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Sinai v. the Gospel – comparison/contrast

Sinai’s Commandments – the written code given Israel that has been relegated to the annals of theological history, why?

The Sinai Commandments worshiped by Israel’s children, Legalists, far too many Christian Churches, are not to be worshiped or venerated as a path to righteousness in the New Covenant as the Law of the Spirit of Life is relevant in the New Covenant (Romans 8:2; Romans 2:14-15) as Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the focus of covenant relationship with the Father and sanctification following salvation, not letters-laws, ordinances, days, diets.

Sinai was given solely to Israel and sojourners with them; this, in response to the paganism that inundated Israel’s tribes, paganism serving pagan gods relentlessly seeking Israel’s compromise, compromise that would have thwarted Elohim’s eschatological plan going forward concerning the Gospel, defeat of the Devil via Messiah at Golgotha (1 John 3:8b); this potential Israeli compromise with paganism would essentially become a repeat of the failures of the Adamic and Noahic generations, their compromise with the demonic resulting in the extinction of humanity save eight. This is why Sinai’s ten-commands, 1-4, concern Israel’s relationship with Yahweh and 5-10 concern Israel’s conduct relevant to their tribesmen; these specific commandments providing a bulwark to compromise with pagan gods – the demonic.

Why a written code etched in stone?

Sinai was given Israel’s children because the Holy Spirit was not working within the Tribes, within humanity, as He does in the New Covenant. For four-thousand years prior Pentecost (Acts 2), the Holy Spirit only indwelt certain anointed men and women in strategic positions of influence concerning Elohim’s eschatological objectives. Also, during this dispensation, the Holy Spirit could be removed from an anointed individual in response to disobedience, unfaithfulness (Psalms 51:11). Overwhelmingly, humanity was besieged by the demonic due the sin-nature and a personal, intimate, relationship with Elohim, though possible through faith, was rare and scripturally noteworthy.

In the New Covenant, the Spiritual Law (Romans 2:14-15) or “The Law of the Spirit of Life” (Romans 8:2) is made relevant via New Covenant promise (Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36; Hebrews 8; Ephesians 1:13-14). Subsequent Golgotha, Pentecost (John 19:30; Acts 2) faith, grace, the Holy Spirit have become Eternally relevant while Sinai is relegated to the annals of history; this, while the Spirit’s anointing via the Spiritual Law written upon our heart at conception and arbitrated by the Spirit during sanctification via the conscience is the methodology used by Elohim to govern behavior, provide behavioral modification, concerning His children and not codified laws etched in stone that are a codified fragment of the Spiritual Law; Sinai, that which is etched in stone, that which could never sanctify or make righteous due to the sin-nature absent the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1-8; Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).

In conclusion,

In this current dispensation of Grace, the Christian serves in newness of the Spirit as the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father via a New Covenant of Grace through Faith (Ephesians 1:13-14); Christians do NOT serve letters – Sinai (Romans 7:6).

It is the Holy Spirit who indwells the faithful in Jesus by New Covenant promise and the Spirit enlivens the spiritual law written upon our heart and employs the redeemed conscience to arbitrate that law as He methodically walks the Christian in daily sanctification carefully discerning every thought and intent of the heart urging the Christian toward righteousness while eschewing compromise with evil; this, an infinitely superior form of behavioral modification compared to the Law Covenant that demanded perfection from a sin-nature that could never comply; ultimately, resulting in condemnation and cursing (Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:10; James 2:10).

The New Covenant has replaced the Old Covenant and it is past time that the Christian understand this and rebuke the Jew, Israelite, Legalist, who seek our bondage to Sinai and the inadequacies of the Law Covenant (Hebrews 8:7).

Why are the Jews-Israelite’s rejecting the Gospel when they’re the “Chosen?”

A supposed child of Jacob asked the following: “Do you not find it strange that the people who know God’s law the best are less likely to believe in this new thing [the Gospel] than people who barely know it at all?”

Christian response,

That’s due to self-righteousness and pride on Israel’s part and due the Jewish Curse for rejecting their Messiah before Pilate (Romans 11; Matthew 27:25). Israel’s children falsely believe that their sanctification through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, qualifies them as children of Yahweh by heritage when, from the beginning, Elohim has demonstrated to humanity that “faith” is the KEY to His heart and that He is not a respecter of persons.

