For there is no respect of persons with God. For 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; For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another; In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Rom 2:11-16 KJV)
There is no respect of persons with God: We can safely say that god doesn’t care about your opinion, beliefs or where you think you stand with him. YHVH (God) is looking for a people to bring to himself that will respect him and his commands to be a part of his future kingdom that will have no end. Sin creates a separation from a holy and just God and that is not his desire. YHVH’s desire is for us to remain in obedience, just as his son did, and to walk even as Jesus (Yeshua) walked in obedience.
For God so loved the world that he sent the Word made flesh through which man must be saved. God (YHVH) did not leave us as orphans, but laid down the rules and regulations in the perfect law to show us the narrow road to walk into his kingdom.
What is sin without the law?
We must first define what sin is and how it fits into God’s (YHVH’s) plan. Scripture gives us a great and ful definition of sin in 1John chapter 3:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1Jo 3:4 KJV)
Scripture further gives us a clue as to how to gain knowledge of sin in Romans chapter 3:
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:20 KJV)
Even further Paul writes about sin and the knowledge of sin in Romans chapter 7, saying:
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. (Rom 7:7-12 KJV)
Now having a knowledge of sin based upon scripture we can understand that sin would have kept Jesus (Yeshua) from being the Messiah. This is due to the understanding of the knowledge of sin where Paul writes:
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23 KJV)
Again in another place Paul writes:
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. (1Co 15:56 KJV)
John adds to this knowledge of sin saying:
All unrighteousness is sin: (1Jo 5:17 KJV)
So some people say that since Jesus kept the Law, I don’t have to because I am under grace. Well, scripture says differently and is easy to understand. Jesus (Yeshua) himself says in the gospel of John, chapter 8:
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (Joh 8:34 KJV)John 8:34
So this is directly from the mouth of our Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua) and can be said from the above scripture that ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, whosoever commits sin by transgressing or breaking the Law of my Father in heaven, is a servant to sin.’ This clearly shows that Jesus knew he was removing the stain of sin, or the wages of sin, from us and giving us an opportunity to serve the Father in righteousness.
If you sin knowing the law, the law speaks against you at judgment
If you now, having the knowledge and definition of what sin is, a transgression of the law, continue in your sin, then we read in verse 12 that the law will be taken away from you and you EARN your due wages, death. If you do not know the law, then it would be clear that it is time to gain a knowledge of what the requirements are and what your part is. It is our call to be righteous even as the father in heaven is righteous. How do we think that we can come before a Holy god and clearly break his commands making us a slave to sin? Who does that make sense too?
For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. (Lev 11:44-45 KJV)
To be found righteous before God you must do the law.
It is not good enough to gain the knowledge for knowledge without application is useless just like faith without works is dead. One must apply the law to their everyday live and become a servant of God instead of a servant of sin. We must read scripture and then apply it in our walk in order for us to see the power of obedience. For the things we read about Jesus performing miracles are promised to us and even greater, but it comes with a price. Jesus (Yeshua) paid that price through obedience, even to hanging on the cross. He then notified the church leaders upon rising from the dead that it was the church rules and regulations, denominational requirements, that he took away and nailed to the cross so we can serve without sin. How can that be you ask?
This is how:
- Sin is a transgression of the law (1John 3:4)
- Adding to or taking away from the law is sin. (Deu 4:2)
- Following commands added by church leaders, the Pharisees of today and the time of Jesus, is sin.
- Yeshua (Jesus) point out that their commands transgressed the commands of God (Mat 15:3)
- Therefore anything added to or taken away from the law is sin, making you a servant of sin. (John 8:34)
- Jesus (Yeshua) died on the cross, nailing those man-made ordinances which were against us to the cross. (Col 2:14)
James takes things even further showing that it is not the hearers of the word but the doers of the word that earn freedom or salvation:
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (Jam 1:22-25 KJV)
The law is called perfect and gives freedom from judgment. The true Christian has it written on their heart, but it also has been written for us to gain the knowledge of the truth. Judgment brings freedom if you are a doer of the word and not just a hearer of the word made flesh. It is important to understand that “In the beginning was the WORD.” That Word is not to be added to or diminished otherwise you are a sinner and a servant of sin. Applying the Word to your everyday walk allows you to walk hand in hand with the Word made flesh.