The New Covenant

And The Law

Joseph Emilio Lahud


In loving memory of my brother Rene Alcides Erickson 1/27/1960 – 2/26/2010 In the days of our childhood innocence, we loved. Together we shared joy and laughter, also sorrow and pain. We came as pilgrims. Blessed be the Name of the LORD (Job 1:21). Matthew 28:20

Joseph Emilio Lahud — February 26, 2010

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the law, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.”
Isaiah 24:5, 6

The “good news” is a declaration of God’s infinite love for His children in that He gave His only begotten Son for us (John 3:16). If “everything God made was very good” (Genesis 1:31), why did God have to give His Son? Because sin entered the world when man transgressed God’s law. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. At creation, man was made in God’s image. Said God to His Son, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:26. The image and likeness of God and His Son contains no sin; it was not in God’s plan for mankind to be under the bondage of sin, for “the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. Originally, it was God’s intention that man would have eternal, intimate fellowship with Him; before Adam fell, God included His created son in helping Him care for His creation. He planted a garden and placed Adam there to tend it (Genesis 2:3; 15), and to be his home. What a home it must have been! Filled with dazzling colors; trees, plants, flowers, and succulent fruit of every kind imaginable. God gave Adam the privilege of naming the animals, both birds and beasts (Genesis 2:19, 20); He also gave Adam His daughter—Eve, a lovely companion and wife. They were to have dominion over all the earth. (Genesis 1:26)

Apparently, God would often walk in the garden and fellowship with our first parents. (Genesis 3:8) The language used in this chapter indicates that this was not the first time God had met with Adam and Eve in the garden. One can only imagine how precious it must have been “walking in the garden in the cool of the day:” the rich fragrance of the flowers permeating the air; the serenade of birds joyfully singing their canticles of praise, all creation joining in the chorus; and Adam and Eve as children, strolling hand in hand with their Creator, asking Him all sorts of questions. “What gives the sky its color?” “What is the distance of the stars?” “What makes the sun so bright?” “How do the birds know to sing?” “How old are you?” “Why is the grass green?” Imagination overwhelms our mind as we attempt to conceive such a scene of lovely tenderness and innocence. But then it happened; man committed the unthinkable.

They broke the covenant of trust which they had agreed to uphold with their Creator; they disobeyed His voice. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16, 17. Tragically, the record states: “And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” Genesis 3:12. James White, a Christian minister and author, wrote in 1870: “When man fell, angels wept. Heaven was bathed in tears” (The law and the gospel P. 2) “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans3:22-26). The crimson stain of sin will be forever erased from those robed with the righteousness of Christ. The scars of sin, however, will be forever present upon the brow, hands, feet and side of the One who knew no sin (II Corinthians 5:21); evidence of the terribly great cost that was paid for our salvation.

Of Jews and Gentiles: the Two Covenants

The word “covenant” is defined as: “A solemn promise, a contract or formal agreement, a solemn agreement between two or more persons or groups to do or not to do a certain thing or things. The solemn promises of God to man.” (Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionary) The old covenant was made with the descendants of Abraham, a people known as the “the nation of Israel,” when they were delivered from Egyptian bondage. “…for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt.” Exodus 13:9. This covenant is no longer in existence; it was replaced by the new covenant in 31 A.D.

However, from the pen of a church historian we read: “But a very serious error prevails in the minds of many persons respecting the points of difference between these two covenants. The old covenant was made with the Hebrew people. For this reason, whatever entered into it is supposed to be Jewish. Thus the law of God is summarily set aside as Jewish; and thus might the God of Israel Himself be discarded as a Jewish God. But the new covenant is held up to our admiration, because it is, as they say, not made with the Jews, but with the Gentiles. The old covenant belonged to the Jews, and with it we have no concern; the new covenant is made with the Gentiles, and we, as Gentiles, are interested in it. How can men thus carelessly read the scriptures? The language of inspiration is very explicit in stating that the new covenant is made with the same people that were the subject of the old covenant. Thus Jeremiah, speaking in the Name of the Lord, says: ‘I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.’ (Jeremiah 31:31) And he further alludes to the fact that the new covenant is made with the Hebrew people when he adds: ‘Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.’ (Verse 32) And yet again he identifies the Hebrew people when he says: ‘This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel’ (Verse 33).

