Every sincere child of God should take to heart the Apostle Paul’s reprimand of the believers at Galatia when he writes: “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey (Gk. peitho, rely upon) the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” (Gal. 3:1). They forgot the truth they had learned from Paul concerning the meaning of the cross-work of Christ on their behalf.
In their effort to claim Israel’s laws of “blessings and cursing” many Christians ignorantly claim verses that pertain to Israel only.
The Bible says I can't be a New Testament Christian today.
No one would bat an eye if it was proclaimed that I was not an Old Testament Christian, so what is it that makes a New Testament Christian much different?
‘New Testament to Israel’:
It is wrongly said, “the old testament was for Israel, but the new testament is for the church.”
Within the ranks of Christendom, you find the common idea that Sunday is the so-called “Christian Sabbath.”
We will look to the Holy Word of God to see if there is ‘any day’ to be observed during this age of “the dispensation of the grace of God.”
Roman Catholic priest, “Father” Dale Fushek, wrote:
On what basis does the Christian life operate successfully? The typical church leader or pastor today would reply; “Of course, it’s by you keeping the Ten Commandments – then God will bless you.”
Acts 13 tells how Paul and Barnabas had entered a synagogue as strangers and simply sat down to listen. After “the reading of the law and the prophets,” however, the leaders of the service sent someone to ask them: “Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on” (Verses 14 and 15). Somehow Paul and Barnabas had been recognized as men of God.
God had barely given the Law to Moses when He ordered that it be put in a coffin. That’s right — a ‘coffin.’ The reason for this is that the Mosaic covenant clearly stipulated:“Now therefore, IF YE WILL OBEY MY VOICE INDEED, and keep My covenant, THEN ye (Israel) shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine” (Ex. 19:5).
There are three basic misconceptions that most people entertain about the law of God and its Ten Commandments.
- Most people have a vague notion that the law always was in existence and that it must have been given to the first man, Adam, or soon after.
Actually, God gave the law to Moses for Israel only, about 1,500 B.C. This was after about 2,500 years of human history had elapsed (John 1:17). So mankind lived on earth for about 2,500 years without the law or the Ten Commandments.
Forgiveness…Under ‘the Law’
By Arthur J Licursi
- A Multi-part Study Series -
Examining and comparing
Let's compare the clearly delineated requirements of the two Biblical gospels for salvation. Both are found in the so-called New Testament of our Bibles and apply to two different peoples in two different ages.