smoke and fire — they tremblingly met.

God wrote on those tablets Himself, and to those gathered, conveyed His Law directly;
Instructing that it be placed inside the Ark of the Covenant — it being Holy.
The Ceremonial law, however, was placed beside the Ark, less prestigiously,
A law God just conveyed to Moses, who wrote it down to be followed explicitly.

The Jews were simply the guardians of God’s Law, which was intended for all mankind,
A law that Christ came to magnify, clarify, reaffirm, hardly leave behind.
It would be easier for Heaven and earth to pass away than this law, He said,
And that He hadn’t come to abolish it, BUT, to fill it full of meaning instead.

Oh, how significant a BUT is.

“ ‘But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a
letter in the law to be dropped’ ” (Luke 16:17).

Paul delighted in this law, and James refers to it as the Law of Liberty,
For it’s far from a law that restricts, but rather, spares one trouble and misery.
But not so those ancient Jews with their legalistic attitude towards God’s Law,
Who foolishly thought that law-keeping could secure their salvation, a fatal flaw.

No, no one can be saved via keeping God’s Law, no one ever has been, nor can be,
For salvation comes via grace alone, such being God’s gift to fallen humanity.
Those before the cross, looked toward the cross, and we, look back to the cross, trustingly,
And out of gratitude, and in order to witness, obey God’s Law willingly.

Though we’re saved by grace, we’re hardly exempted from keeping God’s Law, and understandably,
For God desires that we walk obediently, dutifully, not rebelliously.
He wants us to leave our old habits behind, and to become a “new creation;”
In other words, more like Him in thought, word and deed — a process called sanctification.

“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-24).

And those who’re genuine, do want to be like Him, and therefore, act accordingly,
Empowered via the Holy Spirit’s working, their fruitage soon bearing testimony.
But not so the uncommitted Christian, those who’re lukewarm, Laodicean, worldly,
And who God’s grace thereby void, for God’s no fool — He doesn’t reward hypocrisy.

Too often, folk make Scripture say what they want it to say, not what they need to hear,
Hence God’s warnings, signs of the times, that hopefully instill a little healthy fear.
Otherwise, many will be lost whilst thinking they’re saved, having embraced heresy,
For God hasn’t abolished His Law, but repeatedly says walk obediently.

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom 8:6-8).

So where Scripture implies God’s Law has been abolished, what does it mean, (you ask me)?
It means abolished as a way of salvation, not that it used to be so, clearly.
Such refers to all who would attempt to use God’s Law to secure eternity,
Deluded as much as those who seem to think obedience isn’t necessary.

If our child damaged our car, I’m sure that we as loving parents would extend grace,
But does that mean our child’s at liberty to damage our car again, pull a face?
So why would we think that we can walk all over God’s Law, simply because of His grace,
And thereby take advantage of His graciousness, whilst sin we continue to chase?

And would we let our child modify our car to suit them self, alter it in some way?
Hardly! So why would we play with God and His Law by behaving rebelliously?
His Law is there with good reason — for His glory and the good of humanity;
Yes, love and law combining, as those who truly love God walk obediently.

When prisoners are pardoned and released, does their freedom allow them to break the law?
No! And nor does being pardoned and released via God’s grace mean we can act just like before.
Hence why God wants His Law put in our mind and written on our heart — where it should be,
For it’s the product of His love and concern, a divine protective boundary.

Let’s continue...

Scripture shows that Abraham and the Israelites kept God’s Law before Mount Sinai,
Thus, Mount Sinai was hardly where God’s Law originated, let me clarify.
And given the apostles kept it post-Calvary, it clearly wasn’t voided by Jesus,
Which means that any abrogation of God’s Law points beyond — and at who of us?

John, writing apocalyptically, talks about the endurance of the saints,
And a picture of their faithfulness to God’s Law — midst an End-time scene — duly paints.
Such clearly shows that our Saviour never brought an end to His Ten Commandment Law,
A law that Christians shouldn’t disobey, a law that Christians should never ignore.

“Here is a call for the endurance [faithfulness] of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God…” (Rev 14:12, ESV).

Yes, God’s Word couldn’t be clearer — it’s the doers, not the hearers who’ll be justified,
Those who submit to God’s Law, not those who willingly break it, foolishly backslide.
No, the saved are those who keep God’s Law, just as it’s written down, and willingly so,
Knowing that even breaking one of God’s Ten Commandments a waywardness will show.

“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it”
(James 2:10, ESV).

God doesn’t make mistakes! His Law is perfect, His Word conveys — Holy, just and good,
A law that genuine Christians willingly keep, not adhere to just because they should.
But having said that though, we should keep God’s Law, for it’s a law that makes so much sense,
One that we’re judged by, by the way, for our God cannot wink at disobedience.

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty” (James 2:12, ESV).

His Law is the standard of conduct we’re to live up to, for faith without works is dead,
Plus, we’re His ambassadors, witnesses, who lawlessness and rebellion have shed.
Well, hopefully so — otherwise, we’re no better than the world, and just as lost too,
As Heaven’s for those who’ve changed direction, not those who the ways of the world still pursue,

No, we can’t have it both ways, something that the Israelites discovered to their cost,
And as a consequence, their privileged status, and all that came with it, sadly lost.
And it appears that we aren’t any better — we, meaning, those Christians who’re guilty,
Those Christians who dismiss, corrupt, or misuse God’s Law — just repeating history.