Paul quotes at length, in Hebrews 8, this entire statement of Jeremiah respecting the old and new covenants being severally made with the Hebrew people. And, as if this were not enough, he makes a statement in Romans 9:4, 5 that exactly meets the case. Thus he says of the Hebrews: ‘Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever.’ Thus it appears that everything valuable God has given to the world through the instrumentality, or by the means of the Hebrew people. Those who choose to do so can despise the law of God because it was given to the Jews, and to reject Christ because He came of the Jews; but one thing they cannot do. They cannot say, “we accept the new covenant because it pertains to the Gentiles, whereas the first covenant, and the law, etc., pertaineth to the Jews.’ No such distinction can be drawn. Both the covenants pertain to the Hebrew people, according to the explicit statement of Paul, or rather by the Spirit of inspiration speaking through Paul and Jeremiah, to be made with Judah and Israel.” J.N. Andrews, The Two Covenants, 1875, pp.3-5 (emphasis supplied). We will read other excerpts from this writer later in this study.

The Old Covenant

Three days before God descended upon the top of Mount Sinai, to formally enter into the first covenant with the nation of Israel, He gave them preparatory notice of this event through Moses His servant. They were to consider carefully what they were about to promise to do, that is, to enter into covenant with God. This required for them to sanctify themselves. “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation…” Exodus 19:5, 6. “And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do.” (Verse 8) Please notice that the “covenant” is: “If ye will obey My voice, I will be your God, and you will be My people.” God was to speak to these same people His terms, or requirements and conditions—the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments were not the covenant; no, they were the details or terms. The covenant was that the people would obey His voice. The solemn ceremony that attended the entering into this covenant between God and the nation of Israel was a fearful sight. “And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord/FONT> descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.” (Verse 18) In the next chapter (chapter twenty), we read of God speaking all His Ten Commandments. This is known as “the giving of the law.” (vv. 1-17) This account is repeated in the book of Deuteronomy chapter five, verses two through twenty two. This Moral law God not only spoke, but He also wrote on two tables of stone with His own finger. The Ceremonial law was given to the people through Moses, which Moses wrote on papyrus or animal skins.

The details which constitute the entirety of the “covenant,” or the “contract,” include:

1. The “covenant” itself: “If they obeyed His voice” then “He would be their God” and “they would be His peculiar people,” His “treasure” (Exodus 19:5, 6).

2. The “terms” are God’s law, otherwise known as the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). These defined the requirements and conditions the people were to perform, or obey.

Notice that there are two separate actions taking place: The “covenant” is the solemn agreement, and the “terms” are the conditions or stipulations.

There are two distinctly separate actions within the agreement. It may be illustrated in this way: A person goes to a bank and obtains a loan. The “loan” is the contract or covenant—the bank will give you a determined sum of money and you will pay it back. The “terms” are the conditions or stipulations—how much interest you agree to pay; how you will pay it back (monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc.); the specific amounts you will pay; and the details and penalties.

In addition to the Ten Commandments, otherwise known as “the Moral law,” there was also given the “Ceremonial law” which contained the sacrificial system—the slaying of animals for the ceremonial and ritual use of their blood. This was symbolic of the sacrifice of the Messiah, God’s “Seed” (Genesis 3:15 & Isaiah 53:10) who was to come in the future to fulfill the promise to redeem mankind from their sins. The Moral law existed before sin; the Ceremonial law was needed because of sin. “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made…” Galatians 3:19. Christ said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17. The prophecy foretold that Christ would come and magnify the law. “The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” Isaiah 42:21. Christ fulfilled the prophecy in Daniel 9:25-27—the coming of the Messiah the Prince. Compare with Mark 1:14, 15: “…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Within the ceremonial law were also other “statutes and ordinances,” which included prescribed feast days and ceremonial Sabbaths.

There were also two other “type” of laws given: the “Judicial law” and the “Health law.” Most of these were of ceremonial type, such as the cutting of an animal in half and walking in between these to enter into a contract, or to seal an agreement or covenant, such as marriage. Today, this principle is carried through by a written contract or marriage certificate. Some of the health laws, for example, required that if you touched a dead animal you were to remain outside of the camp for a number of days. God has advanced our understanding in health and science; today we have antibacterial soaps. The principle of some of the health laws is of the moral type, carried through into the New Testament, for here we find: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20. Therefore, to claim that all the health laws are done away with because we are “free” under the new covenant is contrary to what the Bible teaches. Are we now “free” to defile our bodies? We must tread carefully, so as not to twist the scriptures to satisfy our lust for the temporal and carnal pleasures. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17.

