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What is the Sum of the Law and the Prophets?

Previously we saw that the Law and the Prophets refer to the first five books of the Bible, the Law and the books of the prophets and poetry.  Now let’s look at what Jesus says sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)

37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
 

Galatians 5:14 (ESV) For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

This really isn’t a new Law to love our neighbor.  The New Covenant portion is that our neighbor has been expanded to include everyone even the most despised or our enemies.  See even in Leviticus the Israelites were told to love their neighbor but that was their own people.  Now we are to love all people as ourselves, not just those who are like us; not just our own people. 

Leviticus 19:18 (ESV)  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. 

In case there was any doubt Jesus explained this concept several times. 

Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
 

Matthew 19:19 (ESV) Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Mark 12:29-31 (ESV)

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
 

Luke 10:27 (ESV) And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 

James is clear that fulfilling the royal law is “loving your neighbor as yourself”. 

James 2:8 (ESV) If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 

See this takes you right back to Matthew 5:17 because Jesus fulfilled the Law not only by being the perfect, sinless law keeper, but by loving His neighbor as Himself to the end by giving up His life. 

Matthew 5:17 (ESV) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  

John 10:11 (ESV) I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 

John 15:13 (ESV) Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 

Romans 5:7-8 (ESV)

7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 

Ephesians 5:2 (ESV) And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 

The sum of the Law and the Prophets is Love, as exemplified by Christ in giving up His life for us. 

We are called to do the same and then we have fullfilled the law. 

1 John 3:16 (ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

James 2:8 (ESV) If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 



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Church Search Ideas

Do You Need a Real Church?

Pyromaniacs Post on How to find a church – Be sure to read the added ideas in the comments.

  1. Pray, committing yourself to attending a church; and attend somewhere while you look.
  2. Yellow pages. (But what to look for?)
  3. Ads in Saturday newspapers.
  4. Map out all the schools in the area, and drive around between 9:45-11:15am taking down names to follow up later.
  5. Bulletin-board in local Bible bookstore.
  6. Ask around, any Christians you can find.
  7. Denominational web sites (— like GARBC, PCA, Reformed Baptists)

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Source of Faith

Where does faith come from?

From God and His Word!

Romans 10:17 (ESV) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 12:3 (ESV) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

May our cry be like this father’s.

Mark 9:24 (ESV) Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”



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Men Chosen By God

All it takes is just reading the Bible to see that God choose people, not just Israel or the church.

Abraham in Genesis – God chose him and spoke to him.  Abraham did nothing to deserve his calling.  Abraham was chosen.

Nehemiah 9:7 (ESV) You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham.

Israel was chosen by God not because they chose God, nor because of any good in them but because God chose them and loved them.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 (ESV)
6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Jacob was chosen while Esau was rejected.

Romans 9:13 (ESV) As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Psalms 135:4 (ESV) For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.

Isaiah 41:8-10 (ESV)
8 But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

David was chosen by God.  Not just the people of Israel, but God says one chosen out of the people and then specifically names David, not just the Seed of David.

Psalms 89:3-4 (ESV)
3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:
4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’ ” Selah

Psalms 89:19-21 (ESV)
19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said: “I have granted help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 so that my hand shall be established with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.

Psalms 78:70-71 (ESV)
70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds;
71 from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.

Solomon was chosen by God.

1 Chronicles 28:6 (ESV) He said to me, ‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

Zerubbabel was chosen.

Haggai 2:23 (ESV) On that day, declares the Lord of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the Lord, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the Lord of hosts.”

Rufus was chosen.

Romans 16:13 (ESV) Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.

Paul was chosen.

Acts 22:14 (ESV) And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth;

Acts 22:14 (KJV) And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

Galatians 1:15-16 (ESV)
15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
16 was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;


So why is it such a stretch for some to believe that God calls, elects, or chooses people?  Doesn’t seem to be able to be any plainer than this:

John 15:16-19 (ESV)
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Whom does this refer to but to you?




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How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’ve all heard the children’s rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Around here our garden grows quite well with weeds.  The daily thunderstorms we’ve had have been extra kind to the weeds.  Why the vegetables don’t thrive as well as the weeds is beyond me.

Weeding a garden takes lots of time and work.

This is what I’ve learned that weeding takes.


  • Digging down deep in the dirt before ever setting out plants, really turning the dirt.

  • Early morning weeding before the heat of the day and before the mosquitoes in the evening.

  • Daily attention, even missing a weekend will set you back.

  • Recognizing weeds.  This is my biggest problem knowing the weeds from the seedlings.

  • Choking out weeds with mulch or landscape fabric.

  • Ridding weeds by the root and not just nipping it shorter.



