MIXED UP

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It seems most people don’t understand we no longer live under the law. When it comes to Christianity I think most believe we are free from the sacrificial laws, dietary laws and the laws that go with Temple worship. The problem occurs when we get to the Sabbath, tithing and the Ten Commandments.

We as believers have taken on a fight to post the Ten Commandments in our schools, government buildings and any and everywhere we are allowed. Before I get too far let me be clear; I am not anti-Ten Commandments. I am going to explain what I believe is the true reason for these commands and why I don’t think we are under obligation to keep them, as far as making ourselves right before God.

The first thing I would like for you to notice is I hear some Christians talk of keeping the Commandments, but we break the Sabbath every week. The Sabbath is observed on Saturday. It has always been on Saturday, and there is no clear statement anywhere in the scriptures telling us it has changed.

Let’s look a little closer at the Sabbath keeping. In the letter to the Hebrews we read that God promised his people a Sabbath rest. The children of Israel didn’t enter the land, never mind the rest, the first go round because of disobedience which is really unbelief at the root. Joshua, although he led them into the land, couldn’t give them the promised rest. If you continue to search you will discover God’s promise of rest was brought to fulfillment in his son Jesus Christ. If we have received Jesus Christ into our lives we enjoy this Sabbath rest 24-7. Let me just quote Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.”

Giving a tithe is also an Old Covenant commandment I cannot find to be carried over into the New Covenant. I know this is difficult for some, but please just stick with me. In the New Covenant we have received a new heart and this new heart was given to us by God. God’s heart is a heart that gives and gives of itself to others. If we have in fact received this new heart, then we have no need of a commandment telling us to give.

God gave the command to tithe for good reason. He said “to tithe your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you learn to fear the Lord your God always.” He set up a system to provide for the Levites, foreigners, orphans and widows. So the whole reason for the tithe was to take care of them that were told not to have land for themselves like the Levites, or them who simply had no means to provide for themselves. Of course in the New Covenant God is still concerned for widows and orphans, but now we give out of a heart of compassion for others not because it is a law.

Before I finish let me give you a few scriptures about the law.

(Romans 3:19-20) The law was given to us to bring us the knowledge of sin.

(Romans 10:4) Christ is the end of the law for righteousness.

(Romans 13:10) Love is the fulfillment of the law.

(Galatians 3:10) The law puts us under a curse.

(Galatians 3:13) Christ redeemed us by becoming a curse for us.

(Galatians 3:21) The law cannot give life.

(2 Corinthians 3:4-11) The letter (law) kills but the Spirit gives life.

I’ll end in the letter to the Hebrews chapter 8:7&13. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. When he said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

Christ truly is the fulfillment of the Law. When we receive him we have the lawgiver and the only law keeper residing within. Jesus Christ is all God the Father is going to do for this world. If you have him you have it all. If you don’t have him there is no system of law or religion that will ever give you right standing with God.

Written by Louie

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