Christ and the Perpetuity of the Law

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

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Many religious people today claim that they are true Christians, yet these people are foremost in spreading some errors condemned by the Bible or not biblical in its nature. Strange kind of gospel has been introduced in this age which aim is to destroy the credibility of the word of God and His reputation as an infallible God. Often that His goodness was mis-interpreted by the religious preachers thus church members are becoming too old and passed without knowing the fullness of God’s will. One of the prominent false teachings today is denying of the importance of the Law of God; a teaching declaring that since we are in the period of God’s grace and that faith is essential to attain salvation, Christians doesn’t need the Law of God anymore. By misquoting biblical texts, these preachers indoctrinate the people on how to attain salvation without emphasizing the importance of God’s law in their life. Hence, God declared in His words, “I am profaned among them”.

A government without law is dull. The ruler rules absolutely according to his desire, and the people act the same as the ruler. But God is a God of order, and He don’t want His people to live in a harmful freedom that today’s preachers are actually injecting to their flock. God’s law is the foundation of His government not only on earth but originally in heaven. Christ in His prayer declared;

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)

The law of God is the will of God. David said; ” I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Psalms 40:8). When we invited Christ in our heart, the same way we are letting the government of His Father to rule within us, and as David said, we should be delighted to do His law.

Many Evangelicals and Born-Again preachers are using the argument that God’s law is so much difficult to fulfill. They ignorantly say that no one can fulfill the law since everyone is a sinner, hence Christ came into the flesh to fulfill what His people cannot fulfill, and by faith alone in Him, we are becoming partakers to what He fulfilled. Then they finally declare, “We don’t need the Law or do any good work in order to attain salvation. Faith alone is the key to salvation”. Oh my friends! These are definitely lies. John the Beloved stated in his letter;

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (I John 5:3)

The commandments of God are not grievous unlike what false preachers taught. In fact, it is the duty of man to fear God and keep His commandments. First of all, He created us and loved us. The love of God persuades us to follow His commandments, because by following His commandments we are preserving the life He had given to us. Ignoring the law of God is ignoring the Creator, and making ourselves nonsense. Secondly, there will be a judgement and we will be judged according to our deeds whether it be good or evil.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

Many people misinterpreted the law as grievous and impossible to be fulfilled. It is because the law is of spirit and many people are of flesh. No way that flesh will satisfy the law neither anything that belongs to spirit. God knows it, so He made an extraordinary thing enable the people to fulfill what the law states. Of course, He will never give any commandment that impossible for man to obey. God is the Provider and He is also the Sustainer. He gave the law and He provides the way to fulfill it. No one can fulfill the law, unless he will be directed by God. Paul said;

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-5)

By faith in Christ, we are all resurrected into spirit  from being dead in the sinful flesh. And now that Christians are resurrected as children of God in the spirit, we can now walk according to the spirit, according to the law which is of the spirit. Christ is not against the law neither He came to abolish the law. He came to establish the law and to seal it by the His precious blood.  Jesus Christ stated,

 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5: 19)

Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death” and “sin is the transgression of the law.” (Rom.6:23; I John 3:4) All people have sinned so we must die according to the law. But Christ came into the flesh, putting all our sins unto Himself and died in our stead. The death of our Lord shows the immutability of the law; it shows how powerful are the words written in the law. Now that Christ freed us from the curse of the law because of our own transgressions, we can now freely walk into a new form of life, a life saved from the wages of our past transgressions. Is it mean that the effectiveness of the law lost its ground? God forbid. John said, “sin is the transgression of the law”, so the existence of sin signifies the existence of the law. Thus Paul declared in his epistle;

” Let not sin (transgression of the law) therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:12-16)

God never gave us the license to sin or to transgress the law after we had saved from it. Why? Because if we sin, we are placing again ourselves as slaves of what we are doing. We are freed, so we should not go back to those sins that enslaved us in the past. We’re already freed so we can now freely turn ourselves as slaves of God’s righteousness. In short, a man who had been freed from sins, from the curse of the law, and now placed under the power of God’s grace is a person who walks away from making sins. He doesn’t kill, he doesn’t worship idols, he doesn’t steal, he doesn’t covet, he doesn’t lie, he doesn’t commit adultery, and if there’s anything that can separate him from God, he walks away from it. A person who had been saved from sins is a person who walk harmoniously with the commandments of God as what King David said, “Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.” (Psalms 119:115.  And again, John  the Beloved said;

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law…

 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God“(I John 3: 4,8-9).

