Under Mosaic Law, we become righteous If we observe the…
Under Mosaic Law, we become righteous If we observe the commandments. ***Deuteronomy 6:25 (KJV) And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.*** Here, we can expect only good things and no suffering when we obey God? What is promised here is a right relationship with God for all those who love him with all their heart. It speaks of a good relationship with God and the ultimate benefit of knowing him. It is not blanket protection against poverty, adversity, or suffering. We can have this right relationship with God by obeying his command to love him with all that we are. But if we don’t obey, we are not righteous and this Old Covenant in the Mosaic Law is being taught by some in the religion.
In Contrast, under the New Covenant after Jesus went to the cross, we are not righteous simply because we obey the commandments but we are righteous because of Jesus Christ. We fall from grace when we try to be righteous through our own willpower and performance. ***For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17 KJV). ***After the cross, we no longer have to earn righteousness; it is now a free gift.
Under the law, the people lived in condemnation. Under grace, we are free from it. Before the cross, Adam’s sin meant condemnation for everyone. Afterward, there was no condemnation. ***Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18 KJV).***
Many Christians today are still walking in condemnation because they looked backward and observed the Law of Moses. ***There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit [Romans 8:1(KJV)]. *** We cannot earn the free gift of no condemnation; there is nothing we could ever do to deserve it. The woman caught in adultery received this gift, despite what she had done. The only thing we need to do to receive this free gift is to get in Christ. Once we are in Him, we will walk in the Spirit.
Before the cross, there was no mediator between God and man. After the cross, Jesus was that mediator. ***For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).*** ***And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance [Hebrews (9:15)].***
Multiple religious figures in the world (like Apollo Quiboloy, Roman Catholic church, Iglesia ni Cristo, Seventh-Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness) may compete for our attention, but Jesus is the only mediator who stands between us and God. ***Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me [John 14:6 (KJV)].*** ***But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises (Hebrews 8:6).***