January 31, 2021
I recently read an online comment suggesting an “excellent grace teacher” (a YouTuber). Yet after listening to several of this person’s videos I learned that she encourages Christians to keep the Law, to “do what Jesus said.” She even went so far as to say that we believers are held to a higher standard than the Israelites; that in fact, we must, “be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
This illustrates a clear misunderstanding of WHERE to divide the Word of God. She is incorrectly dividing the Old Covenant from the New Covenant.
Are Christians supposed to “do what Jesus said”? When we rightly divide the Word of truth, the answer is clear: no!
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)
Why? Because Jesus taught the Old Covenant. The New Covenant went into effect at His death.
So, when Jesus said things like this (below), remember that He was trying to show the religious Israelites that they did NOT perfectly obey the Law of Moses, and therefore needed to come to the Messiah for salvation.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brotherc will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21,22, ESV)
We “rightly divide” the word of truth by understanding that the New Covenant begins with the book of Acts.
Thus, we can finally relax when we read the four books of the gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — knowing that Jesus was NOT talking to us, or telling us what to do, or how to live.
Believers, we are living in the days of the the New Covenant. Let’s live in freedom as recipients of the eternal inheritance! 😁
Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.(Hebrews 9:15, BSB)