The Gospel of Yeshua is NOT a “new thing” but was ordained “before Time began” (2 Timothy 1:8-10) as Elohim’s “battle strategy” “to destroy the works of the devil” via Messiah (1 John 3:8b; Genesis 3:15-21). Elohim originally desired to set-apart a people group for His eschatological plan from the Adamic-Noahic generations but they fell prey to demonic influence and had become so defiled that He eradicated all but eight and began anew with Noah (Genesis 6).

Abraham-Isaac-Jacob were His second-attempt to sanctify a people group through whom Elohim would chronicle His words and further His eschatological will, introduce His Messiah, and destroy the works of the Devil through the Gospel; in fact, this sanctification of Israel was reasoning for Sinai, the written code, to counter the pagan influence that inundated the Tribes; this, as a bulwark against a repeat of the failures of the Adamic and Noahic generations. Sinai was given specifically to Israel’s children and sojourners with them as Elohim desired to move forward eschatologically void Satan’s paganistic influence.

Messiah, Israel, the Great Commission,

Messiah came specifically to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24) to proselytize them in His Gospel so that through Israel’s children, Yahweh would fulfill His eschatological promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3b) via the Great Commission (Matthew 28); but tragically, Israel’s children clung to the Law and rejected faith; Israel’s children desired a political leader, a national king not a Spiritual Messiah; consequently, in obedience to Satan (John 8:44), they rejected and murdered their Messiah on a tree while insisting that His blood be upon them and their children; therefore, the Gentile Nations, by default, became Elohim’s messengers concerning the Great Commission and the Gentiles will remain His messengers until their fullness has entered the Kingdom (Romans 11:25); then, the tribulation era will be in full swing and a partial resurgence of Israel’s children be center stage during and subsequent the Tribulation with the initiation of Messiah’s Millennial Kingdom; Israel’s glory in this Millennial Age will NOT be for Israel’s benefit but for the Glory of Yeshua who endured continued rejection by this sanctified people group but attained victory by means of selfless, steadfast, love that overcame the Evil One at Golgotha.

Israel, under judgment but Hope endures,

The only Hope for Israel’s children to be named among the remnant that inherits eternal life is the HOPE of Yeshua as Messiah by faith (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27; Romans 10; Galatians 2:16).

11For there is no respect of persons with God. 12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; When Paul speaks of those operating without the Torah, he is speaking of gentiles in the sense that they didn t receive the Torah from God. Therefore when he refers to those operating within the. Torah, he is referring to the Hebrews (Jews) because God gave the Torah to them, through Moses, at Mt. Sinai. So Paul is not thinking of the gentiles in terms of being lawless; they are not outlaws, thugs. Rather it is that it is the Law of Moses, the Torah, which makes the Jews who they are; it is what defines their identity as God s set apart people. So the distinction between gentiles and Jews, to Paul, is that the Jews live within the sphere of the Law, and gentiles live outside of it. He is saying this: those who sin outside the sphere of the Law (gentiles) will perish, just as those who sin. inside the sphere of the Law, Jews, will be judged by the Law. Remember: Paul has already explained that the natural law that gentiles follow is essentially the same as the Law of Moses that. the Jews follow. So the sin of gentiles will be judged according to the natural law, and the sin of Jews will be judged according to the Law of Moses. Notice how the CBJ chooses to use the word Torah where the KJV and virtually all other English versions use the term law.

Faith without Works v. Works without Faith…

Faith without Works is Dead? (James 2:26) / Works without Faith are Dead? (Isaiah 64:6)

Saving Faith – Works – Fruits of Righteousness,

If you possess saving faith in Messiah, a faith that has initiated covenant with the Father, you will produce “fruit” via the indwelling Holy Spirit that are “works” the Father actually honors and this fruit validates the authenticity of your faith – BUT – you can never “work” sufficiently to “earn” the Father’s forgiveness; truth is, only by trusting-believing in Jesus who did the “work” of righteousness for you at Golgotha and receive His righteousness gifted-imputed into your life will you be declared “not guilty” by covenant promise (John 3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:12; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Romans 7:6; Matthew 7:15-20).

