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Clearly, the Galatian heresy is alive and well today. …

Comment on What’s the Difference Between the Old Covenant & New Covenant in the Bible? by brianhyde.

Clearly, the Galatian heresy is alive and well today. It is gaining momentum with the rise of certain Messianic groups and gaining strength among established Christian groups which, now, not satisfied with God’s grace grounded on Christ’s finished work, would drag us back under the Law.

So it is works versus grace.

Legalism is where I initiate works and God must respond. Grace is where God initiates works and I respond.

I think we do well to go back to basics. I do not pretend to have all the answers but this is my take:

Salvation is fully provided by God. He initiated and I responded. I trusted, accepted, received. Now, I am in complete in Christ (Col 2:10). Obedience (or sanctification—already provided in salvation) likewise: God initiates, I respond. I submit and I receive. God’s initiating of my salvation and my obedience from the heart, is solely HIS work—a work of grace, not MY works but HIS (Eph. 2:8-10), which then become mine in reality. Grace works, I receive and reveal in my life and actions. Result? – total harmony with law. Hence, the law fulfilled in Christ is being fulfilled in me (a member of the Body) by His Spirit. For example. Old Covenant commandment: “thou shalt not kill” becomes New Covenent imperative: “love, don’t even hate”. Old Covenant “thou shalt not covet” becomes New Covenant “love, don’t even lust”.

Good works are the natural fruit of genuine faith and salvation. Both covenants are about law but the law is applied differently in each. Law is God’s will or expectations for and of man. The OC (Law through Moses) ministered law externally, demanding outward obedience (behaviour) in exchange for physical blessings but it was unable to produce a change of heart or attitude. The NC (Spirit through Christ) ministers law internally (Jer 31:31-34) creating obedience from the heart. The heart is renewed (), resulting in a change of spirit, attitude and behaviour. The OC law was written on stone or paper (2 Cor 3); the NC law is written on the heart. The NC is not the Ten Commandments but a reformulation of ALL old covenant laws (“moral” and “ceremonial”) into their highest spiritual intent and summed up in divine love. In other words, it is the same law but with a change of form and mode of expression. The first is “letter”; the second is “spirit”. Result? – Obedience.

For me personally, I envisage how the inhabitants of heaven keep God’s law. I suspect that they do by nature God’s will. That’s the way I see it for the redeemed now, and when they are glorified.

brianhyde Also Commented

What’s the Difference Between the Old Covenant & New Covenant in the Bible?
Peter Coch, I did try but I really don’t know where your comment is lying. I will just say this to your comment. The day I stepped out of the SDA church was the day I finally stepped out of toxic theology and the toxic religion and tradition that goes with it. It was a happy day Peter and I have been praising the Lord Jesus ever since.

And, oh, btw, unless I have got you completely wrong and you, in your exemplary Christian love was merely teasing me, I can also say that judging from the pernicious tone of your comment, it was not a day too soon. May God bless you 🙂

What’s the Difference Between the Old Covenant & New Covenant in the Bible?

Christians are continually trying to change their lives; but God calls us to experience the exchanged life. Christianity is not a self-improvement program. It isn’t a reformation project. It is resurrection! It is new life! And it is expressed in terms of a total exchange of identity. Jesus Christ identified Himself with us in our death in order that we might be identified with Him in His resurrection. We give Christ all that we were ­ spiritually dead, guilty sinners ­ and Christ gives us all that He is ­ resurrected life, forgiveness, righteousness, acceptance.

We have total acceptance because we have experienced a total exchange: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Examine some of the results of our being given a standing of total acceptance before God (our justification).

We have been made at peace with God. (Romans 5:1)We are safe from God’s wrath. (Romans 5:9) We have been freed from all condemnation. (Romans 8:1) We have been made perfect forever. (Hebrews 10:14) We have been made complete. (Colossians 2:9,10)

We Christians have been made complete in Christ. We are forgiven, redeemed, made spiritually alive, and we stand in the righteousness of Christ, totally accepted. Are we perfectly mature? No. That won’t happen until the day of resurrection…

Because we have experienced God’s great exchange, we can consider the past dead and gone, and concentrate on walking in the new life we have received.