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who
does the will of my Father who is in heaven [keeps the Ten Commandments]’ ” (Matt 7:21, ESV).

By Lance Landall


Here’s the key, using borrowed thoughts: In the context of salvation (Justification – right standing before God), law keeping is of no avail, but in the context of Christian conduct (Sanctification – right living before God), God’s law has value and validity.

Explanatory diagrams are found at the bottom of this page.

More evidence, (biblical texts wise), in support of the poems on this page, can be found under poem # 2.


Regarding those texts that many wrongly use in an attempt to prove that
God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, was done away with at the cross,
see my page Things About God’s Law That We Need To Know, purple box.




2.  The Commandments Of God

Oh, the beauty of God’s Law — and enshrined in the Ten? Love for God, love for men,
And each command etched by God’s own finger, not the work of man’s chisel or pen.
Yes, a Law that points to its Author via its fourth directive — the Sabbath day —
Upon which all are called to worship Him, He who rested on the seventh day.

And this Law of His a moral Law, a reflection of His character, and
Not only entrusted to ancient Israel, but for everyone in every land.
For tell me, how could such heavenly commandments be for those people alone,
Given that all men benefit from their application, selfless, upright tone?

Oh yes, for He who said don’t steal, covet, lie, kill or commit adultery,
Was simply reiterating the same principles found in Eden, you see.
For there they clearly worshipped God come that same Holy day, praised and honoured Him,
And hardly sought to violate same worthy rules, their wholesome sight clear, not dim,

Until they fell.

And since, excuses aplenty for not keeping God’s sin revealing Law, but why?
For it’s a loving, protective hedge, something that spares us from going awry.
And God due the glory, we existing because of Him, and He knowing best,
And this why we should still keep those ten, enter into that healing Sabbath rest.

Yes, God’s not only a God of love, but law, order and justice — praise His name! —
For pity help us should such not exist; oh, how ill and anarchy would reign.
And hence why I pray that the following will one day be said of you and I,
(As we await the return of our Saviour who on our behalf chose to die):

“Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments
of God and the faith of Jesus”

(Rev 14:12, NKJV).


By Lance Landall


Those texts that were used in poem number 1 are repeated here:

“Do we then overthrow [make void] the law by this faith? By no means!
On the contrary, we uphold the law [the standard of Christian conduct]” (Rom 3:31, ESV). Note also Rom 6:1,2.

“And He said to them: ‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commandments of God in order to observe your own traditions!’ ” (Mark 7:9, NIV).

“ ‘Do not think that I [Christ] have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill [act in accordance with, reaffirm, clarify, magnify]’ ” (Matt 5:17, NASB).

“ ‘For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot [letter] or one tittle [stroke of a letter], will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled [accomplished]’ ” (Matt 5:18, NKJV).

“ ‘And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fail [drop, pass away]’ ” (Luke 16:17, NKJV).

"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city [Heaven]" (Rev 22:14, NKJV).

“For whoever keeps the whole law [the entire Ten Commandments] but fails in one point [such as the seventh-day Saturday Sabbath – the fourth commandment] has become accountable for all of it [one violation being sufficient to show the basic disposition of the heart. A basic question of loyalty to authority]. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty [here is seen a clear reference to the same Ten Commandments given to Moses]” (James 2:10-12, ESV).

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment…” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

“Whoever says, “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4, ESV).

“For I [Paul] delight in the law of God in my inner being” (Rom 7:22, ESV).

“So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good” (Rom 7:12).

“...Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet’ ” (Rom 7:7, ESV). Note also James 4:17; Rom 3:20.

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness [breaking God’s law]” (1 John 3:4, ESV).

Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the
Lord your God
that I give you” (Deut 4:2, NIV).

“ ‘But this I [Paul] confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the law and written in the Prophets’ ”
(Acts 24: 14, ESV).

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom 8:6-8).

If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments’ ” (Matt 19:17, NKJV).

“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the
commandments of God
” (1 Cor 7:19, NASB).

"Because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws" (Gen 26:5, ESV).

“For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified [treated as righteous]” (Rom 2:13, ESV).

“Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4, ESV).

“ ‘If you love Me [Christ], you will keep My commandments’ ” (John 14:15, NASB).

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3, NKJV).

“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments...” (2 John 6, NASB).

“ ‘If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept my Fathers commandments and abide in His love’ ” (John 15:10, NKJV).

“ ‘...but whoever keeps and teaches them [the Ten Commandments] he [they] shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven’ ” (Matt 5:19, NASB).

“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25, NASB).

“...Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man [all]” (Eccl 12:13, NKJV).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

“The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure [the whole ‘ten’]. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness [to repeal the Ten Commandments would be to abolish morality itself]” (Ps 111:7,8, KJV).

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty” (James 2:12, ESV).

“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it”
(James 2:10, ESV).


