Paul was an Apostle, called in the place of others who departed early. Paul still was a servant of Jesus, we need to understand this very clearly.
The Law was given to teach man that he could never save himself, hence the myriad of do’s and don’ts. The Law also instill in us reverence or respect, otherwise known as the Fear of The Lord.
Jesus did not revoke the law yet He fulfilled it. That means that we now obey Him, not the law. See Jesus as your Living Word, your Living Torah, meaning your interactive, real-time instruction. His bodily presence was replaced by His Spirit presence and, as He had promised, some of those living with Him saw His Kingdom come at Pentecost.
Jesus holds all authority, which is best explained in His figurative “sitting at the right hand of the Father.” As the Father is Spirit, does He have a hand? Read Isaiah 9:6 where Jesus is identified as the Everlasting Father.
We have now seen that Jesus is the Law and He holds all authority.
Paul, a mere servant, taught obedience and salvation by grace alone. The church, meaning the bulk of Christianity, though, turn Paul’s teachings into law, thereby putting liberated born again believers back under the curse because anyone under the law also lives under its curse.
It is sad that people misunderstand what Paul said through not understanding the audience and context of his preaching. He addressed specific issues, yet the church, in its fundamentalist delusion, turns it into law.
Jesus did give two laws, which are impossible to break without breaking at least one of the other ten. Also, see that ten commandments equate to the ten tribes of Israel but the two commandments refer to Yudah and (I think) Benjamin. God counts in dozens.
Also, Jesus never declared all food clean, that is an added entry inserted centuries later by an ambitious, opportunistic translator.
So, as I am guided by the Spirit of God, who is not a ghost, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, in Greek pneuma, He will not lead me to things He finds offensive, sinful or bad for me. So many eat unclean things, proven through science to be harmful, claiming that Jesus declared it clean. He didn’t, a naughty monk lied. Pork causes cancer, scientifically proven. (They didn’t mention bacon though.)
Jokes aside, we cannot and shouldn’t delude ourselves into thinking that we can now do as we please. We should obey His Spirit in all, which means we will then remain perfectly within His will.
We also shouldn’t burden believers with all sorts of new laws, as that was never the intent of Paul or the mission of the New Testament.
If we claim to be saved by Grace alone, we should have the integrity to live accordingly.
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