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February 23, 2018 8:00 pm

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Welcome to Faith Bible Church Singapore (FBCS)

At our church, we hope that through His Word and by His Spirit, and through the fellowship of the saints you will get to know and experience the Heavenly Father’s unfailing love for you.

John 1:17 (AMP)
17 For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.

By our Father’s Grace, we endeavour to teach His Word of Truth that Faith be imparted to your life. Then through Faith you may access His Grace all the time for yourself and for others, thus helping you to develop spiritually and helping your faith grow exceedingly.

The Heavenly Father has given FBCS this mandate, that is, “Prayer is Our Mission.” Through prayer we hope that you will fulfil the destiny that our Father God’s unfailing love has planned for you.

I pray that FBCS will be a blessing to you. Let us help you fulfil this unique plan that God has for your life.
May our Heavenly Father’s Unfailing Love pour out His abundance of Grace upon you!

 

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Do you know that the Law of Moses has been changed? How was it changed and when was it changed?

We need to understand that there are two aspects in the Law of Moses.

1. The practices in the Law: for example, the feasts, circumcision, sacrifices, anointing with oil, and the celebration of Sabbath day. All these were instituted in the law of Moses. These practices were all done in the flesh.

2. The purposes of the Law: for example, the sacrifice of the lamb and from it the blood were for the purpose of covering the sins of the high priest and the people. The purpose of the high priest going into the Holy of Holies was a type of Jesus who rose again and ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

Let us begin by studying this verse written by Paul concerning the practices in the law of Moses.

Hebrews 7:16 (NKJV)
who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

The law of Moses is called a fleshly commandment, because all the practices in the law were done in the flesh (with their fleshly bodies) by the people in the nation of Israel. Whatever the law commanded them to do were fleshly commandments. These practices would only minister to the soul but not the spirit of man. It was imperfect in this regard.

Many Christians will be confounded by what Paul was about to say in the next verse.

Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV)
For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Paul said that there was a change in the priesthood. Therefore there was a necessity for the change of the law! The law of Moses was given by God, it had to be perfect without any error. Then why was there a necessity for the law to be changed? Did Paul mean the law needed to be rewritten because there were errors in it?

What does it really mean by the priesthood being changed? That it was of necessity a change of the law?

This will really upend many people's thinking and their conception of Christian practices today.
- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread
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Do you know that the Law of Moses has been changed? How was it changed and when was it changed? 

We need to understand that there are two aspects in the Law of Moses. 

1. The practices in the Law: for example, the feasts, circumcision, sacrifices, anointing with oil, and the celebration of Sabbath day. All these were instituted in the law of Moses. These practices were all done in the flesh.

2. The purposes of the Law: for example, the sacrifice of the lamb and from it the blood were for the purpose of covering the sins of the high priest and the people. The purpose of the high priest going into the Holy of Holies was a type of Jesus who rose again and ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

Let us begin by studying this verse written by Paul concerning the practices in the law of Moses.

Hebrews 7:16 (NKJV) 
who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

The law of Moses is called a fleshly commandment, because all the practices in the law were done in the flesh (with their fleshly bodies) by the people in the nation of Israel. Whatever the law commanded them to do were fleshly commandments. These practices would only minister to the soul but not the spirit of man. It was imperfect in this regard. 

Many Christians will be confounded by what Paul was about to say in the next verse.

Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) 
For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Paul said that there was a change in the priesthood. Therefore there was a necessity for the change of the law! The law of Moses was given by God, it had to be perfect without any error. Then why was there a necessity for the law to be changed? Did Paul mean the law needed to be rewritten because there were errors in it? 

What does it really mean by the priesthood being changed? That it was of necessity a change of the law? 

This will really upend many peoples thinking and their conception of Christian practices today.
- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

Many New Testament scholars favor the view that Paul wrote the Galatian letters to Christians in the cities of South Galatia.

The problem Paul addressed was the issue of Judaizing false teachers who infiltrated the churches in Galatia, denying Paul’s authority as an apostle and teaching that circumcision was necessary for salvation. These Judaizer false teachings were bringing the Galatians back into legalism as we can see in the following verses.

Galatians 4:21 (NKJV) Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?

They were so influenced by these Judaizing false teachers that they desired to go back to keeping the law. Keeping the law is walking by sight; it is easy to walk by sight than to walk by faith. Everything in the law of Moses appeased their senses. Whereas following the Holy Spirit is not walking by your senses but walking by faith; following the unseen Holy Spirit.

The main contention of the Judaizing false teachers was that they were drawing the people back into the law of circumcision. In fact this was the very reason why the apostles had to go to the Jerusalem council of apostles and elders (Acts 15). It seemed like the biggest contention was that, the Judaizer teachers were always drawing them back into the law of circumcision as stated in the Law of Moses, amongst other things.

