Under the law or not:
There is a huge difference between obeying God through external laws in stone and the law of the Spirit of God in our hearts, and never the twain shall meet!
Old Covenant Pentecost was the birthday of Israel, characterised by the law given in stone. At New Covenant Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out in fullness (not before) and the birthday of the Church occurred with the law now written in our hearts.
The outpouring of the Spirit only occurred at New Covenant Pentecost. Those who try to bring believers under the law, and rigid obedience to it are of the flesh and not the Spirit.
The exchange of life for new Godly life is only revealed in the New Covenant epistles. If our Lord IS your life there is no need for external laws.
Of course the law has a purpose. It is to show that no one can keep it, and to identify what sin and holiness is. The law, which is a shadow, points away from itself to the real object – our Messiah and His Spirit. The law is the shadow of the real thing. Do not go dancing with shadows.
Coming under the law again, is what the Judaisers did, and what modern Judaisers try to do. They enforce a legalistic approach to the law, always with judgementalism. You will know them by their fruits! They can’t deal with the writings of Paul about grace and liberty, so they reject him and the New Testament epistles. People under the law always have a deadness about them.
Because they reject what happened at Pentecost, (The law was changed from external , written in stone to written on our hearts) they must keep all of the law. They are all raving hypocrites because no one can keep the law. They are all law breakers. As they reject Pentecost in its fullness they also reject the baptism of the Spirit and are full of deadness.
Bear in mind that we are to be “established in the present truth” (2 Peter 1:12) which is the New Covenant epistles. Of the course the law has its place, but we must not come under the bondage of law keeping in a legalistic manner.
I consider myself to be a Messianic believer, but more and more I am distancing myself from their legalism and bondage. I would much rather classify myself as a follower of the early Church, identified from Pentecost until the advent of Constantine.
For your benefit I’ve presented you with verses of scripture showing what the purpose of the law was and is.
To come under the law, means to nullify or downplay the work of grace and the cross, which is the only way to full and complete justification. Coming under law and works brings a curse. (Galatians 3:10)
2 Peter 1:12 “I will not be negligent to remind you of these things though you know them and are established in the present truth.”
Galatians 2:19 “For I, through the law, died to the law that I may live to God.”
Galatians 3:10-13 “As many as are under the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them...The law is not of faith but the man who does them shall live by them. Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the law...”
Galatians 4:21 “You who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For Abraham had two sons; the one by a bond woman and the other by a free woman. He of the bond woman was born according to the flesh and the free, according to the promise, which things are symbolic...”
Hebrews 7:12 “The priesthood being changed there is of necessity a change in the law”.
Hebrews 8:13 “He made a new covenant which made the first obsolete, now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”
Hebrews 9:9-10 “It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience – concerned only with foods and drinks...until the time of the reformation.”
Hebrews 10:1 “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer year after year make them perfect.”
Romans 3:20-21 “By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. The righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed...even the righteousness of God.”
Romans 7:7-10 “Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law...and the commandment which was to bring life, I found to bring death.”
Romans 14:1-2 Receive one who is weak in faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let him who eats depise not him who doesn’t.”
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
Colossians 2:16-17 “Let no one judge you in food or drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is Messiah.”
Acts 11:26 “So it was for the whole year that they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.”
Hebrews 8:6 “...He is now a mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”
Hebrews 8:10 “This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God and they will be My people.”
Acts 10:10-16 Peter commanded to eat anything.
Acts 13:38-39 “Let it be known that, through this Man is preached the forgiveness of sins and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
Acts 15:4-5 “When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported what God had done. But there were some of the sect of the Pharisees, who believed rose up saying, it is necessary to be circumcised and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
Acts 15:10 “Now therefore why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear.”