It sounds like a long stretch to say that one’s killer is one’s rescuer. Does not serpent-on-a-pole feel just like that very thing. Opinions abound about God’s will; fantastic slogans, maxims, words, some unhinged from the life and death axis. The Law of God is one of those innocent victims of our tendency to quickly say “I got it”. If one hangs one’s hat on the law as a but after the gospel then it is fair to say that one has not really met the Christ of repenting faith. One has not changed one’s mind. There is no confusion about who Christ is or what his message is and no shortage of clarity on the stark difference between him and Moses (and the prophets). We cannot hear the Son and Moses at the same time. On the Titanic they heard “The ship’s going down”. John the Baptist put it, “Time’s up. Tree-chopping time”. Do we believe our report?
Some people did not believe John, and Moses was not all that popular either. Moses himself admits “Don’t ask me. Ask Messiah”. Since we are all born dead, is not the value of our training in righteousness as children as a mere stop-gap bandaid? We all have to turn to Christ for life.
Already under condemnation.
People in the law and people without the law are condemned until Christ justifies them, apart from works. Since righteousness is apart from (without reference to) the law (Rom. 3:19-21) it is not “spin” to say that righteousness is exactly what the Lord’s covenant says it is not (Heb. 8:8-9). The Old Covenant is not included in the New Covenant.
Consider the complication of accusations of lifestyle with the Law as a kick-em-when-they-are-down judgment. There is no condemnation in Christ, and did Moses not condemn every violation? One cannot bring the Sinai Covenant on-stream without dragging oneself through the whole futility of human-interest ordinances, obedience without faith, and faith without love.
Furthermore the hatred of sin that some people claim to have is not credible. We have no legitimate claim to be sin-free (1 John 1:8-10); our distinction claim is that we have Someone who is Sin-bearer, designated so from before the foundation of the world. That is what is settled. Exactly what one has hid in one’s heart (Psalm 119:11) is a mystery. God internalizes His laws (Heb. 8:8-10), and we pledge, uninvited (Heb 12:18, 22), to keep the law and need forgiveness every day (Mat. 6:12).
Lord of our thinking
Exactly how Yeshua is the lord of our thinking is neither rocket science requiring endless tiring books and propped up theories, nor child’s play (1 Cor. 13:11). Putting him in that place guarantees our golden communications and a quality of life that was previously inaccessible. Our lives before Christ had nothing we can bring to the Father’s judgment seat. It is obvious that Messianic priority is not compliance with tradition, whether prophetic, patriarchal or Mosaic. Both Messiah and his herald called for a change of mind. “Repent”, was the shout. One has to address the Old and the New.
The old repent is a frequent and urgent call to return to Yahweh that is no longer relevant, not even for a Jew. The monumental covenant is caput. Did we not see the veil of the temple yield its secret? The Christ Event in dramatic fashion – the evangelists connect Christ’s last breath with the rending of the temple’s veil – bring to light the witness against the Sons of Israel and a broken law/covenant (what else could be its report?). The new is a call for all humans to repent of unbelief and receive authority as God’s children. There is nothing but Christ’s gifts in the Holy Spirit’s work, before we are saved, and nothing but Yeshua in the Holy Spirit’s guidance of believers into the fullness of Truth. Photoshopping the message of the Law and the prophets to say “keep up the charade of our rich customs” is a diabolic strategy. Coming to Christ means decreasing whatever holdings we thought we had, whether we are Jew or Gentile. If a Jew, like Paul, could say it was all rubbish when he met Christ, do we get the oscar for marketplace games (Luke 7:32)?
- And when he [the Holy Spirit] is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness,
- and of judgment: John 16:8,
- Of sin, because they believe not on me; John 16:9,
- Of righteousness [=resurrecton], because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; John 16:10,
- Of judgment [examination], because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:11,
Is there room for another spokesman?
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13,
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. John 16:14,
All things that the Father hath are mine:
therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. John 16:15
If instruction is not Way, Reliability and Life, then go ahead, clarify the obscure. Yeshua has the three covers we need.