“The law of God is perfect, converting the soul…” (Ps 19:7, NKJV).

“Thus you will recognize them by their fruits" (Matt 7:20, ESV).

“And the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [the Christian church], and he went to make war [persecute] with the rest [“remnant,” KJV] of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God...” (Rev 12:17, NKJV).

"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus" (Rev 14:12).


“Then the temple of God was opened in heaven [the earthy sanctuary/temple was only a copy of it], and the ark of his covenant [the depository of the Ten Commandments (1 Kings 8:9; Ex 25:10-22)] was seen in His temple...” (Rev 11:19, NKJV).




3.  Steady As You Go

It’s not slips that worry God, (they par for the course), but that open rebellion,
In other words, that choosing to sin, which hardly shows a genuine Christian.
Yes, you may well tumble — many times, in fact — struggle badly with this or that,
But such is something that God can handle, and hey, Satan oft yanks on our mat.

So don’t be too hard on yourself, realising that it’s the Spirit that changes,
Until finally, via sanctification, the devil and you are strangers.
Yes, you no longer looking to sin, but rather, you calling upon the Lord,
Wanting and seeking a better path, but knowing your best will always be flawed,

And why it’s grace that saves, for the record.


By Lance Landall




4.  Amazing!

God created us, and what did folk do? — yes, they ate of the forbidden tree,
Already discontented with Paradise, or so it kind of seems to me.
After all, didn’t they have it all? So why on Earth were they so foolish, and,
Can’t that be said of folk today who still moan and groan despite God’s gracious hand?

Yes,

 They eagerly grab His grace, look forward to eternity in Paradise,
But hey, “Do we really have to obey?”, their rebellious actions seem to say.
Yes, Christ dies on their behalf, extends His grace and holds out hope of Paradise,
And what do folk do? Exactly! They steal from another tree-cum-disobey.

No?

 Hasn’t God set boundaries, made it clear what He desires, and despite His grace,
But hey, who’d want to go contrary to His will when He up and took their place?
Should’ve been them who died — us! — not Jesus, yet here folk go again like before,
They happy to think that at Calvary God did away with His moral Law.

Tell me, who knows best, Him or us, so what on Earth are folk doing? Honestly!
Some gratitude I don’t think — well, not if they’re continuing to sin willingly.
Don’t you think it’s shameful? I do, and why I count it an honour to obey,
Albeit imperfectly — and once again, there’s God’s grace, for we’re made of clay.

Amazing!

By Lance Landall




5.  For Many Of Us...

It’s hard to understand how any would think that God would abolish His Law,
It a reflection of His character, divine and heavenly to the core.
Yes, it’s principles eternal, always having been, and thus obviously
The harmony and integrity of God’s righteous government still to be
Maintained in the plan of grace, and hence that, “Written on their hearts,” testimony.

Oh yes,

We no longer walking after the flesh, but God’s moral Law fulfilled in us,
And fulfilled meaning, MANIFESTED, just as it was in the life of Jesus.
God hardly removing the righteous standard of Christian conduct, that witness,
Which, when it comes to the testing of our genuineness, acts much like litmus.

After all, friend, is it okay to steal now, to lie, commit adultery,
Covet, murder and dishonour our parents, (God a parent, actually),
Or to put other gods before Him, bow to idols, use His name carelessly,
And what’s gained by rejecting that Sabbath that benefits spiritually?

Hence why God’s Word strongly denounces lawlessness, such hardly the Christian way,
And why all should take notice of what the book of Revelation has to say.
It speaking of Commandment keepers, telling them to endure until the end,
For only the faithful enter Heaven, and that’s the Gospel truth, dear friend.

Given God’s nature is changeless, and because the principles of divine law
Have their source in Him, they’re as eternal and changeless as their source, and don’t war;
In other words, they don’t work against us, but for us, as they did for Christ, and
Why in the life of every Christian they should be seen just as Jesus planned.

God would hardly violate His own nature by abolishing His moral Law,
Or by changing it, and thus such not possible, and this why Christ died, what’s more.
We therefore not walking after the flesh but the Spirit, that God’s Law may shine,
For after all, every principle contained within it is but divine.

And as far as that Sabbath goes, God still worthy of worship, always will be,
So why wouldn’t that Sabbath still apply today, and more so, actually.
’Cause with evolution and folk straying, they’ve lost sight of their Creator, who,
Made the Earth in six days and rested on the seventh, and said, “You keep it too.”

And why for many of us…

By Lance Landall


“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled [manifested] in us, who walk not after the flesh [no longer rebelling], but after the Spirit [in harmony with God's will]” (Rom 8:1-4, KJV).

“ ‘But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a
letter in the law to be dropped’ ” (Luke 16:17). 



6.  God's Law Has Its Place

Some seem only too happy to think that God’s Law has been done away with, and why, baffles me,
For after all, the apostle Paul delighted in God’s Law, and this, well after Calvary.
“But it’s hardly possible for us to keep it,” these same people say, which baffles me again,
Given that these folk have no trouble keeping not only their traditions but the laws of men.