Faith that does not produce fruit is dead faith…it is irrelevant, but no one “works” their way into the Kingdom (Galatians 2:16) as the Kingdom is open only to those who place their “faith,” trust, belief, in Jesus as Messiah who died for them as blood atonement for sin (John 14:6; Leviticus 17:11; John 3; 1 Peter 1:19).

Works – Self Righteousness masquerading as Saving Faith,

Religions e.g. Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, other Cults, Sects, pursue works i.e. Days – Diets – Traditions – the Mass – self-flagellation, tongues, water baptism, believing that their personal sacrifice engenders covenant relationship with their idea of a Deity when in truth, the Elohim of the Bible is not impressed with human works lest they’re performed through His Spirit, the Holy Spirit given to all who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ as Messiah (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Billions of well intention men and women will perish in Hell in self-righteousness as they deceptively believe they possess the ability to please their Deity or the Living God, Elohim, through self-righteous works of the flesh, laws, days and diets when in reality, Elohim interprets our works performed apart from His Spirit as filthy rags, a bloody menstrual cloth (Isaiah 64:6); therefore, these lost, deceived, dying in Hell, religionists strive and work and labor in futility and ultimately nihilism as their self-righteousness is absent saving faith (Hebrews 11:6).

Responding to the Judaizers, Legalists, accusing Christians of apostasy for not worshiping at Sinai…

A response to the Judaizers; Legalists; Hebrew Roots adherents who accuse the Christian of being “CHEATERS, LIARS, THIEVES” due to their refusal to worship Sinai and the written code…

The written code given Israel at Sinai is NOTHING but a fragment of the Spiritual Law (Romans 2:14-15) that has been extant as an arbiter of free will subsequent the creation of the angels. Sinai’s written code was given Israel as a bulwark against paganism that inundated the Tribes at that juncture in human history, paganism that sought Israel’s compromise; this, a concern of Elohim as Israel was commanded to be holy as He is Holy and their compromise with paganism and pagan gods would have once again thwarted Elohim’s eschatological plan concerning His Messiah and the Gospel of Grace through which Elohim would “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b).

Sinai is an incomplete fragment of the eternal Spiritual Law and was given to Israel for a specific dispensation and for eschatological purposes and those letters etched in stone are NOT to be worshiped as an Icon but understood relevant to their purpose in a pivotal time in human history as Elohim prepared to introduce His Messiah through Judah’s Tribe and defeat the Devil via His own selfless love demonstrated at Golgotha via Messiah with the words “It is finished” (John 19:30).

Christians do not worship stones or letters or mountains (Romans 6:14) but they serve the Living God through the indwelling Holy Spirit who produces “fruit” of righteousness through them (Galatians 5), fruit that pleases the Father via the Spiritual Law written upon their heart at conception and infused within the human genome on Day-6. Jesus tells you plainly that you will know them by their “fruit” (Matthew 7:15-20) as the written code only defines our sin but provides no atonement (Romans 3:20); righteousness (a right standing) with the Father is not manifest through Sinai or a written code but ONLY through faith in the Son, Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16; John 3).

When one walks by the Spirit they honor all LAW; both, the Spiritual and the written code. If one desires to love and honor the Father they must trust in Jesus Christ as their Messiah, receive the indwelling Holy Spirit as promised by Covenant (Ephesians 1:13-14) and honor the Spirit through obedience to His will in their daily life…this is eternal covenant relationship and this is eternal peace (Romans 5:1).

Using Paul to defend Legalism-Sabbath Obsessions-Judaism

Attempting to defend legalism; Judaism; Sabbath obsessions; Hebrew Roots fanaticism using Saul the Pharisee who became Paul the Apostle,

Saul/Paul was a Jew, a strict Pharisee (Philippians 3)…and he initially came to the Jews, his countrymen, to proselytize them in the Gospel (Romans 10) and yes, Paul met with the Jews on the Sabbath which was their custom (Acts 17:2) but when Paul met with the New Covenant Church, he met on the First-Day, Sunday (Acts 20:7-8; 1 Corinthians 16;1-2) ….to break bread, to share the Scriptures, to collect gifts – tithes for the poor as the First Day – Sunday is the Day the Holy Spirit ordained through His initiation of the New Covenant Church on Pentecost – Sunday (Acts 2).

