Monthly Archives: March 2014

Messiah is the end of the Law

Bad Doctrine: The Law as a Rule of Life


[box] Dear Reader, Before you read on please understand it is not the authors intent to sound mean spirited or unloving to our brothers and sisters in Christ who may not fully agree with what is posited in this article. We know very well that some of the most learned and courageous saints have differed on this subject and continue to do so. It is not for us to question their love for God and His Christ.[/box]


We deny the employment of Old Covenant Law
as the saint’s “Rule of Life”


end of the lawGiven the clear teaching of Scripture itself we contend that if a person advocates for the continuing use of all, or even just some elements of the Old Covenant Law beyond that of prophetic witness, his or her worship according to spirit and truth could be seriously flawed.

Please consider carefully the following:

Fact: The former commandment (the Law covenant) was woven together with the Levitical system of worship.

There’s no getting around this fact. The Law of Moses, the Old Covenant and its system of worship, is woven together as one unit. You cannot divorce that Law from the Levitical priesthood and the worship it ministered.

Some of the Reformed greatly erred when they assumed they could divide the Law of Moses into three parts. There is no biblical warrant to do so. In fact, to attempt to do so demonstrates a failure to hear all Scripture. Wrongly dividing the Word of God can have tragic consequences with regards to a right understanding of worship in the New Covenant era.


Serious implications to consider:

Implication 1: That former commandment with its Levitical priesthood was forever replaced with the giving of a better hope. Jesus Christ, an immeasurably superior priest, is that better hope.

Hebrews 7:18. “For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect) ; but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.”

Implication 2: The Old Covenant Law and its Levitical priests were woven together as one unit. You cannot divide them.

Hebrews 7:11-14. “Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.” 

Implication 3: If you subscribe to the Law of Moses as your rule of life then you must subscribe to all of Moses’ Law including its regulations for worship. You cannot extract for convenience sake the Levitical priesthood. Picking and choosing what aspects of Moses’ of Law you wish to conform to is not an option.

James 2:10. “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”

Implication 4: To embrace the previous law covenant as a rule of life (all or in part) is to embrace its curses if it is not kept 100%.

James 2:10. “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”

Deuteronomy 28:15ff. “But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.”

Fact: The Old Covenant with its Levitical priests cannot be divorced from the Law that was engraved upon the tablets of stone, even the Ten Commandments. Messiah Jesus is not a priest of the Law covenant.

Exodus 34:27-28. “And Jehovah said unto Moses, ‘Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.’ 28 And he was there with Jehovah forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

Hebrews 7:28. “For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.”

Fact: True worship in this age is worship in spirit and truth. It was instituted by Messiah Jesus with the giving of the Holy Spirit. It is radically different from the Law’s defined worship. The indwelling Spirit of God has made possible this new era of worship. With the giving of the Spirit, the day of which Jesus foretold in John 4 did arrive. Thus, worship, true worship, is no longer bound to the Old Covenant with its Levitical priests and law.


John 4:23-24. “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Mark 1:7-8. “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

John 7:37-39. “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’  39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

John 20:19-23. “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’ 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.'”

Fact: This radical new era of worship in the Spirit was foretold by the prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 31:31-34. “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, ’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Fact: God saint’s were released from the law so they now serve in the new way.

Romans 7:1-6. “Or do you not know, brothers —for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. 4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

Implication 5: The Spirit of God through Paul clearly warns, that to embrace the previous law covenant as a rule of life (all or in part), is to sever oneself from Christ and make Him of no benefit.

Galatians 5:3-5. “I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.”

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The apostle says, in effect, submission to part of the Law obligates submission to the whole. Furthermore, he makes it abundantly clear that, in the time between justification and the consummation of “the hope of righteousness,” the same remains true. In sanctification, submission to part of Law obligates subjection to the whole. Therefore, we see the so-called ‘third use of the law’ to be diametrically opposed to Pauline thought.

Last implication: To subscribe to the former covenant, in whole or in part, is treason.

