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Satan is a legalist

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As Christians it becomes very easy to value the letter of the law more than grace and mercy. It’s funny how, in God’s Word, He often turns what seems right and fair upside down. That is because satan, who is a legalist, demands what is right and fair. He demands payment for our sins and is constantly pronouncing us “guilty, guilty, guilty.”

Jack Frost

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There is a big difference

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There is a big difference between a pump and a spring. The law is a pump; the baptism in the Spirit is a spring. The old pump gets out of order; the parts wear out; and the well runs dry. “The letter kills” (2 Cor 3:6). But the spring is ever bubbling ip and there is a ceaseless flow direct from the throne of God. There is life.

Smith Wigglesworth

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The glory of Sinai paled

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The glory of Sinai paled before the glory of Pentecost. Those tablets of stone with their “Thou Shaly not’s” are done away with, for they never brought life to anyone. The Lord has brought in a new covenant, putting His law in our minds and writing it in our hearts (Jer 31:33) – this new law of the Spirit of life. As the Holy Spirit comes in, He fills us with love and liberty and we shout for joy “done away! Done away!” (See 2 Cor :11) Henceforth there is a new cry in our hearts “I delight to do your will, O my God” Ps 40:8. “He takes away the first so He may establish the second Heb 10:9. In other words, He takes away “the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones (2 Cor 3:7), so that He may establish the ministry of righteousness v9, this life in the Spirit.

you ask, “Does a man who is filled with the Spirit cease to keep the commandments?” I simply repeat what the Spirit of God has told us here, that “this ministry of death, written and engraved on stones” (and you know that the Ten Commandments were written on stones) is “done away with” v11. However the man who becomes a living epistle of Christ, written by the Spirit of the living God, has ceased to be an adultered or a murderer or a covetous man; the will of God is His delight. I love to do the will of God, there is no irksomeness to it. It is no trial to pray, no trouble to read the Word of God; it is not a hard thing to go to the place of worship. With the Psalmist, I say “I was glad when the said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord.”

Smith Wigglesworth

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common sense tells us that

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common sense tells us that when Paul commands Timothy to “endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ,” that is a command that I should seek to obey whenever I face hardship like Timothy. It transfers to me in principle. But when Paul commands Timothy, “Come before winter, bring my cloak, and especially the parchments,” we know that is a local, particular command, meant for Timothy only. The idea that all the imperative statements in the Bible should be taken literally, as if they all apply to me, is a nonsensical way of handling Scripture.

Christopher Wright

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How commands can function in

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How commands can function in relationships and communication. If I hear someone on the street shout, “Freeze! Put your hands behind your head!” I need to know two things. First, who is shouting? If it’s a police officer—someone whose authorized command I need to submit to—then yes. Second, is he addressing me? Likely the answer is no. It’s addressed to the guy who just robbed a street vendor and is running away. So the command has authority because of who gave it, but it is not addressed to me in that moment. It claims my respect—I should not break the law in that way either—but it does not claim my compliance.

Christopher Wright

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A gospel which merely says

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A gospel which merely says "Come to Jesus" and offers Him as a friend, and offers a marvellous new life, without convincing of son, is not New Testament evangelism. (The essence of evangelism id to start by preaching the Law; and it because the Law has not been preached that we have had so much superficial evangelism.) True evangelism … must always start by preaching the Law

Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones

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