he Real Gospel – Part 23
We do not decide what is the best way to relate to God, He decides. We are His creation, He is not our creation.
Some believers are zealous in following traditions that are practiced by Israel, thinking that they are pleasing to God when they do that.
Jesus said to the Jews of His days, “You have made the Word of God have no effect because of your tradition you’ve handed down”. (Mark 7:13)
The majority of them didn’t listen to Him, they believed that the tradition that was passed down from Moses was the truth.
He said to the Jews that believed in Him, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”(John 8 vs 31-32). They were confused by this statement because they thought they were free since they were the descendents of Abraham (John 8 vs 33).
Paul said the following about the Israelites:
“Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites IS THAT THEY MAY BE SAVED.
“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, BUT THEIR ZEAL IS NOT BASED ON KNOWLEDGE.” Romans 10:1-2
Unfortunately today there are many people who are going back to practicing what the Israelites did to try to be righteous before God. THEY EVEN WEAR THEIR GARMENTS AND OBSERVE THEIR RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS.
Paul instructed the Church at Colosse to NOT FEEL BOUND TO FOLLOW ISRAEL’S DIETARY LAWS. He instructed them to NOT CELEBRATE JEWISH RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, NEW MOONS AND SABATHS (Colossians 2 vs 16-17).
In Romans 10 vs 3, Paul said, “Since THEY DID NOT KNOW THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD and SOUGHT TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”
This is the challenge some religious people have; they DON’T WANT TO ACCEPT GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION, they follow what their DENOMINATION and SPIRITUAL LEADER claim to be the way of salvation.
Paul caused a stir when he challenged the dominant religious practice of his days; THE LAW. This is what He told the believers in Rome as THE REASON FOR STOPPING TO FOLLOW THE LAW:
“FOR CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW [the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him Who is the fulfillment of its types, and IN HIM THE PURPOSE WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED TO ACCOMPLISH IS FULFILLED. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him] AS THE MEANS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (right relationship to God) for everyone who trusts in and adheres to and relies on Him.” Romans 10:4 AMPC
Still today, some religious people are preaching the Law as a way to attain righteousness with God. They refuse to accept Romans 10 vs 4 and many other verses that say WE DON’T NEED THE LAW, NOW THAT CHRIST HAS COME TO THE PICTURE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
This is what Galatians 3 vs 23-26 say about the law:
“Before the coming of this faith, WE WERE HELD IN CUSTODY UNDER THE LAW, LOCKED UP UNTIL the faith that was to come would be revealed. SO THE LAW WAS OUR GUARDIAN UNTIL CHRIST CAME that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A GUARDIAN. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”
THIS IS HOW GOD GUIDES US NOW THAT WE ARE IN CHRIST:
Romans 7 vs 6 AMPC, “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].”
When we put on the new life (WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST), and follow the leading/guidance of the Spirit Who now dwells in us, WE WILL LIVE LIVES THAT ARE SEPARATED TO GOD (Ephesians 4:24 & Galatians 5:16).
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
he Real Gospel – Part 23