The Law Was Historically Time-Bound

Paul wrote in Galatians 3 that the Law was put in charge to lead us to Christ. Is the common interpretation, that the Law functions in our lives to bring us to faith in Christ, what he meant? I think a second look at the context may bring us to a different conclusion.

What if Paul wasn’t talking about the Law functioning in such a way as to bring us to personal, individual faith? What if instead, he was making a historical reference to Old Covenant Israel as those under the guardianship of the Law until Christ arrived, introducing a better covenant? What if the Law functioned as a temporary placeholder that was historically time bound? Let’s talk about it in this latest episode of The Grace Cafe Podcast.


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Aron

There is No Rest Under Law

The audio below is a link to our continuing conversation on The Grace Cafe Podcast dealing with the Law and the 10 Commandments.

Let’s talk about the good things law steals from us, not the least of which is the ability to rest and enjoy the secure relationship we have in Jesus. Law pushes us on to always be doing more and the doing is never finished. Religion requires us to jump through hoops to be pleasing to God, but God tells us the striving is over and we can rest in the finished work of the cross.

In this episode 25 of The Grace Cafe Podcast, we continue our conversation about the 10 Commandments, law, and grace, and the good things law won’t let us enjoy, including our friendships and relationships with others. Pull up a chair and your favorite beverage and join us as we explore the many ways law is opposed to rest.

Enjoy!


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Sid Leigh

The Toxicity of the Law

In a recent episode of The Grace Cafe Podcast, we talked about the toxicity of the Law. Join our conversation as we talk about the 10 Commandments, the Old Covenant Law of Moses, and the toxic byproducts of thinking we have to keep that law. When we hear about the Law, our minds usually race to the 10 Commandments, but the Law is much bigger than those 10 words. The Law encompasses 613 commands and the 10 Commandments are merely a summary statement and representation of the Law on its entirety.

Are the 10 Commandments binding on the conscience of a believer today? Are we to be pursuing obedience to the 10 Commandments or is the Holy Spirit doing something different in our lives today? The book of Exodus in the Old Testament calls the 10 Commandments the words of the Covenant, meaning the 10 Commandments belong to the Old Covenant, not the New Covenant. They are not a stand-alone document for every age. Let’s talk about it. This podcast episode is the first of several dealing with this subject.

Enjoy!


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Scott Rodgerson

Clash of the Covenants: A Book Review

Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee by Michael C. Kapler (2018)

It’s not an easy task to find a good read on the differences between the Old and New Covenants that isn’t influenced or tarnished by denominational, traditional, or religious  bias and preconceptions. But I finally found one in Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through the Grace Guarantee by Michael C. Kapler.

In my opinion, Kapler successfully (and brilliantly) illustrates the dangers involved in failing to recognize that the Old and New Covenants don’t mix, were never intended to be mixed, and the Old Covenant has been done away by the New and the Law of Moses has no role in a believer’s life today. He does this in a warm, informal, and easy-to-read style that draws us in and keeps our attention. For example, he accurately notes, “… a mixed concoction of the two covenants together will lead to a diluted message of what was accomplished for us at the cross.” He goes on to add, “Quite often the starting point for covenant confusion is not realizing the Old was made obsolete, removed completely, and replaced with something New.”

Clash of the Covenants is organized into three main parts:

  • Part 1: Covenant Confusion
  • Part 2: Covenants Collide
  • Part 3: Covenant Conclusion

In each section, the author gives us examples which clearly illustrate his point. Here are a few short quotes to give you the flavor of the book and to whet your appetite for more of the same:

“The Mosaic law could not bring forgiveness of sins, life, or freedom and was never meant to be mixed with what could bring us these blessings.”

“Christians have been on a works treadmill for centuries by mistakenly trying to abide in the works of that law, or a modernized version of it. Since the law was against us, the result was bearing fruit for death instead of fruit for God. But Paul’s good news for his Jewish friends who had been bound to the law is they were now released or freed from it.”

“Religion has taught the covenants as though they were two ships that are in sync, but this mixture becomes more like a sinking ship that leaves people in doubt and fending for themselves while being driven and tossed by the wind and the waves.”

As you read this book you’ll find Clash of the Covenants gives us a refreshing grace-centered conversation about topics such as the Law, the 10 Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, The Lord’s Prayer, forgiveness of sin, confession of sin, repentance, tithing, and the new heart, all from a grace-centered, New Covenant point of view.

In my Amazon review of Clash of the Covenants, I called it refreshing and the best-kept secret on Amazon. That was after reading the Kindle version in 2017. Now that the paperback version is available, I am thrilled to see it gaining in popularity. This book is a must read because it puts redemptive history in perspective by recognizing the glory of the New Covenant over the Old and pointing us to Jesus and the grace of God alone. In Kapler’s words, “God is not your parole officer, He broke you out of prison.”

Clash of the Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through the Grace Guarantee, Copyright 2018, Michael C. Kapler. 230 pages.

About the Author

Michael C. Kapler works in the communications industry and has a 20 year background in Christian radio. Since 2005, he has co-hosted the Growing in Grace Podcast, along with Joel Bueseke. This is one of our favorite podcasts!


My wife and I interviewed Mike and Joel on our Grace Cafe Podcast in March of 2018. For your convenience, here’s that interview:

-Mike

 

Flirting With Moses

Let’s talk a little more about our propensity to flirt with Moses. We seem to like to get close enough to Moses to feel like we’ve accomplished something without getting so close that we can’t safely pull back. We like to bring parts of Moses and the Old Covenant into the New – those parts we deem necessary as motivation to guilt others into doing what we think they should be doing. We undervalue grace and overvalue law in that way. So let’s talk about it.

This is an abbreviated version of a longer podcast episode that’s posted on my Ekklesia Podcast. By abbreviated I mean I left in only those parts that talk about the Old and New Covenants as it relates to this blog.

Enjoy!


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Ben White

A Greater Than Moses

In this post I want to share a podcast episode from my old Ekklesia podcast. Ekklesia is a transliteration of the New Testament Greek word most often translated “church” in our Bibles. It’s a podcast I used to do in order to think out loud about some of the differences I see between many of our institutional churches and the church Jesus is planting. In this episode, I talk about the church’s preoccupation with Moses, the Ten Commandments, and the Old Covenant. We bring elements of Moses and the Old Covenant into the New Covenant and make them binding truths on believers today.

IMPORTANT:  My views on the Law of Moses being abolished have changed since recording this episode. I no longer believe that. I believe that as believers, we have died to the Law, the Law has not died. We are not under the Law, and Christ is the end of the Law for all who believe. I decided to post the episode here anyway because of the other topics I discussed.

Push ‘play’ and join me as we talk about Jesus’ superiority over Moses and the priority of the New Covenant over the Old.

Enjoy!