Of particular interest to a sincere Bible student would be to note the fact that these other sets of laws, which contained additional statutes and ordinances, were commanded by God to be placed on the side of the ark (Deuteronomy 31:26); whereas the Moral law, or Ten Commandments, were to be placed inside the ark, under the mercy seat (Exodus 25:16, 21). This is of profound significance. According to the Ceremonial law the priest, after the manner prescribed to Aaron, would once a year on the day of atonement, enter into the second compartment, the Holiest of all (which was separated from the first compartment by a heavy curtain or “veil”), and sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial offering and make atonement for himself and for the errors, or sins, of all the people. This blood was sprinkled upon the mercy seat, under which rested the unchanging, eternal Moral law of God (Leviticus 16:14, 15; Hebrews 9:1-7). At the crucifixion, when our dear Lord cried out, “It is finished,” this “veil” was rent in twain, signifying that the way to God’s sanctuary in heaven had been opened for man by the sacrifice of Christ (Mark 15:37, 38).

At this time, the animal sacrifices ceased (Daniel 9:25-27), and their symbolic performance, as a “type” of the true; the sacrifice of Christ (His life in exchange for ours), was no longer needed. The very solemn execution of the sinless One caused the entire Ceremonial law, with its attendant ordinances, to cease to have any value. They had been but a “shadow” of the true. Paul declares these words to the church in Galatia, who had reverted to the keeping of the Ceremonial law, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.” Galatians 4:9-11. You cannot correctly apply this passage of scripture to the Moral Law. Which of the Ten Commandments would be called “weak and beggarly?” The fifth, with its attached promise? “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12)? How about the second (Exodus 20:4-6)? Should we now worship graven images (idols), a commandment spoken by God and written with His own finger in stone, preserved under the mercy seat within the Ark of the Covenant, which is a copy of the one in the temple in heaven? (Revelation 15:5, see also Exodus 25:21). Is this “weak and beggarly?”

Up until this time, the sacrificial system, with the other laws or testimonies, statutes and judgments, were valuable and important. In fact, some of these had served to “guard” or to be a protective border around the Ten Commandments. The Moral law is eternal; it was in existence before Adam ever set foot on the face of the earth. Lucifer fell from grace. “Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:15. (See also vv. 11-14 & Isaiah 14:12-17) Lucifer chose to sin against his God. There are those who claim that “the law” was only for the “Jews,” and that its existence is traced back only to Mount Sinai. Regarding sin, how does the Bible define what sin is? The only definition of what constitutes sin is found in this: “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. Question: how could Lucifer be found to sin if no law was in existence? “Thou wast perfect in thy ways, from the days that thou wast created, till iniquity [sin] was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:15). The fact is that the Moral law (its principles) existed in some form in heaven. “But sin is not imputed when there is no law” (Romans 5:12).

Only two commandments?

Christ mentioned the condensed form of the moral law in His answer to the Pharisees. “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Matthew 22:36-40. The first one Christ mentions is: “Thou shalt love thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”. This encompasses God’s commandments 1-4; regarding man’s relationship with God. The second one He mentions is: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self”. This encompasses God’s commandments 5-10; regarding man’s relationship with man. In this account, Christ summarizes the Ten Commandments, the Moral law; for He concludes: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). This is the eternal law by which the entire universe is ruled. “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD” (Psalm 119:1). For further information on the origin and existence of God’s Moral law, please contact the author and request the free study, “The Law Before Sinai.”

When asked by the rich young ruler “Good Master, what things shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) And He answered him: “but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (v.17). “Which?” the man asks (v.18). Christ answered him: “Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, honor thy father and thy mother” (v.18 &19). Notice He just mentioned the Ten Commandments; the sixth through the ninth, and added the fifth last. But Christ does not end there, for He adds this: “And, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (v.19). Why did He not mention the first through the fourth?

The reason Christ did not mention all ten is because Christ knew that this young man had a superficial understanding of the law, but, like many in his day (and ours), was merely keeping the outward form and ritual of a religion. But he lacked an inward conversion of the heart (Romans 2:29). Are we to understand that Christ is counseling us that we can enter into life while worshiping other god’s? Or treasure idols? Or it is acceptable to take God’s name in vain? Or is He encouraging us to forget and defile the only commandment that begins with “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”? The one commandment He called Himself Lord over? “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28). No! Not at all! These are the first through the fourth commandments. Notice what Christ declares: “I have kept My Fathers commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10). He also says: “But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do” (John14:31). Christ set an example for us to follow. “And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).

In Chapter 19 in the book of Matthew, Christ omitted mentioning the second commandment (regarding graven images or idols); but His apostle John, the last eyewitness living apostle; the one to whom was given the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”, in I John 5:21, John is teaching the Church to keep from idols; the second commandment, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen”

In the book of I John we find additional evidence for our answer: “By this we know [recognize, margin] that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep [obey, margin] His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous [burdensome, margin]” (I John 5:2, 3).

