Tommy and I ran into someone we’ve known for years who used to go to church with us and serve in construction ministry with us. I’m always happy to see him because it’s usually at a home improvement store or somewhere like that that we see him, where hard working people shop.
He truly is a kind man. We asked him how he was. He said “Really, I’m focusing on the Mosaic law lately. It’s really about the law” First thing I thought was “Praise God, he’s pursing holiness.” But immediately I felt my Holy Spirit say, “You foolish Galatians who has bewitched you? You’re turning to a gospel that really is no gospel at all.”
It made me think of the entire book of Galatians when Paul is trying to tell them to stop trying to go back to their old ways of circumcision and forcing people to follow rules and religion that they really are unable to follow, without God’s Grace poured out to accomplish it. These Galatians were free people who sort of chose to put their own imaginary shackles of religion back on. Paul was trying to urge them to choose a better way, and choose The Way, Jesus Christ.
You see, we are saved by grace through faith and there is really nothing we can do to earn it, that’s why it’s called grace! It’s grace that saved us and it’s grace that keeps us. Working to follow the Mosaic law perfectly will just leave us spiritually exhausted, feeling like we can never measure up.
Hebrews 8:13 says, “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”The Word is serious about us walking in the NEW Covenant of Grace, not getting saved by the new covenant but still worshipping the old covenant. That’s double minded and what Paul says “really is no gospel at all.” Gospel means good news. The good news is that Jesus has paid it all and all to Him we owe! Sin had left a crimson stain and He washed it white as snow! That’s good news.
Oh y’all, should we pursue holiness? Heck yes! All day, everyday! The Word says “be perfect because I am perfect.”
Will we obtain perfect holiness here on Earth? Well, our Spirit is made Holy the second we make Jesus Lord. But it’s only by crucifying our flesh and renewing our minds daily, will we be pursuing holiness for our soul and our body. Our Spirit has it, our soul and body needs a little work!
So, yes I love that my friend loves the law, but I’m praying for him to remember that Jesus completely fulfilled the law. Jesus gave us a new and better covenant! Jesus is truly what it’s all about. When we follow Jesus we walk in the fruits of the spirit, which are love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. And the Word says, “against such things, there is no law!”
Let’s let The Holy Spirit guide us into all holiness! He’s so much better at it than us.