There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are IN CHRIST JESUS, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom. 8:1-2)
Fact One: There is an Old Covenant law and there is a New Covenant law which supersedes the Old Covenant law (Hebrews 8:7-13). The Law of the Spirit is administered in regenerated humankind by the working of the Holy Spirit, not through a human priestly system as the written law was.
Fact Two: The old covenant law, the written law, came through the mediation of Moses, written by the Holy Spirit Finger of God on stone tablets, and given to the nation of Israel gathered at Mt. Sinai. The stone tablets were called “tablets of testimony” or “witness” because they bore witness to the written law (Exodus 31:18)
Fact Three: The new covenant law, the law of the Spirit, was delivered by the Holy Spirit Breath of God, by wind and fire, through the mediation of Jesus Christ, to the church gathered in Jerusalem. The church, called “living stones”, became the living tablets of witness to the new covenant (Acts 5:32, 1 Peter 2:5).
Fact Four: New covenant law is life IN Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1-2). This is the law that is being written on the hearts and minds of Christ-followers by the Spirit of God. (Heb. 10:16)
Fact Five: The written Old Covenant law was given by God to the nation of Israel. Therefore unless we are of Jewish heritage, the Old Covenant law was never even given to us. And if we are of Jewish heritage and have come to Christ, then Christ has become the end of the law for us also (Romans 10:4).
Fact Six: The Old Covenant law was given by God to reveal to man the difference between His holiness and man’s sin. Without the law man could not know what sin is or that sin leads to death (Romans 7:7)
Fact Seven: The Old Covenant law was fulfilled by Christ for us (Matt. 5:17, Heb. 7:16, Heb. 7:28, Heb. 9:13, 14)
Fact Eight: The New Covenant law is kept by Christ in us. It is that which Paul articulated when he wrote “for me to live is Christ.” (Heb. 3:14, Rom. 8:3,4)
Fact Nine: The written law was necessary to reveal ‘sin in the flesh’, i.e. the sin nature of man inherited from the first Adam (Romans 7:5,6)
Fact Ten: Through the finished work of the Cross, ‘sin in the flesh’ has been condemned, through Christ the last Adam, for those who live by the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 15:45, Romans 8:3). Sin in the flesh cannot reign in those who live by the Spirit of God.
These scriptural facts raise some interesting questions:
*Why do so many Christians measure their spiritual lives on how well they keep the Ten Commandments?
*Why do so many Christians bind themselves to Old Covenant laws such as tithing and sabbath keeping?
*Why do so many Christians subject themselves to false doctrines such as the need to be ‘covered’ by someone supposedly more spiritual or higher up on some imaginary hierarchical priestly scale?
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