WHAT DOES ROMANS 3:31 TRULY MEAN?


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WHAT DOES ROMANS 3:31 TRULY MEAN?


What does Romans 3:31 truly mean in the light of the WHOLE word of Almighty God? In other words, what does the word “LAW” truly mean in Romans 3:31 and in Romans 10:4 when Pauls says that Jesus Christ is the END of the LAW for righteousness to those who BELIEVE in Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Does the word “LAW” here in these two verses mean that God has abolished the TEN COMMANDMENTS?”


Romans 3:31.


“Do we then make VOID the law through faith? God FORBID: yea, we ESTABLISH the LAW.”


We establish WHAT LAW?


Now let us read 3:31 left IN its CONTEXT.


But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being WITNESSED by the law and the prophets; 

22.  Even the righteousness of God which is by FAITH of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23.  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

24.  Being justified FREELY by his grace through the redemption that is IN Christ Jesus: (In other words, no person can be justified by the LAW that was ADDED until the Messiah came to FULFILL the LAW of animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins)

25.  Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation (Or to be an ATONEMENT for sins) through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 

26.  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 

27.  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith

28.  Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Still referring to the law that was ADDED until Jesus, the Messiah came to FULFILL the law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES which included the animal sacrifices to make ATONEMENT for sins)

29.  Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: (The Gentiles had no law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES to atone for their sins in the Old Testament. But under the New Covenant written in the New Testament the LAW of  FAITH in Jesus is the ATONEMENT for sins)

30.  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 

31.  Do we then make VOID the LAW through faith? God FORBID: yea, we ESTABLISH the LAW.”


Again, WHAT LAW is being ESTABLISHED? It is the law of FAITH of RIGHTEOUSNESS! In other words, By faith in Jesus, we are made RIGHTEOUS to WALK in RIGHTEOUSNESS by obeying all the MORAL laws of Almighty God, Yahweh the Father.

You see, the TEN commandments were given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generations. To say this another way. God TESTED the children of Israel in Exodus chapter 16 to SEE IF they would obey ALL his commandments by giving them just ONE commandment, the commandment of keeping the WEEKLY Sabbath day. And if they did NOT observe the Sabbath the penalty was DEATH. A rather has punishment for simply picking up sticks to make a fire to cook a meal on the Sabbath day! WHY? Why such a HARSH punishment? It was because the weekly Sabbath day was given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generations as a SIGN pointing to the MESSIAH who would become their TRUE REST.

ALL the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES was a SCHOOLMASTER to lead the children of Israel to Jesus. And when Jesus came and died on the cross that was the END of the LAW contained in ORDINANCES which are ALL the ceremonial laws such as the feast days, the weekly Sabbath days, the new moon festivals, the how-to dress laws, and all the DIETARY laws. Please read the following two verses of Scripture.


Romans 10:1-4.


“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 

2.  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but NOT according to knowledge. (Speaking of knowing the New Covenant in the shed blood of Jesus their TRUE Sabbath rest)

3.  For they being IGNORANT of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their OWN righteousness, have NOT submitted themselves unto the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF God. 

4.  For (Or BECAUSE the Messiah Jesus) Christ is the END of the LAW for righteousness to everyone that believes.” 


Ephesians 2:15.  


Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the ENMITY (Or Jesus abolished or nailed to the cross that OPPOSITION, that ENMITY that was AGAINST us that neither or father or we could BEAR), EVEN the LAW of commandments contained in ORDINANCES; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”


Colossians 2:14.  


Blotting out the handwriting of ORDINANCES that was against us, which was contrary to us, (EVEN the LAW of the commandments in the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES that neither our fathers nor we could BEAR, Jesus in his flesh ABOLISHED them) and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross


Colossians 2:20.  


“Wherefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ORDINANCES,


Hebrews 9:1.  


“Then verily the first covenant had also ORDINANCES of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.”


Hebrews 9:10.  


Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ORDINANCES, imposed on them UNTIL the time of reformation.”


Jesus ABOLISHED the LAW of Moses contained in ORDINANCES! But yet some Christians PERVERT and TWIST the teachings of Paul to their OWN DESTRUCTION just as Peter said they would. Yes, the teachings of Paul were HARD to accept by natural-born Jews that are taught all their life that they MUST KEEP ALL the Law of Moses to be saved. And that is why Peter WARNED the Judaizing Christians that they were wrestling or twisting the teachings of Paul and the Scriptures to the OWN DESTRUCTION.