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Explaining the Two Covenants

Many religious apologists and preachers wrongfully elaborated the meanings of those two covenants made between God and His people. In fact, the doctrines about these two covenants are included among those mis-understood doctrines of the Holy Scriptures. These teachers of religion carelessly concluded that every scriptures written during the time before the birth of Christ were all part of what we called as “the Old Covenant”, and since they were all part of that old stuff, they’re nothing to do at all with the teachings of Christianity. Furthermore, by ignoring the differences between laws and statutes, and between statutes and judgment, the commandments of God were completely abandoned in the period of what they called as “the period of grace”. By mis-understanding the Old and New Covenant, the law and grace became two contrasting factors instead as twin teachings of the Scriptures.  As result of these careless explanations, the doctrine of an eternal covenant described in the Scriptures was almost forgotten and have cut-off from the fundamental Christian teachings today.

But the Bible didn’t missed anything about its teachings. It was those religious teachers who failed to comprehend those teachings of salvation. Paul said;

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. (Romans 10:3)

Before the foundation of the world, God already established His own government in eternity. This government is perfect as God who established it. Love was its foundation, with justice and mercy as its pillars.  The psalmist declared;

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. (Psalms 89:14)

We all know that there’s no justice unless someone was aggrieved by sin, and there’s no mercy unless somebody sinned. The law of God bringeth justice and His mercy bringeth forgiveness and justification. Also by mercy that the world found the grace of God which brought us into the new life of holiness and righteousness according to the will of the Almighty. Therefore, the teaching that the law has nothing to do with grace is totally an invented teaching; because if there’s no law, there’s no sin. When there’s no sin, there’s no need of forgiveness; if there’s no forgiveness, then no need of mercy… and God’s merciful character is in vain.

The everlasting covenant was established before the world was created and founded upon the same principles of God’s government. Justice and mercy are two great factors of the everlasting covenant. While the world was saturated by sins and evil pleasures, God abounds His mercy which could be attained only through faith in His Son. But God will not always strive for man. There will be a time of vengeance when those who accept not the gospel shall be punished. While those who abide in the will of God by faith and keeping their self from being untouched by the sins of the world is the reward of eternal life in the place prepared by God, the wicked shall bring into a horrible end. The everlasting covenant is that we should abide in the will of God and that the Lord will provide anything to keep us in the right path. The Hebrew writer described;

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6)

The New Covenant is not a brand new thing. It may be new in the sense that God did not fully unfold its mystery during the time of patriarchs and prophets. By its nature, the New Covenant was more ancient than our planet.

What about the Old Covenant? Not all scriptures and revelations given before the birth of the Savior were part of the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant is the agreement between God and the people of Israel in Mount Sinai. The provisions and laws of this covenant were written by Moses in a book called “the book of the covenant“. This book contained the statutes and judgment given by God to Moses for the House of Israel. When the Old Covenant was about to be ratified, Moses sprinkled the book with a hyssop dipped in the blood of the animal. The Hebrew writer stated;

Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. (Hebrews 9:18-20)

 

Ratification of the Old Covenant

Therefore, the Old Covenant was not about the Moral Law which God engraved upon tables of stone, because the laws of this covenant were contained in that book written by the hand of Moses, not of God. In fact, Moses sprinkled it with the blood of the victim and then declared; “This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.” The Ten Commandments or the Moral Law is a part of the everlasting gospel by the fact that it was not abolished but magnified by Christ in the gospel.