Christians Are Not Under the Law of Moses – Part 2
In part one of this message, we discussed that there is much confusion in the Body of Christ today regarding which parts of the Old Testament laws we should be observing. The Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ makes it clear and consistent: Once a person has trusted in Jesus Christ the Messiah, his salvation and righteous standing before God the Father no longer depends on observing the law of Moses. The animal sacrifices, circumcision, the priestly system, Kosher foods, the stoning of people to death, the eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth mentality, and so on, have been done away with under the New Covenant.
So why are so many Christian people – both Gentiles and Jews, reverting back to the Old Covenant system of Moses?
I believe that many are attracted by the appeal of learning more about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. After all, Jesus was Jewish, the early disciples were Jewish, and we need to appreciate our Jewish heritage in order to understand the context of our Christian religion. And that is as far as it should go. Unfortunately, in their enthusiasm for learning more about their Jewish roots, many Christians are lured into attending Hebraic and Messianic congregations that have overstepped their boundaries and have become modern-day Judaisers. These congregations claim they are followers of Yeshua Ha Machiach (Jesus the Messiah in Hebrew), but instead of preaching the Gospel of Grace that Jesus preached, they preach the obsolete laws of Moses. They forget that the Old Testament laws of Moses have been done away with, and we are now under a New Covenant – the New Covenant of Grace.
The laws of Moses were only temporary “schoolmasters”.
They were instituted by God only for a certain period of time to teach us about sin and transgression, God’s holiness, and drive us to faith in Jesus the Messiah. But after the laws of Moses served their (temporary) purpose and Jesus came and sacrificed His life for us, they were no longer necessary. God Himself had predicted long ago, that the Old Covenant would one day be replaced by a new and better covenant when Messiah Jesus would come.
“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel [and all people who believe on Me] in the future,” says the LORD. “I will put my laws, statutes, and instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33 (JCV)
When Jesus the Messiah finally came, He did away with the old system, and instituted the new system — a better covenant, that produces personal holiness and righteousness based on faith and obedience to the indwelling presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus now lives inside each of us and tells us how we should live, and what we should do, in order to please God the Father.
– Luis Yosefus
In Part 3 of this teaching, we will examine the prevalence of religious deception today, and the spiritual dangers of reverting back to the Mosaic laws and falling from grace.
Real Jesus Ministries
COMMENTS FROM FILCOM:
“Thanks God for the New Covenant. Thank you Pastor Luis for your topic. The message of Jesus in the New Testament is the enlightenment of every believer.”