Please read 2 Peter 3:16.  


“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things HARD to be understood, (Or HARD to be CONSIDERED) which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, (PERVERT or twist) as they do ALSO the other Scriptures, unto their OWN DESTRUCTION.”


The TRUE meaning of the LAW and the WORKS that we, as Christians, are NOT to keep and do is the Law of Moses CONTAINED in ORDINANCE. For you see the church is given TWO commandments ONLY. No more than two. No less than two. TWO and ONLY TWO commandments for Christians that MUST be kept to inherit eternal life in the world to come. NEVER forget this VITAL truth lest you become deceived to keep all the Law of Moses. Or you go to the other extreme to NOT keep all the MORAL laws of God like some hyper-grace alone Christians who wrongly teach that Christians can never lose their salvation no matter what they DO or do NOT DO.

Let me prove to you that Jesus did not COMPLETELY abolish all the Law of Moses but rather FULFILLED SOME of the Law of Moses by starting with the list of the ten commandments so you can have a mental picture of what Paul is talking about in Romans 3:31 when it is left IN its CONTEXT.

I am going to color-code the ten commandments so you can see HOW we as Christians ARE, INDEED, keeping every one of the TEN commandments but NOT in the SAME WAY that the Jews keep them.


#1. FAITH in JESUS the ONLY name under heaven whereby we MUST be saved AND OBEDIENCE to the TWO commandments of Jesus under the New Covenant written in the New Testament.


#2. The FIRST commandment of the New Covenant is to love the Lord our God with all our heart soul and mind and to have no other gods before him.


#3. The SECOND commandment of the New Covenant is to walk in LOVE. And by walking in LOVE we KEEP all the MORAL laws of God.


So then, YELLOW=FAITH in Jesus in two of the ten commandments. Not taking the Lord's NAME in VAIN and RESTING in Jesus.


And ORANGE=Obeying the FRIST commandment of Jesus in the New Covenant to LOVE Yahweh which is obeying two of the ten commandments. Loving Yahweh=having no other gods ABOVE Yahweh and not making any idols to other gods.


And BLUE=Obeying the SECOND commandment of Jesus to Walk in LOVE which is keeping the remaining SIX of the ten commandments that are the MORAL laws of Yahweh.


Ten Commandments list


  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

  2. You shall make no idols.

  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

  4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.

  5. Honor your father and your mother.

  6. You shall not murder.

  7. You shall not commit adultery.

  8. You shall not steal.

  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  10. You shall not covet.


Have you ever wondered WHY Jesus only listed SIX of the ten commandments that are required to be kept in order to receive eternal life in the world to come?


Please read Mark 10:17-20.


“And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I DO that I may inherit eternal life

18.  And Jesus said unto him, Why call you me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. 

19.  You KNOW the commandments, (Jesus perceived he was going to BOAST but Jesus went ahead and list the MORAL commandments that we must keep in order to inherit eternal life. Count the BLUE numbers and you will see that Jesus ONLY listed SIX of the ten commandments) #7. Do not commit adultery, #6. Do not kill, #8. Do not steal, #9. Do not bear false witness, #10. Defraud not, #5. Honor your father and mother. (But then the rich man BOASTS because he already KNEW the Law of Moses but he wanted to BOAST and FLAUT is OWN righteousness)

20.  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.”


Now read Matthew 19:15-20.


“Mat 19:16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I DO, that I may have eternal life

Mat 19:17  And he said unto him, Why call you me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments

Mat 19:18  He saith unto him, Which? (Or WHICH commandments must I keep in order to inherit eternal life in the world to come? And) Jesus said, #6. You shall do no murder, #7. You shall not commit adultery, #8. Thou shalt not steal, #9. You shall not bear false witness, 

19.  #5. Honor your father and your mother: and,(Well, it looks like Matthew could not remember the words you shall not COVET your neighbor's goods so he wrote) #10. Thou shall love your neighbor as yourself. (But the young man BOASTED because he already knew the Law of Moses and he only wanted to look GOOD before MEN)

20.  The young man said unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” 


Why did Jesus ONLY list the SIX MORAL commandments and NOT all TEN commandments?

It is because this was the transitional period between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant and Jesus was about to FULFILL two of the ten commandments and then give just TWO commandments where ALL the law of God is kept by OBEYING just those TWO commandments under the New Covenant written in the New Testament.