Earlier, Christ only mentioned the last half of the Ten Commandments (man’s relationship with man). We just read in I John that if you love God you will love His children. Christ said to love our neighbor as ourselves. In other words, by loving our neighbor we are loving God’s children; and by loving God’s children we are loving Him. The Ten Commandments—the Moral Law—cannot be separated, as some attempt to do. We cannot say we love God, while committing sin against his children. Likewise, we cannot say we love God’s children, while committing sins against God, their Creator. According to this principle, you cannot remove, nor add, anything to God’s word; including His commandments (Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22;18, 19, Proverbs 30:6). The apostle John, writing to the first century church in approximately 96 A.D., in his first epistle, addresses the church in this way: “And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life” (I John 5:20). Dear brothers and sisters, through this same John “whom Jesus loved” (John 21:20), Christ gives us a standard, or rule of measure regarding the law of God, which we should consider; “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:3, 4).

Angels, even fallen ones, and all other creatures including mankind, were created free moral agents. We have been given the fundamental capacity to know the difference between right and wrong. The choice to commit sin or to be obedient lies within our hearts. We hold the key as to which choice we will pursue. While Satan may tempt us to commit sin, the choice lies within our hearts to accept or reject the temptation. God promised, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

It is true that our natural, carnal minds are not subject to God’s law (Romans 8:7). We are powerless to resist the devil in our own strength. Yet, with every temptation God has made a way of escape. That escape is found in yielding your life to Christ, trusting in His power to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24).

Our Heavenly Father did not create us as mere robots, programmed to obey Him. This would not be love. He took an enormous risk in giving us this freedom to choose; through faith in Christ, to obey Him through His laws, or disobey Him. The Spirit of inspiration declares, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:10, 11.

Most religious leaders ignore, or simply reject and dismiss, the distinctness that exists within the old covenant as spoken by the lips of the Great Lawgiver; they regard the old covenant in its entirety as faulty and “only for the Jews.” But is this really true? In the book of Hebrews we find a reference to this matter: “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” Hebrews 8:7. The Bible declares that God is perfect; He does not make mistakes. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. How, then, are we to understand this discrepancy? A closer examination will reveal certain facts. The “fault” is not found with the Great Architect. The foundation is solid. No, the “fault” is found with the people; they failed in their fulfillment of the covenant and its terms. They did not want to obey God’s voice. Remember, we read in Exodus 19:5, 6 that if the people obeyed God’s voice, then He would be their God and they would be His peculiar people and treasure. They failed miserably, following after other gods (Jeremiah 11:10).

There are great and eternal benefits in obedience; God gave them promises and benefits if they would honor His covenant. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 28:1, 2. (Also see vv. 3-13). Please take the time to read these beautiful and powerful promises. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). In what He promises to bless or do for one of His children, he will also perform for another; assuming the latter is not in rebellion against His authority.

Instead of walking in love and obedience, the nation of Israel rejected God and pursued after the wanton passions and lusts of their carnal hearts. “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:24. They lusted after the false gods of the heathen nations around them. They committed spiritual adultery and gave themselves over to serve demons. “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Deuteronomy 32:16, 17.

Dear brothers and sisters, consider that the Israelites had witnessed many miracles which God performed on their behalf through Moses His servant. Yet so quickly they forsook God, and followed after “strange gods, who came newly up”. They had known the promises of God for over five centuries through Abraham, and yet they still abandoned and turned from the author of truth. We Christians have much to consider by the example of ancient Israel. Is it possible that perhaps we “modern Christians” have possibly abandoned the author of truth? Are we certain that we are not following after “strange gods that have newly come up”? It has been several thousand years since the first advent of Christ; are we certain we have not forsaken the one true God and His only begotten Son? See Daniel 11:31-39. (For further information on this subject contact the author.)

Conversion is of the heart

Before we continue, let us establish one thing and make it perfectly clear: The law cannot save you! The law only condemns; it accuses us of our sins. This is the purpose of the law; it serves as a mirror that reflects the dirty condition of our soul—our sins. The law points us to Christ. Salvation is only through faith in Christ. We receive Christ by faith. He gives us His Holy Spirit. If we receive it, Christ’s Holy Spirit will begin the wonderful process of conversion. It is an inward conversion that must take place. “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Romans 2:28, 29). Paul has just defined what a true Jew is, in the proper spiritual sense: A Spirit filled Hebrew or Gentile! Once we are in Christ, He points us back to His Father’s law, for outside of Himself there is only sin and death; for the law condemns those who are transgressing it.