My God is NOT concerned about days, diets, traditions, temples, heritage (Colossians 2:16; Romans 14), but my God is concerned about intimacy and love with His created beings and all that you find relevant in Torah and Judaism and Tradition was for a time, a dispensation, of necessity as these things pointed to the One who would come to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8b; John 5:39-44; Galatians 3:24-25)…but you would rather focus on the irrelevant, the dead works of the Law, waste your life in futile arguing over NOTHING of relevance rather than substance; that is, faith in Yeshua and life through the Holy Spirit via covenant with the Father (John 3).

Losing Faith? How is this possible?

Theological question was asked: “How is it possible for us to lose our faith completely?”

Concerning faith and the redeemed in Jesus,

If one “loses” their faith, that faith was not saving faith to begin with as the redeemed in Messiah will endure to the end and the Holy Spirit is the Guarantor of this promise (Ephesians 1:13-14). A true Christian’s life may not be the most honorable life lived to the glory of the Father but they never “lose their faith” as they belong to the Father by faith in the Son which is guaranteed by covenant via the indwelling Holy Spirit, forever.

Concerning faith and those living in the World apart from Jesus,

A man or woman living in the World and compromising with Satan loses the ability to hear the Spirit’s call upon their life, that sufficient “faith” that moves them toward life in Jesus; this, through repeated rejection of the Holy Spirit’s call and the dangers, deception, destruction, of “diminishing returns” which is the most proficient tool of deception utilized by the Devil; that is, human nature, when compromising with evil motivated by narcissism and hedonism, that compromise requires incrementally enhanced levels of self-defilement in order to achieve the same narcissistic pleasure as the previous compromise; this is the same phenomenon that under girds any addiction; hence, that sufficient faith given every human being in order that they might find life in Jesus is ultimately snuffed-out, silenced, and the conscience is seared; the one who has internalized a seared conscience through repeated compromise with evil will ultimately perish in Hell subsequent a life lived in nihilism and self-destructive behavior.

Satan’s tactic of “diminishing returns” in Scripture?

The Holy Spirit, working through the Apostle Paul and his Scribe, Tertius, pictures the demonic tactic of “diminishing returns” in Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome, Chapter 1:18-32.

What is the “overall theme” of the Bible?

Theological – Eschatological question was asked: “What do you say is the overall theme of the Bible?

The overall theme of the Bible is Elohim’s restoration of holiness, righteousness, peace, to His eternal Kingdom disrupted by a rebellious cherub angel and unfaithful angels that followed in the Great Kingdom Rebellion – a spiritual war of unfathomable proportions (Genesis 3:15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 12; Luke 10:18; John 8:44).

Elohim’s eschatological plan is to use this temporary Earth, Time, as a repository for this destructive spiritual war; this, apart from the Spiritual Kingdom and to “to destroy the works of the devil” via Messiah (Genesis 3:15; 1 John 3:8b) via a battle strategy known as the “Gospel” that was ordained “before Time began” (Genesis 3:21; 2 Timothy 1:8-10); the Gospel being an eschatological plan involving victory for Elohim over the Devil (Revelation 20:10) via selfless love demonstrated by Messiah at Golgotha and declared complete with the words “It is finished” (John 19:30); this, in order that volitional love and intimate relationship between Elohim and His faithful angelic creation would be unimpeded, secure, eternally.

The role of mankind in this spiritual war that rages around us and through us is to choose whom we will serve. We are provided the option to honor the Father by faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, and live with Him eternally in victory (John 3) – or – we can choose to reject the Father’s will and honor Satan and suffer a fate similar to that of Satan in eternity (Revelation 20:10-15). The central theme of the Bible is not hidden nor is it a mystery.

Israel’s prideful error concerning the New Covenant…

The New Covenant – Israel – ridiculing the Gentile…a rebuttal…

“Don’t you understand that the New Covenant is promised only to Israel, not the Gentile?” (Ezekiel 36; Jeremiah 31)

Christian Gentile response,

Do you realize that the Gentile was prophesied through Hosea to be part of Elohim’s New Covenant (Hosea 2) and that said prophecy was reiterated by the Apostle Paul (Romans 9:25)?

