Everything changed with the coming of Jesus; this is an essential truth from the Word that not enough believers know about.
We hear people saying, “The Word says this” and “The Word says that” not realising that not all of Scripture is to be taken as doctrine by the church today.
All Scripture is there for a reason and is available for our help (2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17), but not all of it is for born again believers to live by and establish doctrine through.
Take all the sacrifices, dietary and clothing laws under the Old Covenant for example, they are not for us now living under the New Covenant.
Lots of things changed with the advent of Jesus, lots of things written in the Word are now different because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus says it like this (and I paraphrase), “You may have heard that, but now I am saying this”.
For example He did not call fire down on unbelievers as was once done in the Old Testament.
He also heightened the “bar of the law” (Matthew 5 v 27 and 28).
Jesus changed the “rules”; His work was so momentous that the “rules” were redefined forever.
No more sacrifices were required, His one was enough (see Hebrews 10).
Sin had been dealt with once and for all (1 John 2 v 2 and Hebrews 10 again), so man was reconciled and forgiven and therefore the relationship between man and God was changed for ever.
Too many believers today are still trying to live by the law, live by Old Covenant principles of works and self-effort.
This is no longer required, things have changed because of Jesus.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that I now live under the New Covenant”.
Matthew 5 v 27 and 28…..Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart