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February 24, 2020

Ep.1114: Did the Apostle Paul Contradict Jesus?, Contradiction Series

Decoding Jesus' treatment of the Law through the words of Paul

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CHAPTERS

[00:12:30]
Did Jesus and Paul disagree on how long the Law would be applicable?


[00:31:24]
How did Jesus replace parts of the Law? What parts are left for us to obey today?


[00:47:30]
Did new Gentile converts have to participate in the ceremonies of the Law?


[01:00:52]
Did Jesus' death mean the judicial part of the Law was no longer applicable?


Theme Scripture: Matthew 5:17

There is no denying the New Testament - and actually the entire Bible - is all about Jesus. His sacrifice for humanity is proclaimed from Genesis to Revelation. He IS the key to the gospel. Having said this, the life and writings of the Apostle Paul dominate much of the New Testament. His experiences and teachings are pronounced, and in the eyes of many, go too far. Critics see the Apostle Paul as a combatant against the gospel of the kingdom Jesus taught. The basis for their criticism is the way Jesus reflected the role of the Jewish Law and the way that Paul essentially wrote it off. How do we manage this? Was Paul at odds with the core values and teaching of Jesus?

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Jesus vs. Paul?

One of the big debates in the early church raging on even today is whether or not Paul threw out the Jewish Law that Jesus not only followed but confirmed in Luke 16:17: "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail." Critics argue that Jesus never said Christians DON'T have to fall in line under the Law's many requirements. On the other hand, Paul was clear that the new Gentile converts would NOT be subject to all the Law's requirements like circumcision and food restrictions. Who was right? Aren't we all taught that at least the 10 Commandments are valid in their admonitions to love God, love our neighbor and so forth?

Moral - Ceremonial - Judicial

The key to cracking this case is understanding that the Jewish Law was divided into three parts:  moral, ceremonial and judicial. The moral law of love, as expressed in the 10 Commandments, will never be replaced. It remained in play for both Jew and Gentile. In God’s future kingdom, it will stand as a beautiful requirement for all of mankind.

Shadow vs. Reality

Not only did the ceremonial parts have to do with cleanliness of people and food, but also how the Israelites atoned for their sins with sacrifices. Special sacrifices were required year after year in order to temporarily “cleanse” them of sins. This allowed a relationship with the heavenly Father to continue as long as the people remained in that clean state. These are recorded in great detail in the Old Testament. In hindsight, we see these foreshadowed the monumental sacrifice of Jesus that allowed the early Christians to have a relationship with God. This applies to Christians throughout the age - right down to you and me. The comparison between the “shadow” of the literal ceremonial events with how Jesus fulfilled them as the reality of the shadow is striking and faith-inspiring. Paul explains in many texts how Jesus replaced this part of the Law.

After Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, the ceremonial parts of the Law were no longer necessary to have a relationship with God. (And they were completely obsolete after the Temple burned down in 70 A.D.!) What about the judicial parts of the Law? These had to do with pronouncing and administering the consequences to breaking the Law. But with the ceremonial parts obsolete, the judicial part would necessarily shift to personal responsibility of how we are judged and how we judge others. On this point, it is easy to show how Jesus and Paul agreed.

Christianity was not to be a sect of Judaism. Jesus’ death and resurrection changed everything – except the fundamental law of LOVE. Listen to our podcast from February 24, 2020 called, “Did the Apostle Paul Contradict Jesus?” It is the last of our four-part series on the Apostle Paul and really brings the details of the controversy front and center. Paul lived, breathed and taught Jesus and the gospel 24/7. He devoted his life to being a faithful steward. What an example for all of us!

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September 13, 2021

Ep.: Why did Jesus refer to Gentiles as dogs?

Mark 7:26-27 reads, “He [Jesus] replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread [the favor being applied to the house of Israel] and toss it to their dogs [the Gentiles].’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she [the Canaanite woman] said, ‘but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’” 

Although it may at first seem surprising that Jesus would speak with such harshness to a woman in need, his purpose was to draw out her faith. By using the term “dogs” Jesus was mimicking the Jews’ tendency to look down on the Gentiles, for the Jews regularly called the Gentiles “dogs.” 

Because of their covenant relationship with God, the Jews were typically clean. All other peoples were not considered clean and styled “Gentile dogs.” Therefore, Jews would never eat, marry, nor have any dealings with them. (See John 4:9.) 

The Gentiles, in comparison to the Jews, were as dogs of the household. Jesus did not use the word “dog” with indifference or distain, but rather with sympathy, explaining why the woman was not a proper subject for a blessing. 

She understood her position and with humility replied to Jesus in verse 28, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” This woman, in her faith, knew that Jesus had the power to heal her daughter. She accepted that Jesus’ primary mission was to minister to the Jews, but knew that there was enough of Jesus’ blessing for her as well. 

The woman triumphed over the obstacle of the Lord’s argument with wonderful keenness and humility and was rewarded. Jesus told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” (Mark 7:29) 

Due to the covenant relationship God had with the house of Israel, it is a correct interpretation that the Gentiles were referred to as dogs. Jesus in his first advent was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (see Matthew 15:24), that is, those Jews who recognized their sinful condition and were seeking their Messiah. The time for Gentile blessings had not yet come.

To learn more about the Canaanite woman and the lessons we can learn from her listen to, “Who Successfully Challenged Jesus?”

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July 05, 2021

Ep.1185: What Are the True Reasons for Jesus’ Return to Earth?

Uncovering the remarkable and inspiring mission of Jesus’ return

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[00:13:41]
Does the return of Jesus bring Armegeddon?


[00:27:17]
Does the return of Jesus create a showdown with Satan?


[00:45:22]
What one word sums up the core reason for the return of Jesus?


Theme Scripture: Revelation 3:20

Jesus changed the world when he came to earth as a man over 2.000 years ago. His character, teaching, miracles and wisdom were and still are unmatched anywhere and anytime. As impactful as his first coming to earth was, he was very specific to let his followers know he would be returning again. Many who look at the prophecies of the second coming see them as foretelling a time of calamity and trouble. While these expectations do carry elements of truth, is the return of Jesus to earth for the purpose of mayhem and destruction? We believe the answer to this question to be an unequivocal no! Further, we believe the reasons for his return are wrapped up in the carrying out of God’s loving plan for all humanity.

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The plan of God

Every Christian will tell you that God has a plan and Jesus is the centerpiece of that plan. Yet, most of us look at Jesus’ return to earth as a wholesale destruction of those who did not accept him as their savior. Let’s evaluate this for a minute. Jesus’ first coming was to save the world. He offered his life as payment for sin. Since then, MOST of the world has not heard of Jesus, and therefore have no path to salvation. So, his coming to save the world was a failure for most of humanity. Does this sound right?  Further, many of us see his second coming as the final destruction for that mostly-failed first coming. There is obviously something very wrong with this approach.

Is the presence of Jesus in both timeframes two parts of the same mission?

What if we look at both advents on earth as two parts of the same mission? What if we looked more deeply into the Scriptures and found that everything Jesus did 2,000 years ago was connected to his return in our day? Let’s consider just one “what if” example. Jesus paid the price for Adam’s sin when he came the first time. Romans 5:18 clearly states that all humanity suffered the condemnation of Adam’s sin. They would, therefore, ALL be given justification because of Jesus’ sacrifice. What if Jesus’ second presence was for the purpose of applying that justification to all those who are not his called-out ones? What if the trouble that accompanies Jesus’ return was to destroy the satanic influences in the world - and not the people?

Whether this approach sounds intriguing or outrageous to you, please check out our July 5th, 2021 podcast, “What Are the True Reasons for Jesus’ Return?” for more. We look at several specifics of the mission of Jesus from two centuries ago. We examine:

  • the price he paid
  • the healing he did
  • the salvation he offered to Israel
  • the calling out of a people for his name

We trace how the Bible shows us each part of his ministry - as a precursor of or a preparation for - his return. Seeing Jesus’ second advent in this scriptural light changes everything. Join us and watch as God’s plan for all humanity unfolds!