Do you realize that Israel’s covenants with Elohim were predicated upon National obedience (Deuteronomy 28) and that Israel was foreordained to be the recipients of the New Covenant (Ezekiel 36; Jeremiah 31) that replaced the Law Covenant (Hebrews 8:7) in order that Elohim fulfill His promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3b) via the Great Commission (Matthew 28) and do you realize that Jesus came specifically to the “lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 15:24); this, subsequent 400-years of divine silence between Malachi and Bethlehem and Jesus made every attempt to proselytize Israel’s children in the Covenant of Grace through Faith in Him as their Messiah (John 3; John 5:39; Matthew 23:37) but Israel’s children rejected their Messiah; Israel’s children falsely accused Him of blasphemy and conspired with the Roman authorities to murder their Messiah upon a tree; this, while exclaiming-demanding that Messiah’s blood be upon them and their children (Matthew 27:25)?

Do you realize the significance, relevance and necessity for “free will” concerning Elohim’s eschatological will relevant to destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8b) through the Gospel via Messiah, the Gospel ordained before Time began (2 Timothy 1:8-10)? Do you understand that Elohim took the promises and blessing of the New Covenant from Israel’s children as a consequence of their unbelief, rebellion, murder of Messiah and gave same to the Gentiles until the fullness of the Gentiles have entered the Kingdom while Israel was placed under judgment in unbelief (Romans 11:25) and do you realize that only a “remnant” of Israel’s children will escape the “second death” in Hell due to unbelief (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27)?

Do you understand that any relevance Israel and the Law Covenant play in the Millennial Kingdom and in the New Jerusalem will not concern Israel’s glorification but Elohim’s glorification due His long-suffering and restraint concerning a stubborn and obstinate people (Exodus 32:9) who rejected His will and ordination and blessings for them as a sanctified and anointed people, these, who failed Him at every turn; this, to magnify the promises and holiness of Elohim as He conquered evil through His own selfless love demonstrated and fulfilled at Golgotha with the words “It is finished” (John 19:30)?

Do you understand that if you reject Yeshua as your Messiah who died for you that you too will die in your sin and not see life in the Kingdom irrespective of your heritage or genealogy (John 8:24)?

Making Sinai – the Commandments, an Icon…a theological error…

Theological question asked: “Is there a difference between laws and [the] 10-Commandments?” Making Sinai an Icon? Why?

Christian response,

The Ten Commandments are a codified fragment of the Spiritual Law of Conscience (Romans 2:14-15) given specifically to Israel’s children for eschatological purposes. The Commandments were etched in stone for the Hebrew Tribes as they were sanctified, set apart, by Yahweh for His eschatological purposes going forward; this, concerning the Gospel and His coming Messiah who would enter Time through the Tribe of Judah. Israel’s children were commanded to be holy as Elohim is Holy (Leviticus 19-20; 1 Peter 1:15-17) and the Decalogue was given as a tutorial for this specific purpose.

Reasoning for the Decalogue (The Ten Commandments),

Yahweh was concerned relevant to His relationship with the Hebrew Tribes as they were inundated by paganism serving pagan gods; therefore, Yahweh codified specific laws (nine-moral, one-ceremonial) providing a bulwark against specific, immoral, destructive, behaviors practiced by these pagan tribes, behavior that would have alienated Israel’s children and broken covenant with Yahweh, much like the defiled behavior of the Adamic and Noahic generations before them, a wicked and perverse people through whom Elohim refused to bring about a people group that would further His eschatological plan to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) through His primary battle strategy, the Gospel (Genesis 3:21), ordained “before Time began” (2 Timothy 1:8-10); Elohim’s chosen Vessel to implement the Gospel, Messiah Yeshua (1 John 3:8b) who came specifically to Israel’s children to proselytize them in the “Good News” of Elohim’s grace through faith; in fact, it was Israel’s children who were foreordained to be ministers of the Gospel concerning the “Great Commission” thereby fulfilling Yahweh’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3b).

