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"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee..." Psalm 60:4

 

 

By Al Stoner


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For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof" (Heb. 7:18). "The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good" (Rom. 7:12). But as a means of bringing men near unto, and finding acceptance with, the Holy One, the law is "weak through the flesh" (Rom. 8:3). Therefore, coming to God on the basis of law-keeping of any kind has been disannulled or made void by the sufferings of Christ and the glory which has followed. Law-keeping, as an attempt to measure up to the Divine standard of righteousness, counts for absolutely nothing! We ought to give thanks that there is now "a disannulling of the commandment" as the way to obtaining righteousness and favor with the living God. The Law, as a means of obtaining salvation, amounts to climbing up another way, and counts for zero. And, for the accomplishment of such purpose, the law is equated with weakness and unprofitability.   It was "weak through the flesh" (cf. Rom. 8:1-4).  It is by one Man’s obedience (even that obedience rendered to the Father by the Lord Jesus Christ) that many have been made righteous, as Paul has declared in Romans 5.
The law was given that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God (cf. Rom. 3:19).  By the law is the knowledge of sin. (Rom. 3:20).  And it is by the commandment that sin effectually was perceived by men as being "exceeding sinful" (cf. Rom, 7:13).  The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:17), thus highlighting the superiority and effectuality of the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (II Tim. 1:10).  The law was "added" because of transgressions (Gal. 3:19), until the Seed should come unto the promise was made.  The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith (Gal. 3:24-25).  These, and several other affirmations of Scripture affirm that the primary ministry and purpose for the law was not to bring salvation, in any sense of the word, but rather to effectually convince men of their dire need for the blessed Savior which God has provided in His beloved Son.
Incidentally, what men, who do not grasp the blessed nature of the new covenant, call "new testament law" is equally weak and unprofitable as a means of reconciling people to God. When imposed upon men as a condition of salvation, it will have precisely the same conscience-defiling effect that the law of Moses was designed to have, except with far greater intensity.   In the Sermon on the Mount (see Mt. 5:21-32), over and again the Lord Jesus Christ declared to His hearers, "Ye have heard that it hath been said", speaking of the time when men were under the first covenant, "but I say unto you".  In each case what "He said", by way of comparison, greatly intensified the law's demands upon men.
The pulpits of our day are filled with "preachers" who are strangers to the glory of the New Covenant, even "the glory that excelleth" (II Cor. 3:10). These individuals simply have not seen the new covenant for what it really is. They are unbelieving.  And this is not an innocent matter. We can only conclude that such ones do not want to see, and, perhaps a more frightful consideration is, that God has blinded their minds, so that now they cannot see. For if they had tasted, even in measure, of the glorious nature of the new covenant (cf. II Cor. 3, Heb. 8, Jer. 31:31-34), they could not refrain from boldly declaring its marvelous involvements and implications to their fellow men.
Wherever men in the pulpit are continually laying on the consciences of their hearers Divine expectations and are not first declaring unto these individuals what Christ has accomplished salvationally in their behalf, this is extremely serious. Moses and the Prophets have duly apprised us of God's righteous and holy nature and demands. If the preponderance of what men have to say has to do with men measuring up, the hearers will not be availing themselves of the Divine resources that have been abundantly provided for them.
Let us, therefore, diligently lay aside every semblance of a law-approach to God, as the commandment has now been disannulled. Let us earnestly give ourselves to obeying the gospel, believing the gospel, continuing in the faith, count for everything in the obtainment of "the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory" (II Tim. 2:10). 

The Disannulling of the Commandment