Yes, such doesn't make sense to me, for of course we can keep it — such not an impossibility —
“But not perfectly though,” these people are quick to reply, as if wanting some immunity.
Well, since when has our Lord and Saviour expected perfection from humanity? — hence His grace —
He well aware of our fallen condition, but despite such, saying His Law still has its place.

And this, via His guide book — the Bible — hence why Paul continued to uphold its validity,
He thus rebuking these folk who consider it made void by grace and now unnecessary.
Well, come Christ’s return, and those who haven’t lived by its contents, and there’ll be weeping and wailing,
For those callous nails that shot through Christ’s palms, such lawless Christians will have been busy re-nailing.

“Works!”

I was expecting that, such suggesting that spurners of God’s will should receive eternity,
They covered by grace despite their sad lives not being in line with God’s Law-cum-Christianity.
And by the latter I mean: Isn’t God’s Law the moral code by which we should be living, and,
Wouldn’t genuine Christians want to live by such, or is there something that I don’t understand?

Nor Paul in that case, and God saving any who believe regardless of whether they obey,
Which just doesn't make sense to me, for such is effectively saying that sinning is okay.
Well, that isn’t what my Bible says, and how can we witness if we’re still sinning wilfully?
Other than by word, and we appearing hypocrites who aren’t up with the play doctrinally.

In fact, it’s because we’re Christians that we keep God’s Law, our response Spirit empowered and led,
We knowing that it’s because of sin that our Saviour bled, and therefore, “Go and sin no more,” said.
So why would we seek some excuse, of which there’s none, for sinning is clearly condemned by the Son,
Who, in line with the Scriptures and plain commonsense, and despite grace, lawbreakers will one day shun.

Yes, I can’t find one thing wrong with God’s Law, therefore, why some think it’s done away with baffles me,
For those who live by it become more Christ-like, their attitude more responsive-cum-heavenly.
Hence why His Law didn’t end at Calvary, it written by His own finger for you and me;
The Jews just its guardians, and thus it not done away with because of their apostasy.

By Lance Landall


“...To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God [the Ten Commandments]” (Rom 3:2).




7.  Yours Sincerely, Apostle Paul

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, there appears to be some confusion amongst you regarding God’s Law,
Such saddening me, even frustrating me, given that I spent time with you explaining it all before.
And shouldn’t I know? — for I was schooled at the feet of our Lord and Saviour himself, I who am big on grace,
And who despite grace, have clearly told you that God’s Law hasn’t been made void by His grace, but still has its place.

Yes, on the contrary, I’ve said, we establish God’s Law — in fact, I told you that I delight in God’s Law —
And here you are seemingly confused! Haven’t my fellow apostles confirmed such too, and them you ignore?
So who have you been listening to then? Deluded saints? Various false teachers? Have you got itchy ears?
Are you ever hearing but never learning, perhaps more attuned to those falsehoods that Satan engineers?

So let me repeat: We’re to still uphold God’s Law, for without it, who would know sin? And hence why I’ve told you
To put away your former way of life, your old self, and not that same lusting after the flesh pursue,
And that those who don’t submit to God’s Law, can’t please Him, but only those who keep His Commandments, the whole ten,
They being true followers of Christ, as opposed to those who’re more followers of tradition-cum-foolish men.

And if anyone’s familiar with such, it’s me, for I was once a zealot, a hard out Pharisee,
Thus, I’d spot legalism instantly, and can assure you that keeping God’s Law isn’t such, believe me.
And besides, try showing me one thing that’s wrong with God’s Ten Commandments — so why wouldn’t one want to keep them?
And hence why those who don’t — the Scriptures, God himself, and I too, with my fellow apostles — strongly condemn.

Even Abraham keep God’s Law, though saved by faith — or to put it another way, grace — for though saved by grace,
God’s Law is the standard of Christian conduct which we’re judged by, as faith without works is truly a disgrace,
And why only those who willingly adhere to God’s will — Law — receive eternal life, and fair enough too,
For why should deliberate lawbreakers be rewarded, other than with eternal death, they not true-blue.

But it’s not as if you didn’t know this. Are you still babes then, seemingly requiring to be bottle fed,
Still being blown about by every wind of doctrine, or just making excuses for sin, despite what I’ve said?
Because if you are, you’re on perilous ground, for grace doesn't cover sin but contrite sinners, believe me,
Otherwise one could accept God’s grace and still get away with anything, which would simply mock Calvary.

Listen, that’s why God said, (found in the book of John), “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments,” so tell me,
How much clearer do you want it? 
and if you do, turn to the book of Hebrews, chapter ten, actually,
For there it states that those who willingly continue to sin, void Christ’s sacrifice, unless they repent, and
Mend their ways, empowered by the Spirit, for those who think that God waves some magic wand, just don't understand.

Sure it’s only God who can bring about such change, but not without us playing our part, and that, willingly,
For surely you don’t think that God wants us to do nothing when He’s stated His desires very clearly?
Hence why when we arise each day, we should consciously, willingly and receptively seek to do His will,
For only in those who do their very best to try and keep His Law, can the Spirit truly dwell.