Elohim’s 2nd-Eschotological effort concerning victory over the Devil,

The demonically rooted behaviors of the Adamic and Noahic generations were so repulsive to Elohim (Genesis 6) that He destroyed all but eight with water. The Patriarchy of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was Elohim’s second eschatological effort at maneuvering Time and physics via free will toward victory over the Devil at Golgotha; this, via Elohim’s own selfless love as a critical demonstrative act of compassion for the sake of maintaining volitional love and intimacy with His faithful angelic creation witnessing the struggle between Satan and Elohim within the created Realm of Time (Genesis 3:15; John 8:44; Luke 10:18; John 16:11).

Far too many theologians, Judaizers, legalists, religions, place eschatological emphasis on the Decalogue, Sinai, to the point of idolatry not understanding that the foundational root of the Decalogue is the Spiritual Law of Conscience (Romans 2:14-15) that has been extant from the creation of the angels forward as an arbiter of free will; the Spiritual Law having been infused within the human genome on Day-6 by Elohim for His eschatological purposes going forward; the Spiritual Law, the Law of the Spirit of Life (Romans 8:2) written upon the heart of humanity at conception in the womb and utilized by the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant via the redeemed human conscience (2 Corinthians 5:17) via the daily process of sanctification to produce “fruits of righteousness” (Galatians 5) in the redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ as Messiah; the Spiritual Law of Conscience that will remain extant throughout Eternity as free will remains relevant in Eternity concerning intimacy, relationship, with our Creator. The Spiritual Law being eternally and infinitely superior to Sinai’s Decalogue.

In closing,

The Decalogue certainly has its theological place in Time but should not be an Icon of worship but understood and interpreted as Yahweh’s codified laws given specifically to Israel’s children and sojourners with them; this, as a bulwark against compromise with paganism. The Christian should not be idolizing nine-moral laws carved in stone given a Nation of people who rejected Elohim’s New Covenant ordination, but the Christian should be focused upon the One that is the fulfillment of those codified laws and offers humanity a perfected imputed-gifted righteousness in exchange for our sin through His sinless perfection; who is, Jesus Christ our God and Messiah. Worship Jesus, not that which points humanity to Him by faith (Galatians 3:24-26).

Why do Christians repent if they’re saved by grace, forever?

If the Christian is saved by GRACE through faith in Messiah, why must they seek forgiveness, repentance, of sin subsequent salvation?

Christian response,

GRACE is NOT a license to sin void repercussions…

The one who has trusted in Jesus as Messiah by faith, having established New Covenant relationship with the Father and received the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of that Covenant (John 3; Ephesians 1:13-14), these are declared “not guilty” by the Father via covenant promise, forever (Hebrews 8:12).

The Christian is covered – protected – sealed in the imputed-gifted righteousness of Jesus by faith (2 Corinthians 5:21) yet the Adamic sin-nature (Romans 5:12) struggles with the new-nature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 7:14-25); therefore, when a Christian sins in word, thought or deed, they remain forgiven by grace but the Christian is given 1 John 1:9 for the sake of conscience and intimacy with our Lord.

Our misbehavior…our temporary rebellion or mistake or error in judgment does NOT threaten eternal covenant with the Father but it does weaken intimacy as the Holy Spirit is grieved within us and our conscience is likewise grieved as the Holy Spirit employs, makes applicable, the Spiritual Law via the conscience (Romans 2:14-15); therefore, the Christian apologizes to the Father for their indiscretion and thereby reestablishes “intimacy” and “peace” within the inner man as intimacy with our Lord is the most cherished and fulfilling gift provided by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1).

The Law of the Spirit of Life v. the law of sin and death,

This is but one-reason why the “Law of the Spirit of Life” in the New Covenant is infinitely superior to the law of sin and death, the written code (Romans 8:2), as the indwelling Holy Spirit, in the New Covenant, methodically works through the redeemed conscience of the faithful in Messiah (2 Corinthians 5:17) and meticulously discerns applied discretion within the redeemed relevant to every moral decision encountered daily, a divine discernment that is not subject to rationalization, obfuscation, justification by the flesh; whereas, the written code is easily rationalized away by the sin-nature and a seared conscience, a compromise with the World that culminates in the death of mind, body, soul, eternally.