Please read Matthew 22:35-40.


“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 

36.  Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 

37.  Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Which is the KEEPING of the first FOUR of the ten commandments)

38.  This is the first and great commandment. 

39.  And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 

40.  On these TWO commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets.”


Now, why did I say the first great commandment is the keeping of the first FOUR of the ten commandments?

It is because if we truly LOVE Yahweh then we will OBEY Yahweh to NOT take his NAME in VAIN and we will REST in the TRUE Sabbath rest which is Jesus his Messiah.

In other words, commandments 3 and 4 of the ten commandments are hidden PROPHECY of Jesus. And when we BELIEVE in Jesus we are KEEPING the first FOUR commandments to INITIALLY be saved by FAITH and NOT by any works lest any man should BOAST. Then comes our WALK in faith to OBEY the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament under the New Covenant to walk in LOVE and thereby KEEP all the MORAL commandments of the TEN commandments.


Paul taught exactly what Jesus taught him.


Please read Romans 13:8-13.


“Owe no man anything, but to LOVE one another: for he that LOVES another has FULFILLED the law

9.  For this, #1. You shalt not commit adultery, #2. You shall not kill, #3. You shall not steal, #4. You shall not bear false witness, #5. You shall not covet; and if there be #6, any other commandment, (PLUS every other possible MORAL law such as men having sex with other men and women having sex with other women) it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself

10.  LOVE works no ill to his neighbor: therefore LOVE is the FULFILLING of the law.”


So the next time any Sabbath-keeping Christian tries to SUBVERT you to keep the weekly Sabbath day show them what I have written to you and BOLDLY tell them that ALL Christians ARE KEEPING the ten commandments BY of FAITH in Yahweh and his Son Jesus and by walking in LOVE toward one another.

Then show them Acts 15:24 where the whole church agreed that the Holy Spirit taught them to give NO such commandment to keep the law of Moses.


Acts 15:7-24.


“And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up,(Some Sabbath-keeping Christians absolutely HATE Paul. They claim that Paul is a false teacher and a self-appointed Apostle. Other Sabbath-keeping Christians PERVERT and twist the teachings of Paul to their OWN destruction as Peter WARNS the Judaizing Christians in 2 Peter That is why I highlight Peter’s name. These are the words of the Apostle Peter) and said unto them, Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 

8.  And God, which knows the hearts, bare them, witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 

9.  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith

10.  Now, therefore, why TEMPT YOU, God, to put a YOKE upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (And that YOKE is the Law of Moses CONTAINED in ORDINANCES that was against to Jews which Jesus NAILED to the cross and ABOLISHED that ENMITY, according to Ephesians 2:15 and Colossians 2:14-17 which Sabbath-keeping Judaizing Christians PERVERT and twist to their OWN DESTRUCTION)

11.  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they

12.  Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, (In other words, after hearing the Apostle Peter stand up for the TRUTH all the DISPUTING was SILENCED and the began to LISTE to the Apostle Paul) declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. 

13.  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 

14.  Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 

15.  And to this, agree with the words of the prophets; as it is written, 

16.  After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 

17.  That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, says the Lord, who does all these things. 

18.  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. (In other words, while I hear what you are saying is TRUE James was having a HARD time accepting the truth. And that is because the all Jewish Church was still yet LEARNING at that point in time)

19.  Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble NOT them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 

20.  But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from the blood. 

21.  For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. (In other words, these Gentile Christians will be killed by the Jews if they do not abstain from idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood)

22.  Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: 

23.  And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: 

24.  Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, SUBVERTING your SOULS, saying, You MUST be circumcised, and (You MUST) KEEP the LAW: (Speaking of the Law of Moses CONTAINED in ORDINANCES) to whom we gave NO SUCH COMMANDMENT:


And if they argue that they are not keeping the Law of Moses to be SAVED but rather because they want to be more pleasing to God then tell them to quit BOASTING that they are better than you. And have them read Ephesians 2:15.


Ephesians 2:15.  


“Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the ENMITY, (Or OPPOSITION, as in, that which was AGAINST us that neither of fathers no we could BEAR)

EVEN the LAW of commandments contained in ORDINANCES; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”


And that is the LAW and the WORKS that Paul teaches us has ENDED. Jesus is the END of the LAW of commandments CONTAINED in ORDINANCES which means ALL the ceremonial laws INCLUDING the WEEKLY Sabbath day.

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Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.


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