The written code of the Old Tesament law was canceled over 2000 years ago through the finished work of the cross (Col 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross), yet it is still widely preached and believed that Christians have to measure up to some moral standard or try to relate to God though our level of obedience. The entire New Covenant screams the overwhelming good news of a loving, gracious God that didn’t primarily send His Son to come and change what we do, but rather to change the way He relates though us, namely through GRACE.
The veil was torn for believers to be able to enter into the holy of holies with confidence, not based on our own worthiness, but based on the perfect obedience of the one man, Jesus Christ, on our behalf. But through the centuries the church has sewed this veil right back up, depicting God as a harsh unapproachable God. Jesus received the full punishment for our sins and we received the full reward for His perfect obedience, and He imputed to us His Godly righteousness (2 Cor 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him).
This ministry does not propagate immorality, because if we truly believe in God and love Him there will be corresponding works (because faith without works is dead). But the purpose of our ministry is to boldly preach the message of God’s unconditional love and acceptance in spite of our mistakes, a message that in the past has been preached in a confusing cocktail mixed up with old covenant law, the very thing Jesus died to set us free from. Good works and obedience have been preached at the cost of GRACE, causing God’s children to be robbed of their confidence before God, always feeling somewhat unworthy.
We have been called to take back that ground.
Yours in Grace
Andre van der Merwe
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