Articles and essays listed on this page address the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, and of living within the laws of God. If a disciple's righteousness does not exceed that of the Pharisees (Matt 5:20), the disciple will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus of Nazareth labeled the Pharisees as hypocrites and vipers; He said their father was the devil. Their righteousness was not of faith, and they were woefully short on love for their neighbors. Thus, disciples are to keep and teach the least of the commandments (Matt 5:19 & Rev 12:17) while living by Paul's law of faith (Rom 3:27). That law of faith Paul identifies as the righteousness that comes from faith (Rom 10:6-8), and he cites the second covenant mediated by Moses (Deut 29:1 & 30:11-14). This second covenant has the laws of God written on hearts and minds of uncircumcised Israelites following obedience. When the mediator of this second covenant changes from Moses to the glorified Jesus, circumcision of the heart and mind (a euphamistic expression for receiving the Holy Spirit) precedes obedience. The disciple is no longer under the law for the laws of God have been internalized; the disciple is now under Grace, which remains outside the disciple. Therefore, the articles and essays on this page advocate the necessity for living by the spiritual laws of God. The relationship between the invisible spiritual law and the visible physical law is the relationship between hate to murder or lust to adultery. Christ bears the sins of all who remain within this covenant of faith--no sin will be imputed to those disciples who remain within the covenant. Jesus said, however, not to be surprised when some disciples are resurrected to life and some to condemnation (John 5:29). Disciples who leave the covenant will experience the second death.
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