Many Christians are confused because of reading the Bible without rightly dividing between Law and Grace.
The whole Bible was written FOR you, but not written TO you. You have to rightly divide the Word to find out what is applicable to you and what is not. The difference is experiencing freedom versus bondage.
In this video you’ll learn how to read the Bible without getting confused by asking yourself one critical question. I also give examples so you can start to discern what’s written to you and what not.
Clarity reveals beauty and brings freedom — Bas Rijksen
The most important aspect to divide between is the Old Covenant Law and New Covenant Grace. The New Covenant didn’t start with the white page between Malachi and Matthew, but after Jesus finished work on the cross!
When we read the Bible we should ask:
Is this Scripture describing the Old Covenant Law which condemns sinners or the New Covenant Grace which deals life to saints?!
There are two types of people:
- Sinners, who live under the Law.
- Saints, who live under Grace.
Furthermore, God is speaking two words in the Bible: Law and Grace. With Law-based words God gives us bad news (about us): without Christ we’re condemned sinners. With Grace-based words God gives us good news (about Jesus): with Christ we’re righteous saints.
The Bible is like a mirror.
Read Law-based words (which are not written to you since you’re not a sinner) and you’ll see your shortcomings and faults, leaving you feeling condemned and frustrated.
At the other hand, read Grace-based words (which are written to you since you’re a saint) and you’ll see Christ’s indwelling nature and your right standing with the Father, which leaves you feeling encouraged, free and joyful.
Since the New Covenant could not begin before Jesus died, He lived under the Old Covenant of the law. Jesus was born under the law and every Jewish person Jesus met was also born under the law (Gal. 4:4-5) Therefore, Jesus often spoke law-based words to people who weren’t born again and still under the law, which means that those particular red letters of Jesus are not written to you!
We do not minimize Jesus’ words. In fact, they are so important that we want to rightly understand which are spoken when and to whom – is it spoken to people under the law (sinners) or people under grace (saints)?!
A covenant determines how God relates to people. Under the Old Covenant Law God related to man based on their performance. Do bad, get bad. Do good, get good. Under the New Covenant Grace God relates to people through Jesus. Under the Old your right standing before God was determined by your ability to live righteously. Under the New, your right standing before God is Jesus.
I trust God will reveal Himself and bring clarity as you watch the video and meditate on His Word.
It’s in the absence of clarity that we find confusion.
In God there is no confusion, because He is Mr. clarity Himself. And when He reveals Himself to us the “smoke of confusion” lifts and we’re able to see His beauty and experience freedom.
It is for freedom that Christ has set you free!
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