The Scripture Speaks
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The law which was given to Moses on Mount Sinai which is recorded in Exodus 20 was fulfilled in Christ. Matthew 5:17-18. The Law of Moses was abolished in Christ. II Corinthians 3:6-14. A “better covenant established upon better promises” has been made possible with Christ as the mediator. Hebrews 8:6. In this time, God speaks through Christ. Hebrews 1:1-3. No longer is Moses or the prophets the guide by which man approaches God. Matthew 17:1-5. Christ “has become the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4. Christ, as God’s “beloved son”, is the one whom man must hear. Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6.
The resurrection established the divinity and authority of Jesus. Romans 1:4. God raised up Christ to sit upon David’s throne. Acts 2:29-32. Jesus was given a name “that is above every name” and God made Him to be “head over all things to the church.” Ephesians 1:19-23. All authority has been given unto Christ. Matthew 28:18. We now live under the “law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2. Jesus has become the “mediator of the new testament.” Hebrews 9:15.
The Old Testament is the law which was given to physical Israel. The New Testament is the law which is given to spiritual Israel. Galatians 6:16. Even though God has used different covenants, He has only one plan for all ages to be saved. That salvation was and is dependent upon the coming of Christ into the world. Notice what was and is essential for the salvation of the human family.
The plan of God to save man has always involved the blood of Christ. “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” Hebrews 9:15. The death of Jesus Christ was for our salvation as well as “the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament (the law of Moses).” “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Romans 3:25. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses the sins of all who have ever lived and will live in time to come.
The plan of God to save man has always involved the grace of God. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24. No one could be justified by the law “for by the law came the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. God’s grace has come in a person, Jesus Christ. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” Titus 2:11.
The plan of God to save man has always involved faith. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28. Abraham is used as an example of one who believed God in Romans 4:1-25. As a result of his faith, God’s righteousness was imputed unto him. The law served as a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ “that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24.
The plan of God to save man has always involved obedient faith. James declares emphatically that “faith without works is dead.” James 2:26. The Bible records the obedient acts of those who lived “by faith.” Hebrews 11:1-40. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27.
God’s covenants with man have changed throughout time, but God’s plan to save man has always remained the same. His promise after the fall of man was “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15. This was God’s plan of eternal redemption.
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