Schoolmaster

The purpose of Moses' law was as a schoolmaster...to lead us into Christ. I am not graded by my schoolmaster any more (Gal 3:24). I have learned my lessons from him. Naturally, there are some basic principles of the law which are very valuable. But the letter of the law (of Moses) is now modified by the spirit of the law of love (of Jesus Christ). Perhaps you have been trying to please God by paying attention to Moses, who was your accuser all the time. Jesus clearly shows who the accuser is -- it is Moses (law). "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust" (John 5:45).

Do you remember that last time you

were depressed and felt bad? What made you feel bad? The accuser (Moses' law) did. You felt like you were not living up to the WHOLE Bible. You felt accused by something the law said, not something Jesus said. Jesus has never put you under condemnation. He said "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more."

It is Moses (the law) that puts you under condemnation. Jesus does not.

Moses condemns us for things done in the PAST, but Jesus covered our PAST sins with His blood so they cannot be held against us any more.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus (who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit)" (Rom. 8:1).

Jeremiah 9:25-26 says, "A time is coming, says the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in SPIRIT --the Egyptians, Edomites, the Ammorites, Moabites, Arabs, and yes, even you people of Judah, for all these pagan nations also circumcise themselves. Unless you circumcise your hearts (SPIRIT) by loving me, your circumcision is only a heathen rite like theirs, and nothing more" (Living Bible).

Perhaps there are some other church traditions and commandments of men nowadays that are presently just heathen rites and nothing more.

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