Tuesday, January 27, 2009


"Paul has demonstrated that the gospel does not need the 'support' of extra philosophies (Ephesians and Colossians), nor the 'support' of entire or partial adherence to the Old Covenant (Romans and Galatians); believers in Christ were not to attempt to put 'New wine into old wineskins' (Luke 5: 36-39).

As far as this legalistic - or judaizing - tendency goes, we can clearly see from the Bible that the Old Covenant is now a thing of the past - it is obsolete! (Hebrews 8: 13). Paul likens it to Hagar while he likens the New Covenant to Sarah - and what is his suggestion?

Lets read it,"...Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman...we are not the children of the bondwoman, but of the free. STAND FAST THEREFORE IN THE LIBERTY WHEREWITH CHRIST HAS MADE US FREE, AND BE NOT ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH A YOKE OF BONDAGE." (Galatians 4: 30- 5:1 - my emphasis).

There is now no condemnation for those (born again) in Christ Jesus - Romans 8: 1-2, for the penalty of our sins has been paid in full and we are now no longer under the law but under grace.

As Paul is at pains to explain in Romans, a new way (in a sense) of achieving the righteousness of God, free of legalism, is revealed in Christ, giving the Jew - with their knowledge of the law - no advantage. It is received through faith (but faith never becomes another 'work' - it is freely given by God to His people!) See Romans 10: 4-13"

By UK Apologetics

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