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Liberty

What Are The Old And New Testaments?

The Old Testament (Covenant) is understood by most to be a collection of books (Genesis - Malachi), and the New Testament is understood to be a collection of books (Matthew - Revelation).

However, this is an incorrect understanding.

The Old and New Testaments (Covenant) are not a collection of books but each testament reveals how God relates to people at different times in history.

The OT communicates how God related to Israel under the Law of Moses (Book of the Law, Book of Moses, or Written Code - Exodus 19-Leviticus, Deuteronomy) and the New Covenant is how God relates to everyone who receives his grace through faith in Jesus.

Limiting Our Liberty With Love

Romans 14 and 15 teach grace believers to limit our liberty with love.
 
But why?
 
In Romans 14-15, liberty is the freedom to make lifestyle choices, since we are not under law but under grace, in areas the Bible remains silent.There were believers in Rome who were publically using their liberty in grace to live in a way that was harmful to others. This wasn’t an immoral lifestyle they were living, but it concerned grey areas as well as matters of the Mosaic Law, specifically days and diets mandated by the Law of Moses that were abolished through the death of Jesus.

Stand Firm In Your Freedom In Christ

After they were established in the truths of grace by Paul, the believers in Galatia abandoned their freedom in Christ, which is complete forgiveness and acceptance (righteousness) with God by grace through faith in Jesus alone.

They deserted grace (Galatians 1:6).

They set aside grace (Galatians 2:21).

They returned to enslavement to their... religious system... rules... rituals... and regulations to earn God's acceptance and forgiveness. In doing so, they fell from grace (Galatians 5:4).

They turned away from all God had freely and fully done for them through the death and resurrection of Jesus, and were trying to earn God's acceptance and forgiveness through religious activity and morality.

Living In The Liberty Of The Spirit

It seems absurd, even heretical, to view the Ten Commandments as something which can put someone into bondage. It seems the commandments, if obeyed by someone, can lead to freedom. But that is the problem. No one can obey the Ten Commandments. We have all sinned and broken the Ten Commandments. The penalty is death. As a matter of fact, the more someone tries to obey the Ten Commandments the more they break them (Romans 5:20, 7:7-25). Paul makes all of this clear in Romans.

In 2 Corinthians 3:6-9, we discover that the ministry of the Ten Commandments is to bring death, condemnation.

Proclaiming Freedom To The Captives

The Prophet Isaiah looked forward to a time when the Messiah would come, empowered by the Spirit, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. What is the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:2)?

Grace!

Grace would flow from the lips of the Messiah.

What did the Prophet Isaiah say would be the impact when the proclamation of grace by the Messiah went out among the people? One of the impacts of grace, among many others, was freedom for those held captive! In Luke 4:16-19, the Messiah, Jesus, came into a Jewish synagogue and read from Isaiah 61:1-2.
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