 

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June 21, 2021

Ep.1183: Who Successfully Challenged Jesus?

Fitting the tenacity of a woman into the principled teaching of Jesus

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CHAPTERS

[00:12:11]
How did the Syrophoenician woman challenge Jesus?


[00:26:04]
Was Jesus condescending or encouraging to her?


[00:41:36]
What pattern of blessing is revealed for us in the account of this unnamed woman?


Theme Scripture: Matthew 15:25

To “challenge” Jesus and succeed is not something you hear about every day, so let’s clarify what we are talking about. Jesus was a speaker of God’s word and a doer of God’s will. Inevitably, challenging this would be a futile effort. When we say “challenge” we mean not following an expected pattern. There were a few instances in the ministry of Jesus where someone did not exactly follow Jesus’ set patterns regarding healing and they were blessed anyway. On this episode, we investigate another unnamed woman of the Bible. The Syrophoenician woman spoken of in Matthew 15 and Mark 7 was one of these people. This unnamed Gentile woman did not accept a seeming denial from Jesus when she asked for her daughter to be healed. Jesus complied with her insistence and she was blessed.  What was her secret and what can we learn?

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Jesus was her only hope

Jesus had ventured into the non-Jewish territory of Tyre and Sidon to rest. After he entered a house in which to find that rest, a loud and emotional woman showed up, begging and yelling to see Jesus. Her daughter was demon-possessed and she was at her wits end. She knew Jesus unexpectedly coming to her hometown was the one chance she had to rid her child of this evil experience. She wasted no time and expended all of her desperate energy to get his attention.  He just had to help!

But it wasn't the time for the Gentiles

There was a significant challenge that stood between this woman’s pleading desire and her daughter being healed. They were Gentiles. Jesus came to be the Messiah of the Jewish nation. He came to fulfill the Jewish Law and be the deliverer of the Jewish people. The woman and her daughter were not scheduled to receive the Messiah’s blessings just yet.

So, what happens next? Several things of great impact. The woman does get to talk to Jesus and he does heal her daughter, though it was not a simple path to get to that resolution. Who is the real hero in this exchange? That depends on who you talk to  We believe the woman showed heroic faith in Jesus, and he rewarded it with heroic and miraculous healing. Some say it is just the woman who was the hero because she “straightened Jesus out.” They say that Jesus showed bias against her, even racism.

Who is right? Was Jesus bigoted in his approach to her? Why would anyone even say such a thing? Check out our June 21, 2021 podcast, “Who Successfully Challenged Jesus?” for answers. We look at the entire account in its context. Then we follow this woman’s hysterical introduction and observe how she responded to Jesus with extraordinary faith and conviction. We learn why Jesus said the things he said to her. This is much more than a story of somebody being healed by Jesus. It is a practical lesson that teaches us how to take our own raw desperation before our Lord to find the answers and comfort we seek.

 

 

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February 24, 2020

Ep.1114: Did the Apostle Paul Contradict Jesus?, Contradiction Series

Decoding Jesus' treatment of the Law through the words of Paul

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CHAPTERS

[00:12:30]
Did Jesus and Paul disagree on how long the Law would be applicable?


[00:31:24]
How did Jesus replace parts of the Law? What parts are left for us to obey today?


[00:47:30]
Did new Gentile converts have to participate in the ceremonies of the Law?


[01:00:52]
Did Jesus' death mean the judicial part of the Law was no longer applicable?


Theme Scripture: Matthew 5:17

There is no denying the New Testament - and actually the entire Bible - is all about Jesus. His sacrifice for humanity is proclaimed from Genesis to Revelation. He IS the key to the gospel. Having said this, the life and writings of the Apostle Paul dominate much of the New Testament. His experiences and teachings are pronounced, and in the eyes of many, go too far. Critics see the Apostle Paul as a combatant against the gospel of the kingdom Jesus taught. The basis for their criticism is the way Jesus reflected the role of the Jewish Law and the way that Paul essentially wrote it off. How do we manage this? Was Paul at odds with the core values and teaching of Jesus?

