The Law is darkness ~~
The Old Testament Covenant had a certain set of laws, priests, prophets, rituals, place of worship, day of worship, and manner of worship. But, all of that was changed when the New Testament Covenant was established. It is of utmost importance to know this and abide by it. They are two completely different Covenants. You cannot belong to and keep both of them at the same time. You must completely leave one and cleave to the other one. They cannot co-exist. So, it very important to understand the differences in these two covenants and then decide which one you will try to abide by.
2Cor 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 2co 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 2co 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
2co 3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 2co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 2co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2co 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 2co 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 2co 3:9 For if the ministration ofcondemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. Heb 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Now there is more proof that God disannulled that old law covenant. You would have to call a lot of scripture lies, to deny this and hold to that old law. See that the law had to be changed when Jesus came in as our high priest. It is not the same old law. It does not work the same. That old law made nothing perfect. If you cling to that law, you will never be perfected.
Paul made it clear here that he was NOT speaking of the OT Law, of Moses, written in stone, when he said they were the epistles of Christ. He made it clear that he is speaking of living epistles, led of the Spirit of God. He was a NT Minister, ministering the Grace Covenant. This Grace Covenant was in their hearts, not written with ink. This then is the Law of Jesus Christ, not the OT Law. They are totally two different laws. They work differently. They have different results. That OT Law is the letter which KILLETH. It was death. It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When Adam partook of this law, he passed into death. He was in Grace and eternal life, to begin with. But he left that first estate, of being the anointed covering cherub.
But the thing of it is that he WAS anointed of God to be the covering. Now he is that OT covering which is not sufficient. It is not long enough to do the job of covering the people’s sins and bringing them to God. Verse nine shows that this law ministry of Moses was of condemnation. So to act still under that law, is to still be under condemnation and death. Proof? Sure. 2co 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 2co 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 2co 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
2co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. 2co 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.
Now that solidly proves that the old testament blinds people. It also proves that it was abolished, or done away with. Since this old covenant was abolished and done away with, another Covenant has to be in its place, thus proving that they are two different and totally opposite Covenants. You absolutely cannot be under both covenants. God said you cannot serve two masters. You are serving Satan, or Adam, Man, if you are still under that old law.
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
The power of darkness was that old Law, with its ten horns, or ten commandments. That was darkness, or blindness or death. Those who come into Grace, or under the blood of Jesus, are translated into the kingdom of Jesus, God’s dear Son. This alone proves that you cannot be in both kingdoms, or covenants at the same time. If you have been translated out of that kingdom of darkness, you must no longer be living by the laws of the old covenant. You must now live by the New Testament laws of Jesus and his apostles. You must prove that everything you now believe and live by was taught by Jesus. Else you are still under the blood of bulls and goats, which can never take away sins. You are still in your sins, whosoever of you still go by the OT laws.
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Now there is the proof that Jesus abolished, or did away with that old covenant of handwritten ordinances, which was against us. It also shows that the principalities and powers, were of that old law covenant. And to prove that this is the bondage which was against us: Ac 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Ac 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. Ac 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; Ac 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Ac 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Ac 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Ac 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: Ac 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words,subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Now that clearly agrees with 11Cor. 3, that the old covenant was a bondage which was against us, and which Jesus abolished. It shows also that all of the apostles and elders were in total agreement on this matter, that it was subverting souls to say they must keep the law and be circumcised. So if you live your life according to that old law, and not the NT law, you are in bondage and will be lost.
Now for more proof that the law was the enmity of our soul: Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Eph 2:15 Having abolishedin 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; Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
See verse 15 shows that Jesus abolished the enmity, even the LAW OF COMMANDMENTS. So this agrees with 11Cor. 3, that the old law of Moses was the enmity, which Jesus nailed to his cross, taking it out of the way. He abolished that law, or old covenant.
Now this is the same old enmity which was placed between Eve and that serpent. So it is the serpents, Pharisees, who love that old law, or the enmity. They love it because by this law, they can rule over others, mainly men ruling over the women. It is perversion of God’s chosen way of life. No matter what anyone says, Eve was not placed under that bondage until AFTER THEY SINNED. It was punishment to the entire human race. It is not of God. That law was not of God, for had it been, He would never have abolished it. God never changes. The Law of Jesus Christ is love, Grace. It is not law. Under this new law of Jesus, no one rules over anyone.
Proof: Mt 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. Mt 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; Mt 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Mt 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Ga 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Ga 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Ga 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Ga 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Ga 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all onein Christ Jesus. Ga 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Notice that. Before FAITH came, we were kept under law. In Christ ye are ALL ONE. This means we are all the same, with no one ruling over anyone. Neither male nor female, all one.
See, those still holding to the OT Law, which God abolished, cannot ever see this thing. They still want to see male and female. It is fleshly. They still wish to rule over others, for this is their way of receiving worship. It is that evil spirit of Adam, which brought sin into this world. He wanted to be God and be worshipped. He wanted to rule over Eve and others. This is why he deceived her into partaking of that law covenant. Under the Grace Covenant, we live by the law of Jesus, which said, with you it shall not be so. You are all ONE, or equals.
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Ga 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. Ga 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Ga 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Ga 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Ga 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Now regardless of how many proud men wish to hold the woman in bondage, this shows that all of the children of Christ were set free. We are not to be under that yoke of bondage. That yoke was first placed on women in the Garden of Eden, after they sinned. Jesus lifted this yoke of bondage. All who dare to still hold to this yoke are yourselves still under the yoke of law, and will perish. If you seek to be justified by the law, or keep any part of it, ye are debtor to do the WHOLE LAW. Not only that, but he said, you are fallen from grace. So this proves what I said to begin with, you cannot be under both covenants at the same time.
So you men who wish to rule over the woman, or anyone else, you are under this bondage of law and fallen from Grace. No salvation is under that law covenant. You women who allow yourselves to be ruled over in this manner, have not held fast to the liberty which Christ gave you. You are therefore still under that old bondage of law, and there is no faith in it. For if you had come to faith, you would have been set free of that law. That is just what the above Scripture said.
And to clinch it all: Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
So if you are still under that law, either ruling over others, or being ruled over, you are not led of the Spirit. If you are led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
You cannot be under Grace and wish to rule over others. It is contrary to all that Grace is. It is bondage. No person being ruled over is free. They are in bondage. If a man truly loved his wife as himself, he could not hold her in this bondage and attempt to deprive her of her rightful place in God.
Since God EXALTEDthem of low degree, the handmaidens, then they are at the top. God did not half exalt them. He fully exalted them. So they can minister anything which a man can. In fact, it looks a whole lot as if the man no longer can, for he has forfeited this right and God removed them from their high seat.
By: Jo Smith… Sept. 12, 2007