Paul the Apostle, Law, and Sin, Part 6

The Pauline Concept of Law & Sin

The Pauline Concept of Law & Sin

The Law of Christ

Also within the sphere of Paul’s of Moral/Natural Law is the Law of Christ, which is intended to guide the motives of the believer in “that which he allows” (Rom. 14:22).  Paul considers that all the moral commandments of the Law oblige the believer to act in love, regarding the welfare and edification of others above his own.  The Ten Commandments, as well as the Second Great Commandment (“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” (Rom. 13:9, Gal. 5:14), are fulfilled by acting in love (Rom. 13:8-10).  Again, whatever cannot be done in faith, believing, is sin (Rom. 14:23).

Envy, classes, and divisions are contrary to the Law of Christ

  • Those who are at odds with brethren are carnal, 1 Corinthians 3:3-4
  • Division among brethren breeds pride, 1 Corinthians 4:6-8
  • A self-serving attitude even at the Lord’s Supper, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
  • The parts of the Body meant to serve one another, 1 Corinthians 12:13-31

Let all things be done out of love

  • No gifts or good works matter unless done in love, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • Be strong, faithful, and do all things in love, 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Those who love one another do not judge brethren in practice

  • Neither judge nor tempt brethren in regard to disputed matters of conscience, Romans 14:1-23

Those who love the brethren seek to edify one another

  • Support the weak and give freely, Acts 20:35
  • Support the weak and edify one another, Romans 15:1-7
  • Seek others’ welfare, avoid offense, 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
  • Let all spiritual gifts in the church edify others, 1 Corinthians 14:1-40
  • “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,” Galatians 6:1-10, 15-16
  • Love one another, be likeminded and unified, watch out for each other, Philippians 2:1-4

Do all things out of love and gratitude for Christ

  • Christ’s love compels us to minister, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  • The law of love toward one another, Romans 13:8-14
  • Walk in love and in the Spirit, not the flesh, Galatians 5:6, 13-17
  • Walk in love after Christ’s example, Ephesians 5:1-2
  • Let your love more abound, Philippians 1:9
  • Prayer for unity in love, Colossians 2:1-2
  • You have been taught to love one another, 1 Thessalonians 4:9
  • God has given a spirit of love, 2 Timothy 1:7

© 2013 Paul A. Hughes

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