Galatians 3:1-6. “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”

Let’s reason together.

If you subscribe to the Law of Moses as a rule of life, then by necessity you must keep the whole law with its Levitical priesthood and its worship. It’s illogical to attempt to do otherwise. Could you imagine becoming a member of the church of Rome without agreeing to their mediating priesthood? The one goes hand in hand with the other. Without their priests the church of Rome would cease to exist. When you hear someone say the Law of Moses is their “rule of life” consider the following words of the writer to the Hebrews.

Hebrews 7:12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.

It is clear. Sinai’s law is the wrong law mediated by the wrong priests! My friend, how can one who subscribes to any aspect of Moses’ Law (other than as prophetic witness) along with its Levitical priests and system of worship profess to be worshipping according to truth? It’s impossible!

Thankfully, the Old Covenant law as a whole has been done away with along with its Levitical priesthood. Why then continue to subscribe to a rule of life that no longer exists?

Paul described such as “the old way of the written code.” He also clearly defined how God’s saints presently “serve in the new way of the Spirit.” To subscribe to the Letter is to be wedded to a corpse. My dear friend repent of such folly (it is gross sin!) and call upon the Lord Jesus to liberate you from the law (letter) so that you may worship in the new way of the Spirit, just as Jesus foretold in John 4 and fulfilled in John 20.

Hebrews 7:18-22

For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. 20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever. ’”

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

   Your editors.

Please Note: The views of the editors are their own and not necessarily the views of our contributors.

David Frampton

2 Corinthians 8:9


The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ


2 Corinthians 8:8-11 ESV

8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.



In this second part of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he is encouraging them to renew their giving for the good of others. To spur them on, Paul first set before them the example of the Macedonian churches. Last week we considered two of the ideas that ought to help the Corinthians become a body of believers characterized by overflowing giving. Paul taught that overflowing giving occurs through a way of life that is complete (8:7) and that such giving occurs through a way of life that is tested (8:8). Today, we want to look at the third idea—that overflowing giving comes from lives that are Christ-structured (8:9).

This is an important idea in the Scriptures and here at FBC. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the theme of the Bible and that our view of how the Scriptures are put together must be structured according to Christ. The same is true about our lives. We must be following Christ and seeing Christ and the gospel form our way of life. This idea shows up in our mission statement: “Our mission is to make fully committed followers of Christ.”

For this reason, when we think of giving, whether giving ourselves, our time, our talents, or our money, we ought to realize that our giving must be flowing from Christ and the gospel.



I.          The link – what all believers know

A.        This knowledge is common to all who know the saving mercy of Jesus. It is “the knowledge that Christ himself gave voluntarily and sacrificially for the benefit of others and so is the supreme model to be followed in giving” (Harris).

1.         We know it in the knowledge of his word and in the experience of his grace. It comes by written revelation and the by the work of God in us that makes us experience the power of that word. For example, God’s word tells me that Christ loved me and gave himself for me (Gal 2:20); God’s Spirit pours out that love into our hearts (Rm 5:5).

2.         We are expected to act on the basis of what we know about the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the apostle’s point in referencing the truth about Jesus. It is to be forming something new in us—an overflowing kindness. In other words, this knowledge is not static but dynamic, not merely informational but also transformational. There is a lot of talk about “spiritual formation” these days, but how much of it flows from the living Christ and his powerful gospel? It is one thing to be involved in “spiritual disciplines”; it is another to be transformed by the Spirit of the Lord.

B.        This is especially knowledge of the grace of Christ.

1.         This grace is “the utterly undeserved, royally free, effective, unwearying, inexhaustible goodwill of God, active in and through Jesus Christ, God’s effective overflowing mercy” (Cranfield quoted by Garland).We deserved wrath, but in Christ God saved us, giving us surpassing glory.

2.         Since we did not deserve grace, it is intended to undo any and all of our calculations about deciding who is “worthy” to receive “our” grace. When Jesus was asked about forgiving others, he made this point very clear to his learners (Mt 18:21-35).

