I was referring to 1 Corinthians 9:21, but I have decided to drop that argument in favour of a new one that has to do with the same verses:
I will answer it anyway...there is no word in I Cor. 9:21 in the Greek that means "to" or "for." The only word in I Cor. 9:21 that are the Dative case, which can mean (depending upon context) either "in," "to," or "with"...is law. The words that are in the Genitive case (meaning either "of" or "from" or implying possession of something) are God and Christ. If the Dative "law" was to be interpreted as "to law" then you might have an argument, but it is not. If God and Christ were to be intended as "from" then you might have an argument, but they are not.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 1 Corinthians 9:20-21.
Normally my ministry is to those who are without law so I become as those who are without law while trying to convince them that if they are in Christ they will obey the law because of the love of God shed abroad in their hearts through faith in Christ, thus convicting them of their lack of obedience by showing them that their lack of obedience places them outside of Christ.
And I have combatted some of your teachings because, in the letter, they are contrary to what I am trying to get across to them.
But now I will change tacks and attempt to minister to you, SwordMr.
I will become as one under the law for a brief moment (as in ministering to them I have been under the law to Christ, in that I have sought to be obedient to it, in my own heart), to show what it means to be "under the law of Christ", that is, to be focused on the letter of the law of Christ.
OK...I went as far as I could without going line by line, but it has to stop here, hope that is OK.
First, there is no "law to Christ" and if that is where you are getting your question from regarding turning an "of" into a "to" then you are way off track.
Second, there is no such thing in the Scriptures as "the letter of the law of Christ"...no where. That is one of the differences between the law of Moses (which was written on stone tablets in ordinances, the written code) and the Law of Christ, which is so simple that it does not need to be written down.
The law of Christ would be the moral judgments that Christ has set forth in the New Testament, especially the moral judgments that have been spoken by Him.
Negative. The law of Christ is given to us both by Christ Himself (John 15:12) and in greater detail by John (I John 3:23-24). Then Paul gives us his take on it in Gal. 6:2, and we also have James' statement on it in Jam. 2:8. Put that all together and we get...
"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
I John 3:23-24
23 And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another,
just as He has commanded us.
24 Whoever keeps God’s commandments abides in Him
, and He will abide in him, and by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Galatians 6:2Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ
If you really fulfill the royal law
according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well
God did not include (in words) loving Him because when we are obeying the Law of Christ then we are loving Him:
I John 5:3
For this is how we love God, we obey His commandments,
and His commandments are not burdensome.
I have edited and removed the claims that you make below that are NOT part of the Law of Christ...because they are NOT part of the Law of Christ.
By the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20b), so the law of Christ would by nature be Christ's statements as to the definition of sin: that is, the New Testament defintion for sin is what we would say is the law of Christ. So I am in agreement with you, SwordMaster, that in order to enter heaven we must obey perfectly the law of Christ, which I have defined not as extensively as possible above;
To correct you here, from the law of the 10 Commandments comes the knowledge of sin, NOT from the Law of Christ. The Law of Christ is not "by nature" come from things that He spoke of unless they fall under the law of love, which most of your previous statements did not. Sin has nothing to do with the Law of Christ, and one does not have to walk in the Law of Christ in perfect obedience - calvinists have a great hang up on this, and it is not stated anywhere in the Scriptures. No one even had to walk in obedience to the Old Covenant law in order to walk with God, I don't know where you guys get that from.
God instituted the laws of atonement so that no one has to walk around on pins and needles and stress themselves out trying not to break the commandments, not too mention that He did not give us any commandments as part of the Old Covenant law (covenant law) that we could not obey. The idea that we have to walk in perfect obedience to God is a misnomer continually propagated by calvinists and other groups that do not understand the purpose for atonement.
As to your last sentence, you have not defined the Law of Christ extensively...I gave the passages that directly tell us what the Law of Christ is: faith in Christ, and loving on others, and in so doing we love on God, fulfilling the greatest commandment. If you want to get "extensive" then I can do that...
Help the old lady across the street...
Cut your widow neighbor's grass for her because she can't do it...
Help the short person in the grocery store get something off the top shelf...
When you see someone drop some money, pick it up and give it back to them, don't pocket it...
If your neighbor needs help working on his car, then help him...
Do I need to elaborate further? Loving on people is helping them when they are in need...bearing their burdens with them...etc. Of course, these are dependent upon your ability...if you don't know anything about car engines, then you can't really help your neighbor work on his car, can you? If you don't have any money then you can't really help the homeless guy on the street with some money for food, can you? That is why the Spirit through Paul says...
So then, as the opportunity presents itself, let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
...meaning that if you have the means to help, then you have the opportunity.
And I want to say also that when Paul the apostle speaks of the works of the law in Galatians 3:10, scripture does not declare that he is only speaking of the law of Moses, and therefore there is a good probability that he includes the works of the law of Christ (if you are focused on it as a requirement, not if you simply obey out of faith and love):
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Well, you can say it, but you are wrong...if you paid attention to the context then you would see that Paul explicitly states: "which are written in the Book of the Law"...the book of the law is a specific reference to the same "book of the law" which is addressed in the OT...
"Take this Book of the Law
and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against you"...etc. The "book of the law" does NOT include the Law of Christ, and you are grasping at straws here in even assuming that it does.
Therefore if you have failed to keep any of the principles mentioned above, (as one who is under the law to Christ) you are under the curse, because you are of the works of the law and have not continued in all of them perfectly.
Again, there is not law "to" Christ...that is coming out of your own mind from somewhere, but not out of the Scriptures. Second, I am not under the curse because I am in the New Covenant, subject only to the covenant law of the New Covenant, which is the Law of Christ. Once again, if you understood covenant and how they work, then you would understand that the New Covenant abrogated and replaced the Old Covenant, along with the old law of the Old Covenant, which is what Apollos means here...
In that He said a new covenant, He abrogates the first
, and that which is abrogated and old is closed and disappearing.
For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well
then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second.
The Old Covenant was temporary, made to last only until He who was to come, would come and reform the religious system...
8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing
9 (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
To the point, Paul could not have intended the mixture of the law of Moses and the Law of Christ, because to the child of God today, the law of Moses is dead and gone. It has nothing to do with the Christian, only the Jew who has not yet come to Christ.
Because we are talking about the principles of law versus grace here, SwordMr., and your take on things that there are two laws, the law of Moses and the law of Christ, while it may have validity, has a way of taking away from the contrast between law and grace.
You are close, but not completely there yet. We are not talking about principles of law, we are talking about covenant law, which is not the same as social law. Covenant law has one purpose, and one purpose only: it is the conditions by which one remains participating in the covenant of which one is a participant. Covenant law is the obligations which the covenant maker assigns to the one he is making the covenant with.
In this case it is God, making His New Covenant to "whosoever will" come to Him on His terms, and His terms are these: believe in Jesus Christ and love on people. Period. The covenant law of the New Covenant, and all those who walk in obedience to this Law of Christ remain abiding in the New Covenant with God in Christ. The Law of Christ does not take away from grace - which is the love of God for us...the Law of Christ, directly speaking of the New Covenant, is the AVENUE of receiving God's grace that is only found in Christ...just as I gave you in one of my last posts, which you apparently ignored.
Do you obey?
I do...when I have the opportunity, just as the Spirit speaks...