The Daily Word of Righteousness

From Moses to Christ, #14

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (Romans 7:1)


The Law of Moses has jurisdiction over our first, adamic personality. Our first personality contains a body of sin over which the Law of Moses exercises constant watchfulness.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:6)

The new covenant assigns the first personality to the cross. This is the meaning of water baptism. Then, throughout our discipleship, the Holy Spirit continually points out aspects of our personality that must be crucified.

As we read the Scriptures the Day Star begins to rise in our heart. The Day Star is Christ. As He is formed in us, Divine Light increasingly illumines the dark recesses of our personality. Our task is to seek the help of the Holy Spirit in putting to death that which has been exposed and to encourage the new Life of Christ as it is being formed in us.

He must increase but we must decrease.

To gain the righteousness that is by faith in Jesus is to look up from the Law and see the crucified and resurrected Christ. Then we are to follow Him each day, keeping our eyes on Him. We are to live in the Spirit, not in the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, or the pride of life, but in the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God will never lead us into sin; neither will the Spirit of God lead us to go back under the Law of Moses. This would be contrary to the Scriptures and the Spirit never contradicts the Scriptures!

We are to present our body a living sacrifice that we may prove the will of God for ourselves. We are to keep ourselves from being conformed to the ways of the world, and are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind in Christ.

The Law of Moses is the household servant, the guardian slave, that brings us to Christ. When we arrive at Christ, Christ gives us a new Guide, the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God then brings us closer to Christ than ever would be possible by all the efforts of the Law of Moses.

The goal of the Divine redemption is our change into the moral and bodily image of Christ and also untroubled rest in the Father through Christ. Now we are eligible to participate in all the relationships, roles, and tasks God has prepared for us from the beginning of the world.

Everything is performed by the Spirit of God.

Everything is made new in Christ.

All the old is passing away. All the new is of God.

For in Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Galatians 6:15) (from From Moses to Christ)