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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Judaic-Christian Salvation, #3
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law [Torah ] in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
. . . I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (Hebrews 8:10)
Notice that the new covenant is the writing of the Torah of God in the minds and hearts of God's elect.
The new covenant is not the abolishing of the law of God. It is the writing of the Torah in the minds and hearts of the chosen. It is not the removing of the Law, it is the establishing of the Law; however, not the letter of the Law of Moses but the Spirit of the eternal moral law of God of which the Law of Moses is a shadow. Grace is the power to keep the moral law of God, not a waiving of the law. The current interpretation of Paul's teaching of grace has destroyed the Church of the Lord Jesus.
In place of righteous, godly, obedient people we have sinners who are "saved by grace," meaning they are not saved from sin but saved from Hell so they can continue in sin and go to Paradise when they die. They are not saved from their behavior but from the consequences of their behavior.
God has decided (it is implied) that since man will not change, God will change. He will accept people as they are. God is not interested in new creations but in saving Adam in his sins and self-will.
Such is the current doctrine, but this is not what the Scriptures teach.
Notice, in Hebrews 8:8, that the Lord found fault with the Israelites. He found fault with them because they did not walk in righteousness.
Because the people were unholy, unrighteous, and disobedient to God, God made a new covenant. Why did God make a new covenant? So that people would be holy, righteous, and obedient to God.
But the new covenant has been interpreted to mean it is not necessary that we walk in holiness, righteousness, and obedience to God. We are saved by "grace," meaning that because Jesus is holy, righteous, and obedient to God, we, by faith in Him, by identification with Him, are holy, righteous, and obedient. This suggests that while we may be neither holy nor righteous nor obedient we are regarded as being holy, righteous, and obedient because of our relationship to the Lord Jesus.
Can the world see the light of God in Christians who are unholy, unrighteous, and disobedient to God? Can the world behold imputed (ascribed) righteousness? Or is it true that the Lord will pour out His Glory on us and the world will see that Glory, although we ourselves continue to be lustful, self-centered, self-willed, disobedient people? Is this scriptural? Does it make any sense?
To be continued.