Now lest you still think I’m into works, (and why, I wouldn't know), one’s salvation is all about grace, grace alone,
However, those who aren’t into obedience, are hardly into heavenly ways, but ways of their own.
Hence why they like the idea of God’s Law having been done away with, but God said no such thing, and instead,
Told us to walk obediently, not wait for some magic wand, thus treating grace like some nightcap and bed...

And to our end, ultimately.

Christ has only said that apart from Him we can do nothing, and never that we’re to do nothing, you see,
However, what we do, (in His power), we don’t do to gain salvation, but to witness more correctly.
After all, we’re His ambassadors, hence “You will know them by their fruits” He has said, for how else could it be,
Given that the alternative is nothing but rebelliousness, laziness, and outright hypocrisy?


Yours sincerely, apostle Paul.


By Lance Landall





8.  No God, No Point

If I weren’t a Christian, and knowing myself like I do, or to put it another way, being totally honest,
And given that “the heart is desperately wicked,” I doubt if I’d worry about doing what’s right or best,
Other than to avoid earthly consequences, that is — and not some divine justice, given my atheism,
Or if not atheism, (and given that I would hardly be open to the Spirit’s leading), my scepticism.

And I venture to say that most of us would think and act the same, hence why darkness covered the earth prior to the flood,
For the hearts and minds of men were continually evil, and the earth full of debauchery, villainy and blood.
Oh yes, how they knocked old Noah, so sure that they had nothing to fear, their disbelief and vice blinding them to the results,
For those who’re not attuned to the Spirit’s prompting, hardly see reason or purpose, nor have their finger on the pulse.

Well, forgive me being frank, but such folk remind me of those Christians who think that all they need to do is take God’s grace,
And that despite what they do, they’ll be in His kingdom — His standards and Law, (one and the same), hardly having a place.
Yes, their folly, (come heresy), and worldliness, blinding them to what the Holy Bible is really conveying,
And like all those who effectively think — no God, no point — (and that’s where I came in), they are perilously straying.

But God is savvy, and knows all this, and hence why His standards and Law do have a place in all this, actually,
For though we’re saved by grace alone, we’re still judged by His moral Law, lest we think that we can still act rebelliously.
You see, when we walk in obedience to His will — that is, keep His standards and Law, we prove that we’re genuine,
And such God needs to see, for He knows that given our natural sinful bent, we’d happily take grace and still sin.

That is, if it were all about grace and nothing else, for why would we bother if we were home and housed — such meaning:
Assured of a heavenly place despite continuing to willingly rebel — and thus God’s Law contravening?
Sure it’s all about grace in the sense that we can’t work our way to Heaven, but let me clearly point out this, dear friend,
Any who think that they can get to Heaven on the back of sin, will ultimately discover a fiery end.

Yes, just like me, if I weren’t a Christian, (and thus thinking: No God, no point), most Christians would just continue to sin,
Willingly, that is — for if there were no Law, and no consequences — there’d be little need for Spirit led discipline.
But as I mentioned, there is a need for God’s Law, consequences, and Spirit led discipline, as God knows very well,
For though we should obey Him out of love and gratefulness, there aren’t too many Christians who would, as far as I can tell.

Yes, for the non-believer — no God, no point — and for deluded Christians — no Law, no point — well, effectively,
Given that such appears to be the way they’re thinking, the way that they’re acting, and even talking, effectively.
For they say that God’s Law was done away with at the cross, which for sin-bent fallen man acts so conveniently,
And why it’s hardly true — a lie, in fact — for such lawlessness makes a mockery of what Christ did on Calvary.

By Lance Landall


"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it" (Jeremiah 17:9, NKJV).

“ ‘You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet' "
(Matt 5:13, ESV).

" 'I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are luke warm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth' " (Rev 3:15,16, NKJV).




9.  Do You Believe That You're Saved?

Such is an interesting question, one that people will hesitate over, or say “Yes!” to immediately,
And there are those who’re quite sure that they’re not saved, and perhaps some of them have good reason for thinking that, quite frankly.
Yes, on one side there’re those who’re unsure, and on the other side those who’re very sure — that is, that they are or aren’t,
And I guess that there’re those who when it comes to our saying whether we are or aren’t, would say that either way we can’t.

Well, upon our genuine repentance, and determined desire to move forward in obedience to God’s will,
And thus having accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour, we’re to live in faith that we are saved, and that all is well.
But treading very carefully, I must add — aware that we can come out from under God’s merciful umbrella,
And thereby, via our continuing to willingly sin, descend into the hopelessness of the devil’s cellar.

In other words, via our own choosing — though all is not lost — for should we repent, and once again call on Calvary,
A robe of righteousness, alias God’s gracious umbrella, will once again cover us, promise eternity.
But we shouldn’t play cat and mouse with God, so to speak, as after our repentance, a consistency should follow,
For where there’s no consistency in our walk, our repentance is hardly genuine, and our walk just as hollow.

And therein lies danger, for though we’re saved by grace alone, we shouldn’t play, become complacent, nor act smugly,
For not only is such smugness pharisaical arrogance, but proof that we’re at risk, or plain lost, currently,
Given that there’s no such thing as once saved always saved, for imagine what Christians might do with that — now let me see —
Wear sexy clothing? Frequent bars, nightclubs and casinos? Idolise actors and pop stars? Watch anything on T.V.?...