There are many people who find this message offensive and get angry. There’s another group which says, “Yes, yes, I know what you’re saying is true. But…you have to go on to practical truth.” Listen! There is nothing more practical than the message of God’s love and grace, and the believer’s identity in Christ! People are always looking for God’s power, and this is it!

Whatever you or I may be struggling with, the answer is the same. It is only through a total exchange that we will begin to see the changes we desire.

Bob George

What’s the Difference Between the Old Covenant & New Covenant in the Bible?
My last post was written in some haste and does not accurately set out all that I wanted to say. I apologise to readers for that. Here is an updated version for their consideration.

Christianity has a duty to expose religious/ institutionalized error. But it is not about condemning individuals for what they do or not do according to their conscience, and that includes the day they choose to worship. Each one must be persuaded in their own mind as they are individually led by the Spirit and the Word. There will always be those who condemn others for what they believe about this or that and breathe out threatenings of God’s wrath against them. Seventh-day Adventists are no exception. But we should not be surprised at this because this is a characteristic of all cults.

I watch with amusement the Seventh-day Adventist cult members who have recently swarmed to this blog to overturn the premise set forth by the blog author and supporters like myself. I have said this before, that when it comes to twisting the word of God, Seventh-day Adventists wrote the book. They will simply stop at nothing, even to the point of committing calumny against the Lord, in a fanatical bid to promote their peculiar brand of Judaistic pseudo-Christianity with its spurious Sabbath. I say “spurious” because there is no sanction in Genesis for gentiles, or in the New Testament for Christians, to keep the old covenant Sabbath. This blog has set out all the reasons why and these do not need to be regurgitated. But Seventh-day Adventists will argue over and against scripture, logic and reason.

Nor is Sunday a Sabbath. The way Christians, who keep Sunday as their chosen day of worship to mark the resurrection life of Christ, bears no resemblance to the Hebraic /Jewish Sabbath. In any case, the old covenant Sabbath is plainly set forth in scripture as a ceremony instituted by Yahweh, for the nation Israel and no other nation. Strict observance of the Sabbath, in accordance with the fourth precept of the Decalogue and associated Sabbath rules and regulation found in the rest of the Pentateuch, is impossible today. This is because there is no priesthood and no Temple and no sacrifice. So when somebody tells you they are observing the Sabbath they are not. Observance of the Law of Moses, and that includes the Decalogue –the covenant words—(notwithstanding Seventh-day Adventists have talked themselves into believing otherwise) was inseparably bound to the sacrificial system and required the blood of animals. Everything that was done under the old covenant required ceremonial cleansing through blood and the Sabbath convocations was no exception. Indeed, the Sabbath, being the covenantal Sign (and “sign” means symbolic) required special sacrifices and special anointing.

Seventh-day Adventists boast that they are keeping the Mosaic Sabbath. This is a lie. Each week they go through the motion in the keeping of a day that they have labelled “Sabbath” but which bears no resemblance to the Sabbath that Yahweh commanded the Hebrews to keep. What Adventists offer up each week is a product of their deluded imaginations, an empty ritual; senseless mummery. It is a total farce. It is a mockery of the shadow and an insult to the Lord Jesus, the Substance of all the Law and the Prophets. Ironically, they actually BREAK what they purport to KEEP and, since they have placed themselves under the Law, they are under its curse. In point of fact, Seventh-day Adventists are under a double curse—that of the Law (Gal 3:13) and that of preaching a false gospel (Gal 1:8).

All the Law and the Prophets prefigured Christ and His Person. We are now under a new covenant, sealed in His blood. The new covenant is distinguished by one overarching law–the law of love. The law of law. It is self-sacrificing love. It is the law of heaven and the law for Christ’s Body, the Church. The kingdom of Christ has not come with observation (i.e. it is invisible, spiritual) and as a spiritual kingdom it has spiritual laws. Jesus set forth the law of love expressed in different ways—to love others as He loved us (Jn 15:12) which is unto death if necessary, and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matt 7:12) –the Golden Rule. Paul expressed it this way: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another HAS fulfilled the law” (Rom 13:8). Love is the sole principle by which New Testament believers are to operate in their service to God and to man.



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