Posted by: Christian Accountant | October 9, 2010

Following God’s Law

Some think God’s ten commandments do not apply today. I disagree.  In the NLT bible, in “The Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus teaches his disciples about the laws of God. Matthew 5:17-20 says, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God’s law will remain until its purpose is achieved. So if you break the smallest commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

In 2 Corinthians Paul writes to the Corinthian Church to warn them about the false teachings that were affecting the believer’s faith and conduct. In chapter 3:4-18, the NLT bible tells us the difference between the Ten Commandments given to Moses and the new commandments from Christ. He tells us the new covenant is forever. The veil referenced is a veil that covers our heart so we do not understand. That veil is lifted when we believe in God and then we can understand.  

“We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God. He is the one who has enabled us to represent his new covenant. This is a covenant, not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old way ends in death; in the new way, the Holy Spirit gives life.

That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory.

Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the fading glory. But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives us freedom. And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of God. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.”

I believe God’s plan for us is to follow the new covenant which leads us to a specific path to follow God’s original 10 commandments. By following the path and obeying his commandments, we can be an example to others and show them the glory of God. Oh lord, where you lead, I will follow.

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