The Old vs the New

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Religion often teaches we need to beg God to visit us, and we have to behave well enough and long enough for him to fix the problems we can't. That rarely goes well. When we judge ourselves unworthy of living in his presence, we end up medicating areas of our lives we can't fix on our own, and shutting down the ones we can't deal with.

Jesus changed everything. You don't have to go to the temple and sacrifice to get God's attention and approval. Because Jesus made himself the ultimate sacrifice, you are the temple. God doesn't maybe show up when you're desperate enough. From the moment you asked him into your life, he's never left you, and never will.

Everyone loves the part in The Lion King where Rafiki tells Simba his father lives in him. It resonates with you because the Spirit of your heavenly Father lives in you, too. And he's ready right now to brilliantly deal with every relationship and circumstance in your life, and to powerfully transform the way you think, feel, and live along the way.

From Rob Coscia/FB
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Good OT - NT clarifications from Joel Brueseke:

It shouldn't be too difficult to understand that not all that Jesus said was for the New Covenant church. But yet people will insist that "Jesus said it! Jesus is our Lord and Savior, so if He said it, it's for us!"

Well, yes it's true that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. And the God of the Old Covenant is our God today. So, hear what God said: "Whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who hunts and catches any animal or bird that may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust; for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life." (Lev 17:13-14)

Believer in Christ... is that for you? Do you do what God said to do? How about this:

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God." (Lev 19:9-10)

Or this:
"You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord." (Lev 19:27-28)

It's the Lord God who said this, right? And yet you don't follow what God said! So you understand that not all that the Lord said is for YOU, right?

So why it is so hard to understand that some of the things that Jesus said is also not for you? The above verses are part of God's law for ISRAEL. They have nothing to do with the New Covenant church. Otherwise, Christian men would all have beards, right? In much the same way, Jesus came saying, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of ISRAEL." (Matt 15:24) Much (but of course not all) of what Jesus said was exclusively for the people of Israel, who were under the Old Covenant, and not for New Covenant believers.

The Cross changed everything. The Old Covenant law, and many of Jesus' Old Covenant teachings to those who were under the Old Covenant, were meant to lead people TO faith. The law was a tutor to lead people TO faith. Once in faith, they were no longer under the tutor. The Old Covenant law, and the Old Covenant words of Jesus, no longer applied to them. They were now in a NEW covenant! The Old Covenant has been done away with. The New Covenant is about salvation by God's grace, through faith, apart from law.