Pamphlet 1555 1 John kc 5-1
The only thing Jesus Christ "nailed
to the cross" were "dogmas",
which were religious ceremonies and ritualisms, and the blood sacrifices of animals, etc.
Earlier we learned in 1 Jn. 3:2-3 that the sons of God, His precious "little children", who have the hope of seeing Jesus Christ and have the hope of being like Him when He appears at the sound of 7th Trump, do purify themselves by confessing their sins to Him, who is faithful and just to forgive their sins which then "cleanses them from all unrighteousness" (1 Jn. 1:9).
You see, without the loving forgiveness of Jesus Christ one can have no righteousness.
The question is though, "How does a person really know whether or not he or she has sinned?"
What is sin anyway?
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
That is what sin is, the breaking of God's law!
Yet many Christians will say, "But the law was done away with!
We are no longer under the law!
Christ nailed it to the cross!"
Do not be misled by uninformed teachers who do not know the difference between divine law, civil statutes, and religious ordinances, i.e. ceremonial laws.
The only thing Jesus Christ "nailed to the cross" were "dogmas", which were religious ceremonies and ritualisms, and the blood sacrifices of animals, etc. as documented in Colossians chapter 2:
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
ordinances = dogma, dog'-mah, Greek 1378; from the base of Greek 1380 (dokeo); a law (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical) :- decree, ordinance.
So do not even THINK that He did away with the law or the Old Testament (the prophets).
Truly, truly, they shall both remain!Matthew 5:17
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Then the Divine Laws of God are still in effect.
Jesus Christ said so.
In fact, Jesus Christ states that He doesn't think very much of anyone, such as a preacher or anyone else, who tells you that you do not have to keep His commandments or that the Old Testament was done away with.
They actually break His commandments in their teaching of such a thing, for it is a crock, a BIG LIE!
 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Yes, we ARE freed from the penalty of death, i.e. the wages of sin, by the blood of Christ.
That doesn't mean it is OK for us to now steal or murder, does it?
 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
By doing the will of God and by getting rid of unrighteousness (sin) through repentance as we read in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
You see, that is why Jesus Christ came in the flesh, to pay the price to take away our sins!
Thank you Father!
And that Lamb of God was perfect, an unblemished sacrifice according to the law, and there was no sin in Him!
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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