FREEDOM THROUGH DEATH

 

 

In seeking to do God's will, some Christians mistakenly believe that righteousness comes from obeying certain regulations under the Old Covenant. They find justification in adhering to Old Testament rules and regulations. Two such groups of people in the Bible are the Pharisees and Sadducees. For the most part, they only observed the letter of the law and Jesus referred to them as vipers. They are the epitome of those who say unto the Lord, "Lord, Lord," yet will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Also there are people that cast out demons and perform miracles in the name of Jesus who will not make it into heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). Why is it, then that Christians think performing works to find favor with God such as giving monetary tithes and offerings will have any effect today?

The use and or the distortion of some Bible passages can cause Christians to perform acts contrary to what God requires. Meanwhile this chapter first points to the New Covenant and the freedom it gives Christians from Old Covenant laws and practices. Furthermore this chapter addresses the freedom from the curse that Christians enjoy as well as the righteousness they have apart from the law.

THE NEW COVENANT

Old Covenant rules and regulations don't lead to true acts of righteousness from those who believe in the risen Savior. Christians are not to abide by Old Covenant law as a means for justification, righteousness, or judgment, since they are under a New Covenant.

OLD COVENANT ATTRACTIONS

According to Hebrews 13:8, and Luke 6:46:

Because of these verses, many Christians believe that they are obligated to follow Old Covenant rules and regulations. They fail to realize that although Jesus is the same, God's people have changed due to the sacrifice of Jesus.

Many Christians adhere to some Old Covenant commands because they seem to relate to today. For example, Christians refer to Deuteronomy 8:11

According to this verse God's people are to observe his commands that He is giving this day. This coupled with Jesus being the same yesterday and today and forever led Christians to follow some commands throughout the Old Testament. The problem is that the commandants under the Old Covenant for the Jewish community are not the same as those under the New Covenant for Christians.

New Covenant commands, shows that Christians also have a set of instructions to observe, as a result of the New Covenant. Christians are often faced with undue pressure to follow Old Covenant laws. Fellow saints accuse them of not believing in the whole Bile and of not following all of God's commands. Believers succumb to this pressure out of guilt and fear, and consequently abide in Old Covenant Laws and practices. Tithes and offering, or a modified version of them, is one area of Old Covenant Law where Christians are being pressured to follow. Today, Christian giving is commonly taught from Proverbs 3:9.

According to some, this specifically requires Christians to pay God first and then pay personal debts afterward since, God always wants the first and the best of a person's increase or money. Combining the ideas from Proverbs 3:9 and Leviticus 27:30, one is led to believe that God commands Christians to give tithes and that is important. Verses such as this, and their application to Christianity, make it important to understand the freedom Christians have through the death of Christ Jesus.

CHANGE IN THE PRIESTHOOD

Notice in Hebrews chapter 7:11 that the priesthood of Jesus is like that of Melchizedek, but not the same as Melchizedek. Melchizedek's priesthood was not in conjunction with blood for the remission of sins.

This verse states that perfection was not attained through the Levitical priesthood. So another priest was to come, but not in the order of Aaron. The burnt and sin offerings performed under the Levitical priesthood could not take away sins. For if there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant no place would have been sought for another. Hebrews 8:7

CHANGE OF THE LAW HEBREWS 7:12, 18-19

Notice Hebrews 7:19. It states that the law made nothing perfect which stems from the fact that perfection was not attained through the Levitical priesthood. This affirms what Paul told the Romans. Romans 6:14. Therefore, tithing is also useless because it is part of the law. However, this change in the law does not allow Christians to convert the real tithe into a monetary tithe or the real offerings (all of them) into one combined monetary offering.

THE NEW COVENANT WITH ISRAEL

A better Covenant is now available to Christians. By calling this Convent new he has made the first one obsolete. Hebrews 8:13, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 8:6-11, Galatians 3:10-29.

 

 

 

 


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