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Attention all church volunteers who work you church’s main monitor (computer). Have you ever wondered how get good (Christian) worship backgrounds for your screen? Well I want to recommend you to go to creationswap.com.
This website is for Christians, pastors, youth ministries, churches, or anyone who wants cool computer backgrounds. I use their pictures constantly because it is cheap! In fact, it’s free. People fail to realize is that buying new PowerPoint backgrounds cost lots of money that churches do not have. I should know since I worked in my youth group’s sound board for over 2 years. I always wanted to make the youth group better through PowerPoint, but since I had a McDonald’s budget, I had to settle with outdated pictures. I know this has nothing to do with grace, but I really believe people need every help they can get. Think of it this way, instead of spending the church’s money or having lame worship backgrounds during the service, you can achieve nice professionally made background for free.
The TV works fine for its purpose, to watch movies or shows, but when a TV is used for something outside of its purpose, it is frustrating. Ever tried to store pennies in a TV? Not going to work. Is there anything wrong with a TV if it can’t store pennies? No, that is not its purpose. Even a little kid will say, “what are you doing?” In the same idea, the purpose of God’s law is to point out your faults and sins and make you realize you need a savior.
“through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20
Paul once said,
“For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” – Romans 7:7
When people try to keep the law they become frustrated because that is not the purpose but, to point out our faults. In Galatians 3:24 is says, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” Later in the next verse it says, “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”
The Spirit Gives Life
Throughout life we learn new things, and sometimes new truths. Come with an open mind to hear what God wants to tell you. Let’s read the Bible for what it is, not for what we want it be.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[a] for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. – 2 Corinthians 3:5-9
We [You and I] are ministers of the new covenant! Not of the old covenant but of the Spirit. Wow what a revelation, we are no longer of the letter but of the spirit! What exactly does that mean? The Holy Spirit is talking about the Law that was written on parchment, on letter. Anytime you try to earn, deserve, or merit something. You’re putting yourself back under the law. That is what the system of the Law was; it was all about you earning it, you deserving it. You Meriting it.
“How can God’s holy law kill?”
One of the reasons it kills you is because it condemns you. The purpose of God’s law was to point out your faults and sins.
“Are Christians Under the Ten Commandments?”
This is a great question. So, let’s go to the bible.
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. – 2 Corinthians 3:5-9
Let me ask you a question, what else in the law was written and engraved on stones? Only, the Ten Commandments was written with God’s finger and engraved on stones.
“Blasphemy! I would have you know that The Ten Commandments are God’s holy laws. How dare you call them the ministry of death?”
I understand your anger. It is hard to comprehend, but let me explain.
- It is not Caleb Gibson that wrote that the Ten Commandments is the ministry of death it is the Holy Spirit who wrote that (don’t kick the messenger).
- If you disagree, please offer me a new covenant verse that denies this claim.
- God has made a new covenant. Quite obviously the old one did not work. By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. Hebrews 8:13
Some argue and say the Law refers exclusively to the “ceremonial laws” of Moses, such as the animal sacrifices. Therefore, they say while we may no longer be bound to the ceremonial laws, we are still under the “moral laws” or the Ten Commandments. However, nothing could be further from the truth because the ceremonial laws were never “written and engraved on stones.” They were written on parchment. Only the Ten Commandments were “written and engraved on stones.”
This explains the previous verse that Say’s “the letter Kills, but the Spirit gives life.” The entire covenant of Law condemns you, but the covenant of grace gives life! This is why condemnation KILLS!
The Commandments are holy, just, and good
While the Commandments are holy, just, and good, it has NO power to make you holy, just, and good. We are no longer under just a part of the law, but we are no longer under the whole law. The Old covenant is also known as in verse 9 as “the ministry of condemnation.”
I’m hoping you see how pathetic it is to try and keep the law. Those who fight for the Ten Commandments cannot even remember them. You ask them, what is the 8th? What is the 4th? What is the 9th? The Holy Spirit does not help on that when you ask them. They have no clue. But even the Holy Spirit will Help a little child remember “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!” My friend when you try to keep the Ten Commandments. You are Condemned! You feel guilty.
People leave church, not because they are rebellious but because they give up; they say, “This stuff is too hard”. The have been hoodwinked into believing it’s all about them! When it’s all about Jesus! Give up on self, and begin to put your trust in JESUS! Take your eyes off of yourself and look to Jesus. I promise you will walk on water!
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