Sounds like I might would do pretty well except there is a key ingredient left out  – hard work!

They all sound doable and reasonable until you get right down to doing the work.  Then it’s too hot, too buggy, back hurts, cheaper to buy vegetables, fear of snakes, hopeless, waste of time, …

Jesus used analogies about gardening and vineyards all through His sermons and actually all through the whole Bible. (John 15:1-16)


If we are a garden designed to yield fruit, good and lasting fruit, what must we do to tend our garden?  How about some of the same things?


  • Digging down deep removing the sin from our lives, even the deep unknown sins, and coming in repentance to the Lord.

  • Early morning time with God before the busyiness of the day and before the little things that annoy in the evening.

  • Daily attention, even missing a weekend will set you back.

  • Recognizing wrong teaching and false doctrine.  Do you know the false from the truth?  Doctrine matters.

  • Not allowing sin to see the light of day.  Giving no opportunity for the devil to get a foothold. 

  • Look for the root issue of sin.  Just dealing with the exterior visible sin is not enough.




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Growing in Grace

Are you growing?

Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
16  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

1 Peter 2:2-3 (ESV)
2  Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

2 Peter 3:18 (ESV) But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.



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Unchurched Christians !?!

Unchurched are mostly Christian, survey says

Churchgoing in the South is a social assumption, a point of civic and cultural pride, a starting point for conversations with complete strangers: “Where do you go to church?”

Not going often results in a stigma reflected in the billboard alongside Interstate 65 in Prattville: “Go to church or the devil will get you!”

People who don’t go to church may be a lot more familiar with Christianity than many church leaders believe, staying away from the pews because of bad experiences, not because they’ve never heard about Jesus, according to recent surveys by the Barna Group.

Although churches frequently say they try to attract people who are “lost,” most Americans not attending worship services — 61 percent — consider themselves Christians, Barna reports. About 39 percent say they are not Christian. About 18 percent of people not attending church identify themselves as born-again Christians who have made a personal commitment to Jesus that’s still important in their lives, according to Barna, which specializes in research about evangelical Christians.  

Research shows that most unchurched people — more than four out of five — were formerly regular participants in church life, many of whom departed after an ugly incident that hurt them deeply, Barna reported.

The Rev. George Hollis, pastor of Cahaba Valley Church, said he has seen cases at other churches where members left in anger over improper relationships, fights between choir members and a conflict over who would be scout leader.

“It can be so many things,” Hollis said. “I bet it’s mostly not theology.”

…    Continue reading…

This is the fruit of being in the “Bible Belt“, where theology is less important than hurt feelings and the unchurched still claim to be Christians!



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Church Planting

When we were riding in the car this morning to church we were discussing an upcoming church plant.  There seems to be some bitterness and rumors that have started as a result of the church plant, even though very little has been said about it and absolutely no encouraging others who are members of other churches to join with us.  This is the thought that hit me while we were talking about it:

We could go to any country in the world or even any state in the US to plant a church.  Then we would be supported by the church we are leaving and maybe even supported financially in the process.  However, the moment we plant a church across town or even in an adjacent town we are subject to ridicule and derision, even if the churches are not exact duplicates of each other. 

Why is that?

Is this just an idiosyncrasy of SBC churches or does this happen in other denominations?

If the church is the full body of believers what difference does it make which building and congregation an individual worships and fellowships with? (Assuming that they are valid Bible believing churches.)

Believers do don’t belong to a specific “church” in a spiritual sense, the individual church is just to allow a group of local believers to grow, learn, worship and be guided by others together.



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Children of Israel verses Children of Abraham

This is a very, very simplified explanation of the “Children of Israel” and the “Children of Abraham“.

The Jews, descendants of Israel, is what is meant by “Children of Israel”.

Acts 9:15-16 (KJV)
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Notice the Lord says the “Children of Israel” as opposed to the Gentiles.

But in Galatians believers are called “Children of Abraham“.

Galatians 3:7 (KJV) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

The “children of Israel” specifically refers to the descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob, believers or not.

The “children of Abraham” refers to Abraham and his believing descendants both by his linage (Jews) and by adoption (Gentiles).

The difference between being a “child of Israel” and being a “child of Abraham” is clear in Jesus’ words.

John 8:39 (KJV) They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

The “children of Israel” are claiming to also be the “children of Abraham“.  But if you read the whole context the Lord says that they are the seed (descendants of Abraham, Jews) but they are not Abraham’s children.  Even worse the Lord says that they are the children “of your father the devil”.  This is a very serious rebuke!

John 8:33-45 (KJV)
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

This is going to be very important when reading the NT.

Which are you?


