The Bible is a completely Jewish doc. Sixty-four of its 66 books have been written by Jews. God selected the Jews as his particular folks. God despatched Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish man, to be the Jewish Messiah.
Christianity didnt spring up out of nowhere, in different phrases. Its root system extends deep into the soil of Israels historical past. The continuity between Judaism and Christianity is thick and profound.
So why dont Christians maintain the entire Jewish regulation at present? In spite of everything, Gods folks stored it for hundreds of years within the Outdated Testomony. What occurred?
Mission to Fulfill
The New Testomony begins with these phrases: The guide of the family tree of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham (Matt. 1:1). From the outset Matthew needs to make crystal clear that Jesus has arrived in historical past to meet Gods historical guarantees to Abraham (Gen. 12:13) and to David (2 Sam. 7:1216)to the nations first father and to her biggest king. As founding father of a brand new Israel, hes the true and higher Abraham; as inheritor to an everlasting throne, hes the true and higher David.
Don’t assume that I’ve come to abolish the Legislation or the Prophets, Jesus declares within the Sermon on the Mount. I’ve not come to abolish them however to meet them (Matt. 5:17). In different phrases, he’s saying, Ive come to maintain the regulation myself and to point out you its true intent. Reinterpret accordingly. John Piper explains it effectively:
Abolition shouldn’t be Jesuss objective. Achievement is. And when the regulation is fulfilled in Jesus, its authentic use adjustments dramatically. A brand new period has dawned, and Jesuss followers will relate to the regulation otherwise than Israel did.
The Son of Gods complete earthly life was calculated to keepand completethe regulation of God in his peoples place. Jesus embodied in himself the whole lot the regulation demanded. No marvel John, within the span of simply six chapters, presents him because the achievement of each Jewish pageant: Sabbath feast (John 5), Passover (John 6), Tabernacles (John 79), and Feast of Dedication (John 10). And no marvel Paul declares him to be the top of the regulation for righteousness to everybody who believes (Rom. 10:4).
It’s essential to appreciate that the issue was by no means with the regulation itself. The regulation displays Gods character and is subsequently holy and righteous and good (Rom. 7:12). The issue has all the time been with sinful people. We can not maintain the regulation. So relatively than standing for us in vindication, the regulation stands in opposition to us in condemnation.
Lastly, a Lawkeeper
The excellent news Christians consider and proclaim is that the everlasting Son of God, Jesus Christ, was born below the regulation (Gal. 4:4) with a view to obey its demandsand to bear its curseas a substitute in our place (Gal. 3:1314). The lawmaker turned the lawkeeper after which died for lawbreakers.
The lawmaker turned the lawkeeper after which died for lawbreakers.
Therefore Pauls declaration to the Jews gathered at Pisidian Antioch:
Let it’s identified to you subsequently, brothers, that by means of [Jesus] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everybody who believes is free of the whole lot from which you might not be freed by the regulation of Moses. (Acts 13:3839, emphasis mine)
God designed the regulation each to instruct and information his folks and in addition to reveal their sin and want for a Savior.
Take Down the Indicators
When youre driving to a metropolis, its widespread to see street indicators pointing you in the appropriate route and indicating how far is left to go. As soon as youve arrived, although, the indicators are not wanted. How unusual and complicated wouldn’t it be if downtown Chicago have been crammed with indicators pointing the way in which to . . . Chicago? In an identical manner, the Outdated Testomony is an extended, winding street with indicators pointing the way in which to a brand new covenant and new age ushered in by a brand new king (Jer. 31:3134; Ezek. 36:2627; Isa. 5666).
Two thousand years in the past, within the individual of Jesus, it lastly happenedthe new king arrived, and the brand new period dawned. As one theologian put it, The Outdated Testomony reaches out in eager for Christ who brings an finish to its frustrations and brings to accomplishment its guarantees.
The signage of the regulation, subsequently, could be taken down. It served its objective.
The New Testomony repeatedly declares that Gods individuals are not below regulation (Rom. 6:1415; 1 Cor. 9:20; Gal. 3:23; 4:45, 21; 5:18). That period of salvation historical past ended when, within the individual of Jesus, God himself got here to earth, obeyed his personal regulation, and inaugurated his personal kingdom. As these forgiven by God and indwelt by his Spirit, then, believers in Christ are not mastered by sin and subjected to the legal guidelines damning calls for. As Paul exclaims:
There’s subsequently now no condemnation for individuals who are in Christ Jesus. For the regulation of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the regulation of sin and loss of life. For God has achieved what the regulation, weakened by the flesh, couldn’t do. By sending his personal Son within the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin within the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the regulation is likely to be fulfilled in us, who stroll not in accordance with the flesh however in accordance with the Spirit. (Rom. 8:14)
Additional, because the apostle explains elsewhere, God has without end [canceled] the document of debt that stood in opposition to us with its authorized calls for. This he put aside, nailing it to the cross (Col. 2:1314). The calls for of the Mosaic regulation codewhich cried out for our condemnationdied with King Jesus at Calvary.
Since Christ stored the regulation and died for our failure to take action, these united to him by means of religion are actually below gracesecure within the realm of Gods unmerited favor. Any try to revert to old-covenant residing is subsequently a useless effort to show again the redemptive-historical clock. The New Testomony writers could have none of this.
Now, does this imply Christians haven’t any ethical obligations in any respect? By no means. Although we arent certain to the regulation of Moses, we’re topic to what the New Testomony calls the regulation of Christa ethical norm encapsulated by sacrificial love (Gal. 6:2; see additionally 1 Cor. 9:21). As Jesus informed his disciples, A brand new commandment I give to you, that you simply love each other: simply as I’ve liked you, you are also to like each other (John 13:34).
Any try to revert to old-covenant residing is a useless effort to show again the redemptive-historical clock.
The Outdated Testomony prophets longed for the day when God would write his regulation on his peoples hearts. That day is right here. If you’re led by the Spirit, Paul writes, you aren’t below the regulation however below grace (Gal. 5:18). In different phrases, those that belief in Jesus arent below the regulation; the regulation is below themengraved on their hearts. The Holy Spirit empowers these saved by grace to each want and obey what was previously not possible.
From the Mirror to the Bathe
Think about you had some filth in your face however didnt realize it. Go look within the mirror, a buddy says. Now, is the mirrors job to scrub your face? After all not. Its to expose your face and ship you to the bathe. Likewise, the regulation is a mirror that reveals sin. Its objective isnt to scrub us, however to ship us to the one One who can. The mirror of the regulation was designed to drive us to the bathe of the gospel (Rom. 3:20; 5:20; Gal. 3:23).
Those that belief in Jesus arent below the regulation; the regulation is below themengraved on their hearts.
That is the central message of the New Testomony: God provides within the gospel what he calls for within the regulation. At backside, Christians arent certain by the Jewish regulation as a result of our Lord Jesus stored it for us. He fulfilled its ceremonies, its festivals, its sacrifices, its ethical calls for. The regulation’s final objective was all the time to level to our want for a Saviorone who would forgive us and alter us from the within out, relatively than leaving us to reform and redeem ourselves.
This, buddy, is spectacular information. As Martin Luther put it so a few years in the past, The regulation says, Do that, and it’s by no means achieved. Grace says, Imagine on this, and the whole lot is finished already.