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The Perfect Laws Enumerated

Page one: The Law

Page three: Grace
- what is it? how does it work?

Jesus Christ
gave us things to consider.  Here are some of them:
Luke 10:25-27, . . .Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26And he said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27And he answering said,
Primary law:   Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;
Secondary law:  and thy neighbor as thyself.

Matthew 7: 19-22, (Darby)
Every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 20By their fruits then surely ye shall know them.

21Not every one who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he that does the will of my Father who is in the heavens.

22Many shall say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied through *thy* name, and through *thy* name cast out demons, and through *thy* name done many works of power?

23and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.

Besides the first two obvious laws which other NT Bible writers expand and explain, and which James calls the kingly law in James 2:8 – Jesus gives the Christian command to carry good fruit.  This also is a law.  What is involved I will leave to each individual to figure out at the moment.

But the point is severely underscored by the apostle John here:
John 15:2-5, As to every branch in me not bearing fruit, he takes it away; and as to every one bearing fruit, he purges it that it may bring forth more fruit. . . . He that abides in me and I in him, *he* bears much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. 6Unless any one abide in me he is cast out as the branch, and is dried up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (Darby)

In Acts these laws are given: (Darby)
2:38, And Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptised, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for remission of sins, and ye will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

15:19, Wherefore *I* judge, not to trouble those who from the nations turn to God; 20but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.

James gives us this:
1:26,27, If any one think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his heart, this man's religion is vain. 27Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

As Jesus did, James gives us positive laws.  Take care of orphans and widows ; take care not to show favoritism to the rich and to disdain the poor. (James 2:1-10)  Then just a little further down, James tells us to share our goods with the poor if they need it.

2:14-17, What is the profit, my brethren, if any one say he have faith, but have not works? can faith save him? 15Now if a brother or a sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16and one from amongst you say to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled; but give not to them the needful things for the body, what is the profit? 17So also faith, if it have not works, is dead by itself.
Paul gives us these laws:
Speaking about the faith
Rom 10:8-11, But what says it? The word is near thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: 9that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from among the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart is believed to righteousness; and with the mouth confession made to salvation. 11For the scripture says, No one believing on him shall be ashamed.

Sins

1 Cor 6:9,10, Do ye not know that unrighteous persons shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who make women of themselves, nor who abuse themselves with men, 10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor abusive persons, nor the rapacious, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And these things were some of you; but ye have been washed, but ye have been sanctified, but ye have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Wilful practice of sin
Heb 10:26For where we sin wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins

Wives and husbands
Eph 5:22-25, Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord, 23for a husband is head of the wife, as also the Christ is head of the assembly. *He* is Saviour of the body. 24But even as the assembly is subjected to the Christ, so also wives to their own husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your own wives, even as the Christ also loved the assembly, and has delivered himself up for it,

Wives, husbands, children, bondsmen, masters

3:18-22, Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord. 21Fathers, do not vex your children, to the end that they be not disheartened. 22Bondmen, obey in all things your masters according to flesh; not with eye-services, as men-pleasers, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.
4:1Masters, give to bondmen what is just and fair, knowing that *ye* also have a Master in the heavens.

Marriage
Chapter seven in first Corinthians speaks about this subject.  More may be found elsewere.
  • About Sex
Sex is shown to be for mutual enjoyment and for avoiding falling into temptation.  Thus Paul shows that neither husband nor wife has authority over their own body.  In other words, show consideration for the other person's sexual needs, and let the one with the overly large appetite show constraint in regard to considering the needs of the wife. (7:1-9)

  • About unbelieving mates
This is treated from verse 10 on.

  • only marry in the Lord
The edict to only marry believers and such are found in the latter part of the chapter.

  • divorce
Divorce has its own page, please look at that page for more. Link to: Sex & Divorce

In the congregation or church
1 Tim 3
1The word is faithful: if any one aspires to exercise oversight, he desires a good work.

Overseer
2The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach; 3not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money, 4conducting his own house well, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5(but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?) 6not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into the fault of the devil. 7But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Ministers
8Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means, 9holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10And let these be first proved, then let them minister, being without charge against them .

Women
11 The women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12Let the ministers be husbands of one wife, conducting their children and their own houses well: 13for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Women's dress and groom, women's behaviour in the congregation

1 Tim 2:
9In like manner also that the women in decent deportment and dress adorn themselves with modesty and discretion, not with plaited hair and gold, or pearls, or costly clothing, 10but, what becomes women making profession of the fear of God, by good works. 11Let a woman learn in quietness in all subjection; 12but I do not suffer a woman to teach nor to exercise authority over man, but to be in quietness;
Many things may have been forgotten and missed.  Still, the ones listed above should give some overview of the laws Christians are guiding their lives by.

Page three: Grace - what is it? how does it work?

 
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