17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
Matthew 5:17 (NLT)
This is one of the verses that theologians are afraid of. If you have been to any of the religious churches long enough, you will find that they have at least two separate versions of the Gospel. When they are in the “evangelistic” mode, they will present the Gospel that says Jesus loves you and died for your sins. All you need to do is to believe in him and ask him to come into your life. You will then be saved and become a Christian.
However, once you become a Christian, you will hear a different “gospel”. You have to obey their laws, in particular the law of Moses like the 10 Commandments. If you don’t, God will no be happy with you and there is no limit on how much evil he can do to you. You will be presented to a God who is a sadist. He loves to do sadistic things on you. As a faithful Christian, you are to receive them with joy like a true masochist. After all, God is giving you the grace and mercy to share in the suffering of Jesus. If God can be so evil that he sent Jesus to die at the Cross, how much more evil can he do to you?
That is not all. If you still do not obey the law, you can even lose your salvation. God will cancel your salvation and you will go to hell.
Recently, someone introduced me to a crackpot preacher who had even invented a special twist to theology. It seems that, after you become a Christian and you do not behave in a specific way (which undoubtedly includes obeying the 10 Commandments), you have never believed in the first place. In other words, you have never been saved in the first place. The introducer even told me that believing in Jesus is not enough. You have to prove that you believed. If you cannot prove you believed, you have not believed. Of course, such a “profound truth” is conveniently left out in all evangelistic messages because the audience is “not ready for the truth.”
So, according to theology, if you are not breathing you are not dead. You had never been alive in the first place. If you are married and you do not behave like a married person, your marriage never existed.
The above illustrations show us that theologians can never accept the truth that we Christians are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. They must add more requirements to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They cannot understand the truth that the law (of Moses) is no longer applicable for Christians. They will tell us that Jesus had never abolished the law. That is true but they ignored the part, which says Jesus accomplished their purpose through his death at the Cross.
What does that mean? We shall find out in this article. In order to know how Jesus had accomplished the purpose of the law, let us look at the purpose of it.
19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.
Galatians 3:19 (NLT)
The law was never designed to make us holy. It was designed to show us sins. Its purpose was to show us how much we need Jesus. The law will last only until the coming of the child who was promised. Jesus was the child who was promised. In other words, the law of Moses which include the 10 Commandments should no longer exists in the hearts of believers after Jesus died at the Cross. Any believer, who defies this rule has committed blasphemy. This includes the theologians.
Christians should live our lives based on the truths in Matthew 5:17 and Galatians 3:19. We should no longer focus on trying to obey the law. If we do that, we are behaving as though Jesus had never died at the Cross. That is blasphemy. Instead, our lives should be forward-looking. We are to live our lives with positive expectations of good things happening to us.
We live holy lives because we are holy. We are holy because God made us holy the moment we believed in Jesus (and we don’t have to prove our beliefs by pretending to live holy.)
So, do not allow yourself to fall into the lies of theology that tells you that you have to do certain things, obey certain laws or live certain ways to prove that you have believed in Jesus and are saved. It is your decision that you have believed. Once you have believed and received Jesus into your life, you are saved. Your salvation is final. No one can change that. Never allow the lies of theology to cause you to doubt the faithfulness of God.