First, let’s remind ourselves about laws. There are spiritual laws and there are physical laws. There are governmental laws and moral laws. We say the 10 Commandments are God’s basic Laws. Some laws are God made and some are man-made. When laws stand, they bring determined consequences. The physical law of gravity means that if I jump off of a roof, I go down and not up.
Many people today believe that some of God’s Law was canceled or replaced…that the Old Testament is no longer valid for today because they were under Law and now we are under New Testament grace. Have you ever examined that thought? Who or what changed? I think we will find that God and His Law do not change. His whole Word and Law from Genesis to Revelation are still true and being enforced. We have already seen how God’s Law is truth and it works together with His grace and love. Absolute truth is what is right in God’s eyes. Truth has been and always will be right (righteous). And what is wrong (corruption, deception, false) has been and always will be wrong. His Word, His Truth, His Righteousness, His Word, His Law has never changed. God does not change. And His Son, Yeshua Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not cancel it or replace it. Yeshua Jesus IS God’s Word (John 1) and Truth (John 14:6)! He is still doing God’s Word today! Yeshua, the Father, and His Holy Spirit are One.
Hebrews 13: 8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Psalm 55:19, “God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change.”
James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
1 Peter 1:25, “the word of the Lord endures forever.”
1 John 2:17, “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
God and His Word and His Truth and His Laws do NOT CHANGE!
So, if God and His Truth/Law do not change, then who and what changed in the New Testament? We can take a closer look at the law of sin and death and the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8). The law of sin and death takes effect when we do not go His way in His truth. If we separate from God who is Life, the spiritual law takes effect and the consequence is corruption, destruction, and death! We are the ones who need to change so that we can walk in the spirit of Life in Christ Yeshua Jesus! Now, He has made this change possible!
Humans are born physically into a fallen nature in a fallen world. Although the Law is good, we cannot keep it from birth. So, the Law’s consequential judgment became death to us. All it could really do for us is teach us what is right and wrong. The Law had no power to make us lawful or righteous.
So, what we could not do ourselves and what the Law could not do for us, Yeshua Jesus came to do so that we might be saved and become righteous in union with Him! (Romans)
Saved by His grace, and through our faithful union with Him! (Ephesians 2: 1-10)
We make a vow….a new covenant with Him as His bride…becoming as one in relationship.
Does that mean that now that the marriage vow is spoken, I can go back to my previous lovers in the world? Should I go back to doing and living like I did before my vow of faith? Never! I am no longer bound to the laws of the world and the law of sin and death. I now have a Way into the Law of the spirit of Life in Yeshua Jesus….a new Head, a new kingdom, a new family, a new way, a new Law! And this Law is great and good! It saves me and sanctifies me (makes me righteous)!
In our faith union with Yeshua Jesus, He is now our Head as our Bridegroom. We are now one with Him. We have committed to following His lead….He is going to lead us in His ways and standards and rules for His family. He has never changed! His law and righteous works have never changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His words stand forever and never fail. Yeshua Jesus fulfilled the law and lived it all out. The Law and the prophets all point to Yeshua Jesus! He did not change or cancel the Father’s law. Rather, He made a way for us to walk with Him in it!
Do you see the opportunity, the hope, the awesome blessing in this?
We have been “born again” from bondage to our physical nature of sin and death and set free into His new life in His spirit of righteousness…..LEGALLY! We are talking here about God’s spiritual laws: the law of sin and death and the law of the spirit of life in the Anointed One (Christ) Yeshua (the One Who Saves) Jesus. We should be so excited about learning how to walk and live this new way in His good Law with Him!
God’s Law and Word did not change….we change by putting faith and continued faithfulness into Yeshua Jesus! God’s Law is good, right (righteous), and perfect…and stands forever…both Old Testament and New Testament!