Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 9)
Old Testament Law*
But now we have been delivered from the Law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the Letter.
Romans 7:6 (NKJV)
But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the Law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Galatians 3:23-25 (NKJV)
As long as we're discussing hot topics, let's consider the Old Testament Laws: God's Rules for the children of Israel. King David cherished Them above all. 'Oh, let me not wander from Your Commandments' (Psalm 119:10).**
Even so, God's beloved still wandered, but He never lost sight of His first goal: righteousness through God, His Word and His Law.
Today, Christians differ in how they view the Old Testament. Denominational practices are like fenced-off houses. People in the same neighborhood don't even know each other. They turn their backs, speak holy words, and refuse to meet their kin. They let differences overshadow similarities.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I'm a New Testament follower. For me, Jesus is my bottom Line. He's also my top Line and main Line. I want to do and be what He professed.
But don't get me wrong: I love and believe all Words of God. I see Them as true, whole and perfect. But Jesus died to make all things new. He fulfilled the Laws no other could.
Here's where you fit into this picture: You're high-speed, high-impact connectors, overriding every short circuit, jumping over manmade barriers and binding by love a broken church.***
Without disrespecting your brethren, you exhort them up a narrow path onto a beautiful mountaintop. The view is wide and incredible. The air is fresh and filled with bright light.
We are delivered from pride and judgment. We unite by our faith in Jesus Christ. Because we must fight the same enemy.
To Be Continued...
* Short, referenced article: Do Christians have to obey Old Testament Law: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-law.html
** Psalm 119 (largely seen as written by King David) is my favorite Psalm. It meditates on the excellencies of God's Word: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+119&version=NKJV
*** 'Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest Commandment. And the Second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two Commandments' (Matthew 22:37-40).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.