Continue Reading

Jesus vs. Paul?

One of the big debates in the early church raging on even today is whether or not Paul threw out the Jewish Law that Jesus not only followed but confirmed in Luke 16:17: "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail." Critics argue that Jesus never said Christians DON'T have to fall in line under the Law's many requirements. On the other hand, Paul was clear that the new Gentile converts would NOT be subject to all the Law's requirements like circumcision and food restrictions. Who was right? Aren't we all taught that at least the 10 Commandments are valid in their admonitions to love God, love our neighbor and so forth?

Moral - Ceremonial - Judicial

The key to cracking this case is understanding that the Jewish Law was divided into three parts:  moral, ceremonial and judicial. The moral law of love, as expressed in the 10 Commandments, will never be replaced. It remained in play for both Jew and Gentile. In God’s future kingdom, it will stand as a beautiful requirement for all of mankind.

Shadow vs. Reality

Not only did the ceremonial parts have to do with cleanliness of people and food, but also how the Israelites atoned for their sins with sacrifices. Special sacrifices were required year after year in order to temporarily “cleanse” them of sins. This allowed a relationship with the heavenly Father to continue as long as the people remained in that clean state. These are recorded in great detail in the Old Testament. In hindsight, we see these foreshadowed the monumental sacrifice of Jesus that allowed the early Christians to have a relationship with God. This applies to Christians throughout the age - right down to you and me. The comparison between the “shadow” of the literal ceremonial events with how Jesus fulfilled them as the reality of the shadow is striking and faith-inspiring. Paul explains in many texts how Jesus replaced this part of the Law.

After Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, the ceremonial parts of the Law were no longer necessary to have a relationship with God. (And they were completely obsolete after the Temple burned down in 70 A.D.!) What about the judicial parts of the Law? These had to do with pronouncing and administering the consequences to breaking the Law. But with the ceremonial parts obsolete, the judicial part would necessarily shift to personal responsibility of how we are judged and how we judge others. On this point, it is easy to show how Jesus and Paul agreed.

Christianity was not to be a sect of Judaism. Jesus’ death and resurrection changed everything – except the fundamental law of LOVE. Listen to our podcast from February 24, 2020 called, “Did the Apostle Paul Contradict Jesus?” It is the last of our four-part series on the Apostle Paul and really brings the details of the controversy front and center. Paul lived, breathed and taught Jesus and the gospel 24/7. He devoted his life to being a faithful steward. What an example for all of us!

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Ep.1113: Paul or Matthias: Who Was the Real 12th Apostle?, Contradiction Series

Clear evidence to prove Paul or Matthias as the 12th Apostle

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[00:15:07]
Were the apostles supposed to wait until Pentecost to choose a replacement for Judas?


[00:29:59]
Did Jesus ever say Paul was an apostle?


[00:44:44]
Is it true Paul didn't meet the qualifications to be an apostle?


[01:00:00]
Did Paul himself admit he was not one of the 12?


Theme Scripture: Acts 1:21-22

For every Christian, Jesus is THE example, leader and fulfiller of our faith. We continually gain inspiration from his perfect example and unselfish sacrifice.  When we think about a less-than-perfect Christian example, most of us go to the Apostle Peter or the Apostle Paul.  Both men showed us how to achieve spiritual victory through imperfection.  They both had failures, regrets and doubts, and yet they were faithful.  These challenges endear them to our hearts.  They give us courage to work through our own imperfect experiences.  Knowing this, it can be hard to believe there are many who see the Apostle Paul as an interloper, one who hijacked the gospel message.  These accusations begin with disregarding the authenticity of his apostleship.  They say Matthias, as a replacement for the traitor Judas, was appointed as the 12th Apostle long before Paul’s conversion.

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The "pro-Matthias" argument is worth respectfully considering.  After all, it is true there is no written record of either God or Jesus confirming Paul's apostleship.  We only have Paul himself saying he is an apostle along with a claim by his friend Luke in the book of Acts.  To be fair, there is no written record of either God or Jesus confirming Matthias' apostleship, either.  But Acts 1:26 says Matthias "was added to the eleven apostles."  With a plain biblical statement like that, why look further?

