You wouldn’t put your financial worth on the shadow of a pile of gold, but you could put your financial worth on a pile of Gold. We understand this concept, but when it comes to our walk as Christians there seems to be a desire to hold on to Old Covenant ways, rituals, feasts, and actions in our walk with Christ. Remember the Old Covenant was only a shadow of the good things to come, the things we can live in today.
Hebrews 10:1, 1 “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.”
Would you put your faith in the shadow of a pile of gold, or in the gold itself? That may seem a silly question and yet Christians since the day of the Apostles and the first church have stumbled back and forth between the works of religion and their faith in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. The cross is the bridge that crosses over the great divide between man and God. It was never meant to be the connector that joins the religion that point’s people toward God found in the Old Testament to the relationship with God in the New Covenant. You cannot stand on two different continents separated by ocean so why do people try to stand on two different covenants?
We have been made perfect by the blood of Jesus. His death, having lived a sinless life according to the Law and the Prophets, has paid the price of sin for all mankind. Our only requirement to enter into that New Covenant is to believe in Jesus and His perfect work on the cross. Under the Old Covenant man strived with offerings, sanctions, washings, and feasts in effort to buy up time from judgment from God. Their effort of living in the actions and appearance of righteousness was their naturel efforts of payback so to speak for their own sins. The sole purpose of the Old Covenant and all of its works was to keep man conscious of his own sinful fallen life with hops of God’s grace allowing them to live another day, week, month, and year. All of that effort does not cleanse the man and keeps him sin conscious. Paul tells us in Romans 8:5 that if we set our mines on the things of the flesh we are in the flesh. Jesus told us and the Samaritan woman at the well, that the time has come for men to worship God in spirit and truth. If you set your minds of the things of the spirit you are then living in the spirit.
Romans 8:5, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who set their minds on the things of the spirit, live in the spirit.”
For a Christian to try to hold on to the ways, works, actions, and condemnations found under the Old Covenant is the same as putting their financial worth on the shadow of gold and ignoring the true value of the gold itself. Jesus’ perfect work on the cross has made us spiritually perfect and clean, man’s efforts of righteous works in effort to clean up themselves is actually throwing spiritual dirt back on the clean spirit of Jesus. Remember what Jesus told His disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees, even a little leaven leaven’s the whole lump.
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