New Covenant Ways – BT4a
The GREAT NEWS Gospel has absolutely nothing to do with OT commandments
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The Lord showed me once in a dream that many churchmen were adding different colors of paint to a big bucket of “Pure White” paint, the gospel logos message, to paint their church walls because they were convinced it would be better. Although some of their walls were close to “Pure White,” they were no longer “Pure White.” My heart was broken and I cried out, “Lord why am I so grieved.” And He said, “Look at how everybody tries to add to what I have done for you!” I knew my heart was breaking because His was! Whatever they now have in their churches, it was no longer the gospel logos message, regardless of what they said! However, Paul warned in Galatians 1:6-8, “I’m astonished that you are so quickly deserting God who called you by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, not that there is another one, but apparently there are some who trouble you and want to distort-twist (a) the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” That’s the exact context: Jews trying to get Jewish-Christians to “reverse course” back to “the Law of commandments for righteousness” that should be “behind” them. <Notes> a) meta + strepho: turn around/go back or behind, reverse course.
The modern Church has already “reverse coursed” to a “different gospel” because 99% of church people you ask: “What is the 2 greatest commandments?” will quote the OT Law of “Unconditionally-loving the Lord with all you heart…soul, and unconditionally-loving your neighbor as yourself.” This is certainly “looking behind” you! It even “sums up The Law and The Prophets” – how much worse can you get? These Christians are thus followers of the Mosaic Law! Instead, the NT “looks ahead” by stating there are now ONLY 2 entole official, universally-binding commandments for Christians, which is to “definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-loving one another, just as Jesus has given us a commandment (a)” (b). Much more will be said about this in the Only 2 Commandments and Logos Word of God – BT14 pages. <Notes> a) My completely-different-in-kind New Commandment: John 13:34, 15:12, b) 1 John 3:23.
How come today’s Church doesn’t have Paul’s mindset: “I’ve resolved to absolutely in fact not to have already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him having been crucified” (a)? Why don’t we stick with this: “Far be it from me in possibility to boast [in anything] except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . for absolutely in fact neither circumcision or uncircumcision (b) ongoingly counts (c) for anything except being a completely-different-in-kind NEW creation” (d). Paul said that same thing in 1 Corinthians 7:19 “For neither circumcision counts (c) for anything nor uncircumcision,” but here he adds “except keeping the commandments of God.” What are these? The OT commandments? No! Paul really doesn’t clarify this but it definitely has to doing with “being a completely-different-in-kind NEW creation!” Paul makes it clear in Galatians 5:6, “For in Christ Jesus absolutely in fact neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts (c) for anything except trusting-relying-faith thru-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love routinely, actively, energetically, and effectively being worked.” We know from 1 John 3:23 that trusting-relying-faith in Jesus and unconditionally-loving one another are indeed the only 2 entole commandments of God in the NT and both have everything to do with “being a completely-different-in-kind NEW creation!” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 2:2, b) i.e., whether you have the old covenant’s ‘seal’ of righteous approval or not, your declaration that you are a Law-follower, c) ischuo: is strong, forceful, robust, sound, able, serviceable, d) Galatians 6:14-15.
Paul absolutely doesn’t mix the “Law of commandments for righteousness” with Jesus, the cross of crucifixion, and the only 2 commandments of trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love! Then why in the world do we hear so many sermons that mix so much of the OT that has nothing to do with what Paul says “counts?” Is sure seems they are “majoring in the minors” – actually betting on the wrong team!
Lord, forgive us for ever looking behind into the “old, worn-out, decayed, rag-like, withered, lifeless” things of the old covenant and ever trying to “borrow” any of them for the completely-different-in-kind, superior New Covenant by Your precious blood. Cleanse us from this sin of tainting the pure, perfect, white of the GREAT NEWS gospel logos message!