From: joie (Original Message)Sent: 8/20/2001 3:19 PM
1John 2:7–Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
The old commandment is the WORD which ye had from the BEGINNING.
v8—Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness (law) is past, and the true light (Jesus) now shineth.
The law came by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
11John 5–And now I beseech thee, lady,(church), not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
See, this commandment is to love one another. (period)
v6—-And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard FROM THE BEGINNING, ye should walk in it.
Moses law was 450 years AFTER the promise given to Abraham; therefore it could not be the Word WE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING.
God gave them laws which were not good; and laws by which they could not live. (Eze.)
No flesh shall be justified by the law.
The law he put into our hearts is the one from the beginning, that we love one another. Love fulfills the law; Jesus loved; He fulfilled the law and thereby did away with it.
To cling to the law is to bypass justification.
Life could not come by the law.
Choose ye this day life or death; law or grace. Which will it be?
I choose life which is grace; which is the commandment, the word we heard from the beginning; not the law 450 years later.