Under the Old Testament Law
The true followers of Jesus are not under the Old Testament law of bondage, but the new law of liberty which is in Christ. The covenant of Christ was established upon better promises (Heb 8:6).
The new law of Christ is spiritually discerned, and therein lays the reason for the confusion. Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we can’t understand the mysteries of the gospel of Christ. The false teachers that are devoid of the Spirit of Christ, lead many to damnation, as they teach doctrines that are simply the commandments of men (Mark 7:7).
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.
Christ our redeemer is the mediator of a superior covenant. Those who were under the Old Testament law were the Hebrews. With the arrival of Jesus came the New Testament promises to all of mankind.
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD.
Christ’s second covenant unto mankind was to take away their sins. Instead of allowing a covering for them as was the case under the old testament law, He became the final sacrifice and is the law.
None who are in Christ can be under the Old Testament law
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
This passage refers to the whole house of Israel which includes all believers in Christ. Those that truly embrace the words of the Lord Jesus are most definitely not under the Old Testament law. Those filled with the Holy Spirit are the Elect, chosen unto Christ. The promise of eternal life which is incorruption and immortality is the hope of the Spirit-filled believer and it is our assurance unto Salvation.
Isa 51:4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
Isa 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
Isa 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
Isaiah is referring to the followers of Jesus, who is God manifest in the flesh. It is and will always be Christ Jesus that men despise. Those who are void of the truth that only comes through Christ, serve their father the devil, and share in his hatred of the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
Isaiah’s prophecy is of a people that would know the new law of Christ; this law would be written in their hearts. Those who follow the New Testament laws of Jesus are not under the Old Testament law, and they will receive redemption at the second coming of Jesus.
Isa 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy [shall be] upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Jesus (Yahshua) the Lord God of Israel, is the one who will redeem the true Israel of God (Luke 1:68, 24:21).
Isaiah is speaking of the second gathering of the true Israel of God, a future prophecy that has yet to occur.
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Christ also came to redeem those that were under the law, that they also might receive the adoption of sons (Gal 4:5, John 1:17, Rom 3:20).
We are not under the old testament law of bondage
We are not under the old testament law of bondage, but the law of liberty which is in Jesus Christ our Messiah. The covenant of Christ was established upon better promises (Heb 8:6).
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.
The first commandment of Christ is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Mat 22:37-38).
The second commandment of the new the law of Christ is fulfilled in this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Gal 5:14, Gal 6:2, Mat 22:39). This was not realized by all who were under the Old Testament law, and that is why six of the commandments were unto doing no harm to others. The commandment of loving each other is much greater than these.
Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
We are not under the Old Testament law, but the law of Christ’s grace.
Gal 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Those of the religions of Judaism and Christianity, who claim to be under the Old Testament law do not have a personal relationship with the creator Christ the King.
To claim righteousness by attempting to follow the works of the law without faith was and still is unto dead works.
Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
We need to be led by the Spirit of truth, which declares that we are not under the Old Testament law of bondage, but the new law of Christ wherein we can have liberty.
Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Again it is not at all about religious persuasions or doctrines of men, but a new life in Christ. This can only be understood by those who are taught of the Holy Spirit, which is given to the faithful who come to Jesus as little children.
Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
The Israel of God represents all believers who are in Christ.