Galatians 5:2–4 (NKJV)
2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.
3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Here, Paul addressed the issue of circumcision in the Law of Moses. Even though many in the Galatian churches came from a pagan background, they were drawn by the Judaizing false teachers back into keeping the law. They were also drawing the Galatian Christians back into something else as found in the following verse.

Galatians 4:9–10 (NKJV)
9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
10 You observe days and months and seasons and years.

Surely the Judaizing false teachers were not turning them back to keep the law of circumcision, pagan worship and the keeping of pagan days and months and seasons and years? But this was exactly what happened. These Judaizers who were so religiously keeping the Law of Moses, were turning the Galatian Christians back into keeping the days and months and seasons and years. Paul called them foolish Galatians.

Keeping the law of circumcision, days and months and seasons and years are all acts of the flesh and walking by sight; that is to say you need all these outward practices to keep you in your belief.

However Paul was not saying this to disregard the law. In fact he taught them how to fulfil the law.

Galatians 5:14 (NKJV) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Paul taught them that there was indeed something higher than observing days and months and seasons and years.

Galatians 5:18 (NKJV) But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The word “under” means “to come under”. What Paul is trying to say is, to be led by the Holy Spirit. When you do so, you will not come under the law which is impossible to keep. When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will fulfil the law and not fall from a higher level of grace to a lower level, that is of the law. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace. To be led by Him is to walk on the highest level of grace; the grace that is of the Spirit. To observe the days and months and seasons and years, is to walk on a lower level of grace; the grace that is of the law.

Do you need to observe the Feast of Trumpets in order to know when Jesus will come? When I am led by the Holy Spirit, He will lead me into the second and the minute, the day and the month and the season and the year of Jesus’ return.

One of the most toxic spirits is the religious spirit and no grace comes with it. Instead it always draws you into walking by sight.

Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Without walking by faith you will not be able to access the grace of the Heavenly Father. Without faith it is impossible to draw from the Father’s unfailing love to fulfil the law.
- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread
... See MoreSee Less

Many New Testament scholars favor the view that Paul wrote the Galatian letters to Christians in the cities of South Galatia. 

The problem Paul addressed was the issue of Judaizing false teachers who infiltrated the churches in Galatia, denying Paul’s authority as an apostle and teaching that circumcision was necessary for salvation. These Judaizer false teachings were bringing the Galatians back into legalism as we can see in the following verses.

Galatians 4:21 (NKJV) Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?

They were so influenced by these Judaizing false teachers that they desired to go back to keeping the law. Keeping the law is walking by sight; it is easy to walk by sight than to walk by faith. Everything in the law of Moses appeased their senses. Whereas following the Holy Spirit is not walking by your senses but walking by faith; following the unseen Holy Spirit. 

The main contention of the Judaizing false teachers was that they were drawing the people back into the law of circumcision. In fact this was the very reason why the apostles had to go to the Jerusalem council of apostles and elders (Acts 15). It seemed like the biggest contention was that, the Judaizer teachers were always drawing them back into the law of circumcision as stated in the Law of Moses, amongst other things. 

Galatians 5:2–4 (NKJV)
2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 
3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 
4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Here, Paul addressed the issue of circumcision in the Law of Moses. Even though many in the Galatian churches came from a pagan background, they were drawn by the Judaizing false teachers back into keeping the law. They were also drawing the Galatian Christians back into something else as found in the following verse. 

Galatians 4:9–10 (NKJV)
9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 
10 You observe days and months and seasons and years.

Surely the Judaizing false teachers were not turning them back to keep the law of circumcision, pagan worship and the keeping of pagan days and months and seasons and years? But this was exactly what happened. These Judaizers who were so religiously keeping the Law of Moses, were turning the Galatian Christians back into keeping the days and months and seasons and years. Paul called them foolish Galatians. 

Keeping the law of circumcision, days and months and seasons and years are all acts of the flesh and walking by sight; that is to say you need all these outward practices to keep you in your belief. 

However Paul was not saying this to disregard the law. In fact he taught them how to fulfil the law. 

Galatians 5:14 (NKJV) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Paul taught them that there was indeed something higher than observing days and months and seasons and years.

Galatians 5:18 (NKJV) But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The word “under” means “to come under”. What Paul is trying to say is, to be led by the Holy Spirit. When you do so, you will not come under the law which is impossible to keep. When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will fulfil the law and not fall from a higher level of grace to a lower level, that is of the law. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace. To be led by Him is to walk on the highest level of grace; the grace that is of the Spirit. To observe the days and months and seasons and years, is to walk on a lower level of grace; the grace that is of the law. 

Do you need to observe the Feast of Trumpets in order to know when Jesus will come? When I am led by the Holy Spirit, He will lead me into the second and the minute, the day and the month and the season and the year of Jesus’ return.

One of the most toxic spirits is the religious spirit and no grace comes with it. Instead it always draws you into walking by sight. 

Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Without walking by faith you will not be able to access the grace of the Heavenly Father. Without faith it is impossible to draw from the Father’s unfailing love to fulfil the law. 
- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

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