When the law was given, it was given in order to instruct the Israelites how to live and please God. It was a tutor to show mankind the holiness of God and to teach man of his inability to attain that holiness on his own. It still teaches mankind of its need for a Savior and that Savior is Jesus. For those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior that law has been replaced by an indwelling of the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth and teaches us the will and desire that God has for our lives. The Holy Spirit unites our hearts to Gods
Heart and restores the relationship that was broken in the fall. This restored relationship replaces the need for a law.
Ok so you’re probably saying, ”this is all basic Christianity”. What’s your point? My point is that this new relationship isn’t always easy to navigate. Its not always as clear as a neatly written law. It requires some thought and prayer on our part. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of all is it requires honest self-examination in the light of God.
Because of these difficulties has the church at large adopted a new law? Instead of deciding what kind of entertainment is appropriate for our children and us have we left it up to the law of Christianity so that anything dubbed Christian is ok? There is now a satellite TV service called Sky Angel, which supplies its customers with nothing but Christian TV. Who decides what Christian TV is? Are we placing ourselves under a new law with things like this? I heard a pastor on a nationwide Christian radio station the other day say “There is so much cancer in this country because we don’t eat the way God has instructed us to. We have chosen to eat pork and that’s the reason why people are sick”. To me that’s absurd but I wonder how many people adopted a new law from that pastors teaching. It’s not only in entertainment but this adopted law extends into all aspects of our lives. Instead of making educated decisions about political candidates are we just going along with the Christian majority in placing our votes and putting our trust in candidates who we honestly know little our nothing about? Are we in some way living a lifestyle that reflects the way other Christians think we should live instead of the life God wants for us? Have we carried a new law down from the mountain of modern day Christianity?
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Oh, Luke, to teach that God’s Law has been replaced makes God a liar; for He said that His “Ten Commandments are forever, perpetual. . . even in the New Earth.” As Daniel clearly prophecied, the only law Christ replaced were the ordinances of sacrifice and oblations.
Ordinances are a type of temporary law, whereas Statutes/Precepts are permanent Law: as it is with man’s laws of the land, so it is with God’s Statutes and Ordinances.
Love compels us to obey God’s Law: Jesus came to “magnify and make honourable God’s Law.” This He did by living God’s Law (magnify) and teaching others to do the same (make honourable). Where love is feigned, disobedience reigns.
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Love in Christ,
Hi Bonnie ,
Perhaps you misunderstood what I was saying . I wasn’t saying the law has been replaced. I was mearly saying the need for a law in the life a believer has been replaced by a relationship with God. If you will take note I even stated it still teaches of the holiness of God and mankinds need for a Savior even today. I apologize for any misunderstanding.
Ordinances of sacrifice and oblations??? Feigned???
Derek Webb wrote a song about this very topic. It has some very pointed critiques of our attempts to let other people make our life decisions for us so we don’t have to take the time and make the effort to listen to the Holy Spirit.
It’s even called “A New Law.” You can download the album for free (after you jump through some hoops) at http://www.freederekwebb.com/pages/index.aspx
Here are the lyrics to “A New Law”:
dont teach me about politics and government
just tell me who to vote for
dont teach me about truth and beauty
just label my music
dont teach me how to live like a free man
just give me a new law
i dont wanna know if the answers arent easy
so just bring it down from the mountain to me
i want a new law
i want a new law
gimme that new law
dont teach me about moderation and liberty
i prefer a shot of grape juice
dont teach me about loving my enemies
dont teach me how to listen to the Spirit
just give me a new law
whats the use in trading a law you can never keep
for one you can that cannot get you anything
do not be afraid