Yes, etc, etc...

Is this why most Christians are only so in name? — given all the worldliness and disobedience that we see,
For if they think that they don’t have to concern themselves with righteous living, I dare say that they aren’t, perilously.
Would you? And that is where a certain smugness could come in, and even a degree of irresponsibility,
For if we’re saved regardless, might we not concern ourselves with this or that, and when we should do, acting gratefully?

By that I mean, look at what Christ did for us! So why would we just take grace and forget the rest, ignoring His will?
And hey, how often do the Scriptures tell us to walk in paths of righteousness, so that within, the Spirit can dwell?
For after all, the Spirit certainly can’t dwell in an uncommitted, worldly, rebellious, unclean heart and mind,
And why those Christians who see it any other way, bitter disappointment, and a very sorry end will find.

Yes, Heaven is not for the smug or rebellious, but for those who’re humble, obedient, teachable and willing,
Who can have a quiet confidence, living in faith that they are saved — true followers from whom the fruits of the Spirit spring.
Not just believers, but doers, not earning their way, but choosing to obey — empowered ambassadors for their Lord,
Whose true and faithful witness, tried and proven faith, and glaring contrast, our righteous, Holy Saviour will soon reward.

By Lance Landall




10.  A New Commandment?

“I give you a new commandment: love one another; as I have loved you,
so you are to love one another” (John 13:34, NEB).

Are God’s Ten Commandments inadequate? Even faulty, maybe?
No, of course not. So let’s examine this “new commandment,” shall we?
First, is the command to love new? Once again the answer is no,
Which Leviticus chapter nineteen, verse eighteen, will clearly show...

For Moses received a command to love — thus, such is hardly new,
Besides, isn’t this what every Christian should instinctively do?
How could anyone be a Christian and not love their fellowman?
No — us all loving each other — has always been our Saviour's plan.

Thus, there isn’t a new command, as such, but more a fleshing out;
By that I mean, an enlarging upon — that’s what it’s all about.
For loving others as we love ourselves is one thing, quite clearly,
But loving others as Christ loves — wow! Now that’s what He wants to see.

Yes, it’s this shift from our loving others as we love ourselves, to,
Loving others as Christ loves. It's this that He refers to as “new.”
And this big shift, this change of focus, will certainly come about
In the lives of those Christians who God’s will cheerfully carryout.

Our Saviour, via His earthy example, sought to reveal such love,
That each might love like He loves, (via the power received from above).
Thus, Christ opened up to them a new concept of God's love — a love
That revealed the character of His gracious Father up above.

You see, what Christ had cultivated with men relationship wise,
He also wanted them — where others were concerned — to exercise.
Yes, He wants every Christian to love like He loves — yes, completely,
And this, our Lord wanted right from the beginning, obviously.

The holy Scriptures — be it in the Old Testament or the New —
Echo this call, this commandment, and this very love reveal too.
A new commandment? No — rather, just a deeper expression of love,
Which we’re to emulate, for it’s God’s, and a command from above.

By Lance Landall

“...but you shall love your neighbour as your self…” (Lev 19:18, NKJV).

‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang [depend, are based, are inherent in] all the law [the entire ‘ten’] and the prophets’ ” (Matt 22:36-40).





11.  Christ The End Of The Law?

“Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness
for everyone who believes” (Rom 10:4, NIV).

It’s law as a method of obtaining righteousness that Christ brought to an end,
Not that anyone — pre or post Calvary — salvation by works could or can defend.
Since the Fall, God has only revealed one way by which anyone may be saved,
That is, via faith, via grace — it’s never been via how one behaves, or has behaved.

Before the cross, folk were saved by looking ahead to Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary,
Today, folk are saved by looking back to Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary.
Christ came to this earth to bring the Jews mistaken abuse of His Law to an end,
Not to remove His Law — otherwise, why would Paul God’s Ten Commandments defend?

The Jews had perverted God’s Law via legalistic obedience, you see,
That is, they thought that via keeping it they could earn their salvation, foolishly.
But as we know, no one is saved via law, for salvation comes via grace alone,
Plus, our best wouldn’t be good enough, hence that gracious gift from the Cornerstone.

Christ the end of the law? Hardly! For His moral Law points out what sin is, and,
It’s also via this Law that God’s will and character we better understand.
And when we do our best to keep His Law, we show genuineness, that we’re for real,
And God out of love, covers us with His grace, knowing we’ll fall short of the ideal.

The interpretation that Christ has literally done away with His Law
Is a perversion of Scripture, for not one apostle dared dismiss God’s Law.
Christ came to point the way back to faith; such faith doesn’t abolish but establish,
For what sort of God — the standard of Christian conduct — would come and abolish?

No, rather than abolish His Law, God sought to restore it to its proper place.

By Lance Landall


“ ‘For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter,
will pass from the law until all is accomplished’ ” (Matt 5:18).

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives" (2 Peter 3:11, NIV).




