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WHY NOT ANOTHER LEVITICUS

May 4, 2009

(Post 3 of 3)
Is there something to be learned by Your choice to communicate Your new covenant in narrative, poetry, prophesy and epistle? Why not a list? Why not another Leviticus?

ntlevLaw is still doing its thing but through Christ…

  • You have supplied an answer for our breaking of it.
  • You have liberated us from its consequences.
  • You have freed us from the law of sin and death.
  • You have made us righteous in spite of our unrighteousness.
  • Sin no longer separates the believer from You.
  • The blood of the cross is perpetually cleansing us when we sin.
  • Your judgment is turned away by His atoning sacrifice.

As we lovingly serve You our desire is to grow in our knowledge of You and what You want us to be and do. Our sincere yet incomplete efforts and knowledge are offered as a statement of our love for You but these efforts will always be imperfect and in need of growth. That’s the point! We will never be judged righteous by obedience! We will only be made righteous through the blood of Christ.

We were not able to keep the old covenant list and we couldn’t keep a new covenant list if we had one so why create another delineated list, a New Testament Leviticus, for us to disobey?

Instead You’ve given us narrative, poetry, prophesy and epistle containing Your will for us.

  • You look for us to show our love for You and others as a result of knowing gospel’s story.
  • You observe our motives more than our grasp of Your law of liberty.
  • You patiently observe our sincere yet imperfect efforts through the sacrifice of Christ.
  • You watch our hearts for the things that matter while we respond to you in love.
  • You tell us to strive for perfection while also telling us to trust Jesus in our imperfections
  • You tell us not to live in sin while forgiving the sin we commit
  • You give us law to obey and examples to follow within the narrative while emphasizing that Jesus is the liberator of the disobedient.
  • You tell us that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God while reminding us that God is love and perfect love cast out fear.

Our effort to obey Your will is not in vain, it’s simply and absolutely inadequate as a means of creating righteous.

As You have explained, You remain true to Your nature of righteousness and justice while at the same time being merciful to us through the atoning death of Christ.

21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Rom 3:21-26

In Christ, the believer experiences a righteousness of God apart form law.
In Christ, the believer experiences a righteousness of God through faith in Him.
In Christ, the believer is freely justified by God’s grace.
In Christ, the believer is justified through the redemption that came by Him.
In Christ, the believer is justified by the atoning sacrifice of Christ through faith in His blood.
In Christ, God is just because of the atoning sacrifice of His blood.
In Christ, God is the justifier because of the atoning sacrifice of His blood


Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

The law of liberty is a unique law:

  • Our breaking of it has been assumed and its judgments have been paid for those who believe in Christ.
  • The law of liberty is law whose penalty has been paid
  • The law of liberty is imperfectly obeyed while trusting the perfection of Christ
  • Our attempts to obey the law of liberty are the expression of hearts of gratitude and love for what You have done in Your story.

I think there is something to be learned by Your choice to communicate Your new covenant in narrative, poetry, prophesy and epistle? Why not a list? Why not another Leviticus?

Jesus is the star of the new covenant story, not us!

  • In the new covenant the work of Jesus trumps our work
  • In the new covenant, through Christ liberty trumps law
  • In the new covenant, through Christ grace trumps guilt
  • In the new covenant, through Christ love trumps imperfection


 19 For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Gal 2:19-2

23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.

Gal 3:23-25

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2009 2:57 pm

    Excellent and right on! A visual glimpse into what the Father has and continues to do for us is seen in the life of Dick and Rick Hoyt. The video link below has been watched over 4.5 million times, quite a few of those 4.5 million were mine. We are helpless like Rick Hoyt with a desire to run and can’t even walk. So Father scoops us up in His arms and makes the impossible possible. Praise God, I know my redeemer lives. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJMbk9dtpdY

  2. May 4, 2009 6:54 pm

    Thanks big brother, for making the connection between God’s care and Dick & Rick Hoyt’s love for each other. I too am a part of the 4.5 million viewers as well as the billions who have been carried by God to an undeserved place where His unbelievable love is experienced.

  3. May 7, 2009 1:58 pm

    Thank you Mark. What a wonderful way of seeing the new covenant and the marvelous grace of Jesus for us.

  4. May 7, 2009 2:07 pm

    Don, help me never forget it!

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