Wait!

Well, because there is a lot more to find once we look closer at the context.  Jesus was very specific in his instructions given before his crucifixion and right before his ascension:  they were to WAIT.  Just wait.  Don't make any decisions, don't run away, just wait.  Pentecost was only ten days away.  Once they received God's influence and power, the holy spirit, it would guide them into knowing what to do next.  It would give them the power to do miraculous things in order to advance Christianity around the world.

Casting lots

Instead of waiting, Peter met with about 120 disciples to pray and elect a replacement for Judas, even though it was not necessary or required to be done at this time.  Two candidates were proposed and the group "cast lots," an Old Testament method of determining God's will.  (The option of "neither" candidate was not proposed.)  Later on the road to Damascus, our resurrected Lord Jesus dramatically and emphatically appointed Saul as a "chosen vessel."  Just like the other 11 Jesus-appointed apostles, Paul was called a "witness."

Check out our podcast, "Paul or Matthias. Who Was the Real 12th Apostle?" that aired live on February 17, 2020.  We reviewed the points of debate for and against the Apostle Paul as being the authorized 12th Apostle of Christ.  The evidence overwhelmingly showed us his rightful place.  Our faith was strengthened by looking into these important details of the early church.  What do you think of our conclusions?

 

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Ep.1112: Does the Apostle Paul Contradict Himself? (Part II): Contradiction Series

Continued examination of “self-contradicting” statements by Paul

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Was God or Satan stronger in Paul's ministry work?


[00:26:04]
Was Paul humble or arrogant?


[00:45:47]
Did Paul tell us to treat unbelievers rudely or kindly?


[01:01:19]
Why doesn't the Acts account match where Paul says he went?


Theme Scripture: Galatians 6:2,5

(See Part I of this topic.) In many ways, the Apostle Paul was like a magnet.  Over the last 2,000 years, his preaching, teaching and writing have attracted countless millions to seek out what being a Christian really means.  He was a leader in every sense of the word.  He lived his faith to Jesus Christ without reservation, and Christians throughout the age have been inspired by his example.  This same Apostle Paul was also a magnet for trouble.  His ministry way back then drew incredible conflict and persecution - it even led to his death.  Today the same controversy surrounds his legacy.  While so many of us cling to his example and teaching, others are repelled by him and label him as a self-contradicting, hypocritical deceiver.  Who is right?  Was Paul a teacher of truth or contradiction?

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Ep.1111: Does the Apostle Paul Contradict Himself? (Part I): Contradictions Series

Examining several supposed self-contradicting statements by Paul

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Why are there differing accounts of Paul's conversion?


[00:30:19]
Did Paul seek the favor or men or of Christ or both?


[00:45:02]
Was Paul the worst of sinners or did he never sin?


[01:02:28]
Did Paul gain converts by deceit and trickery?


Theme Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:33

The Apostle Paul is a Christian icon.  He essentially wrote half of the New Testament as he carried the gospel far and wide.  He suffered dramatically for his faith, was challenged regularly by those in authority and even stood up to the Apostle Peter when it was needed.  When you read his words, you cannot help but see his love for God and undying devotion to Jesus.  With all of the good he did, there are many who 2,000 years later claim he was a self-absorbed, self-contradictory man.  They make lists of the things he said and wrote and seem to relish in his apparent instability.  Did the Apostle Paul contradict himself?  Did he say different things to different people just to gain their favor?  The only way to find out is to examine the accusations one at a time!

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Saul of Tarsus was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians there.  Suddenly his journey was interrupted by a blindingly bright visit from the Lord Jesus Christ himself.  The exchange Saul had with the mighty risen Lord completely changed his life.  Saul would soon be known as Paul.  He would become the Apostle to the Gentiles.  This simple story is surrounded by controversy.  Aside from the challenges to prove what happened, the hardest skepticism comes from the telling of the story itself.  This is just the beginning of the many inconsistencies people say overshadow the authenticity of Paul’s Christian life.

Inconsistencies or details with an easy explanation?