Apply: We are to give ourselves to reach “the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” found along the “streets and alleys of the town” and even to “go out  to the roads and country lanes” (Lk 14:21-23). Those who suppose themselves worthy do not want grace.


II.        The core – what Christ did for our benefit

A.        He was rich yet he became poor for us

1.         Christ existed before he took on true humanity. As other texts tell us, he was Son of God, the Word, equal with the God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and lived in God’s glory (Jn 1:1-2; 17:5; Ph 2:5-6; Heb 1:3). As Creator God he made all things and all things exist for him; therefore, he was very rich.

2.         Christ chose, in the Father’s plan, to become poor. This refers to the whole complex of ideas associated with his saving work. God the Son took on true humanity—the very nature of a servant. He lived as the adopted son of a poor Jewish carpenter and worked as a carpenter himself. He lived in the wilderness for forty days with nothing to eat. He taught about God, his kingdom, and eternal life while he lived in poverty, having nowhere to lay his head at night. He was arrested, forsaken by his friends, was beaten, mocked, scourged, and crucified. He bore the penalty for our sins in his death. And he was buried in a borrowed grave. He became poor for us.

Apply: It would do us all well to think about his poverty while we sit in our easy chairs, being entertained to death, while we gulp down a full bowl of fattening ice cream. When you lie down tonight on your very comfortable bed, remember that his bed was the hard ground. And his thoughts were not on a luxurious vacation but on the cross where he would die for his people. How much do our thoughts turn to the cross we are to carry as we follow him (Mk 8:34)?

B.        We through his poverty become rich

1.         Think about “through his poverty”. We are saved because of what Jesus Christ did for us. We are not saved because of our ethnicity, not because our intellect and education, not because our career and net worth, not because of our popularity on social media, not because of our personal appearance, and not because of our involvement in a church, religious rituals, and caring for the poor. Our salvation is through his poverty. If we ever stand in glory, it will be because one day he hung on a cross, disgraced, becoming a curse, and satisfying God’s wrath for our sins.

2.         Think about the riches he has given us. So far in this letter, the apostle has mentioned at least ten: the guaranteeing deposit of the Spirit (1:22; 5:1), daily renewal (4:16), an eternal glory (4:17), an eternal house in heaven (5:1), a certain destiny with the Lord (5:8), new creation (5:17), reconciliation with God (5:18), Christ’s righteousness (5:21), God’s presence with us (6:16), and a place in God’s family as his sons and daughters (6:18). My friends, Jesus Christ has made us very rich with enduring, eternal riches.

Apply: Perhaps you have entered this room this morning broken, battered, bruised, and bankrupt. You need not stay in you hopelessness! My God takes the broken and makes them whole. You can be spiritually rich with such riches that will change your life and your destiny. This can be yours because Jesus Christ died for sinners and rose the third day that all those who trust in him may be right with God and receive the gift of eternal life.


III.       The outcome – what this ought to produce in our lives

A.        The riches of salvation are intended to influence our lives now—to make us givers now.

B.        Our giving as Christians is related to the grace of God we have experienced in Christ. As we comprehend in our experience more and more of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we start to overflow with the grace of giving. From the day God saves you, you are richly blessed with grace. Even from your first days, there can be remarkable expressions of generous, gracious giving. But the Corinthians, like most of us, are years past those first fresh days of grace. And so there must be an ongoing development of the grace of giving.

C.        The true Christian life is not triumphalist, wrongly assuming that we are to live like kings and queens now. Instead, it imitates Christ in slave-like service and giving for the benefit of others. We are not to be fascinated with heaping up treasures here on earth, but with giving our treasures now in order to store up better treasures in heaven (Mt 6:19-21). This requires faith in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

~ Dave


Pastor Dave Frampton

The faithful and spiritually profitable labors of Dave Frampton are featured here at CMC. As a Bible teacher he excels. Teachers and student alike will profit much from his labor in the God’s Word. Visit Newtown Square Baptist Church.