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Unclean Foods

This post is in response to a question from An Abomination.  I’m sure it is many more verses and covers much more than the question asked, but I have run across so many questions lately about unclean and clean foods and the believers duty in relation to them.  So warning this is verbose, but notice it is mostly Scripture and very little of my own words. :)  That is the way it should be.




I wasn’t sure if your question was due to the perceived need to follow the Jewish dietary laws or if it was just questioning what seemed to be a contradiction between the Lord calling foods unclean and then later calling them clean.  Hopefully, I’ll answer both questions.  I have been amazed lately at the number of people who feel we as believers are to follow the Jewish dietary laws.

The dietary laws were for the Jews.  We believers have a new and better covenant (Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 8:6-7).  In the New Testament there was much disagreement about what should be required of the Gentiles.  Many Jews wanted the Gentiles to become Jews before they could become Christians, while others such as Paul understood that was not what the Lord demanded.  Thus in Acts we have the following passage:

Acts 15:1-20

1  But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.

3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. 

4  When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.

5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.

6  The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.

7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,

9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?

11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

13 After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.

14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name.

15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

16 “’After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,

17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things

18 known from of old.’

19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God,

20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.   ESV


So what was required of the Gentiles was not observing the Jewish dietary laws.  Peter told how the Lord was blessing and giving the Gentiles the same Holy Spirit the Jews had received. 

Notice what Peter says “… we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will…” Acts 15:11.  We will not save ourselves by returning to the Law of Moses, the law that even the Jews could not keep.  Jesus is the only Jew who was able to keep the whole Jewish Law of Moses.

Then we also have Peter’s vision:

Acts 10:9-16

9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance

11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth.

12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.”

15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.  ESV


Peter was commanded to eat the unclean animals, which he vehemently refused and said never Lord.  Then Peter was rebuked and told that what the Lord had made clean was not to be called common or unclean.

NT:2840

koinoo (koy-no’-o); from NT:2839; to make (or consider) profane (ceremonially):

KJV – call common, defile, pollute, unclean.

(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

The Lord can make clean anything that He so desires.  He thankfully has chosen to make clean those of us whom He has called.

Then we have lots of verses from the NT.

Romans 14:2-3

2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.

3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. ESV

Romans 14:20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. ESV

Wow, how much plainer can it get?

Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean….”

But for the sake of another do not be offensive in what we eat.  That means no matter how clean the foods are now, if I am inviting an observing Jew to my home I will not be serving BBQ Ribs.

Romans 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. ESV

1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.  ESV

Just a few verses before the Romans verse we are told this:

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ESV

Still pretty plain to me.

1 Corinthians 8:8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. ESV

1 Timothy 4:4-5

4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. ESV

Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. ESV

1 Corinthians 10:23-33

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

24  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

25  Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.

26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”

27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience.

28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience—

29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience?

30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

32  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,

33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.  ESV

For those that don’t know where the old rule for children and eating came from here it is:

“… eat whatever is set before you without raising any question …”

Now some would say but what about Jesus, as if the red words in the Bible are the only ones that matter.

Luke 11:41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you. ESV

Matthew 15:11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” ESV

Matthew 15:16-20

16 And he said, Are you also still without understanding?

17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 

18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” ESV

Mark 7:15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”  ESV

Mark 7:18-23

18 And he said to them, Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him,

19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” ( Thus he declared all foods clean.)

20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.

21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,

22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

23  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” ESV

Who will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Does what we eat have any bearing?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 

10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ESV

But even those may be washed clean by the blood of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ESV

The OT separation of clean and unclean food represents the separation of Jews from Gentiles.  There is now no separation.

The law is to reveal our sin to us, not to justify us.

Romans 3:20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. ESV

Plus the whole book of Hebrews.  :)  It would be worth a serious study.

Here are just a few examples:

If we could have been made perfect through the Law, we would need no change to the Law.  We have a different High Priest and a changed Law.  The old covenant is a covenant of dead works. (Hebrews 6:1, Hebrews 9:14)

Hebrews 7:11-12

11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. ESV

A former commandment is set aside and a new one is introduced, a better and more perfect hope, that will draw us to God.

Hebrews 7:18-19

18 On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness

19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. ESV

Hebrews 8:6-7

6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.  ESV

We are under a new covenant which was referred to both in the OT and the NT.

Jeremiah 31:31-33

31  “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,

32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.

33  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ESV

Hebrews 8:8-13

8 For he finds fault with them when he says:   “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.

10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. ESV

Hebrews 9:1, 8-10

1 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness.

8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing

9 (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,

10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. ESV

Hebrews 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. ESV

Hebrews 10:15-17

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16  “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”

17 then he adds,  “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”  ESV

 This pretty much sums it up.

Hebrews 13:9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. ESV



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