Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Therefore, the law is indeed holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Everyone who practices sin is also practicing lawlessness,
for sin is lawlessness.
When did Paul write Romans 7:12? When did John write 1John 3:4? Before the New Testament began, or after? Afterwards, of course. But note that Paul did not say, “the law was holy”. He said, “the law IS holy”. And if in the apostle Paul’s day, the law of Moses was holy, then the law of Moses is still holy. Nothing has happened that would change the status of the law from Paul’s day until now. The New Covenant that Jesus purchased with his blood has not been amended, and never will be. It is an eternal covenant.
This attitude of reverence for the law is found throughout the New Testament. Jesus himself honored his Father by recognizing the holiness and the authority of the law that his Father gave Israel: “Don’t think that I’ve come to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. Truly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota or serif of the law will by any means pass away until all things have come to pass” (Mt. 5:17—18).
The single most important thing about the law of Moses that anyone can know is simply that it was God’s law, not Moses’. It was not the work of human genius; it was revealed from God to Moses and Israel. When God finished giving Moses the law, He commanded him straitly, “Do not add to the word that I command you and do not diminish from it” (Dt. 4:2). There is not a single sentence in the law which God gave to Moses that is from man. The whole thing came by revelation from God. The importance of this truth cannot be overstated.
In our time, the world is devoted to the gods of evolution. These demon spirits, gods of this world, have infected every aspect of public life in this culture. What gets most of the attention is the demon of geological and anthropological evolution, but the worst of those evolutionary gods is the demon of theological evolution. That spirit influences ministers and believers of every ilk to think of the faith of Christ as a stage of theological evolution that evolved from the Old Testament law and prophets into a much higher form, more sophisticated and therefore, more worthy of mankind. The spirit of evolution would have you think that since the law is an older version of true faith, we can no longer trust what it tells us about life, ourselves, and God. This demon of evolution would also have you believe that you have evolved into a higher form of life than Moses and David, who loved God’s law.
But what Moses and other men of God said about God was not evidence of how far they had evolved from monkeyhood. Every word in the law that Moses wrote came by revelation from God, who does not evolve. Our Creator was perfect before He created anything; He was perfect in the beginning of Creation; He is perfect now; He will be perfect when heaven and earth pass away; and He will always be perfect. He will never improve, and the only way we will ever improve is if we come down from our high evolutionary horses and humble ourselves to be transformed by His power to be like Him; to think as He thinks, to speak as He speaks, to feel as He feels, and to do as He does! This is what Jesus did, and that is what made him sinless.
The spirit of theological evolution would have you think of the Law of Moses as an outmoded relic of the past, the product of ancient, unsophisticated minds. But Jesus didn’t feel that way. He said if you did not believe Moses, you could not believe him. Paul said the law “served as our guardian until Christ”. And a long time after the Spirit came, John said the definition of sin is still “lawlessness.” The reason those holy men didn’t feel the way that the demon of theological evolution feels about the Law is that God doesn’t feel that way. When Paul said, “The law is indeed holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good”, he said it because that is what God thinks.
The law of Moses did not evolve from anything. It came directly from God, fully formed. The New Testament did not evolve from the law. It was revealed from heaven when the Son was revealed. Men’s vain ideas, traditions, and doctrines evolve, but God’s truth is eternally the same.