Change Is Possible – Part 10
God uses the law of Moses to reveal our sins – Romans 7:7-11. Therefore, under the New Covenant, the law of Moses is preached to:
1. People who have not received Christ as their Saviour,
2. SELF-RIGHTEOUS believers who think their acceptance before God is based on meeting the standard of the law of Moses.
The intention of preaching the law of Moses to these people is to show them how much they need Christ, the Saviour, to be accepted before God – Romans 3:23-24. The law makes them realise their need for God’s grace and the free gift of righteousness – Romans 5:17.
So, the law of Moses IS NOT TO BE PREACHED TO people who have received forgiveness because their condemnation for failing to keep the law fell on the body of Jesus Christ – Romans 8:3.
The Bible shows us that when Christ was on earth He PREACHED THE LAW OF MOSES TO THOSE WHO DID NOT RECEIVE HIM AS CHRIST (Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, self-righteous individuals and groups, etc.), and He PREACHED THE KINGDOM OF GOD, that is accessed through grace (unearned favor of God), TO THOSE THAT RECEIVED HIM AS “One sent by God”.
Jesus, in Luke 16:16 NLT, said “UNTIL JOHN THE BAPTIST, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets WERE YOUR GUIDES. BUT NOW THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS PREACHED, and everyone is eager to get in.”
John 1:14, 16-17 NKJV says, “14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. 16 And of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE. 17 For THE LAW was given through Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH CAME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
WE NOW PREACH CHRIST; NOT MOSES.
In John 13:34 NKJV Jesus said, “A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE TO YOU, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
First John 3:23 NKJV says, “And THIS IS HIS COMMANDMENT: that we should BELIEVE ON THE NAME OF HIS SON Jesus Christ and LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS HE GAVE US COMMANDMENT.”
This commandment is different to the one Jesus quoted to the rich young ruler and the lawyer – “Love God with all your heart, soul, and might” (Matthew 19:16-22 and Matthew 22:34-40).
In these two cases Jesus was showing the young rich ruler and the lawyer that IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP ALL 10 COMMANDMENTS. He implied the same thing as He gave the sermon on the mountain when He said sin is not only what we do but what we think as well – Matthew 5:27-28.
James 2:10 NLT says, “For the person who keeps all of the laws EXCEPT ONE is as guilty as a person who has broken ALL OF GOD’S LAWS.”
Galatians 3:10 NKJV says, “But THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THE LAW to make them right with God ARE UNDER HIS CURSE, for the Scriptures say, “cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey ALL THE COMMANDS that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”
Romans 7:6 AMPC says, “But now we are DISCHARGED FROM THE LAW and HAVE TERMINATED ALL INTERCOURSE WITH IT, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we SERVE NOT UNDER [OBEDIENCE TO] THE OLD CODE OF WRITTEN REGULATIONS, BUT [UNDER OBEDIENCE TO THE PROMPTINGS] OF THE SPIRIT IN NEWNESS [OF LIFE].”
Second Corinthians 3:18 NKJV says, “But we all, with unveiled face, BEHOLDING AS IN A MIRROR THE GLORY OF THE LORD, ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO THE SAME IMAGE from glory to glory, just as BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.”
WE ARE NOW CHANGED BY BEHOLDING CHRIST, not keeping the Ten Commandments (2 Corinthians 3:18 compared to 2 Corinthians 3:7). Ten Commandments have their place, BUT NOT IN THE LIFE OF A BELIEVER IN CHRIST. Verses 7&9 of 2 Corinthians 3 call the law of Moses the “MINISTRY OF DEATH AND CONDEMNATION”.
Therefore, we do not attempt to change our lives by observing the law of Moses:
1. We observe what Christ has accomplished for us (2 Corinthians 3:17 and James 1:25 – not forgetting our completeness in Christ as Colossians 2:10 says is employing the LAW OF LIBERTY instead of the law of Moses which restrains as stated in Romans 7:6 and many other verses), and
2. Follow His commandment (John 13:34 and 1 John 3:23) as we are guided by the promptings of the Holy Spirit (Romans 7:6). THIS IS HOW A BELIEVER IN CHRIST LIVES.
Once we are born again, the grace of God teaches us to live soberly, godly, and righteously in this present age – Titus 2:11-12.
God told Israel that there was coming a day when He would change the way He was dealing with them – Jeremiah 31:31-34. Hebrews 8:7-13 tells us that God FOUND FAULT with the Old Covenant hence He changed it. In these passages of Scripture God clearly states that HE DOES NOT KEEP RECORD OF OUR SINS. We need to trust His way to get us to repent; HIS GOODNESS TOWARD US – not fear (Romans 2:4).
It takes faith to believe that we are accepted before God because of what Jesus did, without our effort. We can try to be self-righteous and add our part, but, if we do that we will “FALL FROM GRACE” – Galatians 5:4.
In conclusion, let’s live in the Grace of God, He will change and empower us to live victorious over life and sin – Romans 5:17, Titus 2:11-12, and John 1:14,16&17.
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!