We've been in an extended study of the Gospel of Grace, the Good News of Jesus Christ. We've seen that this Gospel isn't about religion but a relationship with our Good Father. We've seen the reality of the truth of God's Word. We've seen the reality of the New Creation and the reality of our Righteousness in Christ.
We've also examined the New Covenant. Today, it seems good to further examine an aspect of the New Covenant. I would like to address an issue many seem to be having difficulty with pertaining to the New Covenant. That is this issue of the relevance of the Old Covenant today. Is the Old still in effect today?
Before the reality of the Grace of God was fully seen in the Church this was not really an issue. That is, it wasn't as controversial as it seems today. I believe this is because of the tradition-minded reaction to the Grace awakening that has occurred in the Church.
Telling believers they are no longer under the Law and the religious minded goes into panic mode. They feel their traditions are in jeopardy and they react with full resistance to the revelation of God's Love and Grace. Why? Flesh likes to feel it is contributing something.
The Flesh is not always about sexual immorality or drunkenness. The flesh isn't just about losing your temper, overeating, or unbridled passion for possessions or power. The flesh is a way of thinking. More clearly stated, the flesh is a mindset that is contrary to Scripture, counter to God's way of doing things.
Did you know you're "in the flesh" when you think God is holding your sins against you? That God is displeased with you as His child? That you need to work harder to be more accepting and pleasing to Him? That you've messed up too much for God to use you? That you've out-sinned God's Grace? It's also fleshly thinking when we say the Old Covenant is still in effect for the believer.
What I am NOT saying
In that He says, “ ,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:13 NKJV
The Word of God is clear, with the establishment of the New the Old Covenant is made obsolete. It means Jesus and the Finished Work fulfilled the Law and completed all the requirements of the Old. When those who are reacting to the Grace awakening with resistance they rush to claim well we are still under parts of the Law, the moral parts!
Let's really examine that concept. If we are under even a portion of the Law no matter how minute, then we are under all that comes with that Law. If we are still under the moral Law then what happens if we don't measure up perfectly?
Jesus said concerning adultery if you even look at a woman with lust you've committed adultery. That means if we gazed at another too long and lust entered in that glance we are guilty of breaking the Law. If we are under the Law, then we are also under the punishment of the Law. That being death. What this means if we are under "moral" Law, then we are dying spiritually over and over each time we sin. This also means each time we are breaking the Law, we are losing salvation and needing to be born again, again and again. Thank God for the Finished Work and establishment of the New Covenant thus fulfilling the Law and setting us free from Law and sin and death.
What people need to realize is the Law of Love. That is the New Covenant Law. Love guides us into morality and steers us away from immorality. If we love, we won't violate another with a lusting gaze. If we love we won't steal from them, we won't cheat them, we won't lie to them. His perfect Love received compels us to conform to the same image of Love.
Paul also made it clear this Old Covenant is obsolete, done away in Christ in 2 Corinthians. Look at the words the original KJV uses to describe the Old Covenant.