12.  Simple, Simple, Simple

No, there’s nothing wrong with God’s Law, it all about thought for Him and others, and
It even in our own best interests too, love involved in every strand.
All why God wants it written on our hearts, it being no head thing but a heart thing,
So that in every facet of our lives there’ll be that glowing Christ-like ring.

No, there’s nothing wrong with obedience, such the response of a grateful heart,
One that wants to beat with a heavenly rhythm, a love that sets it apart.
For love does no wrong, nor acts selfishly, but rather, walks true and uprightly,
It having no desire to injure, falsely witness or behave lawlessly,

No matter how slightly.

 So why would God do away with law, but solely as a means of salvation,
Not that it ever was; such just the silly notion of that ancient nation.
And therefore it that silly notion that was done away with at Calvary,
For we’re told that there’s no room in Heaven for those who practice iniquity.

Yes, it simple, simple, simple, the devil being the lawless one, and therefore,
Context behind it all, God hardly scrubbing obedience and nor His Law,
Its principles just as relevant today, God not having lowered the bar,
And why it’s not the hearers of God’s Law who are blessed, but the doers who are.

Grace mercy, not licence.
 
By Lance Landall


“For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified [treated as righteous]” (Rom 2:13, ESV).

You may also like to read my poems "God's Gift of Grace", "Balancing Grace", and "Grace and Obedience".



13.  What Part Of "Do Not Sin" Do We Not Understand?


To begin: Where in God’s Word does it say that it’s okay to consciously sin, (and after repenting, what’s more)? Nowhere, (each Christian a heavenly ambassador), and why Christ said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go, from now on sin no more,” and the same to the man He healed at the pool of Bethesda, (both pretty hard to ignore).
If we’re not capable of refraining from sin, (via power from on high), why are we told to seek the victory over sin, to put away our former life, (our past wrong behaviour), to emulate the righteousness of our Holy Saviour, to live lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly, to keep His commandments, (we doers of His Law, not just hearers, obviously, its principles still having validity), and why Paul said, “How can we who died to sin go on living in it?”, for such would clearly make one a hypocrite, and why the following was also said by Paul: "Do we then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law."
Oh, those telling questions that just won’t go away, and this, despite God's compassion for our fallen condition, body of clay, and despite one’s acceptance of His gift of grace, obedience-cum-works clearly having its place — and hey, doesn’t continuing to sin slap God in the face, present a stumbling block to others, (our fellow Christian sisters and brothers), and doesn’t such give non-believers ammunition, point out a lukewarm condition, and if we’re honest, force a shameful admission?
Seen this?
"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." Now that says a lot!
Seen this?
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."
Seen this?
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world."
Tell me, how much stronger does Christ need to say it? — so many of us spiritually unfit, our lantern dim, our witness faulty, our allegiance split, our vision blurred, our passion faint, our effort feeble, (and why many quit) — in other words, we doing far more harm than good, rather than following Christ's example-cum-walking in sync like we should.
So what part of “Do not sin” do we not understand? — Christ’s reward or penalty being close at hand — hence that prior judgment that folk like to ignore, a God who overlooks sin more to their liking, justice tucked in a drawer, and grace that covers sinners supposedly covering sin, so why didn’t God overlook Satan’s sin, and what exactly is sin?
Well, and to begin, sin is rebellion, that “God says but I think” mentality, that self-focussed, self-centred little “me,” that walking contrary to God’s will, Word and ways, that thought, word or act that ill still conveys — and you know, that dusty Bible that’s seldom studied if at all, for what an insult, but thanks for Your grace, Lord — oh, the gall, and look how He suffered on Calvary, and folk still clinging to sin-cum-acting ungratefully, and thinking they're saved, ridiculously.
As for further clarification, and going by God’s Word, and in mind our salvation, (God’s grace not giving us some licence to sin, and our obedience proving that we’re genuine), the following are examples of sin:
Cheating; lying; pretending; stealing; swearing; coveting; not forgiving; irreverence when worshipping; making an idol of anyone or anything; sex before marriage-cum-promiscuity; sexual misconduct; adultery; pornography; saying “Oh my God!” in exclamation, (such using His name in vain and without consideration); rudeness; recklessness; unkindness; spitefulness; deceitfulness; lawlessness; slothfulness; violence; murder; indifference; racism; cronyism; cruelty; jealousy; crudity; bigotry; irresponsibility; vanity, (and that egotistical behaviour that also draws attention to that prideful “me”); manipulation; intimidation; persecution; discrimination; exploitation; making or bowing before graven images, (such being heresy, faulty apostolically); adding to, subtracting from, diluting, distorting or withholding God’s Word; that ungodly and destructive “Haven’t you heard?” (and which is often overheard); same-sex sexual acts; that playing around with the facts; that worldliness that Christ said to shun; that prideful, self-serving “I won!”; that stardom that robs God of glory, and rather than humbleness and godliness, conveys another story; abusing and misusing this planet; that cowardly failure to admit; not doing what we should when we can; and rather than pleasing God, pleasing man, all of which sneers at the heavenly, belittles God’s wisdom and authority, and conveniently turns its back towards Calvary.
Yes, and, (very interestingly), why Christ said, “ ‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven,' ” which effectively means to obey, both love and truth and faith and works having their say, and thus there being no faulty witness nor shades of grey, for we, according to Paul, should even abstain from “all appearance of evil,” and that’s not all, for the book of Hebrews, (it also attributed to Paul), states, (as if in summarizing), “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment,” which isn’t surprising, for once again, look at what Christ said, (which in Bible’s is oft seen in red), “ 'Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” — and by the way, (for clarity's sake, say), that, "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins," (Paul's words), means: God's grace isn't covering many Christians, for oh, how they've strayed, and why here, I'm calling a spade a spade, for Christ's coming is very near.
And another thing that I need to convey, (lest any misconstrue what I’ve had to say), is that God’s not expecting perfection, (as we understand perfection), but rather, a committed, no turning back change of direction, a daily surrendering from which righteousness will spring, and we asking His forgiveness where we fail, our best still leaving an imperfect trail, and hence that need of His robe of righteousness that comes courtesy of heavenly graciousness — oh yes, amazing grace, Christ having taken our place, and why salvation can't be earnt, (which some people haven't learnt), for it’s all about that grace — in other words, what Christ has done, not us, but just the Father’s Son, whose Word says to walk according to His example, and if we’re truly genuine, we will!
And here's another text that shouldn't be ignored: "Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord."
In other words, when we get up in the morning when the day is brightly dawning, we should consciously set out to think, speak and act rightly, inviting the Spirit to aid and mould us, (not just daily but nightly), and always asking for forgiveness where we err, slips rather different to that rebellious “But I prefer,” which is how much sinning takes place, and needless to say, the latter not covered by grace, for what a disgrace given what Christ did for the human race-cum-took our place.
Allow me to ask: If some judge let you off instead of punishing you, would you wilfully repeat the same offence like you're currently seen to do — Christwise, that is — or have I misjudged you?