A changed law

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” Hebrew 7:12. Does this mention of “a change of the law” mean that all of God’s laws are abolished? Certainly not! The only law in this context that “of necessity” must be changed is a law that deals with the priesthood. The Ten Commandment law says nothing about a priesthood, so therefore when the priesthood was changed, there was no need to change the Ten Commandment law.

As mentioned earlier, most Christians today regard the new covenant as delivering them from the law. In contrast to the example mentioned earlier, can we now borrow money from the bank, but we need not pay it back? We now receive the benefits of the covenant but we are free to disregard its moral requirements? We are “free,” some claim. Grace is mistaken as the permission to disregard God’s holy law. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14. What exactly are we “free” to do, commit sin? The apostle Paul also declares, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law…” Romans 7:7. What is it to be under the law? It means you are under its condemnation if you are transgressing it. “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31. Remember what Christ said about the law? He did not come to destroy it, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). In other words, to make complete: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.” Romans 10:4.

This is where the nation of Israel failed. “But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 9:31-33.

Another popular error embraced by those claiming the new covenant has no law, is this: If you merely mention “keeping the law” you are disqualified from the game—you lose—for you are a “legalist.” You stand accused of trying to achieve “salvation by works.” Allow me to point them back to the Word of God for their admonition: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” James 2:17-24. Further, James adds: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). This “works” is the fruits of faith and repentance, it is called obedience.

The New Covenant

The apostles wrote their gospels and epistles under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21. Regarding God’s Moral law, the same apostle James further adds, “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” James 2:12. Here James has just declared that we will be judged by God’s law! Why would a just God remove the very rules of conduct and obedience by which He is going to measure and judge our souls? This would be unfair. Yet James refers to God’s law as the law of liberty! Why is that? Through faith in Christ, we are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). The new covenant has the law of God, now written in the hearts of His obedient people—no longer in need of a schoolmaster (the Ceremonial law), for the lesson, the principle, the love and desire to serve God with all of our hearts will be manifested in our lives. It is the very character of Christ, for we are then wearing the robe of righteousness which Christ places upon us. Christ will find His church—His people—sanctified by the merits of His own blood. “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27. This is what God does with His law in the new covenant; He does not abolish it, but writes it in our very hearts. The Moral law is a reflection of the Author of righteousness; it is His character. If it was possible to abolish His righteousness, He would not have permitted His only begotten Son to die the ignominious death on the cross. “…I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 10:16, 17.

The opponents of God’s Moral law speak of grace; but this “grace” is a gift (Romans 5:15), the effect from the cleansing power of the atoning blood that was shed by Christ for the remission from our sins. Now that we have been cleansed from our past sins, is the gift of grace the excuse to return to a life of sin? Can we continue to break God’s law and commit sin under the name of grace? Christ died because of our sins. This is the problem the proponents of a “lawless” new covenant face when they attempt to harmonize their erroneous theology with what the Bible teaches. “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.” 1 John 3:9. “Sin is the transgression of the law.” (Verse 4)

There are only two places where the new covenant and its terms are described in the New Testament. But first, let us look at the only ordinance Christ gave to His New Testament church—the communion service. “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament [covenant] in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:19, 20. Please notice that Christ just declared the new covenant is “in His blood,” no longer by the blood of animals. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 9:12. And in another place we read: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Colossians 2:14. The “handwriting” that was “taken out of the way” was the ceremonial law that was given by God to the nation of Israel through Moses, written by Moses’ hand on scrolls and placed in the side of the Ark. (Deuteronomy 31:24-26).

Those who twist the sacred writings and attempt to make them say something which they do not speak (regarding the passage we have just read) will try to tell you that this is referring to God’s Moral law—the Ten Commandments. It is not; the passage we just read is speaking of the Ceremonial law and its attendant ordinances and statutes, for how could the first commandment contained in the Moral law be contrary to us—the one that commands us not to have any other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3)? How about the fourth, the one that begins with the words, “Remember the Sabbath…”? This is the one that condemns those who reject it, as they callously try to convince themselves, and others, that this is the commandment we should forget—the one with the attached promise: if we keep from defiling it, God will “cause” us “to ride upon the high hills of the earth, and feed” us “with the heritage of Jacob [Israel].” Isaiah 58:13. (Also see v. 14). The new covenant is made only with the house of Israel.

Now let us examine the language in the new covenant: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Hebrews 8:10. Paul has just quoted, word for word, what God spoke through His prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:33; see also vv. 31, 32). And again, God speaking through the apostle Paul declares the same words found in the Old Testament: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; [notice He adds something] and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 10:16, 17.

