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Fordjour Eric       ( Ghana ) 2017-11-03     Views : 110     Touched : 26

Our study text is taken from Lev 3:6-8 which says, ďAnd if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish. 7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD. 8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altarĒ.

From our study text if someone wants to be righteous or make peace with the Lord, the Law of Righteousness is saying that, he/she should present a blameless animal to High Priest (Aaron) at the forecourt of the Temple of the Lord. The person will lay his/her hands on the head of the animal (a sign of transfer of sins to the animal) and the animal will be killed and the blood sprinkled on the altar of God. After that the person is righteous to live.

That was how righteousness was attained for those who err under the Law of Moses. It means that God pardoned people who were declared sinners by obeying the Law of Moses. Therefore God was exercising GRACE on sinners under the Law instead of them dying as the reward.

This means that God was not judging the Israelites according to the Law of Moses but He was judging them based on their willingness to make peace with Him in obeying the animal sacrifice. So those people who fail to perform the sacrifice of peace were declared sinners because they did not make peace with God after they erred in not observing the commandments of God.

This clearly reveals that the Israelites were living not because they obeyed the Ten Commandments and the 613 articles of the Law, but is because they offered sacrifice to make peace with God. The fact is that, no one can observe the Law and do whatever that is written in there.

Because of the imperfect nature of man, the Law of Righteousness (Christ) was added to the Ten Commandments and the 613 articles of the Law of Moses so that God will not separate from His children.

The Law of Righteousness was instituted to clean people from their sins. It is not us who become righteous by obeying the Law, but it is the Lord who makes us righteous by accepting our animal sacrifice.

However the Law of Righteousness was observed on regular basis in the Old Testament era with the blood of animals which could not last forever. So in Numbers 15:21-22 God said, THE FIRST OF YOUR DOUGH you shall give unto the LORD as heave offering in YOUR GENERATIONS if you erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses.

The above quotation is referring to us in this new era. We are the generation mentioned and the Lord is telling us that we have to offer the first dough (firstborn) as a precious (heave) offering to Him in observing the Law of Righteousness as a lasting sacrifice.

In fulfillment of this first born sacrifice, Jesus Christ who is the firstborn of all creation said in Heb. 10:7-10 I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second.

So it is clear that, Jesus came in this New Testament era to fulfill the onetime righteousness for us so that we will seize from animal sacrifices in fulfillment of the Law of Righteousness (Christ). Jesus did not omit any of the procedures followed in the animal sacrifice in other to establish the lasting one.

With this, Christ came to established the precious Law of Righteousness which last forever by following the foundation principles of the Old Testament practice which has a maximum lasting period of one year which does not last forever (Heb. 10:1)

Let us therefore, observe how Jesus established the lasting Law of Righteousness by comparing His works with that of the Old practices. If there appear any disparities, than it will mean that the Old is not the shadow of the New.

Let us do the comparison together:-

1) In the Old system, the first thing to do was for a sinner to present unblemished animal. Jesus qualifies for this criterion, because He was conceived through the Holy Spirit and was born by a virgin not same as we were born.

2) Secondly, in the Old system, the sinner shall lay his hands on the head of the animal to transfer his sins onto it. Jesus passed this test too, when John the Baptist (represented all men and) laid his hand on the head of Jesus in the Jordan River to transfer all the sins of the world onto Jesus in the baptism (John 1:29)

3) After the laying on of hands on the head of the animal in the Old system, the animal carrying the sins of the man is killed for the blood to be used to pay for the sins of the man. Jesus was also killed for our sins that He carried in His baptism (2 Cor. 8:9).

Brothers and sisters, looking at the comparison above, are there any difference between the Old and the New practices? The Grace of God is sufficient for us all. So if God gave Grace to them that were under the Law of Moses, He will not require works of flesh from us before we will be accepted into His Son Jesus Christ. That is why Eph. 2:8 Eph. 2:8 says, for by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God:

Heb. 10:10 says that we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Therefore by serving the Law of Righteousness, we are not under any other law, because we are sanctified through Christ.

So those whose are under the Law of Righteousness live by faith, believing that Jesus has taken all their sins (past, present and future) in His baptism and paid for their sins with His blood. Those people believe that they donít have any sin attached to them because Jesus has paid for all. So they are justified as children of God by the resurrection of Jesus, a sign of victory over death and sin.

Apostle Paul said Rom 8:1-2 that, there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS have made me free from the law of sin and death.

This is telling us that, the Law of Christ (Righteousness) has saved us from eternal death. This is attained if only we believe that the sacrifice of Christ has covered all ours sins and therefore do not have any sin to beg for. So Apostle Paul again said in Gal 2:16 that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Brothers and sisters let us fulfill the Law of Christ as Paul said in Gal. 6:2b and desist from the attitude of trying to obey the Law of Moses to be righteous. This is because if one think he is doing something, which he/she cannot do in any way, then that person is deceiving himself (Gal. 6:4).

Our quest in obeying the Law of Moses to be righteous is a wrong path, because, even under the Law of Moses, God pardoned sinners by accepting animal sacrifices from them which stands for GRACE. So if God were to judge people according to their works under the Law of Moses, none of the Israelites will have been saved. But He exercised Grace by accepting animal sacrifice from them, which also is a sign that the people has confess that they cannot obey the Law.

So if that same sacrifice has been perform by God Himself using His Son on our behalf and we still think that we have sin in us, then we donít regard the sacrifice of God as perfect. With that law abiding mindset, Christ has become of no good unto those who think they are justified by their works under the Law of Moses. Those people have fallen from grace (Gal 5:4).

To enjoy the Grace of God, one must therefore be under the Law of Christ which is by faith not works. So let us all workout our righteousness with the Law of Christ and have eternal life. AMEN


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