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Posted in What is a Graven Image? on 2006-06-17 02:50:43

Laura, once someone is saved by the grace of God, that person is no longer under law of sin and death. That is the Good News. People, who are not yet saved are still under the law - the law applies to them who are not saved. GAL 3.1: "O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth . . . This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (3,13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law"

3:24 "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."

Once a person is saved, not only are they not under the, they can not sin anymore - without the law, there is no sin.

GAL 2:21 "I do not frustrate the grace of God; for if righteousness come from by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."

I hope this message from Jesus helps lighten your load.

MAT 11:30 "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

JOHN 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

JOHN 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

JOHN 8:34 "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."

JOHN 8:36 "If the son therfore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

JOHN 8:45 "And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."

JOHN 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Posted in What is a Graven Image? on 2006-06-17 02:22:49

Forget about the graven image thing for a minute - focus on the rest of the 2nd commandment "or any likeness of anything" Yes, ANY likeness of ANYTHING. Thank God, once we are saved by the grace of God, we are not under the law. 1 John 3:6 - 3:8 "Whosoeverabideth in him sinneth not; whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil' for the the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN; for his seed remaineth in him; AND HE CANNOT SIN, BECAUSE HE IS BORN OF GOD." Some twist the meaning of the commandments so they don't feel guilty about breaking them. Christians should stick to the literal meaning of the second commendment as it is written, realizing that everyone breaks the commandments. Who them can be saved? With man it is impossible, that is why man needs to humble himself before God. But after someone is saved, they are not under the law. Jesus sets us free from the bondage of the law. The truth shall set you free. "I am the way, the truth, and the life." That is the Good News! Once you are saved, you will still break commandments, but it is not sin. "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not" (1 John 5:18). By the way, many know that you are to keep the Sabbeth and do no work, but forget the frist part where God commmands you "six days shall thou work." Twist it all you want. It is clear, "SIX DAYS SHALL THOU WORK." Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."