As surprising as it may be to many sincere Christians, the new covenant is made only with the “house of Israel” and to no other people. In the Old Testament, at Mount Sinai, a covenant was entered upon with the twelve tribes of Israel (representing God’s Old Testament church), and was ratified by the blood of animals representing the blood of the Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 13:8). At the last supper, before His humiliation and crucifixion, Christ entered into a covenant with the twelve Hebrews representing the New Testament church, and ratified it with His own blood. This is the New Testament church—spiritual “Israel,” God’s true children. “But he is a Jew [spiritual Jew], which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit…” Romans 2:29. So what of us Gentiles? How do we fit in to God’s master plan?

The Adoption

It was God’s design to make the family of Adam as His own, the common head and father of the human race; but we find that at the end of the age, prior to the flood, only eight souls feared the God of heaven. After the flood, only one family remained; the family of Noah became the second head of the human race. This family, grounded in divine truth, should have become the heritage of the Almighty; but when men began to multiply upon the face of the earth, they again forsook God, and set their hearts upon sin and rebellion. Just four hundred years after the flood, only but a handful of godly people remained” (Ibid.) Comes now Abram, who, upon entering into covenant with God, became Abraham—the “father of many nations.” (Genesis 17:4) God said that He knew Abraham, and that Abraham would command his children in the way of the Lord (Genesis 18:19). To preserve this family from ruin through the adulterous influences that surrounded them, God does something. He adopts this family of Abraham His friend, and separates them by the rite of circumcision and the Ceremonial law from all the rest of mankind (Genesis 17:10). Note that this was five hundred and fifty years before Israel stood at the foot of Mount Sinai! Those who claim that the giving of the law was only to the Jews at Mount Sinai are in error, for Abraham had been given the law, and kept it. “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Genesis 26:5.

Abraham thus becomes the third grandfather of the human race; not the father of the whole human race, as was Adam and Noah, but the father of the people of God. This is the adoption; through faithful Abraham, God establishes His people. The rest of mankind is given up to idolatry and atheism, not because God desired that any should perish, but because they would not obey His voice (Ibid.) “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise [to restore the heavens and the earth], as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. “As He adopted Abraham’s family (through whom the nation of Israel would come forth) He did not fully reject the rest of mankind, for if they, through the Hebrews, would become circumcised and unite with Israel in His service and worship, they too would be adopted. This adoption was just and necessary, for by this means God preserved upon the earth the knowledge of the one true God and His worship. The Hebrew people, therefore, had a great privilege; they had the adoption, the two covenants (plural, see Romans 9:4), the giving of the law, the service of God (the Levitical priesthood), the fathers, the promises, the prophets, the ark of the covenant, the temple, and the knowledge and future hope of the coming Messiah. Paul declares that the Jews had much advantage for to them were given the oracles of God Romans 3:1, 2” (Ibid.). “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” Luke 12:48. Sadly, this nation of Israel (to whom was entrusted the proclaiming of the one true God and the coming of the Messiah to all the heathen nations of the world) apostatized. Their darkness became so great that, after the time when Christ was baptized of John in 27 A.D. and entered into His ministry, the Jewish leaders while possessing for centuries the prophesies that pointed to Christ as the Messiah, utterly rejected Him as the promised Savior. Further, they even falsely accused Him of healing by the power of the devil when He healed the blind and dumb man (Matthew 12:22-24). Apostasy is a dish best served cold.

Until the time for the nation of Israel was fulfilled, our Lord confined His ministry to the Jewish people, declaring that He was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). In this account, the Canaanite woman, a Gentile who petitioned the Lord for the healing of her daughter, even after the Lord’s gentle rebuke her petition was granted. Why? The Lord gives us the answer: “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” (Verse 28) Faith is the golden key that unlocks the heart of God. (See Hebrews 11:6) But, dear brothers and sisters (whether Jew or Gentile) obedience is the fruit of faith and repentance. When Christ sent out the twelve during His ministry, He “commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 10:5, 6. After the Lord’s ascension, the ministers of the Word preached the gospel “to none but unto the Jews only.” (Acts 11:19) Again we ask, “What of us Gentiles?”

