Logos Word of God – BT12
The OT letters were religious ‘abc’ fundamentals for children treated like slaves or prisoners
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In Galatians 4:2-3 the apostle Paul calls the OT Law, as with ALL religious regulations, stoicheion “elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles” that “held captive” and “imprisoned everything under sin” (a) the Jews under the “paidagogos guardians (b) and oikonomos household-managers (c)” of the old covenant scripture, for “the Law had become [with ongoing effects] our paidagogos guardian (b) reaching-toward/lasting-until/arriving-at Christ, in order that we might be justified/made-righteous by trusting-relying-faith. But NOW/instead having come to trusting-relying-faith, we are absolutely in fact no longer under a paidagogos guardian (b), for in Christ Jesus you are ALL huios sons (e) of God, through trusting-relying-faith” (d). But now in in Galatians 4:9, Paul questions as “mature sons,” having “come to experientially, relationally ginosko know God, or rather to be experientially, relationally ginosko known by God [through Christ], how you can [now] turn back again to the asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly-poor and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?” Now you can see why Paul was stoned and beaten by the Jews so many times! <Notes> a) Galatians 3:22-23, b) paidagogos: servants hired by the upper class to take their little boys to/from school UNTIL the age of manhood, cf. ‘the 10,000 supervisor-guardians’ 1 Corinthians 4:15, c) oikonomos were freed slaves that functioned as stewards of a household, d) Galatians 3:24-26, e) huios: mature sons, of the same nature as their father and ready for their inheritance.
In Colossians 2:8, 16-23, Paul continues: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, coming from human tradition, coming from the stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the world, and/thus not coming from Christ. . . Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of [Jewish] food and drink, or with regard to a [Jewish] festival or a new moon or Sabbaths. These [Jewish regulations] are a shadow (a) of the things to come (b), but the soma reality/body is [of/belonging to] Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels (c). . . If with Christ you died to the stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations — ‘Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch’ – referring to things that all perish after they are used – down-from/according-to the entalma results-from-following-ill-advised-entole-commandments and/coupled teachings of/belonging-to men? These have indeed a logos message of wisdom in promoting ethelothreskeia self-determined-ritual-religious-worship (d) and/coupled tapeinophrosyne self-imposed-showy-humility and/coupled apheidia ascetic-unparing-severity of the body, but they are absolutely in fact of NO time perceived-value/worth in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” <Notes> a) skia: shade cast backward from a body, Hebrews 8:5, 10:1, b) see ‘copies’ of Hebrews 9:23-24, ‘type’ of Romans 5:14, ‘symbol’ of Hebrews 9:9, ‘corresponds to’ of 1 Peter 3:21, c) as with Jewish mysticism, d) ethelothreskeia: self-determined religion via ceremonies, rituals, and religious disciplines.
That’s right! The OT commandments and follow-up “Traditions of the Elders” indeed promise they are “wise” for helping you use your “will-power” to ritually-worship God and to impose bodily disciplines like fasting to help subjugate your flesh to God. That’s exactly the “might and power” of the old covenant, but God replaced this with “by My Spirit” in Zechariah 4:6, exactly because of the inability of the Law “to make perfect those who draw near to God” (a), for “the Law made nothing perfect” (b), and so “The Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and death for-the-reason-of the powerlessness of the Law in that is was asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly through-the-realizing-channel-of the flesh, God sent His Son to condemn sin in the flesh (c). The gospel logos message of the Spirit’s dynamite enabling-power is NOT the logos message of the Law – the first is God acting for man and the second is man acting for God! <Notes> a) Hebrews 10:1, b) Hebrews 7:19, c) Romans 8:3-4.
Hebrews 5:11-14 really blasts Jewish-Christian thinking about going back to obeying the OT scriptures: “You have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers (a), you need someone to teach you again the stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of the logion prophetic-oracles/utterances of God (b). You need ‘milk’ [c], not ‘solid food’ [d], for everyone who lives on ‘milk’ is un-skilled in the logos gospel message of righteousness [e], since he is an infant-child. But ‘solid food’ is for the mature, for those who have their enabling-powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Paul says that discernment is a progressive grace-gift of the renewing, light-giving Holy Spirit received during genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Christ (f) that Hebrews 4:12 says comes from hearing the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God, these “being sharper than any two-edged sword, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” This is the way NOW the little children of God are to learn directly from Him – see Least Among You – BT8 and New Covenant Ways – BT16. <Notes> a) in context, this is certainly not of the Law but of the ‘solid food’ of Christ’s logos gospel message of The Truth of saving trusting-relying-faith, b) context: concerning the Messianic and New Covenant promises, c) as a new-born Jewish-Christians, that’s what the OT prophetic-oracles about Christ were, d) context: of the gospel logos message and the Holy Spirit’s means of revelation NOW through discernment, not through rote-learning of the Law as with our ‘abc’s’, e) context: our source of righteousness is Christ, no longer from obedience to the OT Law, f) 1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:8-10, Philippians 1:9-10.
The OT scripture served its purpose to lead “the immature children” Jews to Christ, but NOW that we have Christ, His logos gospel message of The Truth, and the enabling-power and “One Teacher” of the Holy Spirit that is the actual “Promise” of the New Covenant there is no need for the OT scripture, especially 97.4% that is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a! Instead, let us put our trusting-relying-faith in the Holy Spirit to “guide us into ALL The Truth” (a), and that “His anointing teaches us about EVERY single thing” (b), and that the ‘solid food’ of new Holy Spirit’s prophecy and revelation with His enabling-power for a life of godliness? Or will we put our trusting-relying-faith in the asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles of this world’s religions with their ceremonies, rituals, self-imposed disciplines of obeying laws, commandments, rules, precepts, ordinances, and regulations to be studied in gramma writings, even if these are in the OT itself? <Notes> a) John 16:13, b) 1 John 2:27.
Lord, praise Your name for freeing us from the “guardian-manager imprisonment” of the OT scriptures that were only meant to get the “little children” Jews read for Christ so they could be mature sons of God to receive their inheritance. Thank You for getting us past the weak & worthless “rote ‘abc’ learning” of biblical writings, even NT writings, and their slavery, but NOW teaching us through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, the actual promise of the New Covenant, so we have no need of any other form of teaching – no more indirect learning through biblical writings or their teachers, but NOW directly by You. Thank You for helping us see what the NT writers said about this and why they fought so hard for this freeing truth. We will grab a hold of “the clear reality and substance of Christ” instead of the “fuzzy-shadows and copies” projected back into biblical writings. Thank You for showing us that “spiritual disciplines of the body,” especially OT practices like fasting, don’t make us godly, but the intimate koinonia fellowship with the Spirit of holiness. Every religion as a book, but what even the ritual-religion of Christianity doesn’t have is the reality of the Holy Spirit through genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Christ. This is the “Great News” of the gospel! Regulations are the bad news of every religion, even the OT one and that which “enslaves and imprisons” so many legalistic Christians.