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If we are led by the Holy Spirit are we under the Law? No. "If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the Law" (Gal. 5:18). â€“ Correct but under grace.
Was the Old Covenant faultless compared to the New Covenant? No. "If that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second" (Heb. 8:7).
Is the New Covenant a better covenant? Yes. Jesus "is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. 8:6).
The apostle Paul, a Jew who was of the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee and the son of a Pharisee, - HE WAS A SON OF A ROMAN CITIZEN AND NOT OF A PHARISEE, A QUALIFICATION - said he was not under the Law (1 Cor. 9:20 NIV, NASB), so why do you believe that you are under the Law, if you have been born again?
Paul wrote, "We [Jews who have been born again] have been released from the Law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code" (Rom. 7:6).
Because Christians are not under the Law, does that mean we can do whatever we want to? No. "Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the [Old Covenant] Law, but under Grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the Law, but under Grace? God forbid" (Rm. 6:14-15). â€“ WHAT IS A SIN IN RELIGIOUS PLACES IS A CRIME IN THE SECULAR WORLD. SO, YOU GET PUNISHED.
If we are not to keep the Law, which includes what is commonly referred to as the Ten Commandments, then what did Jesus mean when He said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments?" â€“ NO COMMANDMENTS IN CHRIST JESUS WHO CAME TO SET US FREE. HE HIMSELF WAS A SOLITARY FREEMAN NOT UNDER OBLIGATION TO ANY. We are not under the Old Covenant law, but there are approximately 180 New Testament PRINCIPLES - commandments. Jesus did not say if you love me, keep the Law, but rather, if you love me, keep My commandments. JESUS DID NOT COME TO BIND US BUT SET US FREE.
Why do so many Christians, including Messianic Jews, persist in trying to keep the Law, including the Sabbath and the feast days in spite of the clear teachings of the New Testament? Some of the reasons are:
THE MAIN REASON IS THE TORAH USED AS A BAIT BY THE CROOK MESIANIC JEWS TO MAKE PEOPLE DRUNK WITH THE OLD WINE DESIRING NOT THE NEW. PRINCES OF DARKNESS AT WORK.
Pride because of a false perception of superiority in being Jewish. CORRECT. Deception by adhering to the false teaching of those who do not understand what grace is. Ignoring the clear teaching concerning the Law, especially in the book of Galatians, chapters three through five.
TORAH TURNED THEM INTO THE DISCIPLES OF RABBIS WHO ARE BLIND TO SPIRIT. SUCH PEOPLE CANNOT BECOME SOLITARY OR FIND THE NARROW GATE. SO, THE MESSIANIC JEWS OPENED THE WIDE GATE MUCH WIDER THAN BEFORE â€“ MATT.12.V43-45. NO WONDER POPES WERE MORE CRUEL THAN THE TEMPLE PRIESTS. Because of declining spirituality: (when true spirituality declines ritualism increases). And last but not least, because of Christians being demonized by religious demons who want to pervert the truths of God's Word including the truth that Christians have a higher calling under the New Covenant. â€“ IN JESUS, WE NEED TO BE THE SOLITARY CHRISTS OF ONE ACCORD.