The account of Paul’s conversion appears three times in the book of Acts.  The first telling is more or less an historical recounting.  The other two were a record of Paul’s own telling.  The problem is in the details.  The three accounts seem to blatantly contradict each other with important details.  Did everyone journeying with him fall to the ground when this light appeared, or was it just Paul?  The skeptics say that depends on which version you read.  Did everyone hear the voice of Jesus or just Paul?  Again, they say it depends on which story you read.  The critics' points are well taken.  Because the story of Paul’s conversion can be so easily called into question, the truthfulness of his Christian life is questionable as well.

Did Paul make it up as he went along?

This is only the beginning.  Was Paul a people pleaser or a true servant of Christ?  Was he a deceitful or an honest minister?  Those who have written him off boldly claim that these and other accusations can be proven by Paul’s own words!  Can they?  Are these inconsistencies proof of a great deception?

Check out our February 03, 2020 podcast, “Does the Apostle Paul Contradict Himself? (Part 1) for more.  We carefully and methodically take each of these accusations apart to see what they are made of.  We look into context, definitions and the several other factors for various Apostle Paul contradictions.  There are answers.  They are logical, and they are harmonious.  Take this journey with us and then head over to Part II for more.

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Ep.1084: Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Me?

Understanding what to take and what to leave from the Jewish Law

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Did Jesus make the Law even more difficult for his followers?


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What if God directed you to do something that was literally impossible?


[00:43:58]
What would be the logic and plan behind requiring an impossible task?


[00:59:04]
Couldn't God have just skipped over the complicated rituals of the Law and just sent Jesus?


Theme Scripture: Galatians 3:10

The New Testament gives us a clear picture of Jesus replacing the Old Testament Law as our path to life.  As Christians we all agree with this, and yet so many of us still follow parts of that old Jewish Law.  Why?  Are certain aspects of it supposed to be carried over?  Are we required to keep the Sabbath or tithe?  What about “honor your father and mother”?  Shouldn’t we always do that?  With these particular questions on the table, we might conclude that Jesus didn’t really override the Law but instead just made some major adjustments.  Can that be true?  Fortunately the New Testament makes this all clear.  It all comes down to what Jesus did and did not do...and the answer is powerful!

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Christianity is obviously founded upon the sacrifice of Jesus.  The opportunity to follow him was given to both Jews and Gentiles.  Because Jesus was obviously Jewish himself, the question of what to do with the requirements and sacrifices of that Old Testament Law has been discussed and disagreed on for centuries.  The Jewish Law had been the centerpiece for communion with God for many centuries before Jesus came.  Letting go of it was an epic challenge for many Jewish Christians.

The New Testament book of Hebrews emphatically tells us the blood of bulls and goats offered as Old Testament sacrifices could not take away sin.  Those offerings provided a temporary bridge to harmony with God, and as such, needed yearly renewal. Jesus was THE sacrifice necessary for the sins of the world. That sacrifice was done once, and it was done for all. This one scriptural point clearly tells us that Jesus actually replaced the need for those temporary things.  Does this provide absolute proof Jesus lifted the requirements of the Law from the shoulders of Christians?  Sort of!

Jesus’ offering of himself did emphatically cancel the need for continual sacrifices required by the Jewish Law.  This change helps us understand the removal of the rituals of the old Law.  Interestingly, some Christians do still hold onto some of those old rituals such as tithing and physical abundance.  This is actually counter-productive to the whole idea of following in Jesus' footsteps.  Seeing it all in context and in the words of the Apostle Paul will make this plain.

What about the moral aspects of the Law?  Did Jesus take those away as well?  Check out our July 29, 2019 podcast, “Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Me?” to find out.  We look at how Jesus handled several aspects of moral living, quoted directly from the Law.  We examine several Scriptures that inform us on the differences between the works of the Law and a life of faith.  We also pinpoint why the Law came to humanity and how it actually dovetails with the purpose of Christianity.  Though these teachings may seem basic to some and irrelevant to others, they provide a sturdy foundation for the building of Christianity.  That is a lesson we all need!