I saw this article on a website which seems to have gone now but I found very helpful and I hope you do too

1. In discussing the two covenants, we are not refering to the division of the Bible into two sections, but to the periods of the two covenants on ground.

2. The Old covenant is the same as the Law, and the New is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:1-18)

3. The Old Covenant was targeted at only one nation – Israel. No-one outside of Israel was/is bound by the Law (Ephesians 2:11-12)

4. The New is NOT a continuation or extension of the Old. It is a replacement. (Hebrews 8: 7-13). Why? The Old was never intended as a permanent solution (Galatians 3:19-25)

5. Under the Old God spoke to people by prophets; but under the New He has spoken by His Son (Hebrews 1: 1-2)

6. The person who accepts one aspect of the Law is under obligation to keep the whole Law. Not doing so is condemnation (Galatians 5:3)

7. Submission to any aspect of the Law removes a believer from under grace and back into death (Galatians 5:1-4). Submitting to the Letter (the Law) kills a person spiritually (2 Corinthians 3:6), while doing away with the Law and living under grace (the Spirit) gives life.

Looking at this subject in details revealed major flaws in the teachings and practices of a majority of professing believers, including but not limited to:

a. Observance of tithing

b. Observance of firstruits and the other myriads of offerings

c. Submission to guidance and revelation from prophets

d. Seeking and depending on extra-Biblical revelations

The most shocking thing about this is the huge number of professing believers who are clearly not under grace by their many practices and beliefs – yet their leaders keep giving them a false assurance of salvation. It is both sad and shocking.

Related Posts:

What do we do with those old testament laws today?

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 10 – The misuse of old testament scriptures

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  1. michael m says:

    BUT Jeremiah 31:31 says that the New Covenant will be made with the same people with which the First or old covenant was made .
    And Jeremiah 31: 33 describes how this New Covenant will effect ‘THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL ‘ that God will put His Law in their ‘inward parts ‘ and write it in their hearts ;and they shall be God’s people . Has this in fact happened to Israel today ? Or is it still awaiting fulfillment at the Lord’s return ?. Answers please 🙂

    • Alan Higgins says:

      My personal opinion is that it has not fully happened today as the jews (on a whole) are still blind and do not receive the gospel or Jesus as messiah

  2. michael m says:

    Way back in time , several Bishops met to discuss and fashion a ‘Confession of Faith ‘ . I think as regards the Law given to Israel , they divided it up in three parts , Ceremonial , Legal and Moral .They also decided that Gentiles and the Church today are not bound by the laws given to Israel but that the Moral Law could be used as rule of conduct . But without the sanctions that breaking those laws had for the people of Israel . In other words they were for putting the church under the law of moses , but without the sanctions. As an example , say there was a law that you mustn’t speed more than 30 miles an hour (which their is ) but you done 40 or 50 miles an hour . But if you did there would be no sanctions . Then , as a Mr Metcalfe says something like ; How then can their be a Law which does not have sanctions for breaking it ?. Those Bishops changed the Law from the law to a rule of life ?. Paul and the other Apostles decreed that the Gentiles were not bound by the Law, but advised the Gentile Christians to do or abstain from certain things so they would not be ceremonially unclean and thus prevent fellowship with Jewish CHristians ?. Acts ?.
    The reality may be that the Gentiles were never under the Law of Moses . That Law was for Israel to keep them a holy and separate people from the Gentile nations . ? ? ? ? .

  3. michael m says:

    Papers like the Evangelical Times seem to reiterate what some forms of evangelicalism may believe and teach , that is ‘that Christ kept the Law for us ‘ first , and then ‘ Christ died for us ‘ . They appear to view both actions as the complete mission , work and meaning of ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ‘.They seem to feel that is the way Christ effected salvation for believers .?. . It is called His active and then His passive obedience . Active in keeping the Law ‘for us ‘ and passive by ‘dying for us ‘.
    I wonder what our readers think ?. Is it correct ? or is it a theology cobbled together by well meaning theologians ?. Can anyone ‘keep the law for us ‘ while we do our own thing ?.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      The purpose of the law was to condemn us to show us that we could not keep it. That is why we need a savior. The law brings us to the cross but no further

      • michael m says:

        But DID Chrisf ‘ Keep the Law for us ‘ ?
        as a ‘substitute ‘ ? as Christ did die in substitute for us ?.

  4. michael m says:

    ‘The url cannot be loaded ‘ is the response I get from ALAN HIGGINS : UNDERSTANDING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS ?????????????????

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