Focussed and edifying sermon Thank you for presenting the benefits of the law of God, not as a restrictive or cumbersome bondage, but as an element of liberty protecting and delivering us from the consequences of bad decisions and the pitfalls of pernicious choices when submitting to it. Surely, "the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light" defining right from wrong for our walk. Along with Psalm 1 were we are assured how the law of God delights the righteous, the redeemed with Paul, David and Christ himself can say, "I delight in the law of God", "I delight to do thy will, O my God, thy law is within my heart."
John UK wrote: ... what caused me concern and a desire to investigate further, was the comment by Mr Calvin who obviously knew a fair bit about languages, and who said the "in me" was misleading and incorrect. And now, having checked via the Bible gateway website, it transpires that at least 18 of the modern versions reached the same conclusion as Mr Calvin, and have changed the "in me" to "to me", which thing makes more sense in the verse.
The work of regeneration attests to *in me*, as the Spirit works from within out. *to me* points rather to an impersonal/informative deal that may not include heart-dealt 'surgery', say the transformative powerful effect of conversion.
Expounding the Word realistically Demon infestation comes concelled and often is more prevalent than we attempt to assume nowadays. When and where sin abounds and the kingdom of Satan regales unchallenged through video games, Hollywood and questionable entertainment in our Western countries, the applying of the Scriptures as they are should help identify what are the real things happening. Most of the young generation is gone and lost to the indwelling of unclean spirits bounding them in darkness and utter bondage of schepticism and unbelief, after being left open to such influences. Let's be certain that the Holy Spirit does not coexist happily with the powers of darkness to which our children are passively surrendered . Young Samuel was set apart and kept protected by a godly mother; yet children today are set at bay of childminders of all sorts, mainly unsupervised screens.
Same things with different conclussions The law of God, as God himself, is alive for ever and for all, because it is part of His very essence. We are free in Christ from the *penalty* of the law, and this is what it means we are not 'under the law'. The believer, however, is made alive unto good works that coincide with this perfect law reflecting God's good will for man. The constant attempt to put the law on hold for the believer, often is an manoeuvre neoevangelicals and neocalvinists sustain to get around the fourth commandment, which by love to God's good will holds as any of the others. Other times it reflects a tendency towards free will regarding sanctification, under the slogan of being free in Christ, or of Christian *liberty*, so called .
Misrepresented truth lead into twisting meaning The law of God is ever living as God himself is, and is never put to rest or 'death', as to be annulled, beacuse it is part of God's very nature. What is obliterated in Christ's death on our behalf is the *penalty* of that law upon us. This is why is said we 'are not under the law'. By the justification in Christ we are delivered unto good works, which presicely coincide with his eternal law. Often, neo-evangelicals are interested in puting the law of God on hold because they wish to get around the fourth command. Yet the love of God should motivate any in Christ to remember it out of love as they might do with any of the other commandments. Often the use of the same terms with different meanings lead into twisted misrepresentations.
Helpful outlook Uplifting topic. Thanks for reading from the KJV. Certainly the KJV is not perfect, but is the lesser evil of the many evils surrounding English translations, as to the issue of accuracy, faithfulness or seriousness. The concerns some sustain about the KJV, appear as a gnat compared with the camells of arbitrary critical textualism and the dinamic equivalence of apostate translations.
Rating Scripture at bay If and when a topic is mentioned only once or more times in Scriptures, it is not our pregoratory to grade its importance, as basic or irelevant by such criteria. For instance, we are told that the law says that women should not speak in the assembly, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as *also says the law*. But where in the law is this said? It is the context of the whole revelation that points to this fact and practise, rather than a precise chapter and verse. Perhaps it should pertain us to better rate rewards than Scriptures following the guidance of this verse, which by the way it is only mentioned once also: "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."