One of the most profound errors in modern Christianity is its failure to recognize that the New Testament did not come into effect until the cross; which means quite simply, that the gospels are in fact Old Testament; and Jesus was teaching under law.
The following passages are taken from the New Testament letters and should substantiate the two points I am trying to make. #1 – The fact that Jesus was born under law and therefore taught under law. #2 – A will does not come into effect until the one who made it dies.
Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. ~ Gal. 4:1-5
And for this reason He is the mediator of the New Covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. ~ Heb. 9: 15-17
My friends, if we are unable to discern what is old and what is new, how in the world can we even begin to discern things like proper interpretation, let alone fruitful application? Let’s make no mistake here, if we don’t understand the timeline between the Old and New Testament, our understanding of the entire bible will be jaded. You will have one piece over here, and another over there; and none of them will fit together as a cohesive unit. The worse part of this confusion is that by nature this teaching can do nothing but put the saints directly under law.
The following verses are an example of how easily this law based nonsense can get stuck in the heart of the believer:
Enter Matthew 23:1-3 – Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.”
Now upon close examination of these verses, it is very clear that Jesus admonished the multitudes, as well as His disciples, not only to observe the law of Moses, but to perform it as well. Now let’s take a look at modern christianity! Making statements such as the Ten Commandments are the christians moral standard for life; and wa – la! Everyone is quite effectively placed under law.
There are very few pastor teachers that teach the gospels are Old Testament. Therefore, as a result, they themselves remain in the seat of Moses. My advice my friends is that should you discern your pastor, your teacher, or even your best friend attempting to bring you under law; that you do exactly the opposite of what Jesus told His disciples and the multitudes and do neither what they say nor what they do. Lest you find yourself stuck in the seat of Moses with them! God bless!
George L. Miller
Hebrews chapters 7-10
Romans chapters 5-8
II Cor. chapter 3 verses 4-18
P.S. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. ~ Gal. 5:1