Stop mixing the Old Covenant in with the New Covenant!
When you mix these two covenants you are doing two things; making both non-effective and opening your life up to condemnation!
I am constantly being told that I'm going too far with the Grace message. To be honest, doing that is actually impossible. Yes, it is impossible to go too far with Grace. Here is why.... Grace is not just a message that we preach/teach, it is actually Christ Himself. So, it's impossible to go too far with Christ, wouldn't you say?
Some people, those who mix the Covenants, fear New Covenant Grace because they fear that by going too deep into this, we will be giving people a license to sin. Yet they fail to understand the wonderful blessings of the New Covenant, where people are lead by the Holy Spirit. The issue that concerns people always seems to be that of the famous three letter word, S-I-N! If we have the NC/OC mixture going on, then we approach sin with fear and trembling. If we understand the New Covenant, we rely on, by faith, that Christ has taken care of the sin issue for all times; past, present and future.
What has Paul said about the issue?
Look at Romans 6: 1, 2 (NLT), "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?"
Paul deals with the "sin issue," he actually puts it to bed permanently, yet when we mix Covenants it seems that the "issue" seems to awaken! Take a good look at verse 2b..."Since we HAVE died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?" I highlighted the word, "HAVE" because we need to note that it is past tense. Sin is no longer an issue to those of us who place our faith in Christ! Period!
Yesterday I was told that I should stop using the New Living Translation because it really isn't a translation, but a glorified paraphrase. If you question this, take a close read of the introduction to any New Living Translation, tell all on the list scholars who translated this work that it isn't really a translation and see what they think of your religious ideas! But to be fair and balanced, let's take a look at Romans 6: 2 from the old standby, King James:
"God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
Golly....how about that? The King James says the same thing...Christians are dead to sin!
So, again....to all who are mixing the New Covenant with the Old Covenant...will you please just stop it! You are making a mess of God's wonderful, free gift! That gift is Christ!
Grace and Peace!
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