Galatians 4:3 “So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.”
Galatians 4:9 “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by god, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?”
Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
Colossians 2:20 “If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as…”
Hebrews 5:12 “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.”
Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…”
All of these verses are telling us to grow up into Christ. The Old Covenant was meant to be our schoolmaster, guardian, manager and guide until Christ came. Now that he has come we have no need of a guardian or schoolmaster. We are called to look to Christ himself and see that he has done all that is required for us to reconcile with God and form our own relationship with him. We no longer need a Moses or commandments as a go between to teach us or show us what to do. Jesus himself said, “I will send the comforter and he will lead you into all truth.” Also in 1 John we read “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.”
The Apostle Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 2 he did have a message for the mature and proceeded to speak of how God’s Spirit in us is the way we can know what we need to know from God. It isn’t that the Law is of no use it simply means once we have received Christ not only the law is in us but the actual lawgiver has taken up residence within us. Romans tells us since the law couldn’t do it because of our flesh being weak, God did by sending his Son…so the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us… “For Christ is the end of the Law (elementary principles) for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
So if you’re with me let’s do this! Let’s press on to completion (perfection, maturity). Let us get our ears tuned in to what God is telling us through his Spirit and learn to hear from him.
Let me just say I am in no way against anyone teaching the Bible. In fact, I absolutely love teaching the Bible to anyone that wants to learn. What I am saying though is why in this day and age is there still so many that don’t understand we cannot bring the Old Covenant into the new one? Jesus told us “You can’t put new wine into old wine-skins or else they will burst.” Let’s once and for all see that we really are new wine-skins and the Spirit of God in the believer is the new wine.
The Apostle Paul had a very strong statement about going back to the elementary principles (Law) in Galatians 5. He said, “You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” So, falling from grace means going back to living under the law and we can’t do both. We are either living under the law (elementary principles) or living in grace. Living under law tells us we are still children and in need of rules and commands to keep us straight; whereas living in grace means we are living by the Spirit of Christ within.