Under the Old Testament Law
The true followers of Yahshua are not under the Old Testament law of bondage, but the New law of liberty wherein there is freedom. The New Covenant is established upon better promises in that it represents the final and eternal contract with mankind (Heb 8:6, Gal5:1). All who are baptized unto Messiah are Abraham’s seed, and thus heirs according to the promise (Gal 3:29).
Gal 5:4 The Messiah is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
The righteous are not under the Old Testament law because the old sacrifices have forever ceased. New Testament believers and Old Testament saints alike, have their sins washed away through the blood of the Lamb (Heb 7:27, 9:26).
The new law of Yahshua is spiritually discerned, and therein lays the reason for today’s religious confusion. Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we can’t understand the mysteries of His gospel.
Also, this baptism wherein the elect are sealed or born-again is the down payment unto the inheritance when redemption from the sinful flesh is obtained. So then, the completion of this New Covenant contract is Eternal Salvation (Eph 1:13-14).
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.
Yahshua the Redeemer is the author of both covenants (Hebrews 8:6-13). Those who were a part of His first covenant (Old Testament believers) were known as Hebrews, and also Israelites. With the physical manifestation of Yahshua came the New Testament promises available to all of His faithful followers who would also become citizens of a spiritual Israel (Eph 2:12-16).
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 Yahweh.
The promised eternal covenant would be faultless, in that those who were declared righteous were also found to be innocent. During the Old Testament age, there was only a covering for sins. However, Yahshua was manifest in the flesh to provide a final sacrifice for sin.
1 Cor 10:2-4 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ
Yahshua’s children are not 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 Yahweh, 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 that would trust in the Messiah (Luke 2:25-32). Those that truly embrace the truth of the arrival of Yahshua the Savior are most definitely not under the Old Testament law. The promise of eternal life which is incorruption and immortality is the reward given to a Spirit-filled church. These have the assurance unto Salvation which is the hope of all New Covenant believers.
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 Yahshua, who is God manifest in the flesh. It is and will always be the true followers of Yahshua the Messiah that men show hatred towards (John 15:18).
The spirit of deception that was prominent with the false tribe of Judah was very much against the teachings of Yahshua. Today this deceit is found in the religions of Judaism and Christianity. Those who are without the spirit of truth that proceeds forth from Yahshua can in no way understand the true Word of God.
What the Messiah declared at His first advent was as follows:
(1) “I did not come forth from myself. I was sent forth from God; also my arrival is from God.”
(2) “He that sees me has also seen the Father” (John 14:9).
(3) He that sees me sees (the one that) sent me (John 12:45).
Yahweh is a spirit and Yahshua is the physical manifestation of that same spirit.
Yahshua was sent forth from God, and the following verse alone proves that the teaching of a trinity is simply a false doctrine.
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Isaiah’s prophecy is of a people that would know the new law of Yahshua; this law would be written in their hearts. Those who follow the New Testament laws of Yahshua are not under the Old Testament law, and they will receive their redemption (or salvation) at His second coming.
Isa 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of Yahweh 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.
Yahshua the Lord God of Israel, will redeem His people (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.
Yahshua also came to redeem those that were under the first law, that they also might receive the adoption of sons (Gal 4:5, John 1:17, Rom 3:20).
Escaping the Old Testament Law of bondage
We are not under the old testament law of bondage, but the law of liberty which is in Yahshua the Messiah. This covenant 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 Yahshua 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 Law of Yahshua is fulfilled in this saying; 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 5:6 For in Yahshua the Messiah neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Many who follow the teachings of Judaism, and various sects of Christianity, also claim to be under the Old Testament law. It is quite impossible to be declared righteous by attempting to follow the Old law that has vanished (Heb 8:13).
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 Yahshua wherein we can have liberty, grace, and peace.
Gal 6:15 For in the Messiah Yahshua 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 trust in Yahshua.
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 that have been sealed and thus set apart unto Yahshua.