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  1. we have to know that is not for nothing God put the rules ,thats a manier for us to keep away from sin when you obey the law you see how far you are from be a child of God and what God want you to be away from all kind off things is not good for us,

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  2. "Some, believing that the word until in verse 19 (ESV) indicates that this law was only temporary, have thought the passage must refer to the ceremonial law, because the purpose of that law was fulfilled at the cross and thus came to an end. Though this makes sense by itself, it does not appear to be Paul’s point in Galatians."

    Actually, it is the only thing that does make sense, and any other explanation makes no sense at all.

    Paul's whole argument is a law that has been "added" can now be "subtracted." So adding the moral law makes no sense at all. Unless of course, you assume the moral law is now subtracted like many modern Protestants claim.

    Also, the moral law can not be "added" because of transgression, for if there were no moral law before, neither was there any transgression. For "sin is transgression of the law."

    If we let Paul speak for himself, there is no confusion. But when we endeavor to add something to what Paul has not said, confusion reigns.

    Every law has a purpose to both justify and condemn.
    The moral law condemns those who do not keep it, and it also justifies those who do.

    In the final judgment, God does not go over the life of Christ to see if you can be justified. Rather, He examines the books of record where every deed is closely investigated to determine the final outcome of any and all professed believers.

    While we are not there in person, we are there by way of the books of record. We can not assume the Jesus simply inserts Himself in our place, and if He is holy, we are justified and accepted. This is no way represents the biblical view of the final judgment.

    As clearly presented in the bible and affirmed by EGW as well, our final justification is based on a sanctified and obedient life. The merits of Christ added to the believers obedience is the final cause of salvation.

    Bill Sorensen

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    • Dear Bill,
      There is one thing that bothers me so much from your comments here. You have said "In the final judgment, God does not go over the life of Christ to see if you can be justified. Rather, He examines the books of record where every deed is closely investigated to determine the final outcome of any and all professed believers". Does this mean that we are going to be judged for not keeping the law rather than believing and trusting Jesus the ultimate sacrifice for our past, present and feature sin? No matter hard we try to keep the law, we will never be righteous in His sight by our good works. We keep the law because we are saved out of love for the price paid for us not because it will make us pure and acceptable in His sight. That is Paul trying to teach us in here. One thing I know and believe is true faith in him will force us to live a holy life by God’s grace and power. As long as we are attached with the good vine, he is faithful in producing fruits in our life. The work of salvation, righteousness and even sanctification, in our lives is His and only His job not ours at all.

      God bless

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