We Gentiles have nothing to boast about; we came in as poor beggars. We became spiritually rich by sharing with the Hebrews the blessings that God had, for long ages, preserved in their hands. To the Jews was committed the worship of the one true God centuries before the Gentiles ever took notice of God” (Ibid.). Nevertheless, the prophecy would be fulfilled; God had given Israel a set time before which they, as a nation, would cease to be His chosen people; and this had been spoken to Daniel the prophet: a 490-year probation. This is found in Daniel 9:24-27 where God says (to Daniel), “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [the Israelites] and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”

The “seventy weeks” is a prophetic time period; therefore we must apply the prophetic conversion rule, where one “day” equals one “year” (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34). There are 7 days in one week; 7 multiplied by 70 (the “seventy weeks” prophesied) equal 490. So then, “seventy weeks” is 490 days, which prophetically speaking is 490 years. In the fall of 457 B.C., Artaxerxes I Longimanus, king of Persia, in the sixth year of his reign, gave to Ezra “the scribe” the “commandment” or decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Ezra 7:10-13, 21, 23). Add 490 years to 457 B.C. and you arrive at 34 A.D. These were the years allotted for Daniel’s people—the nation of Israel—to “make an end of sins.” However, rather than receiving Christ with repentance and rejoicing, they slew Him. At this time, in the fall of 34 A.D., Steven is stoned, and the way is opened for the Gospel to be offered to the Gentiles. God’s prophetic clock is precisely on time.

It is at this period that the work for Gentiles is opened by the conversion of Paul (Acts 9; 26:17). The Gentiles were “made partakers of the spiritual things” (Romans 15:27) which God had wisely and justly placed in the hands of Israel. “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27. Notice that Paul now refers to the Hebrews and the Gentiles all “Israel.”

Receiving salvation by faith through the blood of Christ, Paul says of those who were Gentiles in times past—but not now—that they are “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19; see also vv. 13, 14, 18-22) Thus they are no longer Gentiles, but “Israelites.” They became sharers in the name, the promises, and in the riches, of Israel. “That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” Ephesians 3:6.

It is by this adoption into the commonwealth of Israel that the Gentiles become sharers in the blessings of the new covenant. This is spoken of by the prophet Jeremiah and the apostle Paul as we examine the following passages:

OF THE JEWS—“The Lord called thy name, a green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.” Jeremiah 11:16.

OF THE GENTILES—“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; boast not against the braches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” Romans 11:17-24.

The good olive tree is the family of Abraham, as adopted by the God of the whole earth, when He gave up the rest of mankind to their chosen idolatry and wickedness. It is ‘a green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit.’ To this olive tree pertains the covenants of promise. The first covenant is made with the people represented thereby; the new covenant is made with the same people that the first covenant was made with. The breaking off of many of the branches of the tree is because that God’s ancient people continued not in His covenant. “They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their father. Jeremiah 11:10” (Ibid.).

Remember that the Ceremonial law attended the first covenant; the same law that was given to Adam, Noah, and Abraham. This sacrificial system was a shadow; it was symbolic, pointing forward to Christ. The ritual and ceremony of the sacrifice was to teach the people, in the infancy of their faith, the great sacrifice that was made on their behalf: that of God giving His only begotten Son.

Of the new covenant it is written: “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. Those promises are that in the new covenant; God promises to “put His laws into our minds, and write them in our hearts.” But notice that it is still only with the house of Israel; of which the Gentiles have been adopted by being grafted into the green olive tree. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Hebrews 8:10.

The Gentiles then, through adoption, have become spiritual “Israel” through “Abraham’s seed.” “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:28, 29.

Wherefore remember, that ye being in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision [Jews] in the flesh made by hands; that at the time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one [Jews and Gentiles], and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us…And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both [Jews and Gentiles] have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye [Gentiles] are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow- citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone” Ephesians 2:11-14. See also vv. 16-20. The foundation that God built His people upon was through faith in Christ, obedience to His voice and the keeping of His laws. True faith in Christ will always bear the fruits of obedience. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

The Law Abolished at the Cross?

Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances [ceremonial laws]; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace” Ephesians 2:15. Regarding the rite of circumcision, from the pen of Paul we find: “Circumcision is nothing, and un-circumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.” 1 Corinthians 7:19. Dear friends, this is just one example of the ordinances that pertained to the Ceremonial law. It was the Ceremonial law that was abolished at the cross (Colossians 2:14). The Moral law is eternal. Let us briefly glance at some examples of this fact. Isaiah 66:23—here is the restored creation; God, speaking through Isaiah His prophet, declares, “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath [the seventh day] to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” “All flesh” is going to come before God in the restored creation and worship Him on the day He designated as His holy day; the day He set apart at creation commemorating His work. The seventh day is God’s sign and emblem as the sovereign God—Creator—and by whom we are sanctified (Exodus 31:17; Ezekiel 20:12, 20).

