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Our Exemption is in Christ

Lesson 5 of 8

God said His covenant through Moses would be an everlasting covenant and His statutes, perpetual (Leviticus 24:8-9). What did He mean by that? How can Moses, who passed away also be perpetual? We know that God only is perpetual. By this He again was speaking of the promise of Christ, saying that He would perpetually carry the faith of all those who joined themselves to Him. This is why Jesus said that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill the law in Himself; all of Moses entered into Him. Jesus is now our tithe, Jesus is now our Sabbath, Jesus is now the Law of Grace and Truth that God writes within our hearts and minds.

Faith in Jesus Christ Fulfills the Law of Moses

Faith in Jesus Christ fulfills the Law of MosesOur obligation to Moses is therefore fulfilled as we touch only the things of Christ. Jesus demonstrated our exemption in Him several times. In Matthew chapter 12, for example, as Jesus and His disciples went through a field of corn on the Sabbath day, His disciples plucked the ears of corn to satisfy their hunger. In that same chapter we also read of how Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath day, and on both occasions the Pharisees accused Him of breaking the perpetual law of the Sabbath.

By plucking the ears of corn and healing on the Sabbath day, Jesus was acknowledging that HE was now the Sabbath MAN (not “day”); God’s rest was transferred from a day of the week to Jesus Himself In the beginning, in the book of Genesis, God set the pattern for our rest in Himself: “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:3).

From the beginning God planned that humanity would find their rest in Him; therefore, from the beginning, He set the Sabbath sign in Himself. Moses did not give you the law of the Sabbath, but My Father in heaven. Moses did not give you that bread, but My Father in heaven. My Father was giving you a sign that your rest and nourishment would be in Him. I am here now to fulfill that promise in Myself and become the contact point for your faith. The Sabbath law is thus now set in Jesus Christ, and the faithful observe Him for their rest.

Covenant theology helps us understand the transition that takes place from one covenant to the next. In this case, it is the transition of the Sabbath day to the Sabbath man, thus identifying Jesus Christ as our rest. Many ask, “Who is Jesus?” He identified Himself as the Sabbath man. In John chapter 5 we read about how Jesus transitioned to covenant to Himself by healing on the Sabbath day:

8. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the Sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

When Jesus spoke to the man whom he had healed on the Sabbath day, and commanded him to pick up his bed and carry it, this man did what Jesus said to do. So this man was fulfilling the law. But the Pharisees condemned him, "Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day?" Under Moses they would have been correct, but Jesus was present to fulfill that of Moses and to set the law in Himself. He was transitioning the people from the house of Moses to Himself. When the Law of Moses is confirmed in Jesus Christ, that law is perpetual because Jesus is perpetual.

To Obey Jesus Fulfills the Law

When Jesus said to the man, "Pick up your bed and walk," that man, when obeying Jesus, was fulfilling the Sabbath day commandment (which pointed to Christ). Jesus explained this when speaking of how a man who sacrificed on the Sabbath day and circumcised on the Sabbath day, was exempt from the curse of breaking that law because he was doing what God commanded. God gave them an exemption: "How much more if I commanded this man to carry his bed on the Sabbath day?" Jesus was referring to Himself as God." "I am giving an exemption in Myself." I am your exemption. I am your Sabbath. In Me only now you will find your rest. By this, Christ was setting the pattern of exemption in Himself.

When we touch the things that God has given for our contact with Jesus, and keep the Laws of Gace and Truth ( John 1:17), then we are exempt from the penalty of ceasing from the labour of Moses. Our labour is fulfilled in our labour of faith in the covenant of Jesus Christ. However, our liberty in Christ is only effective as we continue in His covenant, using His tools, worshipping Him at His altar, offering spiritual sacrifices of praise. Through this form of worship, the soul abides in truth, and God continue to issue grace, which tempers the appetites and forms Christ within. The grace of God cannot be used to sanctify one’s own aspirations or principles.

When those of the old testament no longer saw Christ in the sacrifices, the temple, the tools and articles of the First Covenant, they became carnal minded, seeing only a “lifestyle” by which they could profit by their faith. We still see this today with many Christians thinking carnally that the Bible is a blueprint for living in this world concerning how to conduct their business, what foods to eat, what foods to avoid, how to build strong relationships, how to increase their goods, how to live prosperously, etc. Jesus identified this darkened perception of life being focused on these issues as things the Gentiles stretch after (Matthew 6:31-32).

These continue to see promise in Moses, mixing the doctrine of Moses with the doctrine of Christ, which thing Jesus identified as the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, and which thing He said He hated (Revelation 2:15). God is now removing that stumbling block from the church, removing the priesthood of the flesh, and restoring the priesthood of Jesus Christ and Christians are now understanding that copying Moses does not produce Christ. Those who truly love God will see everything they need in Jesus.

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