By Lance Landall


You may wish to note the following Bible texts — Eph 4:22-24; 2:10; Rom 3:31; 6:2; 7:7; 8:6-8; 2:13; 13:10; 1 John 2:4; 3:4; James 2:10-12,20,24,26; 4:17; 1:25; 2 Peter 3:11; Heb 10:26,27; 12:14; Luke 16:17; Rev 14:12; 21:7; 12:17; Matt 5:16; 7:20,21; 1 Cor 7:19; 2 Cor 5:10,20; Acts 5:32.





14.  "Works! Works! Works!"


Yes, "Works!" they say, "You’re just into works!" — well, at the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with works — and in fact, (and this is biblically backed), such is what God wants seen, (yes, obedience, I mean), for such is how we become a light, a fruit bearing sight, and bear in mind, (which in Scripture we also find), that when our actions are right, and we thus heavenly bright, we only then truly witness as God’s ambassadors — yes, doing His bidding, for what Christian God’s will ignores? — and what God desires, even commands, is in His Word, and why those who knock works have badly erred, and seemingly false teaching preferred.
Yes, "You’re just trying to earn your way to Heaven," they say, your words having gone over their head, (and they even an irritable red), but isn’t that the way, for at the end of the day, obedience just doesn’t appeal to most, who’re only too happy to in grace boast, forgetting that grace is the method, and obedience the standard — that is, of salvation, for here’s the affiliation — “If you love Me, you will walk obediently” — yes, as God will hardly save those who continue to act rebelliously, for if we’re truly repentant, what do we do? — now think it through — yes, we turn from our wrong behaviour, and thus emulate our Saviour, who, while accepting us where we are, gives us no excuse for staying there, for that would be bizarre, given that change is meant to start now, and here, and not at His coming, when in holiness He’ll appear.
So why do we turn from our wrong behaviour, and from there on, emulate our Saviour?
 Surely because we want to, and we know that He wants us too, and even said we’re to, and not because works saves us, (so I'd ignore all that fuss), but because it’s what grateful Christians do, and when they don’t, (oft more a case of won’t), they just slap God in the face, who lovingly died in their place — but hey, and this is what they miss, He didn’t die for those who choose to remain rebellious — well, effectively, for they via their folly say goodbye to eternity, many having thought that they could just take grace, and throw obedience in His face, so often in the guise or form of faulty theology.
In other words, grace isn’t for those who willingly continue to sin, for in their case, the Spirit is hardly within, and they, thus undeserving, for it’s self and not God that they’re serving, and that’s where it’s at, it’s as simple as that — both logical and biblical.
Yes, "Works!" they say, "You’re just into works!" — well, so was my Saviour, for look at His behaviour, and how He obeyed His Father’s will, (and even does still) — thus, even though we're offered God's gift of grace, works clearly has its appropriate place, and to say otherwise, is really to just deal in lies, and hence why we need to be sure of what we say, for at the end of the day, teaching what's wrong not only leads astray, but our own foolishness can advertise.
Yes, "Works!" they say — well, I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly going to obey, for that is what God wants us to do, and look at what He did for us — thus, we’ve got the easy part, I venture to say, (speaking in a certain kind of way), and yet, due to a certain mindset, there are those who still haggle over whether one should obey.
Honestly!

By Lance Landall


And using borrowed thoughts below,





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