In His wisdom, God placed His Sabbath commandment in the very center of His Moral law. Between the commandments that deal with the relationship between God and man. This commandment is the only commandment that identifies the true Creator of the universe. It is His signature, His “seal”, His sign that He is the God that sanctifies us (Exodus 31:13). This commandment is explicitly mentioned in the New Testament in Hebrews 4:1-11. He attaches great importance to this, for the fourth commandment begins with these solemn words of Fatherly counsel: “Remember the Sabbath day.” (for further study on this subject contact the author and request the free studies, “Sunday The First Day” and “A Treatise On The Sabbath”).

In the last book of the Bible titled “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” we also find further evidence. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” Revelation 11:19. Remember what was put in the ark? His Moral law, the law He wrote with His own finger (Exodus 25:21). Moses was given a “pattern” for the building of the tabernacle and the ark; this had to do with the priestly office of man ministering before God in the earth. Christ, after His ascension, is ministering before God on man’s behalf in heaven, in the heavenly sanctuary. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” Hebrews 8:24.

The earthly was but a pattern of the heavenly, and God instructed Moses to place the Moral law (written by God’s own finger) inside the ark, under the mercy seat, this is a “copy” of the genuine that exists in heaven. “And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.” Revelation 15:5. Notice the apostle John, under inspiration, is referring to the heavenly sanctuary as the tabernacle “of the testimony”—in other words, the tabernacle “of the law.” (Compare also with Numbers 1:50) “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” Exodus 25:8, 9. “And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.” Exodus 25:21. This “testimony” are the tablets of stone written by the finger of God—the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 10:2-5).

Notice also, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. This verse describes that those “saints” who have the “faith of Jesus” are keeping God’s Moral law, His Ten Commandments. This is just prior to the seven angels pouring the seven vials of the wrath of God upon the earth (Revelation 16:1), for an angel comes out of the temple in heaven crying with a loud voice declaring before Christ; who is sitting on a cloud (Revelation 14:14), “for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Revelation 14:15.

It should be understood that keeping God’s commandments is not trying to gain salvation by works, but simple obedience! “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost [Spirit], whom God hath given to them that obey Him” (Acts 5:32). Salvation is only through faith in Christ! Repentance is the fruit of faith; repentance of what? Of sin! And what is sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. What law; the Ceremonial law? No, for that law was abolished in 31 A.D. It is the Moral law, which is eternal. “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” 1 Timothy 1:8-11. Paul was speaking of the Moral law, for he is speaking in regards to the content of the Ten Commandments. Compare this passage with Galatians 4:8-11, where he speaks of the Ceremonial law; where Paul refers to the “weak and beggarly elements.”

Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Daniel, Isaiah, Elijah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, and all the other servants of Christ; they all, through faith in Christ, kept God’s covenant and law. They taught others to honor God’s law as Christ taught them. By faith, looked forward for His return (see Hebrews chapter 11). “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). If we allow the Bible to speak for itself, it will correctly interpret its message and will always be found in harmony. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16.

Today, in our “enlightened” age you will find pious Jews in their synagogues on the Sabbath, “according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56); as they profess to honor and worship God the Father by keeping His law, while at the same time rejecting Christ His Son. Inversely, you will find sincere Christians in church on Sunday, not according to the commandment, as they profess to honor and worship Christ; while rejecting His Father by ignoring His law. “The most fatal delusion of the Christian world in this generation is, that in pouring contempt on the law of God they think they are exalting Christ. It was Christ who spoke the law from Sinai. It was Christ who gave the law to Moses, engraven on two tables of stone. It was His Father’s law; and Christ says, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). The Pharisees held the reverse to the modern position, but were in just as great an error. They rejected Christ, but exalted the law. And it makes little difference which position is taken, so long as we ignore the true one—that faith in Christ must be accompanied by obedience to the law of God.” (From an article written by James White printed by the International Tract Society in 1870.) Christ magnified the law in His sermon on the mount, according to the prophecy in Isaiah 42:21.

Are we Christ’s? Then we are Abraham’s seed (Galatians 3:29). Are we in covenant with God, or are we just pretending? What is the measure for this rule? We need to consider the counsel of Christ, and let Him search our hearts (Psalm 26:2). The words which He spoke over two thousand years ago are for us today: “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7:6, 7. (See Isaiah 29:13).

Dear brothers and sisters, I pray that we do not fall into the category of those whom our loving Savior Christ Jesus referred to as hypocrites.

To those who persist in their claim that the new covenant is void of the law of God, the question must be asked,

Is there sin in the world?

But sin is not imputed when there is no law.”

(Romans 5:12)

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor un-circumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.”

Galatians 6:15, 16

YAHUAH shalom!

Rev. 22:14

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