Limitations of The Old Covenant Revealed and Corrected
The Law of Moses required animal sacrifices and offerings (Ezra 3:1-2; Heb 10:6-10, NLT) and obedience to various instructions, decrees and regulations (Deut 25:17-19; 26:1-14, NLT). Connected to these instructions and regulations were blessings for obedience, (Deut 28:1-13; 30:10; 31:12, NLT), and curses for disobedience” (Deut 27:9-26; 28:15-40, NLT). Then God issued a transgression policy: “…The people will pay for their sins, for they have continually rejected my regulations and despised my decrees, …regulations, and instructions that… [I] gave through Moses on Mount Sinai as evidence of the relationship between [Myself] and the Israelites” (Lev 26:43 & 46, NLT). Subsequent Babylonian exile attested to fulfillment of the transgression policy (Dan 9:13, NLT). No amount of lecturing (Matt 23:37), punishment (Eze 16:35-42), and entreaty (Jer 3:12-15) brought genuine, lasting, reformation (Eze 23:1-11, 14, 19; 16:1-34, 46-51, 57, 59; Jer 3:1-2, 6-22); therefore, God took no pleasure in “…burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin…, [terminated the first covenant and established the second covenant, by which] we have been sanctified through the offerings of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; …saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,’ says the Lord: ‘I will put My Laws upon their heart, and on their minds I will write them’” (Heb 10:1, 6-10, 14-16, NASB). “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and… to observe My ordinance” (Eze 36:27, NASB). God gives the Holy Spirit “…to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32, NASB), and “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8, NASB). “…The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom 5:5, NASB); and because that “love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the Law” (Rom 13:10, NASB), which you are NO longer under (Rom 6:14-15; Gal 3:23; 1 Cor 9:20). We know that “…the Law… was weak through the flesh…” (Rom 8:3), but “…we [also] know that the Law is spiritual…” (Rom 7:14). Furthermore, “…we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully. Realizing the fact that law is NOT made for a righteous person…” (1 Tim 1:8-10, NASB), you who have inherited “…the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus unto all and upon all them that believe…” (Rom 3:22), “…the righteousness of the Law… [is] fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom 8:4). Scriptures make clear that the Law of God is written on our minds and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and faith in Jesus Christ, we follow that law (Isa 30:21), rather than live contrary to it (Eph 2:1-3).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.