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If righteousness is through the law, then Christ is dead in vain

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Old Covenant law

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Christ also came to redeem those who were under the old Covenant law, that they too might receive the adoption and be called the sons of God (Gal 4:5, Eph 1:15).


Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.


Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the old law, that the blessing of Abraham might be available to us all through the Lord Jesus.

This blessing is the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal 3:7-14).


All who are in Christ are no longer under the old Covenant law

 Old Covenant Law

Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ is dead in vain.


We are not under the Old Covenant law, but all may be covered by new law of Christ.


Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.


The New Testament Covenant has the saving blood of Christ. Those who were under the Old Covenant law only had a covering for sin, but the blood of Christ takes away sins.


Romans 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.


Putting new wine into an old bottle will cause both to perish, because the old bottle is not designed for the new. Under the old Covenant law the temple of God was a building. Under the new Covenant law of Christ, we are the temple that he dwells in (1 Cor 3:16-17; 1 Cor 6:19).


Those that claim to be under the old Covenant law do not understand the new law of Christ.


Not only is the new law of Christ better, it also is the only one available, as the old has passed away. Any man in Christ is a new creation and all things have become new.


This new bottle then, refers to our vessel that the Holy Spirit can reside in. If we try and remain under the old Covenant law, the Holy Spirit is barred from entering in, and the end result is that of destruction. All in Christ are a new creation, through His Word of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-19; 2 Tim 2:21).


Jesus Christ has brought forth the new wine, which is the new covenant last. That which Christ supplies is available to all that ask (1 John 3:22).


Isaiah 65:8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.


The old wine was available to those who were under the old Covenant law. The Old Testament Law was fulfilled by Christ on the Cross, and is finished (John 19:30).


Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.


No man also that drinks the old wine immediately is desirous of the new, for he reckons that the old is better (Luke 5:39).


Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?


The second covenant was the Law of Christ written in the hearts of men, which represents Israel after the Spirit (Rom 11:26, Gal 6:15-16).


John 1:11-12 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.


Many who were under the old Covenant law refused the Messiah that the prophets spoke of (Mic 7:7, Zech 9:9, Isa 62:11).


Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.


Under the old Covenant law we see the Ten Commandments written on tablets of stone.


The new covenant law of Christ is available to all who call upon His name. This law is the Spirit of Christ unto life, with two commandments, that are written on men’s hearts and in their minds (Heb 10:16; Math 22:37-39).


Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;


Christ, on the cross also paid for those who were under the old Covenant law of commandments and ordinances. As a result he made it possible for all to be of the commonwealth of Israel.


Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.


Those who are in the flesh, without Christ’s Spirit, claim to be justified by being under the old Covenant law. It is this carnal nature that leads to death as it is a separation from God. The righteousness of the law may only be fulfilled in those who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom 8:4).


Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.


Those that stand in the liberty of the new law of Christ are never to entangle themselves with the Old Testament law of bondage (Gal 5:1).


Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.


After Christ, there is no justification to those who wish to remain in bondage under the old Covenant law. All that believe in Christ may be justified from all things. This was not possible by the law of Moses (Acts 13:39, Rom 3:20-28, 5:9, Gal 2:16).


Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.


Christ has redeemed us from the bondage as we are no longer under the old Covenant law


Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:


Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the people through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


It is through Christ alone that the promise of inheritance given to Abraham and his seed could be realized.  Abraham is the father of all who have this common faith in Christ.


Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.


But we are no longer under a schoolmaster, for we are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:25-26).


The law and the prophets were until John the Baptist. Those things that were written in the Law of Moses and in the prophets were fulfilled in Christ Jesus.


Math 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.


It is truly impossible to be under the old Covenant law, as the arrival of Christ also represented the completion of what the law and prophets spoke of concerning Him.

Once a contract has expired or is completed it is no longer in force, it is finished.


Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.


Christ is become of no effect unto those who say they are justified by remaining under the old Covenant law, as they are fallen from grace. To claim righteousness through the law of works without faith in Christ represents self-righteousness. (Gal 5:4, Phil 3:9, Romans 4:13-16).


Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.


Just as the priesthood was changed, so also was the law changed, through Christ our High Priest (Heb 7:12, 7:26, 8:1, 9:11, 10:11-12).


Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.


The Old Testament Law and commandments were temporal and but a shadow of better things to come that would be realized in Jesus (Heb 10:1).


Under the old Covenant law sacrifices had to be made year after year, but Christ was once offered for the sins of all of mankind (Heb 7:27-28).


Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.


Therefore we must conclude that a man is justified by faith without the works of the law (Rom 3:28).

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