IS YOUR FAITH IN A god OF WORKS, OR THE WORK OF GOD?
I recently saw an ad for some online game. Don't know anything about it at all, except for the subtitle: "Choose Your God". I thought that was a very descriptive title for this current age. We can all call Him by the same Name, but are we worshipping the same God? Nope. People have a tendency to think that we worship the same God, like the god that Aaron built for the people while Moses was in the mountain, in the Presence of the One True God, and declared:
"These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." Exodus 34.
Among other gods, the Egyptians worshipped a deity called Apis, which was in the form of an ox. Apis was the supreme deity of Egypt.
They were specifically worshipping the God Who brought them out of Egypt, but they made their observance of Him into an image of something they could relate to.
Jesus came to fulfill the Law and to redeem us from the Curse of the Law, and there are those who profess faith in the God who redeemed us from the law of sin and death, yet who would keep us bound to the Law of Moses, dietary laws, feast days, circumcision, etc. They profess Christ, but in their observance of the ordinances set forth in the Law of Moses, they deny His Finished Work on the cross.
In his first epistle to Timothy, Paul warns Timothy about those who taught the Law, but who understood nothing concerning those things that they taught. He says that these teachers had turned aside from correct doctrine unto "vain jangling".
1Ti 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
These teachers of the law profess they know God, but through their WORKS, they deny Him.
Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
They say they are saved by faith through Grace, but rely on their works to be their salvation. In essence, they are denying God through their works. Their works are seen through the observance of days (sabbaths), and months (feasts), and times (seasons - Passover [spring feast], Pentecost [first fruits], Tabernacles [harvest time]), and years (jubilees). All of these are good for our education to learn more about our relationship with God, and Christians should know about them, and even learn the observance of them (if they want to learn), but they were mere prophetic shadows, foretelling what the Messiah would accomplish.
There is nothing wrong with observing the feasts and the Sabbath, and even the dietary regulations set forth in the Old Testament, but when it is portrayed as mandatory to the Christian to observe these things in order to be saved, or to please God, then it is in effect negating the Finished Work that the Messiah did on the cross. You are saying you worship Christ, but have erected your works righteousness in place of the Cross of Christ.
A Christian's righteousness will be seen in his good works; it will be reflected in his Love for others, his purity of heart, and his unwavering Faith in God - but a Christian's righteousness is NOT found in his good works.
A Christian's righteousness is found ONLY in the Finished Work of Jesus Christ. Christians are in no way bound or obligated to the Law of Moses. My love for God may motivate me to observe the dietary laws and the Feast days and the Sabbath, but my observance of these things are in no way proof of my love for God. Religious people observe the laws, go to church, dress nice, and talk about the Blood, but that doesn't prove they love God. Likewise, my non-observance of these ordinances are not proof of my lack of love for God. The proof of my love for God will ultimately rest on His Judgment, and no one elses. Jesus said "If you love me, keep my commandments..." He didn't say "Keep the Law of Moses". What were Jesus' commandments? Simply this: To love the Lord my God with all of my heart, with all of my soul, with all of my strength, and all of my mind and to love my neighbor as myself. Now the end (or the result) of that commandment is Love out of a pure heart, of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned (1 Ti 1:5).
Love out of a pure heart compels a child of God to have compassion on those who don't know Jesus. Love out of a pure heart compels a child of God to see the sinner restored to God. Love out of a pure heart perseveres in enduring misfortunes and troubles. Love out of a pure heart is not easily offended. Love out of a pure heart is reflected in a lifestyle of benevolence. Love out of a pure heart is content with what one has. Love out of a pure heart does not continually speak of one's accomplishments, but will listen with patience to others. Love out of a pure heart will compel a person to conduct himself or herself appropriately. Love out of a pure heart will be about helping others more than furthering one's own personal gain. Love out of a pure heart won't be quick to anger, or think ill of others. Love out of a pure heart won't welcome sin, but will strive against it. Love out of a pure heart compels a child of God to expose false doctrine, with the intent of seeing those who are held captive by it set free by the Truth. Love out of a pure heart will listen in confidence to others' struggles, and won't broadcast those struggles to other people. Pure love is a protector of others. Pure love believes everything God says. Pure lover trusts everything God does or allows to be done. Love out of a pure heart says "Your Will, Father, not mine". Love out of a pure heart stands firm.
Dietary laws, circumcision, feast days, sabbaths are only shadows and types of the Truths of the Kingdom of God. Those who teach the necessity of the observance of these things have swerved from that which matters (Love out of a pure heart, a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned), and have relegated the Cross of Christ to an unfinished Work, substituting their works of the flesh for the Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ. They engage in a lot of vain jangling, about the how to's and the do not's instead of encouraging the Body of Christ to be about furthering the Kingdom of God.
The Law of Moses could not justify or make any one righteous, or free us from our sin, but the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death that wars within our members (Rom 8:2). Read Acts 15:5-24...The elders said those who preached the Law of Moses and told the Gentiles they must be circumcised and keep the law were guilty of subverting souls (Acts 15:24). Christian, beware of false teachers who insist that you must observe the law of Moses. Don't erect another Image of Christ and call it Christianity. The Law is for those who have not partaken of the Righteousness of Christ, not for you.
1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for ;murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Is your faith in a god of works, or in the Work of God?
CATHOLICISM: IS THE MASS A CHRISTIAN RITUAL?
GO TO THE NEXT PAGE